Katz’s Delicatessen, Lower East Side, New York
I finally made it along to Katz’s Delicatessen the second time around in Manhattan. Katz’s Deli is an iconic eatery that boasts the queues and delivers with some of the best beef sandwiches around. I followed the hype one New York evening and was rewarded with such a good, satisfying meal. There’s a price tag to match too!
Deli to the rescue
Katz’s Delicatessen is located on the Lower East Side of Manhattan and frankly, it’s hard to miss with the crowd of people and bright luminescent lights. Google Maps describes Katz’s Deli as a no-frills deli with theatrically cranky service and that is entirely accurate. I was a bit surprised it wasn’t such a wait to get in, perhaps evening is quieter?
It all started in 1888 as a small, family-run deli. In the early part of the twentieth century, the area was home to millions of newly immigrated families. Coupled with limited public transportation options, Katz’s Deli became a focal point of congregating for these families.
Back in the modern day at Katz’s Deli you get a ticket upon entering (do not lose this!) which is what tracks your bill. We weren’t entirely sure what the process was for ordering, but there looked to be two areas: one with service and one without. We headed over to the counter and made our order. They mean business, so don’t dilly-dally with your choices. Our guy was making our sandwich whilst we were still partially deciding.
A super sandwich
It’s an undeniably delicious sandwich at Katz’s Deli, my only shock was the price. It’s $21.45 for the pastrami. At least my friend and I were sharing so it felt like less of a hit. And it’s huge – half a sandwich is heaps.
But everything else about the place is fantastic. The sandwich is made in minutes (and with a zinger of a pickle if that’s your thing) and is so, so good. There’s a electric buzz about the place and tourists and locals alike seem to love Katz’s Deli. Spend some time enjoying the decor and photos and seeing who else had made their way to Katz’s.