The Madhatters told us to do it! So we did.
Katz Deli is one of the oldest delicatessens in New York City. It was first opened in 1888 in the same location it is today. Sliced pastrami is their specialty. I had the pastrami on rye! Justin and Lynn of the Madhatters strongly suggested the pastrami, so that is what I had!
The walls of the restaurant are covered with photos of Broadway actors, movie and TV stars, singers, politicians and various New York celebrities taken while eating one of the huge sandwiches.
Katz is also a movie star in its own right. You may recall Meg Ryan having the fake orgasm while dining with Billy Crystal in When Harry Met Sally. I had what she had but with a different result. I just got stuffed and wanted to take a nap!
All the history, the celebrities, the charm but we can’t forget the food.
Hand sliced pastrami, brisket and corned beef; meals or sandwiches. These guys have one mission….to fill your tummy.
The meats are cured and smoked to perfection. My pastrami is stacked up 3” high on slices of rye bread. JAM and I split a sandwich. I got “roll me outta here” full, JAM couldn’t finish hers. We also had a plate of pickle spears and pickled tomatoes.
This place is, indeed, popular. Regardless of the time of day, people are lined up at each of the cutter counters to order their sandwiches.
When you arrive, you’ll be greeted by Christian, He is the host and super friendly. He made us feel welcome. He is a big time NY football Giants fan and he doesn’t want Dez Bryant in the NFC East. So we had something in common. I don’t either.
If you’re planning to visit New York City, here are a couple of suggestions…
- Come to Katz to experience the lunch. The specials will feed three tourists or one regular customer.
- Check out MadhattersNYC.com. Their blog should be in your homework. Justin and Lynn, are a young couple who have been blogging New York City for a long time. Their blog will turn you on to what to see and do and where to eat.