"I'll Have What She's Having"
Lunch at Katz's Delicatessen
Welcome to Katz's Deli on the Lower East Side! Grab your ticket at the door from the enthusiastic doorman (don't lose it!) and fall in line at the packed counter where you can order one of the best hot sandwiches of your life. Good things come to those who wait, so don't let the crowd discourage you. It's worth it.
Katz's Delicatessen was established in 1888 as a family business and continues to be family run today. It's a local and global favorite, made famous worldwide for its hot sandwiches loaded with slow-cured, juicy meats, and as the background of the one of the funniest scenes from the film "When Harry Met Sally." You know, the one where Meg Ryan has a fake orgasm. Although there's nothing fake about the foodgasm you'll have when you bite into the pastrami, corned beef, or brisket sandwich you've just ordered. The slow curing process for the meat can take up to 30 days, and you can taste that month of love, care and attention in each chomp of the sandwich.
My meal: the Katz reuben with layers of corned beef served on rye bread and topped with sauerkraut, gooey Swiss cheese, and homemade Russian dressing. Homestyle fries and pickles are the perfect sides.
Note that the reuben sandwich is large enough for two. I have a huge appetite (duh!) and half of a superstuffed reuben was more than enough to fill me up. Also, there's so much meat in there that you WILL need a fork to scoop up the crumbly corned beef bits that fall out of the bread and onto your plate.
Check out a few mouthwatering photos below. Mmm!
205 East Houston Street
New York, NY 10002
Monday - Wednesday: 8:00am - 10:45 pm
Friday: 8:00am - Open all night!
Saturday: Open all day!
Sunday: Open until 10:45pm