Katz's Delicatessen

Katz's Delicatessen

Sandwich Spot and Jewish Restaurant$$$$
Lower East Side, New York
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    Yesbelt F.
    "Pastrami on rye with mustard and coleslaw -the best way to get it."(102 Tips)
    Gal A.
    "Prepare yourself for the best pastrami sandwich you have ever had 💃"(282 Tips)
    jake f.
    "When Harry Met Sally."(27 Tips)
    Keyue B.
    "Pastrami sandwich and matzo ball soup, hearty portion and comfy meal"(32 Tips)
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  • sandwiches
  • pastrami
  • harry met sally
  • delis
  • good for groups
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  • Taher A.heart icon on user image
    Taher AlmuslemaniSeptember 30, 2015
    katz's reuben sandwich had the most tender meat I have ever had it just melts in your mouth!! Its probably one of the most delicious meals I ever had!!100% must have.Dont miss out on the pickles too
    Upvoted 2 weeks ago
  • Village Voice
    Village VoiceAugust 4, 2014
    Tip the carvers $1 before you order and get a sandwich big enough for two; a great choice is a combo of pastrami and corned beef on a club roll. If you know what's good for you, order it lean. Read more
    Upvoted 8 hours ago
  • Eater
    EaterJuly 22, 2016
    Katz's serves New York's favorite pastrami sandwich. It's not a sloppy pile of beef and as Robert Sietsema notes, "the flavor is emphatically smokier" than other popular versions served around town. Read more
    Upvoted 5 days ago
  • Heisenbergheart icon on user image
    HeisenbergNovember 5, 2015
    You know, it's a must on your visit to NYC. Try to order the classic Pastrami Sandwich, if you don't eat much, share the sandwich with a friend. Don't forget to enjoy your side pickles.
  • Eric D.heart icon on user image
    Eric DallemagneJanuary 6, 2017
    New York's original Underground Gourmets, described some 50 years ago as a living, breathing Brueghel painting. Yes, the pastrami & corned beef are hand-sliced & usually terrific. A little over priced
  • Kayleigh H.heart icon on user image
    Kayleigh HarringtonAugust 1, 2016
    Split a pastrami sandwich (dare you to try to finish a whole one), fries, and coleslaw. If you're not getting a beer, try the Katz's iced tea. Hot tip - pickles come with the sandwiches.
  • PureWow
    PureWowAugust 5, 2016
    The pastrami on rye will set you back about a million dollars (OK, $20), but it’s twice as big as your apartment. Definitely worth getting at least once. Read more
  • Angie H.
    Angie HJune 28, 2013
    The matzo ball soup with a half sandwich is a bitcheaper than getting a whole. You get the best of both worlds! Pastrami is amazing, I don't know what I was eating before this heaven-sent sandwich
  • ZenFoodsterheart icon on user image
    ZenFoodsterDecember 3, 2015
    Pricey Pastrami Reuben on toasted rye can be for 2. Best pastrami & pickles from THE NYC DELI (est.1910). Lk 4 Billy Crystal & Megan Ryan's famous "O"-scene table in 1989 movie "When Harry Met Sally."
  • Aimée Jane P.heart icon on user image
    Aimée Jane ParrDecember 9, 2019
    One of NY’s best sandwich joints, traditional NYC delicatessen æsthetic. Sandwiches are expensive with the Reuben at $24 but somehow still so busy and popular! Always a queue! Open late and 24hr Sat.
  • Noah W.heart icon on user image
    Noah WeissFebruary 9, 2015
    Pastrami on rye sandwich, loaded with mustard, and a matzah bowl soup makes the perfect meal for 2 at sub $30.
  • Serious Eats
    Serious EatsMarch 19, 2013
    Unmatched pastrami, excellent egg creams, great hot dogs and sausage. A New York legend.
  • The Corcoran Group
    The Corcoran GroupAugust 27, 2013
    While the Pastrami is the superstar here, their Frankfurter is one of the best in the city. Order them at the counter near the entrance.
  • City of New York
    City of New YorkJanuary 13, 2014
    Katz's was the site of Meg Ryan's famous "faking it" scene in the 1989 romantic comedy When Harry Met Sally..., followed by Estelle Reiner's iconic line, "I'll have what she's having".
  • Brandon F.heart icon on user image
    Brandon F.August 5, 2018
    1.) Yes, that slice of pastrami they leave on the counter is for you 2.) Always tip your cutter 3.) Order the pastrami on rye 4.) ... with a side of homemade pickles
  • Ellie M.heart icon on user image
    Ellie MartinezSeptember 5, 2017
    Keep it simple, pastrami with mustard on rye all the way! The smokiness of the pastrami is amazing. If you aren't a big eater go the half sandwich with a Matzo ball soup instead. Awesome !!
  • Ondrej S.heart icon on user image
    Ondrej SedlacekNovember 5, 2018
    The must do, legendary pastrami sandwich joint of NYC. Rueben or the classic with pastrami instead or corned beef is the way to go. It’s huge! ideally share one between two. 10/10.
  • K L.heart icon on user image
    K LNovember 24, 2018
    Attended their thanksgiving party - every single piece of food was absolutely delicious, and the staff was really nice. Introvert alert: they randomly sit you on a table with completely strangers.🙄
  • Ersin S.heart icon on user image
    Ersin SezmisFebruary 27, 2018
    It’s a die for deli sandwich! You must try it. I had the pastrami sandwich and it was really delicious. Sandwiches are quite big. Totally worth to wait at the line for a table.
  • Ray H.
    Ray HostetlerAugust 20, 2018
    Stop in one of the local bars before you come here and have a few drinks. It’ll mellow you out because the place is stressful!
  • Heinie Brian H.heart icon on user image
    Tried Katz's Pastrami Sandwich & it was savagely good!!! Wifey had the Philly cheesesteak which was ok, but the bottled iced tea & lemonade were again on another level! Truly worthy of Harry & Sally!
  • Claudioheart icon on user image
    ClaudioApril 20, 2016
    Definitely my last meal would be a Reuben Sandwich with pastrami, side of fries and a cream soda. Katz's never fail, excellent attention from everybody around and a lot of seats. ARRIVE EARLY!
  • Martin J.heart icon on user image
    Martin JenningsSeptember 15, 2016
    Cash is paid on the way out - grab a ticket, order then sit. Pay on the way out and don't lose your ticket ! Highly recommend the pastrami on rye. Love looking at the celebrity photos too.
  • bilal e.heart icon on user image
    bilal ercanAugust 3, 2016
    Big sandviches. Brisket is delicious. Pastrami is also delicious. Actually everything is delicious. Worths waiting. Self service. Prices very low for new york. Tasting compliment is even big :)
  • Rob W.heart icon on user image
    Rob WawrzynczakAugust 26, 2017
    Famous for their pastrami sandwiches - and rightfully are so. A little on the expensive side for a sandwich but you get a decent amount of meat for it!
  • Flor L.
    Flor LudueñaJanuary 24, 2017
    Best hot pastrami sandwich ever. Classic of ny, forbidden not visiting it. Very expensive but worth every bite. You can have half sandwich with salad (photo), it is better without cheese.
  • Matty B.heart icon on user image
    Matty B.November 23, 2019
    What should I say its an icon in nyc! It is not a tourist rip off !! Just a simply awesome Diner with delicious eats! Go for the Pastrami on rye bread and dont loose ur tickets!! 😊 all the best❤️
  • Mustafa Taha Ö.heart icon on user image
    Mustafa Taha ÖzalMay 14, 2016
    Pastrami! If you didn't came to Katz you never truly visited NYC.
  • What's Good Hereheart icon on user image
    What's Good HereJanuary 24, 2015
    Can't decide? Try the Reuben Brisket Combo Sandwich (beef brisket and corned beef dry cured month long using a secret pickling formula, topped with Swiss cheese, Russian dressing and Sauerkraut.
  • DJ J.
    DJ JensenJanuary 21, 2017
    When you enter, you can choose self or table service. Choose table service. It's more relaxing and the waiters are NY fun. Meaning that they are good, but a little harried, so be on your toes!
  • Duncan P.
    Duncan PJSeptember 6, 2014
    Its very close to the intersection on the cover of beastie boys album "pauls boutique" If your a beasties fan check it out then come here for an amazing sandwich
  • May♍heart icon on user image
    May♍November 16, 2020
    Katz's is a living legend, that has run in the city for so long while consistently delivering outstanding meals that are fresh and generous. Places like these need to be protected for NYC's history!!
  • Alexander K.heart icon on user image
    Alexander KuzminOctober 28, 2017
    No way to find a better pastrami sandwich than Katz deli makes. Portions are huge. Rec!
  • Gothamist
    GothamistJuly 19, 2017
    Among other Jewish deli delights, this platonic ideal of the NYC Frankfurter ($3.95). Wonderfully charred, bursting with meat juice, covered with a hefty helping of kraut, Read more
  • Qheart icon on user image
    QOctober 16, 2022
    Pastrami sandwich is huge and can easily be shared by two ppl. There is a different counter next to beverages if you would like to pay by card.
  • Brandon F.heart icon on user image
    Brandon F.July 4, 2016
    You can't beat Katz's pastrami. Beat the crowds and get it to go; walk across the street and enjoy the park while you grub down on what made Katz's famous.
  • Gaia B.heart icon on user image
    Gaia BennettJune 14, 2015
    Despite the wacky taking the ticket stuff, I really loved the pastrami sandwich. It was huge and tasted amazing. These guys have been doing this since the 40's! It's no wonder they are doing it right.
  • Michael N.heart icon on user image
    Michael NataleJanuary 12, 2016
    Go when it's not too crowded and still wait in line. It's worth it. Grab a corned beef or pastrami sandwich. They'll mix too if asked. Pickles are solid. Grab some latkas and matzo ball soup too
  • Marcus S.
    Marcus StegmillerJune 18, 2014
    Katz's facts: Did you know that 2,000 to 4,000 people are visiting Katz's Deli per day? Or did you know 7,000 kg of famous Pastrami are consumed per week? Enjoy it!
  • Michael M.
    Michael MuseDecember 14, 2014
    Just the most classic ambiance- you are just feeling the SOUL of NYC when you come here. The pastrami is my favorite order here. HUGE stacks of meat on thin bread slices is the NY deli style sandwich.
  • Alper B.heart icon on user image
    Alper BozkurtDecember 2, 2018
    Wow what was that! Biggest sandwich I have ever eaten but it is so tasty that I am sure you will have no difficulty finishing it. Go for the pastrami👍.
  • Cintain 昆.heart icon on user image
    Cintain 昆遊龍November 16, 2022
    Best pastrami in the World!!! Have a sandwich, or more if you have space! It is absolutely mind-blowing! Would go again in a heartbeat!!! 😋
  • Stacy B.heart icon on user image
    Stacy Bo BacyApril 4, 2019
    Get in a queue to order and then sit at any open table. If you’re with someone, share a sandwich. If you’re on your own, get half with soup.
  • Emilio M.heart icon on user image
    Emilio MoralesMarch 4, 2019
    One of the best sandwiches I’ve ever had! Both the pastrami and the corned beef are to die for!
  • Bokyung P.
    Bokyung ParkJune 7, 2021
    The famous Pastrami sandwich is HUGE. I guess two females can split a single plate. Recommend you to dine in to see pictures of celebrities and lucky to sit-in When Harry met Sally spot.
  • Harry C.heart icon on user image
    Harry CovairOctober 31, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    The best of the best. A mandatory stop for me to get my Pastrami Sandwich fix. They will vacuum pack a Pastrami Brisket for you to take back home. Get a Chocolate Egg Cream also while eating here.
  • Lheart icon on user image
    LDecember 23, 2016
    A must-see, brilliant for photos. Classic american diner. $20 pastrami sandwich is best shared, just ask them to cut it - we split it 3 ways easily! And it really was incredibly delicious.
  • Emily W.heart icon on user image
    Emily WilsonSeptember 27, 2016
    Not feeling pastrami? The turkey sandwich is probably the best I've ever had—so moist! Ask for it with mustard if you're getting it to go, otherwise you can add it yourself at your table.
  • Line H.heart icon on user image
    Line HawkeyeJuly 10, 2015
    One of the best places for a lunch! You can split their enormous pastrami sandwich! It is well worth the $20 price tag! The pickles are fabulous!
  • SAADheart icon on user image
    SAADSeptember 2, 2022
    Get the pastrami sandwich with swiss cheese & mustard 🥪🤩
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