Katz's Delicatessen

Katz's Delicatessen

Sandwich Spot and Jewish Restaurant$$$$
Lower East Side, New York
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    "Pastrami on rye with Doctor Browns Cream Soda is a slice of heaven!"(102 Tips)
    Daniela C.
    "Yes, the Pastrami sandwich is amazing, but try the Frankfurter too."(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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  • Hklingheart icon on user image
    HklingFebruary 20, 2019
    Not sure if there was mustard options but if they had French’s type, it could have beat Schwartz’s in Montreal. Heard a ghetto hack was to just come, sample their deli meats and walk out 😳
  • StarRheart icon on user image
    StarRMarch 20, 2014
    Best Pastrami sandwich ever!! I love it. Although it's kinda expensive, it's worth it.. ;) ops don't chose the liverwurst sandwich not that much good ;p
  • Michelle M.heart icon on user image
    Michelle MurrayMay 8, 2016
    The Pastrami on rye with mustard...enough said! Bring a couple of dollars to tip the meat carvers and your sandwich will double in size!!!
  • Andrea B.heart icon on user image
    Andrea BarrezuetaAugust 4, 2014
    best matzo ball.. avoid during the weekend as its packed! don't lose the ticket you get a door. they will want it back to let you leave.
  • Mayita L.heart icon on user image
    Mayita LahudDecember 29, 2015
    Absolute must!! Pastrami and Rubens sandwiches are amazing. Don't lose your ticket! Cash only.
  • Untapped Cities
    Untapped CitiesJanuary 22, 2014
    Founded in 1888, this iconic deli is famous for its pastrami and hot dogs. Katz's is a staple of popular culture and is prominently featured in the romantic comedy "When Harry Met Sally." Read more
  • Caitlin S.
    Caitlin StrandbergNovember 21, 2011
    You HAVE to go here. Pastrami sandwich, mustard. That's it. Bring cash ($15/sandwich) and split a sandwich if you're not starving. It's amazing. AMAZING. And ppl love the Harry Met Sally thing.
  • Christina C.heart icon on user image
    Christina ChinDecember 21, 2014
    The Reuben was amazing and pastrami is so worth trying even if you don't like it. That said, holy crap $20 for a sammie with no sides or anything!!
  • karim n.heart icon on user image
    karim naceurMay 10, 2016
    Orgasmic food for the ones who will seat at the table of "Harry meet Sally". Best Patrami in Town.
  • Martin P.heart icon on user image
    Martin PostaJuly 8, 2018
    The pastrami is a must have! It was heavenly and well worth the buck
  • Lulu R.heart icon on user image
    Lulu RamAugust 21, 2016
    Brisket Ruben is awesome. Meat is so tender it's crazy! The potato latkes are beyond good. I could have them all day everyday
  • Ardavan B.
    Ardavan BeiguiNovember 3, 2017
    The experience is cool, but it's extremely crowded, the wait is long, the meat is fat (I couldn't finish) and $25 for a sandwich is expensive. It's worth doing at least once I guess, because it's FUN!
  • Ghaida✨
    Ghaida✨May 5, 2023
    The pastrami sandwich is very delicious😍! But it's big for one person so you can share it, and don't miss the french fries👌
  • Fatou B.
    Fatou BahApril 8, 2015
    They give you samples of the meats. Your eyes are definitely bigger than your appetite here. They also have pickled tomatoes. Heavenly.
  • Cansu A.heart icon on user image
    Cansu AltıntaşOctober 22, 2017
    The line was just too long and we waited a lot. However, the pastrami sandwich was just too good to be true.
  • Buford B.heart icon on user image
    Buford BarnesFebruary 23, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    Established 1888 and continuously family owned & operated. Featured in films and TV. You can also have meat cuts sent to people - the perfect Valentine. Don't lose your ticket or you risk a hefty fee!
  • Virginia B.heart icon on user image
    Virginia BleiJuly 2, 2019
    Loved the Sandwich pastrami on the rye. Little bit pricey, but you can easily share!
  • Dan M.heart icon on user image
    Dan MillerJuly 11, 2016
    It's open 24 hours, so if you leave the bars at 4AM and still want pastrami this is your place. New York is amazing sometimes.
  • Justin D.
    Justin DavilaJuly 8, 2011
    a little pastrami hits the spot. like Louie CK says, "Put a dollar in your sandwich cutter's tip cup and he'll give you a piece of pastrami while you wait for him to make your sandwich. Then die later
  • A.J. B.heart icon on user image
    A.J. BrahmFebruary 9, 2022
    Pastrami sandwich can be shared between two people. Includes pickle. Fries were additional.
  • Martin H.heart icon on user image
    Martin HorvatJuly 6, 2019
    Probably the best pastrami sandwiches you will ever find!
  • Village Voice
    Village VoiceAugust 4, 2014
    The preferred beverage is Dr. Brown's Cel-Ray, a celery tonic that's a Lower East Side favorite. Read more
  • Reem K.
    Reem KhalilJune 10, 2016
    The Best Pastrami sandwich in the whole world. And if you have a small stomach u can share it with a friend.
  • Travel Channel
    Travel ChannelNovember 12, 2012
    As seen on Travel Channel’s Food Paradise: Manliest Restaurants 2, Katz's is the Mecca of pastrami & Mecca of sandwiches. What to order? Corned beef and pastrami.
  • Brian P.heart icon on user image
    Brian PDecember 1, 2015
    Still the best Pastrami anywhere. Try the Matzo Ball soup & fries as well. Skip the soda, there is self serve water in the back.
  • Honghui Y.heart icon on user image
    Honghui YuDecember 8, 2018
    Pastrami is the star here and rightfully so. For sides, I recommend the chicken noodle soup and the baked beans.
  • Jess M.heart icon on user image
    Jess MayaOctober 24, 2021
    Everything is good in here!!! Great food, great service!! Waiting in line is worthy!!!!!
  • First We Feast
    First We FeastAugust 3, 2014
    The 'strami sandwich is the main event, but the brisket and snappy hot dogs are worthy audibles (or additional orders if you're game for a belt-loosening meal). Read more
  • What's Good Hereheart icon on user image
    What's Good HereJanuary 24, 2015
    Start with the smoked hand carved Pastrami. It will be the best that you've ever eaten.
  • Christian K.
    Christian KatzenbachDecember 11, 2012
    Matze Ball Soup and Pastrami are extraordinary. Come with 3-4 friends, order a soup for each of you and share the 3 meat platter, and you'll be happy.
  • Ryan W.heart icon on user image
    Ryan WarrenderMay 17, 2016
    The pastrami sandwich is a mountain of deli meat between two slices of rye. An Iconic place with a great old school NYC feel.
  • Zack K.heart icon on user image
    Zack KinslowMarch 17, 2016
    Pastrami is INSANE. Something everyone must try once in their life, even if only visiting NYC, and especially if living here.
  • BaxterTheBoss
    BaxterTheBossJanuary 3, 2013
    The pastrami is bomb but dont sleep on the corned beef!!! I usually get half pastrami and half corned beef... and make sure you request pickeled tomatoes!
  • David C.heart icon on user image
    David ChitanavaJune 12, 2021
    Love their sandwiches. One of the older existing food spots in New York. It's a must-see place for city visitors.
  • Astoriawinediva
    AstoriawinedivaDecember 1, 2011
    just a NYC tradition on les...the most amazing pastrami piled high on rye with sweet & sour pickles! perfect after a night of friends and live music at Natl Underground!
  • Alexis B.
    Alexis BendjouiaDecember 7, 2014
    The pastrami sandwich of course. Go for the 1/2 matzo ball and 1/2 sandwich for the best of both.
  • Tilman B.heart icon on user image
    Tilman BeneckeJuly 11, 2017
    Me and two hungry ladies had the pastrami plate. Tasted great! Was more than enough for 3!
  • Michelin Travel & Lifestyle
    Michelin Travel & LifestyleSeptember 22, 2012
    Katz's has been curing and hand-carving its own pastrami (ask for it moist) since 1888. The pastrami-on-rye is unbelievably filling. - Green Guide Editor
  • Compass
    CompassJuly 23, 2013
    It’s nearly a sin to eat a pastrami sandwich anywhere else in the city. Pair cold cuts with a can of Dr. Brown’s and bask in the historical glory.
  • Bill B.
    Bill B.June 7, 2011
    Hand sliced pastrami, put on rye bread, warm, fresh, and with a generous shmear of brown mustard. And of course, you've gotta have some sour pickles and a cream soda. It is a classic combo.
  • Hao L.heart icon on user image
    Hao LiuAugust 18, 2019
    Recommends pastrami on rye with mustard. Feel free to try the meats before you order
  • Max W.heart icon on user image
    Max WendkosApril 28, 2019
    Thomas Keller, chef/owner of Per Se and TAK Room, recommends the pastami on rye.
  • Damian B.
    Damian BayonaJuly 10, 2016
    You could put that brown mustard in a glass and I would drink it 👌. Plenty of seating in the back around from the counters
  • Brendan G.heart icon on user image
    Brendan GoldfarbOctober 5, 2021
    Everything! Literally everything is amazing. Don’t lose your ticket, keep it till the end and pay for what you ate then.
  • Simran D.heart icon on user image
    Simran DassMarch 13, 2022
    Smoked salmon bagel was amazing - highly recommend this place. Need to come back to try the sandwiches
  • Kevin Jan M.heart icon on user image
    Kevin Jan MOctober 23, 2014
    Really delicious pastrami sandwiches. 😋 You have to get the "Rueben"! (Corned Beef, Swiss Cheese, Russian and Sauerkraut) Go, Go, GO!
  • Carona D.
    Carona Davis-DiopJune 3, 2016
    Awesome food as usual. Grew up eating this food. The longer lines are well worth the wait and they move pretty fast!
  • Margherita B.heart icon on user image
    Margherita B.March 3, 2017
    I think I'll always regard this as the best pastrami sandwidch I've ever had. It was so big that I had two meals out of it
  • Jeffrey Z.heart icon on user image
    Jeffrey ZeldmanAugust 5, 2018
    Been here 10+ times
    Oldest standing deli in NYC, and considered by many to be the very best. (It vies with 2nd Ave Deli for that honor.)
  • Kyoungok J.
    Kyoungok JungOctober 17, 2016
    Katz's Deli was fantastic! Their pastrami sandwich was the best hot sandwich I ever had. I'm gonna be there nexe time in NYC>
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