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)
    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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  • The Tastes that Make the City
    The pastrami sandwich is the best pastrami in NYC, making our list of "The Tastes That Make the City: NYC Edition." Read more
  • Elvis R.
    Elvis RodricksSeptember 30, 2018
    Best pastrami! Get the half sandwich with soup if aint that hungry!
  • Keith C.heart icon on user image
    Keith ConverseMay 17, 2015
    It's a New York instituation and their corned beef is amazing. Just don't lose your ticket!
  • Lynn
    LynnFebruary 4, 2016
    Not as good as my childhood memories but if you want pastrami downtown . (and dont mind the price) Its still the place to go. And it still looks the same as 30 years ago.
  • Cindy S.
    Cindy SalminsSeptember 24, 2013
    Amazing matzo ball soup and pastrami sandwiches. Small space and lots of people make me glad I don't live in NYC - it's crazy busy in this place.
  • Epicurious
    EpicuriousAugust 24, 2010
    Possibly the most famous NYC food landmark, this Jewish deli excels in each dish, from snappy hot dogs to giant pastrami sandwiches. Hint: don't forget to tip your carver!
  • Flordaliza R.heart icon on user image
    Flordaliza RodriguezFebruary 15, 2016
    Hard to choose. If you go choose the half and half that way you get both pastrami and corn beef.
  • Best Delegate
    Best DelegateSeptember 6, 2011
    Sure, it's touristy and further away, but absolutely delicious! Make a late night trip out here and get a sandwich. Light eaters can split a sandwich.
  • TV Food Maps
    TV Food MapsAugust 26, 2014
    Check out Katz's Deli as seen on Best Thing I Ever Ate , Food Wars , Man vs Food , No Reservations , Food Paradise , Adam Richman's Best Sandwich Read more
  • Michael A.heart icon on user image
    Michael AnthonyMay 23, 2019
    Great pastrami sandwich, definitely lived up to the hype. Unfortunately, so did the line and the price.
  • Jenn R.
    Jenn RyanJune 30, 2013
    The cold roast beef with cole slaw and mustard on Italian. I could have died right after I ate it and been a happy girl. Simply amazing.
  • Ioannis P.heart icon on user image
    Ioannis PapapetrouSeptember 2, 2016
    One of the best meals i have ever had...You should try it!!!
  • Jason P.heart icon on user image
    Jason PastoreNovember 4, 2016
    Pastrami Reuben. Amazing as always
  • Messiah R.heart icon on user image
    Messiah RSeptember 10, 2015
    One of the best in NYC, can't go wrong with the hot dogs, kanish...
  • Steve A.
    Steve AndroulakisAugust 6, 2014
    It's expensive for a sandwich but this famous place still might have the best pastrami in the world.
  • Connie C.heart icon on user image
    Connie ChiuOctober 22, 2016
    Not sure what all the hubbub is about except for the late hours for chilling after a night out. The pastrami on its own is worth eating but the hype, don't get it.
  • Andy H.heart icon on user image
    Andy HalvorsenNovember 24, 2018
    Been here 5+ times
    The best pastrami in the universe. There’s isn’t a better Sammy on any Planet.
  • Julie S.
    Julie SosciaAugust 1, 2018
    An NYC pop culture classic, try the pastrami sandwich. Ask for the When Harry Met Sally table.
  • Julie S.
    Julie SosciaJuly 17, 2018
    An NYC pop culture classic, try the pastrami sandwich. Ask for the When Harry Met Sally table.
  • Greg C.heart icon on user image
    Greg CalApril 28, 2015
    Everybody suggests Katz and there's a reason why. The pastrami on rye is absolutely worth it
  • Leisha C.
    Leisha CarterMarch 13, 2013
    I know it's all about the pastrami sandwich, but get on the corned beef & mustard on rye - amazing!
  • Cristiana C.heart icon on user image
    Cristiana CiampaMay 24, 2019
    Pastrami is just perfect and classic. Everyone in the world should try it!
  • HashtagNYU
    HashtagNYUJuly 7, 2016
    Try their pastrami or reuben sandwiches after a night out in the Lower East Side.
  • Norbert H.
    Norbert HuNovember 30, 2012
    Kick yourself if you haven't tried their pastrami sandwich; kick yourself again if you ignore this tip and still don't try their pastrami sandwich.
  • Kimmie O.heart icon on user image
    Kimmie OhhDecember 3, 2019
    Don’t lose your ticket or else you’ll end up paying a hefty fee.
  • alphacityguides
    alphacityguidesDecember 2, 2012
    Can't argue that this is one friggin' good pastrami sandwich. Remember it's cash only!!! Read more
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    TAugust 5, 2018
    I really like the brisket as it's not too salty!
  • Re S.heart icon on user image
    Re SolMay 9, 2016
    Pastrami sandwich is unbelievable! A great place to taste American sandwiches!
  • Seth G.
    Seth GordonOctober 22, 2011
    Go with the classic: pastrami (or corned beef) on rye with a slash of mustard. Wash down with a Dr. Brown's Cel-Ray. Classic.
  • Tereza V.heart icon on user image
    Tereza V.July 16, 2020
    Delicious meal. One plate is enough for 2 person. Trust me!
  • Hasan M.heart icon on user image
    Hasan MertJune 8, 2015
    Pastrami sandwich is incredible. One of the most delicious food un NYC.
  • WhiskeyAvengerheart icon on user image
    WhiskeyAvengerJune 17, 2018
    The sandwiches are huge. Two people could feed to bursting on one.
  • Felix S.heart icon on user image
    Felix SargentApril 15, 2016
    It's *SO EXPENSIVE*Go once, it's history. But make it yourself at home if you want a basic sandwich for $21.
  • Alex H.
    Alex HayworthJune 19, 2017
    Quintessential NYC spot. Corned beef, brisket, pickles, where Meg Ryan faked orgasm. Il Laboratorio del Gelato is near.
  • Alex F.
    Alex FishJune 15, 2015
    Been here 5+ times
    Tip the pastrami guy while he cuts it. You will get a better cut and a free sample!
  • H B.
    H BombzApril 7, 2012
    All the cutters have their own line! ;) get a table around in the back so ur away from the crowd. Yummy in my tummy!
  • Pilgrim 🛣heart icon on user image
    Pilgrim 🛣March 17, 2016
    Worth the wait, the corn beef and pastrami Reuben is to die for.
  • freshwaterheart icon on user image
    freshwaterJuly 28, 2018
    Delicious pastrami sandwich. Overcrowded always, unorganised, have some patience.
  • Mark B.
    Mark BJanuary 27, 2012
    Pastrami on rye with a schmear of liver. Paired with a cream soda. Topped off with a pickle. But don't lose your ticket.
  • ᴡ H.heart icon on user image
    ᴡ HoggJanuary 28, 2018
    Pastrami Sandwich, without a shadow of a doubt. Best fucking sandwich I’ve ever had in my life.
  • Christian F.heart icon on user image
    Christian FengAugust 20, 2017
    Corn Beef on Rye is really big. Cash Only so don't expect to pay with credit cards.
  • Emona S.
    Emona SJune 17, 2018
    So surprised of the ratings. It was the worst- taste,service or value. Chicken soup was a bullion cube served half in a cup, half in the dish, a piece of rye + unchewable meat or liverwurst costs ~20$
  • Caitlin H.
    Caitlin HalleMay 20, 2016
    Impossible not to love this place! I have it shipped to my brother in DC for his birthday!
  • Jalen B.
    Jalen BNovember 8, 2017
    Really nice pastrami - expensive though! I recommend take out! Always busy and crowded. Not nice to sit
  • Adleyheart icon on user image
    AdleyAugust 27, 2014
    OMG! This place is hilarious! Any sandwich is absolutely amazing!!!!
  • Alicia D.heart icon on user image
    Alicia Donovan BrainerdDecember 21, 2023
    Worth the hype. We tried a sandwich and potato pancakes.
  • 🐰SuzyMae💜 H.
    Try the Lobster Claw Bloody Mary - This is a meal in and of itself! #lobster #pescatarian #brunch
  • Elizabeth B.
    Elizabeth BursteinDecember 11, 2018
    Loved: matzah ball soup, latkes. Meat platter is good too!
  • Shariheart icon on user image
    ShariAugust 12, 2016
    Don't get the cheese steak and any egg cream. Get all of the deli items and you'll love them!
  • AriZona Iced Tea
    AriZona Iced TeaFebruary 8, 2011
    The original NYC deli, serving up the best corned beef and pastrami sandwiches in town. Don't forget to pair your food with an ice cold AriZona!
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