I wasn't commenting on the age demographic at Katz's. Yes, it certainly skews "older", especially during the week when I've been there. (And yes, I'm over 50, in fact just recently I'm over 60), My point is, at least during the week at lunch time, there's more locals than tourists.
Come ON. Not all people living and/or working in NY are health food freaks. There's still a lot of middle class people, such as myself and my co-workers (i.e NY City is not all poor people and rich people) and we still go to Katz's. And we're not ALL over 50. Of the 9 different co-workers that I have gone to Katz's with over the past 10 years, they are 2 white males over 60, 2 white males from 50 to 60, one Hispanic male in his 40's, two black females in their 40's, and two white females in thier 30's. None of them seemed to be particularly out of place during weekday lunch time at Katz's.
Oh, I forgot, and two guys from our office in Fargo North Dakota that we took there a couple of years ago. THEY looked out of place.
I figured you were over 60, but I didn't want to be presumptive.
That was my point, most of the local's you'll find at Katz's would be older.
I'm not sure what economic class has to do with lifestyle. My friends who still live in
the NYC area consider themselves "middle class" and they try to live a healthy lifestyle. They're not sticklers but they don't go to Katz's or any of the other delis with the exception of rare occasions (when the grandparents are down from Boca)
For what it's worth I looked at YELP reviews for both Katz's, Durgin Park and The Carnegie deli..
I looked at the first 20 reviews for each to determine if the reviewers lived locally
(in the NYC metro area and the Boston metro area) btw there was a reviewer for the Carnegie deli from New Haven CT and I considered that local.
5 out of 20 reviews for Katz's were local
7 out of 20 reviews for The Carnegie Deli were local
9 out of 20 reviews for Durgin Park were local.
BTW, there used to be hundreds of Jewish Deli's in Manhattan alone, why are there only 5 left?. In a city with a metro population of 20 million, that's a mere "drop in the bucket.
Per capita, there's more restaurants in the Twin Cities serving Scandinavian food
and hot dish than there are kosher delis in Manhattan. Pretty good for "joke food" and "food that never existed"
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