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Katz's

205 E. Houston, New York, NY - (212) 254-2246
New York's best pastrami sandwich is made at Katz's, the grandaddy of Pastrami Palaces – since 1888. It is an only-in-New York eating experience: brash, rude, but ultimately very, very satisfying.
96% Approval Rating (64 votes)

Scorecard

5 - Overall: Legendary - Worth driving from anyplace
Overall: Legendary - Worth driving from anyplace
Knoblewurst on Rye
Sour Pickles
Pastrami Sandwich
French Fries
Pastrami Reuben
Half-Sour Pickles
Corned Beef Sandwich
Potato Knish
Brisket Sandwich
Macaroni Salad
Corned Beef on Rye, Extra Lean
Cole Slaw
Hot Dog
Egg Cream
Kasha Knish

Highlighted Reviews

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Michael Stern - Photos (6)
Roadfood.com Editor
"Steamy hot, moist and tender, perfumed by spice and smoke, pastrami is the most voluptuous of delicatessen meats. Tasty examples can be found in almost any American city with a population of Romanian-ancestored Jews; but for the very best, for pastrami to make you ..."   [Read More]
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Jack Ziegler
January 17, 2011
"I went to Katz's for lunch for the first time about 30 years ago. I'd just been transferred to New York from Baltimore. I ordered a corned beef on rye, and a kosher hot dog with fried bologna. The counterman looked at me and said, "You can't have that." I said, ..."   [Read More]
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Dean Voeks
January 11, 2013
"Visited Katz's 1/8/13. Definitely had an aged look, comfortable, proven and authentic. No go for show here. Just good food except for the knish (inedible). It's almost as if they wanted to put out something lousy to prove they could and it wouldn't hurt their ..."   [Read More]
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Jim Dudlicek
August 13, 2012
"Made my first trip to Katz's and I was not disappointed. The pastrami lived up to its legendary status -- just perfect. And those sour pickles are absolutely psychedelic. Luckily, my job is requiring me to travel to New York more often these days, so I see many more ..."   [Read More]

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Map & Web Site

205 E. Houston, New York, NY
(212) 254-2246

http://katzsdelicatessen.com/

Hours & Policies

Seasons:Open Year Round
Meals Served:Breakfast, Lunch
Operational Hours:Always Call Ahead!
Credit Cards Accepted:Yes
Alcohol Served:No
Outdoor Seating:No
Reservations Accepted:No
Delivery Available:No
Takeout Counters:Yes
Many delis now use machines to slice their deli meats. Not Katz's. Part of the fun of dining here is watching the meat sliced and the sandwich built. This picture shows a steaming pastrami.
"Many delis now use machines to slice their deli meats. Not Katz's. Part of the fun of dining here is watching the meat sliced and the sandwich built. This picture shows a steaming pastrami."
Michael Stern





My very first pastrami sandwich at Katz's and hopefully not my last!  This was meltingly tender and rich.
"My very first pastrami sandwich at Katz's and hopefully not my last! This was meltingly tender and rich."
Bill Homan


Unlike the dogs of Chicagoland, the finest New York dogs are best savored with minimal topping. A smear of brown mustard, maybe a little kraut, might be called for, but neither is necessary. While these two well-done dogs wear a line of mustard, sometimes we like to savor the dogs' flavor with no toppings at all.
"Unlike the dogs of Chicagoland, the finest New York dogs are best savored with minimal topping. A smear of brown mustard, maybe a little kraut, might be called for, but neither is necessary. While these two well-done dogs wear a line of mustard, sometimes we like to savor the dogs' flavor with no toppings at all."
Bruce Bilmes and Susan Boyle


Sections of knoblewurst are always ready on the grill, in various stages of doneness, so you can ask for it cooked the way you like: medium for maximum juiciness, well for maximum crustiness.  Note, in the upper right corner, the square knish.  Avoid these; go for the round knishes (not visible) which they get from Yonah Schimmel down the street.
"Sections of knoblewurst are always ready on the grill, in various stages of doneness, so you can ask for it cooked the way you like: medium for maximum juiciness, well for maximum crustiness. Note, in the upper right corner, the square knish. Avoid these; go for the round knishes (not visible) which they get from Yonah Schimmel down the street."
Bruce Bilmes and Susan Boyle


A corned beef sandwich with nothing else on it, just rye bread and meat; does it really need anything else?
"A corned beef sandwich with nothing else on it, just rye bread and meat; does it really need anything else?"
Bill Homan


Our counterman did a great job on this corned beef sandwich and was happy to pose for a close-up.
"Our counterman did a great job on this corned beef sandwich and was happy to pose for a close-up."
Bill Homan


This is a well-cooked knoblewurst, served between slices of rye. Sauerkraut and deli mustard are good garnishes, but this is also great totally nude; just meat and bread.
"This is a well-cooked knoblewurst, served between slices of rye. Sauerkraut and deli mustard are good garnishes, but this is also great totally nude; just meat and bread."
Bruce Bilmes and Susan Boyle


We didn't weigh it, but our guess is that this sandwich holds a half-pound of pastrami. Love those spicy blackened edges!
"We didn't weigh it, but our guess is that this sandwich holds a half-pound of pastrami. Love those spicy blackened edges!"
Michael Stern


The sweet Russian dressing, briny sauerkraut, gooey Swiss, and the rich, peppery pastrami made for one of the best pastrami Reuben sandwiches I have ever tasted.
"The sweet Russian dressing, briny sauerkraut, gooey Swiss, and the rich, peppery pastrami made for one of the best pastrami Reuben sandwiches I have ever tasted."
Bill Homan


Everyone who gets a sandwich is also given a plate of kosher pickles: half-sours and VERY sours. They go great with the meaty sandwiches.
"Everyone who gets a sandwich is also given a plate of kosher pickles: half-sours and VERY sours. They go great with the meaty sandwiches."
Michael Stern


Some people believe Katz's hot dogs are the best in the city. Here's a pair, one with stewed onions, the other with sauerkraut. Both, of course, are spread with mustard.
"Some people believe Katz's hot dogs are the best in the city. Here's a pair, one with stewed onions, the other with sauerkraut. Both, of course, are spread with mustard."
Michael Stern


Our guy held up his second creation, my pastrami with mustard on rye.  What a beauty.
"Our guy held up his second creation, my pastrami with mustard on rye. What a beauty."
Bill Homan


Katz's extra-thick french fries are creamy inside and crisp outside.
"Katz's extra-thick french fries are creamy inside and crisp outside."
Michael Stern


The sandwiches are hand sliced.  Behind the pastrami is a very beefy brisket sandwich.
"The sandwiches are hand sliced. Behind the pastrami is a very beefy brisket sandwich."
Bruce Bilmes and Susan Boyle


Here's the line of sandwich makers at work.
"Here's the line of sandwich makers at work."
Bruce Bilmes and Susan Boyle


We'd call it an
"We'd call it an "eating hall": always boisterous"
Michael Stern


Agreed!
"Agreed!"
Bill Homan


You can always spot Katz's by the neon glow on Houston Street.
"You can always spot Katz's by the neon glow on Houston Street."
Sam Meyer


Easy to spot if you're walking along East Houston Street.
"Easy to spot if you're walking along East Houston Street."
Bill Homan


Over 100 years of making people happy.
"Over 100 years of making people happy."
Bill Homan


Before you even see these signs, you can smell the aroma of garlicky meat.
"Before you even see these signs, you can smell the aroma of garlicky meat."
Bruce Bilmes and Susan Boyle



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