Eating New York in One Sandwich

I'll have what she's having

By Alistair Bancroft

North America

North America

Walking the streets of New York, you’d find yourself hard pushed not to step into a piece of cinematic history.

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One film location that struck a chord during our visit was the site of Meg Ryan's famous fake orgasm scene in the 1989 rom-com "When Harry Met Sally" - Long on the New York ‘to-do’ list - Katz's legendary Jewish deli.

Katz's Delicatessen, also known as Katz's of New York City, is synonymous with iconic New York City food, specifically, slow-cured pastrami and corned beef, has been serving customers from it's location in the Lower East Side since 1988.

The first rule of dining at Katz's Delicatessen - don't lose your ticket!

When you are fortunate enough to enter through the holy doors – expect to queue - you will be handed an orange, carnival style ticket.  This is your receipt (or check) and effectively your exit pass, on which your server will mark on with everything you order.  

Hang onto it or you will be subject to a hefty fine!

Please return all tickets (used or un-used) when leaving... Any lost ticket will incur a 50.00USD lost ticket charge (minimum)

Please return all tickets (used or un-used) when leaving... Any lost ticket will incur a 50.00USD lost ticket charge (minimum)

Not to be swayed by the menu options, we opted for the server's recommendation and ordered the Reuben sandwich – one with corned beef and a one with pastrami to share, accompanied with a Swiss cheese and sauerkraut combo.

Very busy but patience is rewarded

Very busy but patience is rewarded

Note the generous portion size

When the Reuben’s were served - controlling our emotions - the first observation is that the portioning is very generous; any water in the eyes at the price has since dried, this is one establishment in New York where you get what you pay for! 

Upon the first salivating taste the meat simply melts on your mouth in a way that can only be described as divine, and your teeth just glide through the sandwich, melting in your mouth.

Swiss cheese! There is a reason Katzs is always busy it just about fits on the plate

Swiss cheese! There is a reason Katzs is always busy it just about fits on the plate

One piece of advice if you decide to visit Katz's Deli: do not even attempt to make plans following - these Reuben's are big you can't even breathe!

Katz's Delicatessen Directions

Katz delicatessen can be found Lower East Side, on 205 East Houston Street (corner of Ludlow St) New York City, 10002.

Katz Deli, New York 205 East Houston Street,
New York City,
NYC 10002

Alistair Bancroft

Alistair is a technologist based in London. Follow Alistair on Twitter @0_7734.