“Yes, it has an authentic Old Manhattan atmosphere, which is harder and harder to find these days, and it serves a decent corned beef sandwich.”
“enjoy an egg cream or a cel-ray soda with your meal.”
“The Pastrami sandwich was like "buttah" and with pickles and an icy cold beer to wash it down, it was a pleasurable experience.”
“The sandwich is huge, the pastrami is tender, hand cut, juicy.”
“The place is the best place on the East Coast for Pastrami and has been rated by many people.”
“took my family here for the real deli experience, and I'll never go back, the service is deplorable, the staff is rude, and the prices are ridiculous.”
“The waitress was nice, but the others were indifferent or surly.”
“the prices have obviously gone up since then and now i don't go often, but i know it's the place to go for a nice family meal that we'll all like.”
Best pastrami on rye ever...blows Carnegie away! The scene is worth the trip alone, but bring cash
Sometimes called the Mecca of deli, Katz's is more accurately the Dome of the Rock of Deli: the sanctum sanctorum, the source and shrine of all that deli means in America. Go for the mystique -- but stay for the pastami.
Sweet Potato Pickles!. Dear God without doubt-the best sweet potato knish's and also some of the best pickles you can come by!
The Best Deli in Town. Puts Carnegie and Stage Delis to shame! Dingy but colorful, great food, huge portions -- and just plain lots of fun. If you come to the city and miss going to Katz's, shame on you!
The Zorro of Corned Beef. You stand in line with twenty other starving souls. You nudge to the front of the line and the server slides a small dish your way with a piece of corned beef and a wedge of pickle to nibble on while he slices your sandwich. The pastrami and corned beef are handed sliced. You like lean...they got lean. You like fatty...they got fatty. You want New York Deli...this is New York Deli. Any place that uses a slicing machine for corned beef and pastrami might as well move to the suburbs. Katz's will still be in New York.
send a salami.... Sure it's expensive and dingy, but come on... it's Katz's. I don't see how anyone can think you'll get a better pastrami sandwich anywhere, and the hot dogs are the best around. Katz's is classic New York, and if it ain't broke, don't fix it.
What about the houseflies???. Great tasting pastrami if you get the extra lean, too expensive for the amount of houseflies. A classice New York deli atmosphere, minus the attitude.
Good Meats but Nothing Else. The meats (pastrami, corned beef and tongue) are quite good (note: NOT best) but don't have anything else. Matzoh ball soup was tasteless, pickles were limp and fries were mostly soggy and greasy. And the ambience is supposedly "tradition" but more like an excuse to avoid spending money to renovate. For the business and prices they charge . . . . Take the meat to go, or go a bit further north to 2nd Ave Deli.
Divine Katz. Katz's pastrami is juicy, tender, and simply divine! Service is quite fast as well.
Forget Katz's - Go to Second Avenue Deli.
I have lived in the Lower East Side most of my life and have seen the quality of Katz's decline during the past few years.
Last night (a Monday night) my husband and I went to Katz's for corned beef sandwiches, french fries and a soda. The meat was old and funny tasting, stringy and very small in portion. The french fries were also old and had been re-fried. We were extremely disappointed. We spent $30 on two sanchwiches, one french fries and 2 soda. That's outrageous for the quality of food we were served.
Spend a little more and go to the Second Avenue Deli, you can never go wrong.
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