“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.”
“Sandwich & a cold beer and you're all set!”
“this place is hands down the best pastrami sandwich you'll ever have in your life.”
“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.”
“Please ignore all reviews that say this place is terrible and mark it with one star, it is not meant to be a 5 star restaurant with crisp white linens and impeccable waiter service.”
“The sandwich is huge, the pastrami is tender, hand cut, juicy.”
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.
Expensive but great. This place is pricy. If youre craving some good roast beef or pastrami and are willing to spend minimum 15$ then this is the place to go. The pickles are great too.
Great Knishes. Everyone talks about the pastrami and roast beef, im here to talk about the knishes. They are great, over stuffed with delicios mashed chunky potatoes, and go great with the spicy mustard. This place is a little pricy, but it is such a historical monument and just a great atmosphere in NYC.
This is New York.
I've been to Katz many times and the food is the best. The atmosphere is perfect. For those reviewers that think it's confusing or "dirty" or crowded just don't get it. Katz Deli is a true New York staple.
My mouth is watering thinking about a Pastrami on Rye at Katz. Corned Beef, Toungue...it's all good.
The rep is true. Even though they violate my $10 sandwich rule, I will gladly pay the $14 for a Pastrami lean, as it is freaking delicious! Get a side of coleslaw and fries. Bomb Meal!
KATZ DELI STINKS !!.
I have lived in the NYC area for the past 50 years.
Today I happened to be in the area so I stopped in Katz' for a sandwich. I had never been there before, and probably won't be rushing back anytime soon.
There did not seem to be any order to the place, just chaos. I walked in and was handed a ticket...that meant NOTHING as far as my being served in a timely manner.
I was told by the security person to pick a line of one of 5 carvers...my guy liked to gab with everyone else behind the counter and was slow as molasses in the winter. The other counter men next to me was serving 3 people to my guys one. It took me more that 45 minutes to get a sandwich!!! The place was busy so I could not switch lines. There were other people on my line that were getting really mad, cursing under their breath about our guy and your poor system of service.
Then you have to go to a different station for drinks, and a different one for hot dogs, etc !!
THEN AFTER ALMOST 1 HOUR TO GET ALL MY FOOD, I FOUND OUT THAT I COUILD HAVE SAT DOWN AND GOT WAITER SERVICE......WHY DID THE IDIOT AT THE DOOR TELL ME THAT I HAD TO WAIT ON THAT STUPID LINE !!!!!
If you are going to make people wait on the disgusting line, then you should use the same method that banks employ...one line then you get served as each carver station is freed up. Or use the same way they do it in a supermarket deli or bakery and take a number and as its called you get served....OR TELL PEOPLE AS THEY ENTER THE DELI WHAT THE FAH-KOCKTA ROUTINE IS THAT YOU HAVE IN PLACE, SO THEY CAN MAKE A DECISION ON WHAT THEY WANT TO DO RATHER THAN FEEL THIER WAY THROUGH THE MINUTIA BLINDLY.
Some people on my line were compairing your place to the "Soup Nazi" from the Seinfeld episode
How you guys have been in business since 1888 with the current poorly organized system is a mystery...Well maybe its becaue once I did get my sandwich it was very good...but not 45 minutes + to wait for it good!!
You seem to have gotten so big from things like "When Harry Met Sally" and the Food Network, etc. that you have forgotten about how to treat a customer when they enter the store. Lots of tourists...but how many repeat local customers...not me.
Pricy but priceless!!!. I have read that Katz's is pricy and rude. Yes it is a little pricy and yes maybe even rude but... Where else can you go for such fantastic grub? Worth every penny! Rude? That could be the most important part of your experience at this fabulous Deli. Hello! It is a Deli folks. Thank you Katz's I'll be back again and again. (Can't wait to try the turkey)
Tasty but pricey. I remember the Katz's of my childhood - the deli looks much the same as it did four decades ago and I appreciate that Katz's interior, unlike the surrounding neighborhood, has not been gentrified. I consider the lack of ambiance to be charming - in the true tradition of what delis used to look like. There are few old time Jewish-style delis left anymore. What has changed, along with the neighborhood, is the prices. A corned beef or a pastrami sandwich is close to $15 and you will pay $1 more if you want your sandwich lean. Sandwiches are a good size. One sandwich and a portion of fries($4.50) can feed two average eaters. While the sandwiches are not the very best I have ever eaten, I found the meat, the pastrami in particular, to be quite tasty. The meat was warm and thickly sliced - not like the pastrami you buy at the deli that is cold and sliced thin on a machine. I believe Katz's cures its own pastrami and it certainly tasted that way. The corned beef was good too but a bit dry for my taste - maybe because I ordered it lean. Good enough for me not to have felt like a fool for spending approximately $34 for two sandwiches. The pickles that accompanied the sandwiches were excellent. Although I didn't enjoy my bill, I did enjoy the sandwiches. We were three people and two sandwiches (no sides) was more than enough for us. Katz's does not accept credit cards - cash only. It seemed to me that Katz's attracts a good many tourists but this native New Yorker will still occasionally return to Katz's when I am feeling nostalgia for some tasty, old time deli.
Katz's Deli----World Famous Bad Experience. We have always heard the hype about Katz's Deli, so we wanted to give it a try while staying in New York. I found the experience awful. From the start, it is filthy. The bathrooms are rancid. The staff is very, very rude. People are treated like cattle. The food is awful. The portions do not justify the inflated price. The reuben was actually partially made in the microwave. The knish was absolutely disgusting. For one corned beef sandwich, one reuben, 2 knish, and 2 cans of soda, we were charged almost $46. This is not justifiable---the portions are small, the food is disgusting, the staff rude, and the environment filthy. You are better off going to the Carnegie Deli or even Jason's Deli (chain) for that matter---------both much better and I would recommend. At any rate, I don't understand the hype. Just because a place was featured in a movie or have had a star patronize the establishment should not create such hype. In fact, I bet some of the stars that have visited have not gone back. Also, I question the validity of the 3, 4, 5 star ratings on this site. Most likely from staff or those affiliated with Katz's deli. I guarantee the 1 and 2 star ratings are genuine. The place sucks.
What's the big deal?.
Honestly, this place is hardly worth all the hype. The "enormous" sandwiches are about three inches tall and taste average. Maybe to a someone whose diet consists of three crackers a day would these portions be considered huge.
The latkes were pretty good though.
Otherwise, I'm pretty sure the hype for this place was meant for some previous time. Not recommended.
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