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Katz's Deli

205 E Houston Street, New York City, NY 10002-1098 (Manhattan)
(212) 254-2246
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Ranked #778 of 11,654 Restaurants in New York City
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $1 - $20
Cuisines: American, Delicatessen
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Good for: Local cuisine
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Takeout, Delivery, Late Night, Dessert
Neighborhood: Manhattan
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English first
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23 reviews 23 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2014 NEW

An enjoyable experience. The sandwich was incredible. So delicious, and so very big. Service was incredibly flat. Made to feel like a number and a tourist. Worth going once, but suspect repeat trade is a rarity here.

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Mahopac, New York
13 reviews 13 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2014 NEW

HORRIBLE SERVICE & FOOD. They blamed their terrible service on "tradition". The restaurant is filthy. They waitstaff and counter staff was just as dirty. I really have no idea how they passed health inspection. You have to order every single thing from a different line and the staff is really nasty when you ask how to order. All the food... More

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Daytona Beach, Florida, Usa
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57 reviews 57 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
45 helpful votes 45 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2014 NEW

Had lunch during a recent visit to NYC at Katz. First off, when you arrive they issue you a ticket that you must not lose whether you eat or not. There are several people behind the counter making sandwiches and you have to jockey for position to get one to help you. Once we ordered, it was very good. A... More

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Spartanburg, South Carolina
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54 reviews 54 reviews
32 restaurant reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2014 NEW credit card Amex Card Member Review

If you're going to have a NY deli pastrami, then you have to go to Katz. Of course it was delicious, but it's also one of those places you just have to go to experience it to say "I've been there. Harry & Sally have nothing on me!"

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Farmington Hills, Michigan
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29 reviews 29 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2014 NEW

First time visiting this historic NYC deli and everything was delicious! I loved my 1/2 pastrami sandwich and matzo ball soup combo, and the fresh dill pickles were so crisp and garlicky! The only drawback is their whole ticket system -- be warned, pay close attention and don't lose the ticket you're issued as you enter. You order your food... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2014 NEW

This place is like a cattle call but the food is "tip top." If you are a deli lover, Katz is a don't miss. A New York classic. We have enjoyed our friends reaction after suggesting a visit. Pastrami and Corned Beef are the stuff of dreams.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2014 NEW

Ok first up... This place is not cheap and the choice of food is quite limited but if this is your first visit to NY GO .... You will have to queue, you will order too much food, you will think it was expensive but still GO... No visit to NY is complete without a visit to Katz..

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London, United Kingdom
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8 reviews 8 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2014 NEW

We visited Katz's late afternoon, so it was busy enough to be buzzing but queues were short. The atmosphere is fun and a good mixture of authentic Jewish deli and hectic tourist haunt. The service was a bit confusing & we had to visit three sections of the long counter, for our grilled cheese, fat fries, slaw, pickles & sodas.... More

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2014 NEW

Wanted to visit this iconic restaurant for a meal during our recent visit to NYC. Pastrami sandwiches were great, but the service was poor. Opted for the table service and were served by a waitress who never returned to our table after the food was dropped off by a "runner". Didn't think anything of it, but when we were ready... More

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Bedford, New Hampshire
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70 reviews 70 reviews
63 restaurant reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2014 NEW

Visited Katz's yesterday. After much debate between a vote of terrible or a vote of poor, we went with poor. By way of background, I've been eating at Katz's on and off since my student days in the 1960's when it was quirky but good. Still quirky but no longer good. There are many better Jewish-style delis in Manhattan these... More

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