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Katz's Deli

Certificate of Excellence
Lower East Side
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205 E Houston Street, 205 E Houston Street, 10002-1098, New York City, New York, New York City, NY 10002-1098
(212) 254-2246
8:00 am - 11:59 pm
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All hours
Sun 12:00 pm - 10:45 pm
Mon - Wed 8:00 am - 10:45 pm
Thu 8:00 am - 2:45 am
Fri 8:00 am - 11:59 pm
Sat 12:00 am - 11:59 pm
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Culver City, California
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44 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

Have been here many times, both as a New Yorker and as a visitor - there's nothing like it! The deli is great, need sometimes to stake out a table, but worth it for the food, ambience and people. Lower East Side location. Old slogan was, "Send a salami to your boy in the Army." All the politicians campaigning in... More 

Thank Carol T
Paradise Valley, Arizona
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165 reviews
130 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 66 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

It is the ultimate old time jewish Deli. Hand cut meat, surely waiters, and outstanding food.I have been going there for over 60 years, and it never changes.Quality is the key word, and ambience matters not. But, can one eat atmosphere ? If you are in NYC you owe to yourself to forget diet, calories, and indulge.

Thank Jefftimb
London, United Kingdom
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27 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

This place was how I had imagined new York from all the old movies I had seen .A bustling old school deli serving pastrami on rye and pickles ,it probably survives due to its famous visitors over the years and the number of tourists that come.pricey though , 2 sandwiches and 3 sodas about $55 inc tax but I had... More 

Thank jacko01
Chicago, Illinois
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9 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

There is only one similar cafeteria style diner in Chicago, so we look forward to Katz's Deli if our travels allow. We arrived quite early, so it wasn't at all crowded. The staff is very friendly and the food is excellent. Large portions, which we shared. The pastrami omelette is not greasy --- done very well --- and the breakfast... More 

Thank Barb W
Perth, Australia
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11 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

This place is insanely busy! But the turnover is quite good. I'm not sure if you're meant to book or not, but we walked in with a group of 13 hungry people and were not pushed back and did not have to wait. We had a series of soups, pastrami sandwiches (which our growing boys could not finish) and salads.

Thank Cozads247
2 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

Katz's is the premier pastrami joint in NYC. It serves modern pastrami, i., e. brisket not the old fashioned and tastier stomach meat the original Romanian immigrants favored (which you can buy at Hudson & Charles Butcher shop). You stand at the counter, tip the butcher and he cuts the pastrami and builds your huge sandwich before your eyes. One... More 

Thank stuart s
Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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5 reviews
3 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

A couple of years since we visited & had the usual brisket sandwich which was lovely but too much but the toilet, as this place is on most visitors' list of places to visit, was not good, not clean & I would not visit again because of it!

Thank Gillian S
Burlington, New Jersey, United States
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8 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

We have traveled Katz's Deli on two occasions. Both visits were amazing. The sandwiches are HUGE and delicious. I purchased the Rueban both times with Corned Beef and Pastrami. I have never found another deli that can replicate their meats. Make sure you enjoy a sample from the counter guy of whatever you're buying, leave him a small tip and... More 

Thank David D
Badalona, Spain
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197 reviews
123 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 64 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

The definitive place for a Pastrami on Rye. Noisy, busy, great. They are making so many that you can be sure that the meat is just cooked. They let you try the pastrami while they are preparing the sandwich, and it just melts in your mouth. Be warned, however, these are big sandwiches. Check out the photos of famous customers,... More 

Thank Mark R
Huntington Beach, California
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14 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

OK, maybe we didn't have what Sally had, but the pastrami sandwich is worth the visit. Tender pastrami done to perfection. Consider sharing the hefty sandwich and leave room for some sides and of course, the kosher pickles. Katz's Deli was on the map long before Harry met Sally, and it's no coincidence that business is bustling at all hours... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
    4 of 5 stars
Average prices
American, Kosher, Delicatessen
Brunch, Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Late Night
Restaurant features
Delivery, Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol
Good for
Local cuisine, Families with children
Open Hours
12:00 pm - 10:45 pm
8:00 am - 10:45 pm
8:00 am - 10:45 pm
8:00 am - 10:45 pm
8:00 am - 2:45 am
8:00 am - 11:59 pm
12:00 am - 11:59 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 205 E Houston Street, 205 E Houston Street, 10002-1098, New York City, New York, New York City, NY 10002-1098
  • Location: United States  >  New York (NY)  >  New York City>  > Lower East Side
  • Neighborhood: Lower East Side
  • Phone Number: (212) 254-2246

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