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Downtown Manhattan (Downtown)
0.6 miles from SoHo
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One of the last-standing, old-time Eastern European spots on the Lower East Side, Katz’s is a true NY institution. It’s crowded, crazy and packed with ...
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Bib Gourmand: good quality, good value cooking
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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

This place is grossly overhyped and the staff there are rude, gruff and disgusting. Sandwiches are fine/whatever but disgustingly priced at $25 a sandwich and an expected tip on top of that - you’re dreaming if I’m going to tip you for an already overpriced...stupid sandwich. You could get better anywhere else. This place is an absolute scam and tourist trap and somebody needs to end this shenanigan.More

Date of visit: August 2021
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We dropped our bags and went straight to Katz for our annual visit. Like other visits, the food was absolutely amazing! The pastrami sandwich is a must have and I normally wash it down with egg cream. You can thank me later 😁

Date of visit: August 2021
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Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

Worth the wait on line for a NYC tradition. 1/2 a sandwich is more than enough. Be sure to add a Knish and/or a bowl of the soup.

Date of visit: August 2021
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Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

I have lived in New York my store life . I have had deli food from a number of excellent ones ( sadly some have closed) Katz s is not at the top of the list! It is a tourist Mecca partly because of the...famous scene from When Harry Met Sally. Iwe were coming back from the Jersey shore and I decided we should have some food from Katz’s . The driver had never had it so I tried calllng . I was rudely told that unless we were more than an hour away we should just come into the store and order? I tried saying that was illogical but she insisted that it was company policy. So we drove to Houston street and parked by a hydrant . I went inside and ordered Oudovik food. I ordered a small and large matzoh ball soup A Hal sandwich of pastrami ( one of their “ specialties)” for the driver a full sandwich of pastrami for my wife snd daughter to share a half corned beef sandwich for me two potato Knish “s and the dr browns sodas Bill came out to over $100 ! Gave the pastrami sandwich a small soup and the knish to the driver and took the rest home. My wife was eating the matzoh ball soup and she turned to me as said “ I make better matzah ball soup than this” I have to agree with that and she is Asian!! Then we started eating our sandwiches snd we looked at each other snd both said the second avenue deli is far superior!! The knish was ok . But then how can you make s bad knish . Well I guess I won’t be going back there anytime soonMore

Date of visit: August 2021
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Katz’s is an experience no one should miss when coming to NY. We are lucky because we live in the suburbs and can come when we please. Because of the pandemic, we had not been here in awhile. We knew we would have to wait...in line for a seat and ordering, but we did not mind since we knew what we craved (corned beef and pastrami). Katz’s did not disappoint. Tender, juicy, flavorful, stacked high on rye. Wow….we missed this…glad to be back❤️More

Date of visit: July 2021
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Katz’s makes the all time best pastrami sandwich ever. This review coming from the girl who has never liked pastrami till today and after today I absolutely love it. I ordered the egg salad and my husband the pastrami but he talked me into a...bite of his to test the theory that Katz’s makes the best ever world famous pastrami. After today it’s clear why they have this title. The pastrami was the most moist, flavor packed meat on a sandwich I’ve ever had. I savored each delicious bite and it left me wanting more. I can’t imagine anywhere else coming close so I’ll wait with my mouth watering till my next trip back to indulge in this deliciousness again. Go wait in the line, see what it’s all about and PLEASE try the pastrami!More

Date of visit: July 2021
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

No trip to NYC is complete without a trip to Katz Deli. A landmark for the best sandwiches, soup snd sides. The first problem is being able to open your mouth wide enough and then can you possibly finish a whole sandwich. I learned my...lesson and this time ordered a half sandwich and a salad. I still could not finish both. My husband did manage to get through his turkey sandwich but it took a while. It was huge slices of warm turkey. We both tried new items as pastrami and roast beef as usually our favorites.More

Date of visit: July 2021
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

My son really wanted to go here. We arrived at 2:30pm trying to miss the lunch rush hour. There were about 15 people in front of us on the sidewalk outside & we almost left; however, we waited between 20 - 30 minutes & were...then let in. You are given a paper ticket for every adult (over age 18) which you must keep as they are written on to account for everything you order and you pay after you eat (keep blank tickets too). We had a pastrami reuben (great); potato latkes (okay) with 2 types of pickles. You are given a free taste while you wait for them to make your food. Order latkes, sides and desserts at far end of counter. Don't forget your drinks! Prices are very high ($15 for a sandwich) but it was tasty and worth it.More

Date of visit: July 2021
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

A little pricey, but we were very happy with the food. If I lived in NYC I would not be a regular here but my wife, daughter and I were happy we went. We ordered one pastrami, one brisket, and one bowl of matzo ball...soup. We struggled to finish the meal. Big, satisfying portions. Glad we went? Absolutely. Eager to try a different institution next time I visit NYC.More

Date of visit: July 2021
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Sandwich was good, I would've preferred less meat though. It was enough meat to make two sandwiches.

Date of visit: September 2020
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Frequently Asked Questions about Katz's Deli

Yes, Katz's Deli offers takeout services.

Yes, Katz's Deli offers delivery services.

Katz's Deli is rated accordingly in the following categories by Tripadvisor travelers:
  • Food: 4.5
  • Service: 3.5
  • Value: 3.5
  • Atmosphere: 4