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Downtown Manhattan (Downtown)
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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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Sandwiches are pricey but they are big. Unfortunately we did not have a chance to sit inside due to Covid. Its on the pricey side. Love the corn beef

Date of visit: December 2020
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I had been to Katz's Deli, in person a few years ago. It was packed, service was excellent, smooth sailing; food in huge portions and delicious. My spouse was not able to be with us, so, for the 2020 holiday season (during covid 19), I...ordered online, and had Katz's Deli come to us! I ordered the pastrami, corned beef, and brisket. Amazingly, the shipment arrived very quickly, and wonderfully packaged (I have saved the shipping box, shipping packaging and cool-pak for future use. That cool pak was still frozen solid! Comes with heating instruction card, which we followed - they work great. So far we've opened the pastrami. So good! The pastrami was heated according to instructions and SOOOO tender, tasty (not too salty), nice and smoky, OMG! I am very thankful that I was able to order Katz's Deli meats online for my spouse to enjoy. This was an excellent experience ordering from Katz's Deli online - our first - and it will not be our last. If you aren't able to get to Katz's Deli in person, it's worth ordering online. Just tell the friends at Katz's Deli, "I'll have what she's having."More

Date of visit: December 2020
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I ordered from Katz as soon as I heard someone mention they were online, and I set the delivery date for 12/22/20 (you choose your delivery date, nice). We received our order a day early, and not a moment too soon -- the anticipation was...ridiculous. We moved from NYC years ago and in the last couple of years we have not had the opportunity to get back to Katz' Deli, one of our all-time faves. It's obviously not the same as going there -- there's something about the whole experience that makes it all special. But we ordered our regulars, the pastrami and the corned beef, and the brisket was included in the package (along with their mustard, pickles, and rye bread). We have already had six sandwiches between us, and they were just as good as we both remembered. We highly recommend ordering from Katz', what a really nice treat, and definitely worth the (short) wait.More

Date of visit: December 2020
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Reviewed December 9, 2020 via mobile

Really large sandwiches here but quintessential NYC food you must eat. You get served with slices of pastrami while you wait for your order

Date of visit: December 2019
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Reviewed December 4, 2020

looking to experience over a hundred years of tradition. When you take the first bite into the expertly prepared sandwiches, everything begins to make sense as the few simple, but flavorful ingredients begin to sing their choir in your mouth. The meat is so tender,...it will literally crumble if you're too rough with it. Unless you have a large appetite, one sandwich is probably good enough for two peopleMore

Date of visit: July 2020
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Reviewed November 23, 2020

Meg Ryan was absolutely right. “I will have what she is having...” scene in “When Harry Met Sally” was about the pastrami sandwich.

Date of visit: November 2020
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Reviewed November 3, 2020

It is unfortunate that the Katz's of our childhood is no longer...For those of us New Yorkers who enjoyed the melt in your month brisket of beef is now a half sandwich of fat...the cutter of today should have learned the skills of those that...came before them...they don't know how to manicure a beautiful piece of meat to eliminate the fat....and it goes right into the sandwich for a month full of greasy fat. ...so miss the 2nd Ave Deli...on 2nd Ave.... You get 1 star...the fries and soda were greatMore

Date of visit: November 2020
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Reviewed October 30, 2020

OK so I’m a tourist and I probably don’t know nuthin – but this was a great experience. We visited on a weekday around 11am brunch time – lots of space and lots of buzz behind the counters. The interior is vintage classic fab. The...service as you would expect – but kind to a newby. The food was just fab too. We’ll definitely be sending “a salami to our boy in the army” or to anyone else who wants one!More

Date of visit: February 2020
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Reviewed October 24, 2020 via mobile

Even with the fact that I from a Jewish Family, I am still disappointed. I refused to get food there because the Interior of the Restaurant is in a deplorable state. It is a bit embarrassing for such a famous restaurant to look so run...down on the inside. This restaurant badly needs an Interior Renovation. And YES, it can be done in a way that does not compromise the integrity, character and history of the restaurant. So I ask, if legions of older restaurants all over America are willing to renovate and modernize their interiors (and maybe the exterior too, while we’re at it) why won’t Katz Deli in New York do the same ?????More

Date of visit: October 2020
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Reviewed October 20, 2020

If you can't get to NY and eat in person, ORDER ONLINE!!! our daughter surprised us with the mail order birthday sandwich box....omgosh, no words on how deliciously fresh it is. We just finished and I had to sit down immediately and write a review....2 kinds of meats, I loved the pastrami best, it wasn't thinly sliced like deli meat, thick slices cooked perfectly. The Russian dressing that came with it has some secret ingredient that makes you want to eat it just with a spoon. 2 kinds of pickles, I'm normally not a pickle eater and ate 2. It comes with kraut and ground mustard, I am just overwhelmed with the goodness and quality they ship out. My husband and I have decided this will be our new go-to Bday/Christmas gift for friends and family. I would say you can make 6-8 sandwiches out of the package, depending on how much you load on there. What a treat!!! Also, it was packaged nicely. Kudos Katz!!!!!More

Date of visit: October 2020
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