Posted 7th April 2013 by Chris Chu
One of my favorite foods and also one food item that truly is associated with old school NYC. So many delis in NYC serve this wonderful smoked meat but there’s only 1 place in my mind that I find worthy of my repeat business…KATZ’S DELICATESSEN!
Katz’s is currently located at the corner of Houston and Ludlow street and has been a part of the lower east side landscape since the late 1800’s. The place actually has an extensive menu but customers from all walks of life seem to come there for those specific food items that are associated with NYC Jewish delis; knishes, hot dogs, corned beef, brisket and pastrami!
Upon entering an attendant hands you a ticket and you then proceed to the counter to order your eats or you can opt for table service which I tend to choose because every time I’ve gone, the line at the counter is ridiculously long!!! I sit, I order pastrami on rye (fatty cut) and a Dr. Brown’s cel-ray soda (celery soda and pastrami; match made in heaven?), I nosh on the wonderful half sour pickles that are gratis at every table and eagerly await my eats.
The sandwich arrives! A beautiful mound of glistening, smoky and perfectly seasoned pastrami; the rye bread doing its sole job of absorbing the wonderful smoky pastrami drippings which is why I order it fatty! What more could you ask for! Every time I eat one of these sandwiches I can’t help but look around and think to myself how lucky I am to be part of a NYC icon! From the tables and chairs that look like they’ve been here since the dawn of time, the “send a salami to your boy in the army” sign and even the old school turnstile you walk through when entering; this place screams history!
Anyways, if you ever have a hankering for great old world Jewish deli eats (especially pastrami!), you have to go check out Katz’s delicatessen!