Katz's Delicatessen: Restaurant Review

The pastrami on rye and matzo ball soup shouldn't be missed!

katz's deli from the outside on NYC's lower east side


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New York City is renowned for being home to some of the best delis and Katz's Delicatessen is among the best of the best. In business since 1888, enjoying an overstuffed corned beef or pastrami sandwich at Katz's will be something you remember from your trip to New York City. After dining here, you'll understand why they chose this setting for the orgasm scene in When Harry Met Sally.

For late night eats on the Lower East Side, or when you just want to have a fabulous sandwich or a hot dog, Katz's Delicatessen is the perfect destination. While there are many competitors for the best-corned beef and pastrami in New York, Katz's serves up a fabulous overstuffed sandwich in an authentically "only in New York" environment.


Everything is served a la carte so the bill can climb pretty quickly. Knish are available in potato and kasha varieties and with a sandwich, will easily serve two people. The hot dogs are a deliciously affordable way to experience Katz's. They also offer a wide array of typical Jewish deli offerings, including potato latkes and delicious coleslaw ($5.95). Don't miss out on Dr. Brown's sodas.

There is table service available, as well as cafeteria style service where you pick up your food at the counter. In both cases, you'll get a ticket as you enter, which will be used to tabulate your bill. Make sure you keep track of your ticket because if you lose it, you'll be stuck with a $50 fee (or at least, that's what the famous sign says!). It's a bit of a hassle to navigate the crowds with a tray of sandwiches and matzo ball soup, but it's part of the experience to watch them make your sandwich at the counter. Tip the guys making your sandwich and they'll be extra generous with your serving. Sandwiches come with pickles (full or half sour).

Although the environment is a bit hectic, Katz's is a solid choice for families with kids -- service is fast and there are plenty of items on the menu that most kids will enjoy. A family of four can share two pastrami sandwiches and a bowl of matzo ball soup with a couple of drinks.

Katz's Delicatessen Details

  • Address: 205 East Houston Street
  • Nearest subway: F to 2nd Avenue; F, M, J or Z to Delancey/Essex St
  • Website: https://www.katzsdelicatessen.com/
  • Cross street: Ludlow St.
  • Phone: 212-254-2246
  • Payment: Cash, Major Credit Cards (you'll need to pay by credit card at the back of the store before you exit since they only accept cash at the booth near the entrance/exit)
  • Hours:
    • Sunday - Tuesday: 8 a.m. - 10 p.m.
    • Wednesday: 8 a.m. - 11 p.m.
    • Friday - Saturday: 8 a.m. - 3 a.m.
  • Katz's Delicatessen serves breakfast, lunch and dinner
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