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Posted by roadrunner on 08/17/2007
If you want to experience a good old-fashioned New York deli, get over to Katz's. It's definitely a blast from the past.. We tried the Carnegie Deli on our last trip to NYC and though the atmosphere was fun, the food isn't nearly as good as you can get at Katz's and the prices at Katz's were more reasonable. It looked like Katz's caters more to locals than Carnegie. Anyway, get yourself an egg cream while you're there and check out the celebrity photos on the wall. Enjoy!
Posted by anon on 08/15/2007
I just recently went to Katz's Delicatessen on a tour. Although the atmosphere is chaotic and the service is dreadful, the food was outstanding. If you go places to find good food... come to Katz's. The pastrami is wonderful. I've never tasted such good pastrami before. It is VERY crowded and the servers aren't very nice. I would suggest everyone to go there once just to experience it.
Posted by NYC10012 on 08/09/2007
The famous 2nd Avenue Deli on 2nd avenue (now closed) was always better than Katz'. With 2nd Ave Deli gone, I've been to Katz' 3 times for lunch. Everytime the service is non-existent and the quality of the meat goes down. The prices are far too high even in NY City terms where everything is expensive. The over-priced food is the least of this places' problems. I've really tried to like Katz' but I'd rather not go there anymore. There are so many better restaurants to go to in the East Village
Posted by Anonymous on 07/23/2007
We went out of our way to have lunch at Katz's Deli and were somewhat disappointed. If you're in the area, absolutely eat there and you'll have a great meal, but there are so many choices in NYC that it's not worth going out of your way to eat there.
Posted by BrisketSeeker on 06/19/2007
Have yet to find fresher bread or more delectable brisket -- coming in from Connecticut -- try to visit as often as possible Countermen are pleasant. Also, a real value for all the food!
Posted by photobean on 06/10/2007
Its not often that I have such a negative experience at a restaurant that I feel the need to write a review immediately. I have been to Katz's several times over the years. It seems the quality and service deteriorates each time I visit. Today I brought my parents and grandparents for their first time. Our meat cutter gave us passive agressive attitude for not ordering all our sandwiches at once. And to make matters worse, he chose the worse parts of the pastrami for our sandwiches. I watched him slice leftover end pieces of meat for our sandwiches while all the other cutters served up steaming portions of meat. And the worse part was, this was after I had tipped him a few dollars! The other counter people were chatty with each other and seemed annoyed when I asked them politely for an extra pickle They said I had to pay more. I think its crazy that I cant get an extra pickle after paying $88 for 5 sandwiches and drinks. And who charges $2.50 for a can of soda? For me the novelty of Katz Deli has definitely worn off.
Posted by joe on 05/30/2007
Katz's is by far the best deli in NY. People complain about the prices, but name even a diner in NY where a club sandwich doesn't cost $10. You can't, can you? So why complain about spending $13 on the best pastrami ever. You pay $3.50 to get a heaping plate of fries that are spilling off of the plate because they give you so many and they are delicious. I don't like pickles so I cant personally comment, but my friend ineveitably gets double orders of them. ALWAYS TIP THE CUTTERS. I can't stress that point enough, If you give them even one dollar after they give you the sample slices they'll give you twice the meat they would have given you otherwise. Also, another tip: NEVER bring your girlfriend here for a meal. Me and my friend make that mistake by taking our girlfriends on a double-date here and we haven't heard the end of it since. The atmosphere is not exactly date conducive, and the food may be greasier than most girls like.