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Posted by Renie on 08/04/2006
I didn't even mind that the Brisket was a bit dry...but the prices that are charged for the size of the sandwich you're getting is not proportional. The sandwiches were not big as we were led to believe. They should be charging about $8 per sandwich not more than that for what you are getting! As a native New Yorker, I say this place is for tourists dressed up with fabled old world charm.
Posted by jim from ct on 08/02/2006
Never had a pastrami or conered beef that melted in your mouth as Katz's. Long lines during the wait are worth it for the price. Carnegie's has a little more meat but you cannot match the tenderness, with absolutely no grizzle. Meat cutters very friendly and happy to cater to special orders. Wish I knew who the pickle supplier is.
Posted by Bert on 04/19/2006
I guess you have to order pastrami at Katz's. I ordered the lox and cream cheese on a toasted bagel. The lox tastedlike that stuff you get in a small plastic package in your neighborhood super market! Tiny plates and papercups for the soda didn't help matters, and even the fine pastrami sandwiches my buddies ordered weren't as "over-stuffed" as the promotional implies.
Posted by Ben on 04/19/2006
Been to NY 3 times, but never went here before - decided to pay a visit after a tip off - all in all the best Pastrami and corn beef I have ever tasted and quite possibly the biggest sandwich I have ever had. This place is brilliant, very down and dirty, but that just adds to the atmosphere. As expected its very busy, but worth the wait - there are the options of self service or waitress service. I will definitely come back next time i'm over - much better than the salt beef from Golders Green in London!
Posted by Anonymous on 04/17/2006
On a weekend visit to NY, I wanted to go to a deli. We walked and walked to get there from the Brooklyn Bridge. I read on the website that Katz's closed at 3 on Saturday. I was worried if we got there at 2:30 it would be too late to order. Instead it was just mobbed. I loved it. My husband got a hot dog and kraut (at the short line) and grabbed a table where he made friends with some of the other diners. I waited and waited on one of the pastrami lines. Finally I got my huge sandwich and some cole slaw. A mound of pastrami that was moist and good and some rye bread. Plenty for the two us with some cole slaw and the hot dog warm-up. Cherry soda for the drink. Here is the great part. Most of the expert meat cutters cutting the Jewish food were Puerto Rican. The customers were all colors and languages, African Americans, Russians, Latinos, Asians, and yes a few American whites. Everyone was happy. It just made me feel so good to be in New York City. Can you believe I almost never eat meat?
Posted by Columbia Scholar on 03/14/2006
Totally hyped up place for no reason. We saw it on PBS and went to see what all the craze was about. $60 later we still had to go to lunch again downtown because we were all so hungry. When Harry Met Sally was a long time ago- get over it! There are so many better places to spend your money in Manhattan.
Posted by foodieuk on 02/14/2006
Trudged through the snow for a much anticipated Katz brunch only to leave rather dissapointed. After walking in to an empty diner we were left confused by what seems to be an overly complicated way of ordering. The tuna "salad" sandwich that my girlfriend ordered was a bit lacking in salad. A few bits of iceberg and a slice of tomato. My hot smoked pastrami sandwich from the self proclaimed, makers of the biggest sandwiches in the world left me feeling decidedly short changed. A few slices of pastrami on stale rye bread should not command a price of $12. The Pickles were overly salty and lacking in vinegar and the fries were cold. All in all a poor experience on an otherwise memorable holiday.