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Posted by chuck6289 on 12/12/2004
After visiting for the first time, we liked it, but have to agree with the previously listed reviewer. The Carnegie is better. The food was very good, but prices were higher and portions smaller than the Carnegie. If I am on this side of town, I would eat here again, but to choose, my choice is as previously stated. The chicken noodle soup was very good on a cold day.
Posted by The Stomach on 11/17/2004
I've been to Katz's a few times and have yet to have a bad experience. Although the ordering process is a little annoying, it's worth it for the best pastrami and corned beef in the city. When you walk in you must get on one of several lines at the counter. The guys cutting the meat can be a little slow and little curt, but just chock it up to authenticity. These guys aren't here to be friendly, they're here to cut meat. I like to order a combo sandwich with either corned beef and pastrami or maybe with some tounge. I have yet to try a Reuben although they always look delicious. The kinishs are big and full of flavor. The meat is cut thick and hot. The sandwiches are pretty large, although not as big as Harold's in Parsippany, New Jersey. Anyways, the meat at Katz's is great and you'll definitley leave feeling full and satisfied.
Posted by LF on 08/22/2004
I've never tasted better pastrami in my life. It's got just the right amount of fat to make it juicy but not too fatty, and just the right amount of heat to offer a melting effect. It's tender and smooth and spiced just right. Plus, they let you taste it while you're waiting. Katz's is better than any deli in NYC.
Posted by big family visits The Big Apple on 08/12/2004
This place is classic New York. Famous people all over the wall, pickles on the tables when you sit down, and a friendly waitress who spent time talking with us and took our family's picture. It really has a family restaurant feel to it. Even the owner stops by to say hello. The sandwiches were way too big for the kids, but luckily we got in before 11 or 11:30 (check the time) and were able to order breakfast. It was a smash hit. Eggs, and omlets were delicious and they were served with huge perfectly cooked steak fries. Pancakes are big and come 3 to an order, so little ones could split a meal. If you're traveling with kids who care what New York is really all about, this is a must. If the kids are timid about their sandwiches, get down early and enjoy a real NY breakfast!
Posted by MGG1012 on 07/20/2004
After reviewing this site, I must say that I was severely disappointed in my visit to Katz's this past weekend. As visiting out-of-towners, we found the ordering process to be confusing and unclear. None of the staff members assisted our clearly confused group. After ordering, we unknowingly sat in the "wait service only" section, a fact that a snippy waiter was quick to point out. Believe me, if we knew we had an option for wait service, we wouldn't have gone through the fiasco at the counter trying to order our food. Plus at $12 a sandwich, the size of our Pastrami sandwiches was meager in comparison to the Carnegie Deli. I know Carnegie's lines can be long, but compared to Katz's, it's well worth the wait. And I'm not a competitor or an employee or owner of Carnegie. I just know a better restaurant when I see it.
Posted by DN on 07/19/2004
I love this place. The pastrami there is just insane! I can't get enough of that even though the serving is big. I wish the place is not always crowded. I just hate waiting, but their food is definitely worth the wait. Nothing better than a simple pastrami sandwich!
Posted by coolfoodfan on 07/18/2004
You can't go wrong here. Tasty brisket of beef, pastrami, corned beef, hot dogs, potato salad, french fries and what have you.