I had dinner tonight at Katz’s Delicatessen. Katz’s is part of a triumvirate of famous Jewish delicatessens here in New York City, the other two being the Second Avenue Deli and the Carnegie Deli.

It’s considered to be the temple of Pastrami.

It’s amazing.

Interior shot of the dining room.

Knoblewurst, sort of a cross between a hot dog and a super garlicky kielbasa. Not for the faint of heart. Typical accompaniament is sauerkraut but we had ours served plain with some rye bread.

Hot dogs.

Corned beef and pastrami sandwiches.

Far left: pastrami sandwich on rye.
Near right: corned beef on rye.

Half-sour pickles, full sour cucumber pickles and pickled green tomatoes.

Pastrami closeup.

Dr. Brown’s Cel-ray Soda. Yes, it’s celery flavored soda. Sort of like ginger ale but with a faint herbaceous flavor note and aroma. Some people say it’s an acquired taste. I liked it even though it was my first time drinking it. The perfect beverage accompaniament to a pastrami sandwich.

Katz’s Delicatessen is located at 205 East Houston Street (Ludlow Street) in the Lower East Side of Manhattan.


  1. Chubby —

    not sure myself but we paid no more than $50 (including tax and tip) for one humoungous pastrami sandwich, one HUGE corned beef sandwich, one HUGE salami sandwich, a bowl of pickles and a tray of soda. and some knoblewurst (which was mildly disappointing….skin was too chewy and it wasn’t garlicky enough).

    but the pastrami…and the corned beef….and the salami….

    ohhhhhh. I was in heaven.

    I couldn’t finish the pastrami sandwich and had to take it home.


  2. OH HOW I wish Katz’ were HERE in Portland…I have been WANTING a Pastrami sandwich for a LONG time…and have NOT had one since we were IN New York two years ago. Hope all’s well…….. THANKS for those pics. Made me HUNGRY HUNGRY.


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