Katz's Delicatessen

★★★★☆
40.7224 -73.9872
Map and Directions to Katz's Delicatessen Inc

212-254-2246

205 E Houston St

New York, NY

10002

Get Directions

About Katz's Delicatessen

Hours
Mon-Tue 8am-9:45pm Wed-Thu 8am-10:45pm Fri-Sat 8am-2:45am Sun 8am-10:45pm

Food

Food
More choices in New York:
Resultset_next

Angelo & Maxie's

233 Park Ave S New York, NY

Resultset_next

Snack

105 Thompson St # A New York, NY

3.5982144 112
Hi! Sign in to let us know how Katz's Delicatessen was?
Write a Review
Reviews 1 - 50 of 112. « Previous 1 3
.

If you are coming to NYC, do yourself a big favor and check out Kat'z, home of the piled high Pastrami and corned beef sandwich. Best in the world. make no mistake.

5
★★★★★

If you are coming to NYC, do yourself a big favor and check out Kat'z, home of the piled high Pastrami and corned beef sandwich. Best in the world. make no mistake.

Was this review helpful to you?
Ratings_icons Ratings_icons

.

It??s a landmark and a well-known place for tourists to go to and even some locals. So of course when friends visit from elsewhere they want to go here. Who wouldn??t? Mile high sandwiches loaded with more meat than your body can even handle. But is it really as good as it??s reputation? Hmmm? It??s fine for the whole show and historic aspect of it, but if you were more concerned with taste and your wallet, I??d find somewhere else. I don??t eat pastrami or corn beef, so you might say I??m not playing fair to whether this place has taste. What I have tried are some of the sides and other foods there, which are delicious. I do like their fries, knishes and latkes. I am interested in trying more too. They are definitely less money than a sandwich. However, every person I??ve brought here who??s eaten those sandwiches all say the same thing, loaded with meat, a little dry, not super delicious. Then you have my fellow native New Yorker friends who rarely step foot in this place with so many more choices within the area. Should you go? Absolutely, it??s been around forever and it has a great reputation. I know I will end up back here and I??ll try something else each time. Just don??t lose your ticket to pay!

3
★★★☆☆

It??s a landmark and a well-known place for tourists to go to and even some locals. So of course when friends visit from elsewhere they want to go here. Who wouldn??t? Mile high sandwiches loaded with more meat than your body can even handle. But is it really as good as it??s reputation? Hmmm? It??s fine for the whole show and historic aspect of it, but if you were more concerned with taste and your wallet, I??d find somewhere else. I don??t eat pastrami or corn beef, so you might say I??m not playing fair to whether this place has taste. What I have tried are some of the sides and other foods there, which are delicious. I do like their fries, knishes and latkes. I am interested in trying more too. They are definitely less money than a sandwich. However, every person I??ve brought here who??s eaten those sandwiches all say the same thing, loaded with meat, a little dry, not super delicious. Then you have my fellow native New Yorker friends who rarely step foot in this place with so many more choices within the area. Should you go? Absolutely, it??s been around forever and it has a great reputation. I know I will end up back here and I??ll try something else each time. Just don??t lose your ticket to pay!

Was this review helpful to you?
Ratings_icons Ratings_icons

.

Katzs deli is amazing.Only once did I have a piled high sandwich that was not very enjoyable that was more like it was from the Carnegie deli. Hands down, any true New Yorker will tell you this place is a MUST visit. Try the pastrami and the corned beef.I hate corned beef but boy, do I love it from Katzs

5
★★★★★

Katzs deli is amazing.Only once did I have a piled high sandwich that was not very enjoyable that was more like it was from the Carnegie deli. Hands down, any true New Yorker will tell you this place is a MUST visit. Try the pastrami and the corned beef.I hate corned beef but boy, do I love it from Katzs

Was this review helpful to you?
Ratings_icons Ratings_icons

.

This place has been around since 1888 with the slogan of "send a salami to the boys in the army". Its a must go, my favorite is pastrami on rye and at $15.00, I would not bat an eyelash, thats how terrific it is. The pastrami melts in your mouth and always warm. Its the best.

5
★★★★★

This place has been around since 1888 with the slogan of "send a salami to the boys in the army". Its a must go, my favorite is pastrami on rye and at $15.00, I would not bat an eyelash, thats how terrific it is. The pastrami melts in your mouth and always warm. Its the best.

Was this review helpful to you?
Ratings_icons Ratings_icons

Latest reviews from Citysearch.

.

I've been to Katz many times and the food is the best. The atmosphere is perfect. For those reviewers that think it's confusing or "dirty" or crowded just don't get it. Katz Deli is a true New York staple.
My mouth is watering thinking about a Pastrami on Rye at Katz. Corned Beef, Toungue...it's all good.

4
★★★★☆

I've been to Katz many times and the food is the best. The atmosphere is perfect. For those reviewers that think it's confusing or "dirty" or crowded just don't get it. Katz Deli is a true New York staple.
My mouth is watering thinking about a Pastrami on Rye at Katz. Corned Beef, Toungue...it's all good.

.

Even though they violate my $10 sandwich rule, I will gladly pay the $14 for a Pastrami lean, as it is freaking delicious! Get a side of coleslaw and fries. Bomb Meal!

5
★★★★★

Even though they violate my $10 sandwich rule, I will gladly pay the $14 for a Pastrami lean, as it is freaking delicious! Get a side of coleslaw and fries. Bomb Meal!

Pros: Fun atmosphere with awesome sandwiches

Cons: Kinda expensive and hard to figure out for a first timer

.

Katz,
I have lived in the NYC area for the past 50 years.
Today I happened to be in the area so I stopped in Katz' for a sandwich. I had never been there before, and probably won't be rushing back anytime soon.

There did not seem to be any order to the place, just chaos. I walked in and was handed a ticket...that meant NOTHING as far as my being served in a timely manner.

I was told by the security person to pick a line of one of 5 carvers...my guy liked to gab with everyone else behind the counter and was slow as molasses in the winter. The other counter men next to me was serving 3 people to my guys one. It took me more that 45 minutes to get a sandwich!!! The place was busy so I could not switch lines. There were other people on my line that were getting really mad, cursing under their breath about our guy and your poor system of service.

Then you have to go to a different station for drinks, and a different one for hot dogs, etc !!

THEN AFTER ALMOST 1 HOUR TO GET ALL MY FOOD, I FOUND OUT THAT I COUILD HAVE SAT DOWN AND GOT WAITER SERVICE......WHY DID THE IDIOT AT THE DOOR TELL ME THAT I HAD TO WAIT ON THAT STUPID LINE !!!!!

If you are going to make people wait on the disgusting line, then you should use the same method that banks employ...one line then you get served as each carver station is freed up. Or use the same way they do it in a supermarket deli or bakery and take a number and as its called you get served....OR TELL PEOPLE AS THEY ENTER THE DELI WHAT THE FAH-KOCKTA ROUTINE IS THAT YOU HAVE IN PLACE, SO THEY CAN MAKE A DECISION ON WHAT THEY WANT TO DO RATHER THAN FEEL THIER WAY THROUGH THE MINUTIA BLINDLY.

Some people on my line were compairing your place to the "Soup Nazi" from the Seinfeld episode

How you guys have been in business since 1888 with the current poorly organized system is a mystery...Well maybe its becaue once I did get my sandwich it was very good...but not 45 minutes + to wait for it good!!

You seem to have gotten so big from things like "When Harry Met Sally" and the Food Network, etc. that you have forgotten about how to treat a customer when they enter the store. Lots of tourists...but how many repeat local customers...not me.

1
★☆☆☆☆

Katz,
I have lived in the NYC area for the past 50 years.
Today I happened to be in the area so I stopped in Katz' for a sandwich. I had never been there before, and probably won't be rushing back anytime soon.

There did not seem to be any order to the place, just chaos. I walked in and was handed a ticket...that meant NOTHING as far as my being served in a timely manner.

I was told by the security person to pick a line of one of 5 carvers...my guy liked to gab with everyone else behind the counter and was slow as molasses in the winter. The other counter men next to me was serving 3 people to my guys one. It took me more that 45 minutes to get a sandwich!!! The place was busy so I could not switch lines. There were other people on my line that were getting really mad, cursing under their breath about our guy and your poor system of service.

Then you have to go to a different station for drinks, and a different one for hot dogs, etc !!

THEN AFTER ALMOST 1 HOUR TO GET ALL MY FOOD, I FOUND OUT THAT I COUILD HAVE SAT DOWN AND GOT WAITER SERVICE......WHY DID THE IDIOT AT THE DOOR TELL ME THAT I HAD TO WAIT ON THAT STUPID LINE !!!!!

If you are going to make people wait on the disgusting line, then you should use the same method that banks employ...one line then you get served as each carver station is freed up. Or use the same way they do it in a supermarket deli or bakery and take a number and as its called you get served....OR TELL PEOPLE AS THEY ENTER THE DELI WHAT THE FAH-KOCKTA ROUTINE IS THAT YOU HAVE IN PLACE, SO THEY CAN MAKE A DECISION ON WHAT THEY WANT TO DO RATHER THAN FEEL THIER WAY THROUGH THE MINUTIA BLINDLY.

Some people on my line were compairing your place to the "Soup Nazi" from the Seinfeld episode

How you guys have been in business since 1888 with the current poorly organized system is a mystery...Well maybe its becaue once I did get my sandwich it was very good...but not 45 minutes + to wait for it good!!

You seem to have gotten so big from things like "When Harry Met Sally" and the Food Network, etc. that you have forgotten about how to treat a customer when they enter the store. Lots of tourists...but how many repeat local customers...not me.

Pros: Service was aweful !

Cons: Food was mediocre at best

.

bravo!

5
★★★★★

bravo!

Pros: everything

.

I have read that Katz's is pricy and rude. Yes it is a little pricy and yes maybe even rude but... Where else can you go for such fantastic grub? Worth every penny! Rude? That could be the most important part of your experience at this fabulous Deli. Hello! It is a Deli folks. Thank you Katz's I'll be back again and again. (Can't wait to try the turkey)

5
★★★★★

I have read that Katz's is pricy and rude. Yes it is a little pricy and yes maybe even rude but... Where else can you go for such fantastic grub? Worth every penny! Rude? That could be the most important part of your experience at this fabulous Deli. Hello! It is a Deli folks. Thank you Katz's I'll be back again and again. (Can't wait to try the turkey)

Pros: Outstanding grub

Cons: Not one on my local corner. (KY)

.

I remember the Katz's of my childhood - the deli looks much the same as it did four decades ago and I appreciate that Katz's interior, unlike the surrounding neighborhood, has not been gentrified. I consider the lack of ambiance to be charming - in the true tradition of what delis used to look like. There are few old time Jewish-style delis left anymore. What has changed, along with the neighborhood, is the prices. A corned beef or a pastrami sandwich is close to $15 and you will pay $1 more if you want your sandwich lean. Sandwiches are a good size. One sandwich and a portion of fries($4.50) can feed two average eaters. While the sandwiches are not the very best I have ever eaten, I found the meat, the pastrami in particular, to be quite tasty. The meat was warm and thickly sliced - not like the pastrami you buy at the deli that is cold and sliced thin on a machine. I believe Katz's cures its own pastrami and it certainly tasted that way. The corned beef was good too but a bit dry for my taste - maybe because I ordered it lean. Good enough for me not to have felt like a fool for spending approximately $34 for two sandwiches. The pickles that accompanied the sandwiches were excellent. Although I didn't enjoy my bill, I did enjoy the sandwiches. We were three people and two sandwiches (no sides) was more than enough for us. Katz's does not accept credit cards - cash only. It seemed to me that Katz's attracts a good many tourists but this native New Yorker will still occasionally return to Katz's when I am feeling nostalgia for some tasty, old time deli.

4
★★★★☆

I remember the Katz's of my childhood - the deli looks much the same as it did four decades ago and I appreciate that Katz's interior, unlike the surrounding neighborhood, has not been gentrified. I consider the lack of ambiance to be charming - in the true tradition of what delis used to look like. There are few old time Jewish-style delis left anymore. What has changed, along with the neighborhood, is the prices. A corned beef or a pastrami sandwich is close to $15 and you will pay $1 more if you want your sandwich lean. Sandwiches are a good size. One sandwich and a portion of fries($4.50) can feed two average eaters. While the sandwiches are not the very best I have ever eaten, I found the meat, the pastrami in particular, to be quite tasty. The meat was warm and thickly sliced - not like the pastrami you buy at the deli that is cold and sliced thin on a machine. I believe Katz's cures its own pastrami and it certainly tasted that way. The corned beef was good too but a bit dry for my taste - maybe because I ordered it lean. Good enough for me not to have felt like a fool for spending approximately $34 for two sandwiches. The pickles that accompanied the sandwiches were excellent. Although I didn't enjoy my bill, I did enjoy the sandwiches. We were three people and two sandwiches (no sides) was more than enough for us. Katz's does not accept credit cards - cash only. It seemed to me that Katz's attracts a good many tourists but this native New Yorker will still occasionally return to Katz's when I am feeling nostalgia for some tasty, old time deli.

Pros: very good pastrami, good corned beef

Cons: High prices

.

We have always heard the hype about Katz's Deli, so we wanted to give it a try while staying in New York. I found the experience awful. From the start, it is filthy. The bathrooms are rancid. The staff is very, very rude. People are treated like cattle. The food is awful. The portions do not justify the inflated price. The reuben was actually partially made in the microwave. The knish was absolutely disgusting. For one corned beef sandwich, one reuben, 2 knish, and 2 cans of soda, we were charged almost $46. This is not justifiable---the portions are small, the food is disgusting, the staff rude, and the environment filthy. You are better off going to the Carnegie Deli or even Jason's Deli (chain) for that matter---------both much better and I would recommend. At any rate, I don't understand the hype. Just because a place was featured in a movie or have had a star patronize the establishment should not create such hype. In fact, I bet some of the stars that have visited have not gone back. Also, I question the validity of the 3, 4, 5 star ratings on this site. Most likely from staff or those affiliated with Katz's deli. I guarantee the 1 and 2 star ratings are genuine. The place sucks.

1
★☆☆☆☆

We have always heard the hype about Katz's Deli, so we wanted to give it a try while staying in New York. I found the experience awful. From the start, it is filthy. The bathrooms are rancid. The staff is very, very rude. People are treated like cattle. The food is awful. The portions do not justify the inflated price. The reuben was actually partially made in the microwave. The knish was absolutely disgusting. For one corned beef sandwich, one reuben, 2 knish, and 2 cans of soda, we were charged almost $46. This is not justifiable---the portions are small, the food is disgusting, the staff rude, and the environment filthy. You are better off going to the Carnegie Deli or even Jason's Deli (chain) for that matter---------both much better and I would recommend. At any rate, I don't understand the hype. Just because a place was featured in a movie or have had a star patronize the establishment should not create such hype. In fact, I bet some of the stars that have visited have not gone back. Also, I question the validity of the 3, 4, 5 star ratings on this site. Most likely from staff or those affiliated with Katz's deli. I guarantee the 1 and 2 star ratings are genuine. The place sucks.

Pros: Nothing

Cons: Everything

.

Honestly, this place is hardly worth all the hype. The "enormous" sandwiches are about three inches tall and taste average. Maybe to a someone whose diet consists of three crackers a day would these portions be considered huge.

The latkes were pretty good though.

Otherwise, I'm pretty sure the hype for this place was meant for some previous time. Not recommended.

2
★★☆☆☆

Honestly, this place is hardly worth all the hype. The "enormous" sandwiches are about three inches tall and taste average. Maybe to a someone whose diet consists of three crackers a day would these portions be considered huge.

The latkes were pretty good though.

Otherwise, I'm pretty sure the hype for this place was meant for some previous time. Not recommended.

Pros: good latkes

Cons: everything else

.

The place is the best place on the East Coast for Pastrami and has been rated by many people.The other food there outside of the Pastrami that is good corned beef.

I dont understand the complains that Ive read here because it is ridiculous, no place in NYC has better pastrami including Carnegie Deli. While the serving sizes are not as large the quality is unbeatable.

Service is always a bit mediocre and the seating is not great because its a cafeteria but youre not there for the seating or the service, your there for the legendary pastrami and thats what youll get.

5
★★★★★

The place is the best place on the East Coast for Pastrami and has been rated by many people.The other food there outside of the Pastrami that is good corned beef.

I dont understand the complains that Ive read here because it is ridiculous, no place in NYC has better pastrami including Carnegie Deli. While the serving sizes are not as large the quality is unbeatable.

Service is always a bit mediocre and the seating is not great because its a cafeteria but youre not there for the seating or the service, your there for the legendary pastrami and thats what youll get.

Pros: Incredible Pastrami

Cons: Cafeteria atmosphere, Expensive

.

In a nutshell this is quite possibly one of the biggest scams ever. Its like shopping on black friday. People mimicking fruit-fly waiting to sit in tiny tables, from the cafeteria style serving stations. Maybe 10 tables, all of which are sub standard in size that you share so you can get waiter service which takes you 20-30 min just to get a table. Or just shlep your food yourself and share tables with other tourists who like you fell in a trap. Our waiter was rude, and tried to serve me a bagel with lox and creme cheese on a cinnamon raisin bagel. What are they thinking? This is sacrilegious! When I asked him for a normal bagel, he looked at me like I had 3 heads. The latkes tasted like the frozen kind, and they have nerve to charge almost $10 for 3. My brother had the reuben which was TINY compared to what I've seen on the food network which worships this sham. I've had better in JERSEY. In fact I recommend TICK TOCK DINER for a reuben. If you want real NY food go to Carnegie Deli. This is a shame to call this a NY institution, its more for people who are gluttons for punishment . NEVER AGAIN.

1
★☆☆☆☆

In a nutshell this is quite possibly one of the biggest scams ever. Its like shopping on black friday. People mimicking fruit-fly waiting to sit in tiny tables, from the cafeteria style serving stations. Maybe 10 tables, all of which are sub standard in size that you share so you can get waiter service which takes you 20-30 min just to get a table. Or just shlep your food yourself and share tables with other tourists who like you fell in a trap. Our waiter was rude, and tried to serve me a bagel with lox and creme cheese on a cinnamon raisin bagel. What are they thinking? This is sacrilegious! When I asked him for a normal bagel, he looked at me like I had 3 heads. The latkes tasted like the frozen kind, and they have nerve to charge almost $10 for 3. My brother had the reuben which was TINY compared to what I've seen on the food network which worships this sham. I've had better in JERSEY. In fact I recommend TICK TOCK DINER for a reuben. If you want real NY food go to Carnegie Deli. This is a shame to call this a NY institution, its more for people who are gluttons for punishment . NEVER AGAIN.

Pros: lox

Cons: dirty,mismanaged,rude,over priced

.

While I have had great Pastrami in the past from Katz's lately it has been subpar at best and I have had less good experiences and more poor experiences. Most of the cutters are too young and have not mastered the art of making a sandwhich nor do they seem to care to. Meat is cut way too thick. Pastrami sandwiches keep going up in price yet amount of meat keeps decreasing. Lastly the place is filthy. I would not recommend to anyone to sit down and eat at Katz's purely a takeout place only. In conclusion while you can still get a great Pastrami Sandwhich on occasion at Katz's it is hit and miss at best and lately there have been way too many misses. They are living off their name alone and have abadoned all quality control

2
★★☆☆☆

While I have had great Pastrami in the past from Katz's lately it has been subpar at best and I have had less good experiences and more poor experiences. Most of the cutters are too young and have not mastered the art of making a sandwhich nor do they seem to care to. Meat is cut way too thick. Pastrami sandwiches keep going up in price yet amount of meat keeps decreasing. Lastly the place is filthy. I would not recommend to anyone to sit down and eat at Katz's purely a takeout place only. In conclusion while you can still get a great Pastrami Sandwhich on occasion at Katz's it is hit and miss at best and lately there have been way too many misses. They are living off their name alone and have abadoned all quality control

Pros: Pastrami on occasion

Cons: Cleanliness, Food Quality, Price

.

This is jewish deli, like olive garden is italian....just crap. You want Disney style food....go to Disney, they do it better. I not only wont go there again, I am insulted that Katz would claim to be Ny or Jewish or anything....go find a small place where they take pride in thier food..Ny is full of great places..this aint one of them.

1
★☆☆☆☆

This is jewish deli, like olive garden is italian....just crap. You want Disney style food....go to Disney, they do it better. I not only wont go there again, I am insulted that Katz would claim to be Ny or Jewish or anything....go find a small place where they take pride in thier food..Ny is full of great places..this aint one of them.

Pros: none

Cons: everything

.

The food from beginning tp end here is just god awful. The reuben is an astounding $15.75 complete with tasteless rye bread and sauerkraut with metled cheese direct from the.......microwave.
The meat is ok (not good, but not vomitable) on the sandwich, but the radiation cheese and sauerkraut are gross.
Mac salad - probably the worst I have eaten, ever anywhere. One bite was way more than enough; dish sat uneaten.
Potato salad - vomitable; one bite and I felt sick.
Katz's is an epic failure and a tourist trap. This was not just the worst meal of the year, but perhaps of the decade and century!

1
★☆☆☆☆

The food from beginning tp end here is just god awful. The reuben is an astounding $15.75 complete with tasteless rye bread and sauerkraut with metled cheese direct from the.......microwave.
The meat is ok (not good, but not vomitable) on the sandwich, but the radiation cheese and sauerkraut are gross.
Mac salad - probably the worst I have eaten, ever anywhere. One bite was way more than enough; dish sat uneaten.
Potato salad - vomitable; one bite and I felt sick.
Katz's is an epic failure and a tourist trap. This was not just the worst meal of the year, but perhaps of the decade and century!

Cons: food

.

If you want a horrible dining experience Katz's Deli is the place to find it! These people are rude. They giving these red tickets when you enter (of which have no purpose) and if you dont turn them in when leaving they wont let you out of the building even with proof of a paid receipt. The door greeter will literally stand in front of the door and tell you that you cant leave. Are they not aware that this is an act of false imprisonment? Are they stupid as well as filthy and rude? I gave them a one star rating only because this wont publish until i click at least one star..but I'm taking it back.

1
★☆☆☆☆

If you want a horrible dining experience Katz's Deli is the place to find it! These people are rude. They giving these red tickets when you enter (of which have no purpose) and if you dont turn them in when leaving they wont let you out of the building even with proof of a paid receipt. The door greeter will literally stand in front of the door and tell you that you cant leave. Are they not aware that this is an act of false imprisonment? Are they stupid as well as filthy and rude? I gave them a one star rating only because this wont publish until i click at least one star..but I'm taking it back.

Pros: There are None

Cons: Filthy, Rude & Nasty Food

.

How so many can call this fatty, gristly, tepid, thick-sliced pastrami "the best" is beyond me. I can only surmise that people have never had decent pastrami to compare this dreck with. Or that they confuse quantity with quality. (Or maybe I just got the goy cut. But I doubt that, since the only kosher faces I saw at this place were the customers.) Even the corned beef, which is better than the pastrami, is packaged in a Reuben sandwich that's best described as nondescript.

This joint is so vulgar that they hand out entry tickets, which failure to return on leaving incur a $50 fine (yeah, right). Despite the "since 1880" blurb, the place has no charm. The waitress was nice, but the others were indifferent or surly.

I suggest the proprietor spend less time shmoozing with the celebs, whose photos line his walls, and pay more attention to what's going on with the food. He's obviously coasting on his rep while raking in the receipts.

Definitely not worth the schlep to the LES. Plenty of other delis closer to you that are better. Only one word for Katz's: trap.

2
★★☆☆☆

How so many can call this fatty, gristly, tepid, thick-sliced pastrami "the best" is beyond me. I can only surmise that people have never had decent pastrami to compare this dreck with. Or that they confuse quantity with quality. (Or maybe I just got the goy cut. But I doubt that, since the only kosher faces I saw at this place were the customers.) Even the corned beef, which is better than the pastrami, is packaged in a Reuben sandwich that's best described as nondescript.

This joint is so vulgar that they hand out entry tickets, which failure to return on leaving incur a $50 fine (yeah, right). Despite the "since 1880" blurb, the place has no charm. The waitress was nice, but the others were indifferent or surly.

I suggest the proprietor spend less time shmoozing with the celebs, whose photos line his walls, and pay more attention to what's going on with the food. He's obviously coasting on his rep while raking in the receipts.

Definitely not worth the schlep to the LES. Plenty of other delis closer to you that are better. Only one word for Katz's: trap.

Pros: OK corned beef, nice waitress

Cons: Everything else

.

Sandwich are great and will fill you up......A must go.......

4
★★★★☆

Sandwich are great and will fill you up......A must go.......

Pros: Huge portion

Cons: On the Pricey side

.

This is in the top ten most filthy eating establishments in NYC. You have to wait in line to get on line. Food is decent but the place is so filthy you have to wonder about what your eating. I avoid it like the plague. There are so many other good (and clean) jewish delis.

2
★★☆☆☆

This is in the top ten most filthy eating establishments in NYC. You have to wait in line to get on line. Food is decent but the place is so filthy you have to wonder about what your eating. I avoid it like the plague. There are so many other good (and clean) jewish delis.

Pros: Corned beef

Cons: Everything else

.

felt obligated to try this place but i think the first visit will be the last. the pastrami reuben is out of this world but none of the other meats we tried (corned beef, tongue, roast beef) could compare. this place is a zoo and waiting in line here is far from pleasant. the worst part is you have to wait in another line after for drinks, and yet another line at the end to pay your tab. do it once so you can say you did but this ain't the only deli in NYC!

3
★★★☆☆

felt obligated to try this place but i think the first visit will be the last. the pastrami reuben is out of this world but none of the other meats we tried (corned beef, tongue, roast beef) could compare. this place is a zoo and waiting in line here is far from pleasant. the worst part is you have to wait in another line after for drinks, and yet another line at the end to pay your tab. do it once so you can say you did but this ain't the only deli in NYC!

Pros: one word: reuben

Cons: no close second

.

My first visit to Katz's and of course I ordered the pastrami on rye. Not sure what else to get, a friend ordered the corned beef so we can share. They've got a weird system--you need to take a ticket from the guy at the entrance and your order is written on it and you pay what's written on it on your way out. Even if you don't buy anything, you need to get a ticket and just return it at the door. There's also waiter service if you don't want to order on your own. If so, it's a separate line for each cutter and they all take their time making the sandwich as it's made from scratch only when you order. The more tips you give them, the more samples they dole out to you while they make your sandwich. And this means, the longer the wait when you come during peak time. The pastrami was excellent, and half was enough to fill me but I'm not sure if it's worth $15. The pickle was not very pickled, tasted like it was removed from the marinade too soon. My friend and I didn't like the corned beef, maybe because we were already full on the pastrami.

3
★★★☆☆

My first visit to Katz's and of course I ordered the pastrami on rye. Not sure what else to get, a friend ordered the corned beef so we can share. They've got a weird system--you need to take a ticket from the guy at the entrance and your order is written on it and you pay what's written on it on your way out. Even if you don't buy anything, you need to get a ticket and just return it at the door. There's also waiter service if you don't want to order on your own. If so, it's a separate line for each cutter and they all take their time making the sandwich as it's made from scratch only when you order. The more tips you give them, the more samples they dole out to you while they make your sandwich. And this means, the longer the wait when you come during peak time. The pastrami was excellent, and half was enough to fill me but I'm not sure if it's worth $15. The pickle was not very pickled, tasted like it was removed from the marinade too soon. My friend and I didn't like the corned beef, maybe because we were already full on the pastrami.

Pros: no nonsense deli/restaurant, good pastrami

Cons: long waits at the line to order, pricey for a sandwich

.

Basically, they have no waiter service...you get your food to sit down and eat...you are shuffled around by hang dog bus people who apologize profusely about the rude management who close down sections you are eating in and make you move...the soup is COLD and disgusting...and then, when it is fifteen minutes before closing...they try and take your food AWAY FROM YOU...and if you refuse, they hover nearby until they can grab your plate. This was once a fun place full of character, now it is a disgusting dirty get them in get them out factory with rude help and the worst food in the city. DON'T GO! Go to Carnegie Deli where the aggravation is at least worth it. I will never step foot in the horrible place again.

1
★☆☆☆☆

Basically, they have no waiter service...you get your food to sit down and eat...you are shuffled around by hang dog bus people who apologize profusely about the rude management who close down sections you are eating in and make you move...the soup is COLD and disgusting...and then, when it is fifteen minutes before closing...they try and take your food AWAY FROM YOU...and if you refuse, they hover nearby until they can grab your plate. This was once a fun place full of character, now it is a disgusting dirty get them in get them out factory with rude help and the worst food in the city. DON'T GO! Go to Carnegie Deli where the aggravation is at least worth it. I will never step foot in the horrible place again.

Pros: We Didn't Die

Cons: Everything

.

Yes, it has an authentic Old Manhattan atmosphere, which is harder and harder to find these days, and it serves a decent corned beef sandwich. But on a recent visit, the manager barked at my friend and me to move to another table (we were in the middle of our meal) so they could "shut the section down" and ten minutes later the busboy literally tried to take my plate??along with the dinner I'd just paid $25 for??right out from under my nose, explaining "we're closing." When I asked him to give me a couple of minutes to finish my sandwich, he stood right at my shoulder, watching me eat. It was 9:50 on a Tuesday night. If they shut down at 10 o'clock and pull your plate away at ten minutes before closing, they ought to tell you when you come in at 9:30. The soup was lukewarm and the matzoh ball was like wet cement. From now on, I'll get my corned beef fix uptown at Carnegie Deli. It's also loaded with tourists, but the sandwiches are twice as large, the matzohballs are fluffy and light and you feel like they appreciate your business.

1
★☆☆☆☆

Yes, it has an authentic Old Manhattan atmosphere, which is harder and harder to find these days, and it serves a decent corned beef sandwich. But on a recent visit, the manager barked at my friend and me to move to another table (we were in the middle of our meal) so they could "shut the section down" and ten minutes later the busboy literally tried to take my plate??along with the dinner I'd just paid $25 for??right out from under my nose, explaining "we're closing." When I asked him to give me a couple of minutes to finish my sandwich, he stood right at my shoulder, watching me eat. It was 9:50 on a Tuesday night. If they shut down at 10 o'clock and pull your plate away at ten minutes before closing, they ought to tell you when you come in at 9:30. The soup was lukewarm and the matzoh ball was like wet cement. From now on, I'll get my corned beef fix uptown at Carnegie Deli. It's also loaded with tourists, but the sandwiches are twice as large, the matzohballs are fluffy and light and you feel like they appreciate your business.

Pros: They can make a sandwich

Cons: Overpriced tourist trap

.

My first trip to NY and to this famous institution. Katz's was crowded and loud with locals having a good time. It took me a while to figure out the the waiter vs. self-order system, but this was understandable. The tables and chairs are old and in need of repair, not nostalgic. Tables are very narrow forcing patrons to sit with their chairs away from the table into the back of the adjacent table forcing persons to always have to be moving. Not nice. My matzoh ball soup was very mediocre. The broth tasted more like carrots with no chicken taste and was room temp. The matzoh ball was average in taste and not warm inside the center. The egg creme (my first in NY) was served in a paper cup with a plastic lid (again, not the nostalgic soda glass with a frothy layer I was expecting). The taste was ordinary and I make better ones at home. Now for the corned beef sandwich. The rye bread had no caraway seeds, a soft crust like white bread and was machine sliced thin like diet slices. Lousy bread. The corned beef was again ordinary, not salty and not flavorful. In my opinion, if you are a visitor, look elsewhere for deli. If you are a local, then I say to New Yorkers: Wake Up! This deli is lousy. Demand more. Bread should have caraway seeds, be warm, hand sliced, a little thick with a crunchy crust. Corned beef should be moist and a little salty and flavorful. Matzoh ball soup should be piping hot, a great chicken broth and the matzoh ball should be flavorful and hot. An egg cream should be in a nice soda glass for over $4. Oh yes, clean this place up, it looks dirty and old.

1
★☆☆☆☆

My first trip to NY and to this famous institution. Katz's was crowded and loud with locals having a good time. It took me a while to figure out the the waiter vs. self-order system, but this was understandable. The tables and chairs are old and in need of repair, not nostalgic. Tables are very narrow forcing patrons to sit with their chairs away from the table into the back of the adjacent table forcing persons to always have to be moving. Not nice. My matzoh ball soup was very mediocre. The broth tasted more like carrots with no chicken taste and was room temp. The matzoh ball was average in taste and not warm inside the center. The egg creme (my first in NY) was served in a paper cup with a plastic lid (again, not the nostalgic soda glass with a frothy layer I was expecting). The taste was ordinary and I make better ones at home. Now for the corned beef sandwich. The rye bread had no caraway seeds, a soft crust like white bread and was machine sliced thin like diet slices. Lousy bread. The corned beef was again ordinary, not salty and not flavorful. In my opinion, if you are a visitor, look elsewhere for deli. If you are a local, then I say to New Yorkers: Wake Up! This deli is lousy. Demand more. Bread should have caraway seeds, be warm, hand sliced, a little thick with a crunchy crust. Corned beef should be moist and a little salty and flavorful. Matzoh ball soup should be piping hot, a great chicken broth and the matzoh ball should be flavorful and hot. An egg cream should be in a nice soda glass for over $4. Oh yes, clean this place up, it looks dirty and old.

Pros: Not really any. Pickles were okay

Cons: See the details

.

Your review
Rated 1.0 out of 5.0 Way Way over priced $$$$ even bernie madoff got took ?? - collegcup?? - Today

Heres the thing yeah its a good sandwich but so what for this price $$$$ you can have a very good meal almost anywhere in NYC so save your money.
By the way when pay on your way out its like they could careless about your business.
Just because they have been around along time doesnt really matter because good things go bad and bad things can turn around and this is one of the biggest ripoffs in NYC even Bernie Madoff got took!! Twenty for a sandwich and $7 for fries a guy should get CLIENT 9 treatment included for that price!! and doesnt include a soft drink!
One more thing the Frommers and Zagat boys eat there for free and if they had to cough up their own cash to eat at Katzs this place would be declawed and out of business!!
0 out of 0 people found this review helpful.
Edit - Delete

1
★☆☆☆☆

Your review
Rated 1.0 out of 5.0 Way Way over priced $$$$ even bernie madoff got took ?? - collegcup?? - Today

Heres the thing yeah its a good sandwich but so what for this price $$$$ you can have a very good meal almost anywhere in NYC so save your money.
By the way when pay on your way out its like they could careless about your business.
Just because they have been around along time doesnt really matter because good things go bad and bad things can turn around and this is one of the biggest ripoffs in NYC even Bernie Madoff got took!! Twenty for a sandwich and $7 for fries a guy should get CLIENT 9 treatment included for that price!! and doesnt include a soft drink!
One more thing the Frommers and Zagat boys eat there for free and if they had to cough up their own cash to eat at Katzs this place would be declawed and out of business!!
0 out of 0 people found this review helpful.
Edit - Delete

Pros: food is good

Cons: WAY WAY overpriced crowded difficult to get to

.

Katz's has got to be the very best delicatessen in the world. The pastrami is absolutely phenomenal. I've never had better. The hot dogs are absolutely amazing, as is the kielbasa, knishes and sour pickles. The food is top notch ... out of this world. The staff knows their stuff and the owners are professional and on the ball. Katz's is old New York at it's authentic and contemporary best. There's simply none better.

5
★★★★★

Katz's has got to be the very best delicatessen in the world. The pastrami is absolutely phenomenal. I've never had better. The hot dogs are absolutely amazing, as is the kielbasa, knishes and sour pickles. The food is top notch ... out of this world. The staff knows their stuff and the owners are professional and on the ball. Katz's is old New York at it's authentic and contemporary best. There's simply none better.

Pros: Pastrami, Hot Dogs, Kielbasa, Knishes ... you name it

Cons: None to speak of

.

Possibly the worst experience I've ever had in a restaurant/deli/diner - anywhere! A recent Friday afternoon visit turned into a bad joke as two friends and I realized we had been had! Teenage/20-something boys with bad attitudes (except when it came to poon-pursuing) shouted at us, telling us what line to get in and where to go and who to see and where to pay. My bill came to $25 for a turkey sandwich (no lettuce, no tomato, $15), an order of limp fries ($5), and a Snapple drink. My friend was charged $5 for an order of soupy warm cole slaw. Buyer beware! Even the bathrooms were creepy. Save your money and go elsewhere. A bad experience all around.

1
★☆☆☆☆

Possibly the worst experience I've ever had in a restaurant/deli/diner - anywhere! A recent Friday afternoon visit turned into a bad joke as two friends and I realized we had been had! Teenage/20-something boys with bad attitudes (except when it came to poon-pursuing) shouted at us, telling us what line to get in and where to go and who to see and where to pay. My bill came to $25 for a turkey sandwich (no lettuce, no tomato, $15), an order of limp fries ($5), and a Snapple drink. My friend was charged $5 for an order of soupy warm cole slaw. Buyer beware! Even the bathrooms were creepy. Save your money and go elsewhere. A bad experience all around.

Pros: T-shirts

Cons: Food, service, cleanliness, etc.

.

i understand what others are sayin about the price... IT IS VERY EXPENSIVE, but it's a restaurant you should definitely go to once in a while when you want to splurge! i love the quality of the food

3
★★★☆☆

i understand what others are sayin about the price... IT IS VERY EXPENSIVE, but it's a restaurant you should definitely go to once in a while when you want to splurge! i love the quality of the food

Pros: quality of food

Cons: prices and customer service

.

One sandwich cost 15 bucks... definately not worth it. Long lines, and military rules in a deli. If thats what you want have fun

1
★☆☆☆☆

One sandwich cost 15 bucks... definately not worth it. Long lines, and military rules in a deli. If thats what you want have fun

.

after seeing the famous deli online and on tv i had to go. wslking in, i was immediately informed that i would be charged fifty bucks if i did not return my ticket. then i was hearded to the counter to witness fifteen and twenty dollar sandwiches that do not live up to their collosal reputation. the people were rude and i will never step foot in this "landmark" again.

1
★☆☆☆☆

after seeing the famous deli online and on tv i had to go. wslking in, i was immediately informed that i would be charged fifty bucks if i did not return my ticket. then i was hearded to the counter to witness fifteen and twenty dollar sandwiches that do not live up to their collosal reputation. the people were rude and i will never step foot in this "landmark" again.

.

HORRIBLE! I saw this place on a recent taping of Man vs Food on the travel channel. Now, Im a BIG fan of the Carnegie deli...but i must admit that the pastrami sandwich looked great on TV, so i decided to give Katz Deli a try.

Upon entering the place, you're handed 2 tickets...the (rude) guy tells you to hold onto them & pay when you leave. Then, you are bombarded with "cutter" lines and have to stand in line to get your order. Now, i get that this is a cafeteria type of atmosphere...but i was beginning to feel like a cow waiting in line for the slaughterhouse! Seeing that there were very few tables available, i left my boyfriend in line and decided to grab a table and wait. WELL, from what i saw...i wasnt happy. The floors were disgusting...the staff was rude, and the area where you could be served by a waitress had people waiting like vultures for the next available table! 25 minutes later...my BF brings over 1 Matzo ball soup THAT WAS COLD, 1 SOGGY pastrami sandwich...a beer and a sprite. I was not impressed at all. It felt really gross eating there and i couldnt wait to get out! Being that we had 2 tickets, we thought we could keep one as a memento...we're corny like that. $30 later (YES, THAT MUCH!!!!) we go to pay the bill and ask if we could keep the other ticket. The guy says NO. NO SOUVENIRS. IT's a $50 fine if you lose the ticket!" I giggle and say "You're joking!?" Ughhhh NO! THE NERVE!!!! these little carnival raffle tickets value at $50?! WHO do they think they are?! Do yourself a Favor, if you want good Classic eats...go to Carnegie.I'll NEVER go back to Katz!

1
★☆☆☆☆

HORRIBLE! I saw this place on a recent taping of Man vs Food on the travel channel. Now, Im a BIG fan of the Carnegie deli...but i must admit that the pastrami sandwich looked great on TV, so i decided to give Katz Deli a try.

Upon entering the place, you're handed 2 tickets...the (rude) guy tells you to hold onto them & pay when you leave. Then, you are bombarded with "cutter" lines and have to stand in line to get your order. Now, i get that this is a cafeteria type of atmosphere...but i was beginning to feel like a cow waiting in line for the slaughterhouse! Seeing that there were very few tables available, i left my boyfriend in line and decided to grab a table and wait. WELL, from what i saw...i wasnt happy. The floors were disgusting...the staff was rude, and the area where you could be served by a waitress had people waiting like vultures for the next available table! 25 minutes later...my BF brings over 1 Matzo ball soup THAT WAS COLD, 1 SOGGY pastrami sandwich...a beer and a sprite. I was not impressed at all. It felt really gross eating there and i couldnt wait to get out! Being that we had 2 tickets, we thought we could keep one as a memento...we're corny like that. $30 later (YES, THAT MUCH!!!!) we go to pay the bill and ask if we could keep the other ticket. The guy says NO. NO SOUVENIRS. IT's a $50 fine if you lose the ticket!" I giggle and say "You're joking!?" Ughhhh NO! THE NERVE!!!! these little carnival raffle tickets value at $50?! WHO do they think they are?! Do yourself a Favor, if you want good Classic eats...go to Carnegie.I'll NEVER go back to Katz!

.

I took my family here for the real deli experience, and I'll never go back, the service is deplorable, the staff is rude, and the prices are ridiculous. The owner should really get a grip and run this place right. ATMOSPHERE has nothing to do with poor quality and filth. This was really a disappointment. I've been in the service industry for years and this place stinks.

1
★☆☆☆☆

I took my family here for the real deli experience, and I'll never go back, the service is deplorable, the staff is rude, and the prices are ridiculous. The owner should really get a grip and run this place right. ATMOSPHERE has nothing to do with poor quality and filth. This was really a disappointment. I've been in the service industry for years and this place stinks.

Cons: Does the wait staff actually work for tips? I don't think so.

.

Be sure to check out the Presidential letters of gratitude in the front window. If it is good enough for them, then certainly all others will enjoy!!!

4
★★★★☆

Be sure to check out the Presidential letters of gratitude in the front window. If it is good enough for them, then certainly all others will enjoy!!!

.

Terribly overrated. Table service against the wall. If you want to be ignored, go there. Food is good, but I've had better. Dirty bathrooms.

3
★★★☆☆

Terribly overrated. Table service against the wall. If you want to be ignored, go there. Food is good, but I've had better. Dirty bathrooms.

Pros: Nothing

Cons: Dirty bathrooms

.

Well my title should say it all, but just in case it didnt get through your melon here it is. At one time the 2nd Ave deli was a great runner-up, I thought they had better chopped-liver, but I have never eaten anywhere as good as Katz. i must admit Ive been going there since I was a little kid, so I may be a bit biased. But even so the pastrami is to-die for! But here I go again Ive eaten so many things there the only thing left to eat is the menu! I cant get enough of this place.

5
★★★★★

Well my title should say it all, but just in case it didnt get through your melon here it is. At one time the 2nd Ave deli was a great runner-up, I thought they had better chopped-liver, but I have never eaten anywhere as good as Katz. i must admit Ive been going there since I was a little kid, so I may be a bit biased. But even so the pastrami is to-die for! But here I go again Ive eaten so many things there the only thing left to eat is the menu! I cant get enough of this place.

Pros: FOOD, FOOD, FOOD

Cons: back in the 70's and 80's the neighborhood MAY have been an issue but not now

.

This is my first review so don't take more from it than what it is:

Please ignore all reviews that say this place is terrible and mark it with one star, it is not meant to be a 5 star restaurant with crisp white linens and impeccable waiter service. This place is a true to life NYC landmark. The format is disorganized and the tables are not the cleanest but people manage to get their food and seem to wolf it down without issue, imagine a slightly run down food court in an old school Jewish deli. I indulged in the traditional Pastrami sandwich with a side of Potato Latkes and a Chocolate Egg Cream (suggested to me as being the must have's). The Pastrami was juicy and delicious with enough meat to feed 2. The latkes I have to say might be the best I have ever had, thin and crisp with the perfect potato flavor. And the egg cream, well I'm not a big egg cream guy nor have I had many to compare against but it was pretty tasty. This is a must see/go for all New Yorkers and true travelers visiting this great city (I kindly ask TOURISTS to stick to the Times Square area).

4
★★★★☆

This is my first review so don't take more from it than what it is:

Please ignore all reviews that say this place is terrible and mark it with one star, it is not meant to be a 5 star restaurant with crisp white linens and impeccable waiter service. This place is a true to life NYC landmark. The format is disorganized and the tables are not the cleanest but people manage to get their food and seem to wolf it down without issue, imagine a slightly run down food court in an old school Jewish deli. I indulged in the traditional Pastrami sandwich with a side of Potato Latkes and a Chocolate Egg Cream (suggested to me as being the must have's). The Pastrami was juicy and delicious with enough meat to feed 2. The latkes I have to say might be the best I have ever had, thin and crisp with the perfect potato flavor. And the egg cream, well I'm not a big egg cream guy nor have I had many to compare against but it was pretty tasty. This is a must see/go for all New Yorkers and true travelers visiting this great city (I kindly ask TOURISTS to stick to the Times Square area).

Pros: Food and History

Cons: Rough around the edges and Price could be better

.

GREAT Deli!! Meats are top quality hands down! I have only eaten here once since I live in L.A., but I will come here anytime I find myself in New York. Beware though: They do NOT always tell you to retain your carnival ticket when you enter, it's a flat $50 if you lose it!

Simple shop, tables are lined up very, very tightly. Must shimmy into your seat with no room to move it back.

Service is quick & efficient, great for busier times. You get a sample of the meat you are requesting before they pile it onto the bread. Great portions on the sandwiches. Don't bother with ANY of the side dishes. No flavor.

Sandwich & a cold beer and you're all set! Bonus: If the owner is there, he meanders around chatting with the peeps which is cool.

MUST try!

Pros: Excellent sandwiches!

Cons: Tables jammed together which can be unpleasant during peak times. Don't lose your puunch ticket!! Yikes

4
★★★★☆

GREAT Deli!! Meats are top quality hands down! I have only eaten here once since I live in L.A., but I will come here anytime I find myself in New York. Beware though: They do NOT always tell you to retain your carnival ticket when you enter, it's a flat $50 if you lose it!

Simple shop, tables are lined up very, very tightly. Must shimmy into your seat with no room to move it back.

Service is quick & efficient, great for busier times. You get a sample of the meat you are requesting before they pile it onto the bread. Great portions on the sandwiches. Don't bother with ANY of the side dishes. No flavor.

Sandwich & a cold beer and you're all set! Bonus: If the owner is there, he meanders around chatting with the peeps which is cool.

MUST try!

Pros: Excellent sandwiches!

Cons: Tables jammed together which can be unpleasant during peak times. Don't lose your puunch ticket!! Yikes

Pros: Pros: Excellent sandwiches though pricey!

Cons: Cons: Tables jammed together which can be unpleasant during peak times. Don't lose your puunch ticket!! Yikes!

.

Wow. Quite an experience. And for someone who doesn't eat a lot of meat, absolutely delicious. You know it's good and natural (in its way) when eating half a pastrami sandwich (and several bites of my friend's reuben) doesn't negatively affect my delicate stomach. The dill pickle, however, was almost too much pucker-up vinegar. I preferred the non-dill pickle. The pickled tomatos didn't taste like much of anything. Wish they would grace their meat with some better bread, but the plain Jane rye provided a nice blank canvas, in a sense. The atmosphere is not for the faint of heart (the lines, the crowded, the bus-your-own-everything, the sawdust on the floor, the nasty bathroom, the don't-lose-your-ticket-or-else)... but hey, this is why we live in NYC, right?

3
★★★☆☆

Wow. Quite an experience. And for someone who doesn't eat a lot of meat, absolutely delicious. You know it's good and natural (in its way) when eating half a pastrami sandwich (and several bites of my friend's reuben) doesn't negatively affect my delicate stomach. The dill pickle, however, was almost too much pucker-up vinegar. I preferred the non-dill pickle. The pickled tomatos didn't taste like much of anything. Wish they would grace their meat with some better bread, but the plain Jane rye provided a nice blank canvas, in a sense. The atmosphere is not for the faint of heart (the lines, the crowded, the bus-your-own-everything, the sawdust on the floor, the nasty bathroom, the don't-lose-your-ticket-or-else)... but hey, this is why we live in NYC, right?

Pros: meat

Cons: expensive

.

I cannot believe someone wrote a review that said "The pickles are good, too." It's just not true. They are bland; both types. What types? It doesn't matter, they BOTH are worthless. They're not even tangy.----------

But, that's not the most awful part. Before I lay into them I will say that the meat (on the reuben) is 'good' but no better than what you can find at a good BBQ joint where the meat is tender and juicy and about three times less expensive. I say BBQ because their meat has a smoky taste to it. Nothing BBQ-ist haven't already been doing for a very long time.----------

Now, the lay in:----------

First, the dope at the door doesn't explain that returning your ticket is 'mandatory'. What 'ticket' you say? Their ticket to keep track of people going in and ordering or not ordering food. You see, they are completely mismanaged. If they were actually well managed they would have a happier staff, the place wouldn't look like a dive, which it is, it wouldn't be a riddle to find out how to get service, it wouldn't be a surprise that there is 'waiter' service, there wouldn't be tables in the back stacked with dirty plates, and they wouldn't need tickets to keep track of who ordered and payed for food or not.----------

Second, the 'rye' bread is about as rye as Wonder Bread and just as strong. Just another indication of how mismanaged they are; that they do not have it together.----------

Thirdly, I just cannot recommend this place because the chaos the ordering system is, the reliance on tickets that can be lost (it also bespeaks of how much they trust the customer - or are hoping they lose their ticket), the bleh non-meat food, the misery of the staff, and how WAY, WAY, WAY overpriced they are (which is actually the third point).----------

P.S - If you do not turn in your ticket they may threaten to call the cops on you for not turning it in despite the sign at the entrance that says 'Please' return the tickets. The sign is misleading.

1
★☆☆☆☆

I cannot believe someone wrote a review that said "The pickles are good, too." It's just not true. They are bland; both types. What types? It doesn't matter, they BOTH are worthless. They're not even tangy.----------

But, that's not the most awful part. Before I lay into them I will say that the meat (on the reuben) is 'good' but no better than what you can find at a good BBQ joint where the meat is tender and juicy and about three times less expensive. I say BBQ because their meat has a smoky taste to it. Nothing BBQ-ist haven't already been doing for a very long time.----------

Now, the lay in:----------

First, the dope at the door doesn't explain that returning your ticket is 'mandatory'. What 'ticket' you say? Their ticket to keep track of people going in and ordering or not ordering food. You see, they are completely mismanaged. If they were actually well managed they would have a happier staff, the place wouldn't look like a dive, which it is, it wouldn't be a riddle to find out how to get service, it wouldn't be a surprise that there is 'waiter' service, there wouldn't be tables in the back stacked with dirty plates, and they wouldn't need tickets to keep track of who ordered and payed for food or not.----------

Second, the 'rye' bread is about as rye as Wonder Bread and just as strong. Just another indication of how mismanaged they are; that they do not have it together.----------

Thirdly, I just cannot recommend this place because the chaos the ordering system is, the reliance on tickets that can be lost (it also bespeaks of how much they trust the customer - or are hoping they lose their ticket), the bleh non-meat food, the misery of the staff, and how WAY, WAY, WAY overpriced they are (which is actually the third point).----------

P.S - If you do not turn in your ticket they may threaten to call the cops on you for not turning it in despite the sign at the entrance that says 'Please' return the tickets. The sign is misleading.

Pros: Smoked, greasy meats.

Cons: Disorganization, Unique Service System, Overpriced, Dive, Unhappy Employees

.

I had a similar experience to many of the other reviewers here: $19.25 for a sandwich and a soda. There was no table service, you go through a cafeteria-style lineup, and I had to wait in a line for over 5 minutes to get a drink once I had my hot sandwich sitting on a tray in front of me.

Now, the sandwich was extremely good -- but it should have been for $14.95. You'd better get that soda to go along with it though... the meat was quite salty. Pickles were just average. Also, make sure you know exactly where your little orange ticket stub is or it's a $50 dollar charge.

2
★★☆☆☆

I had a similar experience to many of the other reviewers here: $19.25 for a sandwich and a soda. There was no table service, you go through a cafeteria-style lineup, and I had to wait in a line for over 5 minutes to get a drink once I had my hot sandwich sitting on a tray in front of me.

Now, the sandwich was extremely good -- but it should have been for $14.95. You'd better get that soda to go along with it though... the meat was quite salty. Pickles were just average. Also, make sure you know exactly where your little orange ticket stub is or it's a $50 dollar charge.

Pros: Sandwich was excellent.

Cons: Sandwich wasn't worth the price.

.

I had a corned beef sandwich on rye here, and I can honestly say that it's one of the most satifsying sandwiches I've ever had. The pickles are good, too. I do, however, recommend getting something to drink with your sandwich- while delicious, it will be salty and dry. I learned the hard way. Also do keep in mind that it's probably also going to be one of the most expensive sandwiches you'll ever eat.
If you're lucky like I was, you'll also get to sit at the table where Billy Crystal and Meg Ryan sat for the famous "I'll have what she's having!" scene from When Harry Met Sally. It's pretty cool!

5
★★★★★

I had a corned beef sandwich on rye here, and I can honestly say that it's one of the most satifsying sandwiches I've ever had. The pickles are good, too. I do, however, recommend getting something to drink with your sandwich- while delicious, it will be salty and dry. I learned the hard way. Also do keep in mind that it's probably also going to be one of the most expensive sandwiches you'll ever eat.
If you're lucky like I was, you'll also get to sit at the table where Billy Crystal and Meg Ryan sat for the famous "I'll have what she's having!" scene from When Harry Met Sally. It's pretty cool!

Pros: big, yummy sandwiches, famous and fun

Cons: expensive, crowded

.

As a big meat eater I must recommend the hot Pastrami... quick and to the point.
I would not trade this sandwich with anything else they serve there...

5
★★★★★

As a big meat eater I must recommend the hot Pastrami... quick and to the point.
I would not trade this sandwich with anything else they serve there...

.

I have been to Katz several times. I LOVE their pastrami sandwich on rye. It's thick cut and juicy, but not greasy at all. I have been to other restaurants where the pastrami would definitely give you a heart burn afterwards. But Katz's is just flavorful and juicy with just the right amount of fat. I have been to carnigie deli as well, and they are definitely not as good as Katz's.

5
★★★★★

I have been to Katz several times. I LOVE their pastrami sandwich on rye. It's thick cut and juicy, but not greasy at all. I have been to other restaurants where the pastrami would definitely give you a heart burn afterwards. But Katz's is just flavorful and juicy with just the right amount of fat. I have been to carnigie deli as well, and they are definitely not as good as Katz's.

Pros: food, casual environment

Cons: crowded, a bit expensive for sandwiches

.

I've been to Katz's Deli many times since I've lived in NYC... most of the time it is late on Friday/Saturday nights after I get tired of the bar/lounge scene down in the LES. Katz's doesn't need another positive review -- it's legendary -- but I still feel compelled to give this place my blessing on Citysearch. If you're hesitant that it's the best kosher deli, just stop in and try a pastrami sandwich. They'll usually give you a sample piece while they make your sandwich, and it's that first bite that always puts a smile on my face and makes me remember why Katz's is so good. I always keep my order simple: pastrami on rye with mustard. Sometimes I'll go with potato salad or a knish on the side, because you can't go wrong with either of those, and occasionally I'll have one of their delicious hot dogs as a prelude to my pastrami. Eat in or take out... you just can't go wrong at Katz's.

5
★★★★★

I've been to Katz's Deli many times since I've lived in NYC... most of the time it is late on Friday/Saturday nights after I get tired of the bar/lounge scene down in the LES. Katz's doesn't need another positive review -- it's legendary -- but I still feel compelled to give this place my blessing on Citysearch. If you're hesitant that it's the best kosher deli, just stop in and try a pastrami sandwich. They'll usually give you a sample piece while they make your sandwich, and it's that first bite that always puts a smile on my face and makes me remember why Katz's is so good. I always keep my order simple: pastrami on rye with mustard. Sometimes I'll go with potato salad or a knish on the side, because you can't go wrong with either of those, and occasionally I'll have one of their delicious hot dogs as a prelude to my pastrami. Eat in or take out... you just can't go wrong at Katz's.

Pros: Best Pastrami, Great Experience, Open Late

Cons: Hectic, Not Open 24/7

.

I mostly go for a hot dog or turkey sandwich, but it is really too expensive. Avoid getting an eggcream. I made someone get eggcream that never had one before and was embarrassed. There was more chocolate syrup in it than there was seltzer...gross.

4
★★★★☆

I mostly go for a hot dog or turkey sandwich, but it is really too expensive. Avoid getting an eggcream. I made someone get eggcream that never had one before and was embarrassed. There was more chocolate syrup in it than there was seltzer...gross.

Pros: only turkey I'll eat.

Cons: service is kaos. too expensive.

.

I'm not a pastrami/corned beef fan so when I got to Katz's, it's for the best hot dogs (mustard, saurkraut) in the city, snappy and fresh, and knishes, kasha-filled and hot and crispy, amazingly comforting with brown mustard. The no-frills matzo ball soup is also very good, and never forget to order a side of half-sour pickles!!! They also have diet cream soda, which is very important. And whatever you do, DON'T LOSE YOUR TICKET!!!

4
★★★★☆

I'm not a pastrami/corned beef fan so when I got to Katz's, it's for the best hot dogs (mustard, saurkraut) in the city, snappy and fresh, and knishes, kasha-filled and hot and crispy, amazingly comforting with brown mustard. The no-frills matzo ball soup is also very good, and never forget to order a side of half-sour pickles!!! They also have diet cream soda, which is very important. And whatever you do, DON'T LOSE YOUR TICKET!!!

Pros: Great hot dogs and knishes

Cons: multiple counters and confusion

.

That famous line from the film "When Harry Met Sally" was said at Katz's Deli. I was able to finally visit this legendary deli earlier this year and ordered their famous pastrami sandwich. I'll be honest, the sandwich was greasy, heavy, and one of the best pastrami sandwiches I've ever had! There are a lot of deli's in NYC to try but if you only have a few days in the city, make sure you visit Katz's.

5
★★★★★

That famous line from the film "When Harry Met Sally" was said at Katz's Deli. I was able to finally visit this legendary deli earlier this year and ordered their famous pastrami sandwich. I'll be honest, the sandwich was greasy, heavy, and one of the best pastrami sandwiches I've ever had! There are a lot of deli's in NYC to try but if you only have a few days in the city, make sure you visit Katz's.

Pros: The pastrami and corned beef

Cons: I don't live in NYC so I can't go there as much as I'd like to

.

Last night me and my partner REALLY wanted a GOOD pastrami and corned beff sandwich.
We have been a few times to Carnegie Deli and absolutely LOVED it.

So for a change we went to Katz's with grfeat expectations, as this is supposedly "the best" in town.

How disappointing!!

Dry, salty and flavourless meat, half the size of Carnegie's sandwiches and definitely not even close to a hundredth of Carnegie's juicy taste!

I am really surprised to see here those great reviews and all those pictures of famous people hanging in the big hall of the restaurant...
Where is the good tooth of Newyorkers???

Never again.

2
★★☆☆☆

Last night me and my partner REALLY wanted a GOOD pastrami and corned beff sandwich.
We have been a few times to Carnegie Deli and absolutely LOVED it.

So for a change we went to Katz's with grfeat expectations, as this is supposedly "the best" in town.

How disappointing!!

Dry, salty and flavourless meat, half the size of Carnegie's sandwiches and definitely not even close to a hundredth of Carnegie's juicy taste!

I am really surprised to see here those great reviews and all those pictures of famous people hanging in the big hall of the restaurant...
Where is the good tooth of Newyorkers???

Never again.

Editorial from

Katzs Deli has been pleasing the palates of restaurant-goers, young and old, since the deli was founded in 1979. Their kids menu for children 10-year...

Similar Nearby

Similar Nearby

  1. 1
    Trader Joe's Wine Shop
    5% ★★★★★ 11 reviews
    0.78 mi
  2. 2
    Snack
    4% ★★★★☆ 23 reviews
    0.81 mi
  3. 3
    Galaxy Global Eatery
    4% ★★★★☆ 18 reviews
    0.85 mi
  4. 4
    B Flat
    5% ★★★★★ 7 reviews
    0.97 mi
  5. 5
    Ess-A-Bagel
    4% ★★★★☆ 76 reviews
    0.99 mi