Katz's Delicatessen

★★★★☆
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205 E Houston St

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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.

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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.

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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!

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★★★☆☆

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!

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Good for a quick bite and great sandwich. A long time old staple of the Lower East Side.

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Good for a quick bite and great sandwich. A long time old staple of the Lower East Side.

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It is the Mecca 4 Deli....It doesn't get better.... the food and the authentic ambiance !!!

6
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It is the Mecca 4 Deli....It doesn't get better.... the food and the authentic ambiance !!!

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I dropped by Katz's deli today and felt the experience needed to be shared.\r
Bad service and a lousy quality of pastrami that should have never found it's way on a New York Deli counter. \r
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First, I noticed the overwhelming share of

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I dropped by Katz's deli today and felt the experience needed to be shared.\r
Bad service and a lousy quality of pastrami that should have never found it's way on a New York Deli counter. \r
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First, I noticed the overwhelming share of

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They have amazing sandwiches here. I love how the people here handle the orders, they are quick to ask for the order and quick to prepare them.

6
★★★★★

They have amazing sandwiches here. I love how the people here handle the orders, they are quick to ask for the order and quick to prepare them.

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This is a New York legend that still lives up to its reputation for the best pastrami sandwich anywhere. Whenever I have to show a friend around I always bring them here and it never disappointments. While you have to try to pastrami, the

6
★★★★★

This is a New York legend that still lives up to its reputation for the best pastrami sandwich anywhere. Whenever I have to show a friend around I always bring them here and it never disappointments. While you have to try to pastrami, the

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The "got to" place to take your out-of-town friends and family to enjoy great New York food.

6
★★★★★

The "got to" place to take your out-of-town friends and family to enjoy great New York food.

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I made a special trip to Katz' today by subway in 95F+ weather at 2pm, having researched them online, and gone to other delis in NYC. Security was very rude when I first got there. There is no signage whatsoever so that someone who is

6
★★★★★

I made a special trip to Katz' today by subway in 95F+ weather at 2pm, having researched them online, and gone to other delis in NYC. Security was very rude when I first got there. There is no signage whatsoever so that someone who is

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I've been to a lot of sandwich places lately, and this one was quite good. I got a Ruben sandwich, and was pretty thick and hearty for what I ordered. The only issue I have is I still feel the prices are a slight be inflated for the food.

6
★★★★★

I've been to a lot of sandwich places lately, and this one was quite good. I got a Ruben sandwich, and was pretty thick and hearty for what I ordered. The only issue I have is I still feel the prices are a slight be inflated for the food.

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I still give it 3 stars because they do still make one of the best pastrami sandwiches in NYC, but here is a place that has become too popular for its own good that management no longer cares. I do say management because the staff are

6
★★★★★

I still give it 3 stars because they do still make one of the best pastrami sandwiches in NYC, but here is a place that has become too popular for its own good that management no longer cares. I do say management because the staff are

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I loved the pastrami in this place.

You do have to wait on line for a while but its worth the wait.

6
★★★★★

I loved the pastrami in this place.

You do have to wait on line for a while but its worth the wait.

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Bottom line with this review (forget about how many stars we gave it); you either LOVE THINLY sliced GARGANTUAN sandwiches (pastrami and corn beef ESPECIALLY) as are made at the rival - Carnegie Deli OR you like THICKER and more

6
★★★★★

Bottom line with this review (forget about how many stars we gave it); you either LOVE THINLY sliced GARGANTUAN sandwiches (pastrami and corn beef ESPECIALLY) as are made at the rival - Carnegie Deli OR you like THICKER and more

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Overpriced, bad service, average food, filthy place. When you search in Google for "bad customer service" a picture of this place should come up

6
★★★★★

Overpriced, bad service, average food, filthy place. When you search in Google for "bad customer service" a picture of this place should come up

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A must visit for anyone coming to NYC. The Pastrami on Rye is my favorite.

6
★★★★★

A must visit for anyone coming to NYC. The Pastrami on Rye is my favorite.

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"This is probably the best known NYC deli? ?, and if it is not the best deli, it is close, and probably serves the best pastrami, although 2nd Avenue Deli (which closed for awhile, and is now located on E 33rd in the Murray Hill section of

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"This is probably the best known NYC deli? ?, and if it is not the best deli, it is close, and probably serves the best pastrami, although 2nd Avenue Deli (which closed for awhile, and is now located on E 33rd in the Murray Hill section of

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After seeing this on Man vs. Food, I wanted to try it.
I had a pastrami rueben for 17.05. Plus tip, soda and sales tax for $23.50. C'mon man! It was an average sized sandwich and was not the best sandwich I ever had either.

I am not an

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★★★★★

After seeing this on Man vs. Food, I wanted to try it.
I had a pastrami rueben for 17.05. Plus tip, soda and sales tax for $23.50. C'mon man! It was an average sized sandwich and was not the best sandwich I ever had either.

I am not an

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Very expensive, always crowded, the staff is actually pretty nice. The pastrami and corned beef are absolutely delicious tho I will give them that. Other than those two sandwiches not much to say about the place. P.S. Unless you are coming

6
★★★★★

Very expensive, always crowded, the staff is actually pretty nice. The pastrami and corned beef are absolutely delicious tho I will give them that. Other than those two sandwiches not much to say about the place. P.S. Unless you are coming

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Its 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 wouldnt? Mile high sandwiches loaded with more meat than your body can even

6
★★★★★

Its 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 wouldnt? Mile high sandwiches loaded with more meat than your body can even

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This place rocks and probably always will, hands down the best reubens

6
★★★★★

This place rocks and probably always will, hands down the best reubens

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good....

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★★★★★

good....

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We finally made it to Katz's Deli this year, after previously trying both Stage Deli and Carnegie Deli. After biting into our sandwich, it was Katz's for the win.

We ordered a lean pastrami Reuben, Matzo ball soup and half-sour pickles.

6
★★★★★

We finally made it to Katz's Deli this year, after previously trying both Stage Deli and Carnegie Deli. After biting into our sandwich, it was Katz's for the win.

We ordered a lean pastrami Reuben, Matzo ball soup and half-sour pickles.

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We went there based on the TV show Man vs Food or something like that. We were disappointed. It was over priced even for NYC. The thugs hired to make sure you pay are nothing but bullies. One of the thugs puts his arms across the door

6
★★★★★

We went there based on the TV show Man vs Food or something like that. We were disappointed. It was over priced even for NYC. The thugs hired to make sure you pay are nothing but bullies. One of the thugs puts his arms across the door

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This place is pricy. If youre craving some good roast beef or pastrami and are willing to spend minimum 15$ then this is the place to go. The pickles are great too.

6
★★★★★

This place is pricy. If youre craving some good roast beef or pastrami and are willing to spend minimum 15$ then this is the place to go. The pickles are great too.

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Everyone talks about the pastrami and roast beef, im here to talk about the knishes. They are great, over stuffed with delicios mashed chunky potatoes, and go great with the spicy mustard. This place is a little pricy, but it is such a

6
★★★★★

Everyone talks about the pastrami and roast beef, im here to talk about the knishes. They are great, over stuffed with delicios mashed chunky potatoes, and go great with the spicy mustard. This place is a little pricy, but it is such a

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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.

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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

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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.

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★☆☆☆☆

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

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bravo!

5
★★★★★

bravo!

Pros: everything

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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)

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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.

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★☆☆☆☆

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

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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

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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.

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★☆☆☆☆

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

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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!

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★☆☆☆☆

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

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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.

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★☆☆☆☆

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

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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

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

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★★★★☆

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

Pros: Huge portion

Cons: On the Pricey side

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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

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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

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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.

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★★★☆☆

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

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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.

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★☆☆☆☆

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

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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

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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.

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★☆☆☆☆

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

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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 $$$$ you can have a very good meal almost anywhere in NYC so save your money.
By the way when pay on your way out its like they could careless about your business.
Just because they have been around along time doesnt really matter because good things go bad and bad things can turn around and this is one of the biggest ripoffs in NYC even Bernie Madoff got took!! Twenty for a sandwich and $7 for fries a guy should get CLIENT 9 treatment included for that price!! and doesnt include a soft drink!
One more thing the Frommers and Zagat boys eat there for free and if they had to cough up their own cash to eat at Katzs this place would be declawed and out of business!!
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Rated 1.0 out of 5.0 Way Way over priced $$$$ 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!!
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Pros: food is good

Cons: WAY WAY overpriced crowded difficult to get to

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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.

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★★★★★

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

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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.

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★☆☆☆☆

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.

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