Sunday, 18 October 2015

Food | Katz's Delicatessen | Downtown Manhattan, NYC

Katz's Delicatessen, Manhattan, New York

Hello world, how are we all doing this grey Sunday morning? This holiday was my first trip to a country west of England (nope, not even stepped foot in Wales or Ireland yet so can't even say west of UK - I'm a terrible classic Brit), first holiday to America and first time in New York. So of course I did a ridiculous amount of research of what to see, do and mainly eat. One place that kept coming up time and time again was Katz's Delicatessen, and to see what the hype was all about, I insisted that this was the first meal I would have in the Big Apple.
I stepped foot on the hallowed ground that is Katz's around 7pm on Saturday evening and it was jam packed. Like to the brim packed. As if the reviews online weren't good enough, a busy restaurant is another sure fire sign that this place was worth eating at. Katz's really only sell one thing - sandwiches. Pastrami sandwiches is what it is known for, and has been doing since 1888. I mean, of course they sell a whole bunch of other stuff on their menu but get their pastrami sandwich. 

Katz's Delicatessen, Manhattan, New York

Katz's system is a little different than most places - from how you enter to how you pay for your food.  There are normally two lines as you approach the entrance - one for entering and another for exiting. You are immediately handed a ticket once you enter - one per person - go up to the counter, order your food, (your chef/waiter/person will graffiti your ticket with what you've ordered) try and elbow your way into finding find a table, (just not the one right up against the wall - they're strictly for waiter service only!) keep hold of your ticket, and when you're ready to leave and pay, give your ticket on the way out and settle your bill. One key thing to note here - New York sales tax is added on top so just be mindful of that. 

You can't miss the counter - it practically spans the entire length of one wall
Katz's Delicatessen, Manhattan, New York

Does this place look familiar? That may be because it's the exact same deli that was featured in the film "When Harry met Sally". Yup - you heard that right!
Katz's Delicatessen, Manhattan, New York

Seriously. Don't lost your ticket. You'll be charged $50 if you lose it. 

P.S. They look like these. And yes, they are pretty easy to lose.
Katz's Delicatessen, Manhattan, New York ticket

And once you've ordered all that you want and found your table, you'll breathe a huge sigh of relief. Then, if you're from the UK like myself, you'll be flabbergasted about the portion sizes. I mean, they're HUGE. Ginormous. Like what on earth America?!
Katz's Delicatessen, Manhattan, New York

Practically as big as my face really

Okay.. it might not have helped that we nearly ordered every sandwich there was to offer.. There's even a corned beef option (tastes nothing like the UK version which is a good thing. Ron Weasley would approve and totally would be eating these on the Hogwarts Express)
Katz's Delicatessen, Manhattan, New York pastrami pickles

Family #selfie time! Otherwise, how else can we prove we were there?? Also - don't think my family is too impressed by this pic #embarrassingphoto 

Dang Katz's.. I totally understand why people come to you in flocks and drones!
Katz's Delicatessen, Manhattan, New York pastrami pickles

Oh, and just in case you want it - there's some condiments on the table for your use including Katz's own sauce, though I think it's mustard? 
Katz's Delicatessen, Manhattan, New York condiments

If you're coming from the subway station, it's pretty easy to find. There's a huge neon sign outside the deli! Plus, if you ask anyone - and I mean literally anyone, they'll point you in the right direction. Pretty sure I got directions from a tourist.
Katz's Delicatessen, Manhattan, New York

Katz's Delicatessen, Manhattan, New York

This place is such a hoot with locals and tourists alike, and if you only get one thing here - get their pastrami sandwich. It's so crazy popular that they ship it all over the country! Get it, enjoy it and then thank me later for it.

You're welcome in advance.

Address: 205 East Houston Street (corner of Ludlow St), New York City, NY, 10002
Phone: 1-800-4HOTDOG or (212) 254-2246
Opening Hours: Mon-Wed: 8am to 10.45pm, Thurs: 8am to 2.45am, Fri: Opens 8am, and get this - STAYS OPEN until Sunday 10.45pm!
Subway Directions: F train to Second Avenue Station. F, M, J or Z train to Delancey/Essex St Station

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