Restaurant: Katz’s Delicatessen
Location: 205 E Houston Street, New York, NY
Cuisine: Sandwiches/ Meat Shop/ American
This may not be the Statue of Liberty or the Empire State Building, but Katz’s is definitely a New York tourist attraction. After watching Adam Richmond chow down on a juicy Pastrami Sandwich on Man vs. Food, I knew I had to pay Katz’s a visit!
The interior is actually much smaller than I imagined from seeing it on television, but more clean than expected. You can get table service, but I think most people just order at the counter. The paying-system was quite interesting. When you walk in the door your greeted by a security guard who hands you a ticket for ordering.
I get to the counter and I’m baffled by a meat-lover’s dream menu. Although, I knew what I had to order!
Well I obviously had to go for a drink that I could only get here (LOL). I know what you’re thinking “Iced Tea tastes the same everywhere”! But the two key aspects of Katz’s Lemon Iced Tea that impressed me was that they bottled it and it had a bold tea flavor. The bottle really preserves that fresh brewed flavor as well as provide a nostalgic presentation;). While the thing about most Iced Tea is that it’s always just “SUGAR WATER”, but this was all about the “TEA”.
The perfect pairing for Katz’s sandwiches is of course a helping of pickles. I’m not a huge fan of pickles, but like they says “When in Rome… or should I say New York, do as the New Yorkers do”;).
Well if I didn’t order this, it’d be like not going to Katz’s at all! I could probably get sandwich after sandwich or just plates of pastrami if I had the time! A lot of times, you go to these places with high expectations because of all the hype and then you end up utterly disappointed! I dare to say I was more impressed than I expected!
Just another slice of meat? I THINK NOT!
Presentation, if you know a good cut of meat, this tantalizing pink is perfection. Not over cooked or dried out, but has the right amount of juices and practically melts in your because it’s THAT TENDER! the charred crust is a smokey burst of flavors. I completely fell in love with this sandwich! You’ll definitely regretting it if you visit New York without grabbing a Katz’s Pastrami Sandwich.
What a blunder:( I should have tried their Rueben or Philly Cheesesteak because this Roast Beef was not awesome, or was just an upset in comparison to the Pastrami! The Roast Beef Sandwich was Cold and Rare (as warned by the sign). My friend insisted on trying this, but what a tragedy. The meat was of course fresh, but just didn’t appeal to my taste buds. The bread was probably the highlight of this sandwich for me. I could barely chew the beef because it was so chewy. You know how you bit into cheesy pizza and the string of cheese just drags? It was like that, but the meat never broke off! I had to start eating with a fork, but any sandwich that turns into a chore is obviously not favorable.
I’ll definitely be visiting New York again (maybe even live there?)! Without a question, Katz’s Deli will once again be my first foodie stop on my next visit as well. It’s just too awesome to miss out on! I think every time I have a sandwich now I’m going to reminisce about that Pastrami Sandwich. Don’t miss out!