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Downtown Manhattan (Downtown)
0.9 km from SoHo
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One of the last-standing, old-time Eastern European spots on the Lower East Side, Katz’s is a true NY institution. It’s crowded, crazy and packed with ...
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Bib Gourmand: good quality, good value cooking
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Iconic NYC restaurant serving legendary hand-carved pastrami, corned beef & other deli classics since 1888.
PRICE RANGE
US$10 - US$30
Special Diets
Kosher
Meals
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch
CUISINES
Deli
FEATURES
Delivery, Takeout, Seating, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Accepts Credit Cards, Table Service, Non-smoking restaurants, Gift Cards Available
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Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

The pastrami on rye was amazing! It is a very long wait even though I went mid-afternoon and the prices are a little steep for the amount of food you get but the sandwich was amazing worth checking out at least once

Date of visit: November 2022
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Reviewed 2 days ago

With out-of-town family members visiting for the Thanksgiving holiday, I too booked a hotel suite. Having been to Katz's a fair number of times in the years I've lived in NYC, I was happy to see Seamless/GrubHub would deliver an order to the hotel so...we could avoid the usual noisy, hectic, crowded "ambiance" of Katz's -- although I understand that an in-person visit to experience the place for one's self may be more appealing, especially for first-timers. Our order (placed at noon) was delivered to the Chelsea hotel in less than 25 minutes. The pastrami sandwiches and pea soup were as good as I remembered & the out-of-towners got a kick out of the Dr. Brown Cel-Ray sodas. I am deducting 1 star overall (and more than that in the Value category), however, because the pastrami sandwiches were not as stuffed as in pre-pandemic days. So if you have teens or other folks with hearty appetites in your group, the sandwiches are unlikely to be suitable for sharing. P.S. For those who do not already have a Seamless/GrubHub account, you can place an online order via Katz's own website.More

Date of visit: November 2022
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Reviewed 2 days ago

We are deli afficiandos, and decided to try Katz's while we were in downtown Manhattan. The turkey and pastrami were tasteless. The bread barely held up the meat and that, too, was tasteless. They claimed it was rye bread, but it didn't taste at all...like rye bread. The pickle brine was so watered down that the pickles tasted worse than supermarket jarred pickles. These are supposed to be deli staples, and they failed on all counts. And the price for their miserable food was $25 per sandwich. We are definitely never eating there again.More

Date of visit: November 2022
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

So sorry, but you need to protect your brand. We queued up outside, which is fine. Got in and then its a free for all. Essentially appears to be two ways to get served, one is waiter service, one is the bundle at the counter....There appears to be two separate seating areas, one for waiter service and one for the bundle at the counter. The waiter service queue didn’t move in the 30 minutes we waited. Sadly we gave up and left. Food looked decent but the prices looked scary. We were there from 3pm so not like a lunch time rush. Would have waited outside longer if you had communicated what was going on, surely you make people wait and then get a good experience once inside.. ie protect the brand?More

Date of visit: November 2022
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Certainly not fancy and shows its age which is kinda cool and adds to the experience. Pastrami and corned beef so delicious-they give samples as they make your sandwich. It was crowded so we had to wait outside, but not for long. Don't be shy-ask...what to do otherwise you will be pushed aside by others.They do have an area in the back were you can get wait service-we didn't know that either. Prices were as expected-cheaper that Vegas!More

Date of visit: November 2022
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Reviewed 1 week ago

It was very crowded, but well worth the wait! The corned beef was delicious - I wish I could find a more explanative word!! It was melt-in-your-mouth delicious! the rye bread it came on was so soft and fresh - it was fabulous! We got...beer to drink and it really hit the spot!More

Date of visit: November 2022
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

The sandwiches are insane, they are huge and delicious! It’s super expensive though and the restaurant is so crowded! I would recommend going but it’s just so pricey for a sandwich! Atmosphere is crazy, full of people and not much room to sit and eat.

Date of visit: November 2022
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We meant to go in 2018 but ended up elsewhere in the East Village. We went on a Saturday so had to queue but the queue moved quickly. It was well worth the wait. We opted for table service as my wife is disabled and...it just made things easier. Three of us had sandwiches, corned beef, pastrami and brisket. My wife opted for the burger which was supposed to be a child’s portion! Food came quick. The sandwiches were packed and the meat fantastic. The child’s burger was large and high quality. The only extra we took were some chips ( to share) that we could not finish. The pickles were Fantastic. The ambience was as I expected. Hustle and bustle. The service was quick and direct. So very glad we went. The costs may seem excessive to some but when you see just how much you get and the quality you will understand. We were full until the next day. My wife controlled the tickets so none were lost!!!! Bought a T shirt on the way out. Something I never do.More

Date of visit: November 2022
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Reviewed 1 week ago

My god, Katz's is truly supreme in the quality it makes, and really lives up to its name. The sandwiches are packed full of a billion pounds of perfectly cooked meat, big kudos if you can somehow finish just one. Make sure you get the...cherry soda they offer!More

Date of visit: October 2022
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

My Husband and I walked there in the 2.5 inches of rain from Hurricane Ian, part subway, part walking. Maybe the crowd was a little light at about 12:30 PM. But there were 6 lines of waiting customers in front of "cutters" who cut pastrami...into gigantically stuffed sandwiches. Restaurant was full but tables constantly turned over. We mistakenly order a sandwich for each of us--then only could eat half. They wrapped the 2 sandwich halves in 3 lavers of paper and plastic-so none of the garlic and delicious aroma was apparent as we travelled home. THe pastrami was heavenly with great rye bread and lots of pickles.More

Date of visit: October 2022
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

My wife had several "must try" places in New York on our trip. This was one of the first meals we had. After a 3 mile walk from our hotel (in which UNLIKE CHICAGO, we never heard the "pop pop pop" of gunfire and felt...comfortable), we finally reached Katz's Delicatessen. Key Tip: If you plan to eat in, GO TO THE BACK OF THE RESTAURANT. Keep your chits that you are given when you walk in. Wait for someone to seat you. My wife was dying to try New York Corned Beef, so she ordered a Corned Beef Sandwich. I was thinking Roast Beef, but she thought I should try the Pastrami - I'd never had Pastrami (spicy Corned Beef) so I decided to change course after talking with Daniel, our server. Okay, I like New York Pastrami. (Daniel even brought a taste of the roast beef - not as good as the Pastrami). We got a plate full of pickles - the brined pickles were INCREDIBLE - they were mouth-watering. The dill pickles were just good, but the BRINED PICKLES WERE EPIC! We ordered a side order of fries, which was honestly big enough for 3. When you are done (KEY TIP) you bring your chit and your ticket to the front to pay. Don't forget to tip the server. Look at the walls. We saw dozens of Hollywood and Broadway actors on the wall, mugging for the camera with the owners. Lots of good stuff to look at. The true test of any restaurant is "Would we go back again?" In a heartbeat. The place was packed for a reason - it serves really good food. Add this to the list for your next New York Trip. Take a cab, an Uber, whatever, or just shoe leather express it like we did. You will be glad you did it.More

Date of visit: November 2022
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

The food is great. Tasty with good sized portions however it is hideously expensive ($35 for a sandwich and a fries expensive). Other kosher delis which are just as good quality are half the price. Katz's is taking advantage of its fame. Worth a visit...to say you've been but that's it.More

Date of visit: November 2022
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

To put it simply - the best pastrami sandwich I have ever eaten! So moist, so flavorful, so thick. When you walk in, the person at the front door hands you a ticket that is used to keep track of how much you owe. Then...you go to the specific line for the type of food you are ordering: breakfast foods, bagels, drinks, or meat sandwiches (these lines are called "cutters".) You may have to go to 2 or more lines if you want several different items. The sandwiches are amazing and the pickles are great. We went around 9:30 - 10 am on a Saturday morning and there was very little line. You really cannot find food like this anywhere else.More

Date of visit: November 2022
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

You have to visit this place, there's a queue way down the street. Once inside 8 more queues at the counter. We had the Reuben and corned beef sandwiches. Absolutely fantastic but you have to see it to believe it...

Date of visit: May 2022
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This place was insanely crowded and it was difficult to order and find a place to sit. Stood in line for over 30 minutes only to find out we had to order soup from a different line. The quality of the food was only so...so although the quantity was over the top. It was definitely an experience you only need to do once.More

Date of visit: November 2022
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Hi! I can suggest to visit: Greenwich Village, Soho, China Town and Little Italy then eat at Katz’s and, during sunset, walk on the Brooklyn Bridge! It’s awesome.
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Vaccine cards were required as proof to dine it. IF you were taking out, you didn't need one
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It’s been a while but I think they take credit cards, either way it’s great and worth it. If interested ask for sample of meat when you order it. Also the hot dogs are great try Russ and daughters for appetizers( take out... More
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  • Food: 4.5
  • Service: 3.5
  • Value: 3.5
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