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Katz's Deli

Certificate of Excellence
$$ - $$$
Lower East Side
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205 E Houston Street, New York City, NY 10002-1098
+1 212-254-2246
08:00 - 02:45
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Sun 12:00 - 22:45
Mon - Wed 08:00 - 22:45
Thu 08:00 - 02:45
Fri 08:00 - 23:59
Sat 00:00 - 23:59
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10 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed today NEW

I have visited Katz's since they launched "send a salami to your boy in the army. " It is always busy and most always a line outside. The sandwiches are outsized. Quality wise, Carnegie Deli, now closed was more flavorful and a notch above. Pastrami Queen on the upper east side, kosher and not just Kosher style, is to my... More 

Thank Ron O
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12 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed yesterday NEW

It is a big place, crowded, in the beginning it is hard to understand what to do, but there are few people from the deli that keeping the order. The pastrami sandwich is big, tasty and recommended.

Thank Arie G
Indiana, Pennsylvania, United States
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10 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

This is exactly what you dream of when you think you're going to a New York deli ... fresh pastrami piled high on rye bread with homemade pickles on the side. perfect

Thank mbakbay
Providence, Utah
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105 reviews
65 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
Reviewed yesterday NEW

I did not believe the hype from my wife on this place. Absolutely the best pastrami I have ever had. If you are in New York, you have to stop in. It is worth the effort, The pastrami was so tender and just melted in your mouth. Going back again tomorrow before the Yankees game.

Thank slaughterpj
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9 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
Reviewed yesterday NEW

If you want to experience the real New York City,head to Katz's. This place manages to combine amazing food, lightening quick service, and friendly people in what appears to be chaos among a wide assortment of the faces of New York. Best pastrami ever!!!! Hot and perfectly seasoned, they cut thick slices for your sandwich and give you tastes whil... More 

Thank Leslie S
Manchester, United Kingdom
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16 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

Katz was on our 'to-do' list. Despite it being a high-volume, quick turnover diner and clearly popular with tourists, the food was still excellent and the service seemed authentic. Go for the counter-service option where you queue for the food and take it to your table, that way you get to see them making the sandwich and get an extra... More 

Thank Sam J
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7 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
Reviewed yesterday NEW

When you go into Katz's it can be confusing... but whatever you do, don't lose your ticket! This is how they track your purchases...Classic Jewish deli ---be prepare for chaos and fun.... Not the easiest place if you are vegetarian, and even harder if you are also gluten free Get the latkes....

Thank Janee G
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32 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

Wanted to get to Katz since seeing it on Man vs Food just to sample the pastrami sandwich and so glad I did. Was a bit confused when first arrived as they just give you a ticket and leave you to fend for yourself. Turns out it's a pretty straightforward set up, get your ticket, join one of several queues... More 

Thank Paul S
New York City, New York
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50 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
Reviewed yesterday NEW

Now that Carnegie Deli is closed, this is one of the few authentic places left to get great corned beef, pastrami, brisket, knishes, blintzes, matzo ball soup, and other great kosher-style foods. Of course it's the location of the famous "I'll have what she's having" scene from "When Harry Met Sally", and you pay by accumulating tickets that you turn... More 

Thank ajfsurvey
New York, NY
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31 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
Reviewed yesterday NEW

I remember this fabled Lower East Side eatery from childhood, when a beloved uncle took us there and the roast turkey drum sticks dangling over my head appeared positively primeval, as if borrowed from The Flintstones. It's self-service with a rather rudimentary civility, but hey, the sandwiches, comprising a mountain of meat heaped between two slices of rye bread, are... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
American, Delicatessen, Kosher
Brunch, Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Delivery, Takeout, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol
Good for
Groups, Child-friendly, Kids, Local cuisine
Open Hours
12:00 - 22:45
08:00 - 22:45
08:00 - 22:45
08:00 - 22:45
08:00 - 02:45
08:00 - 23:59
00:00 - 23:59
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 205 E Houston Street, New York City, NY 10002-1098
  • Location: United States  >  New York (NY)  >  New York City>  > Lower East Side
  • Neighbourhood: Lower East Side
  • Phone Number: +1 212-254-2246

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