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August 23, 2005

Katz's Delicatessen: "The Best Sandwich on Earth"

katz_small2.jpgTheir slogan preaches truth. On a famished Sunday evening, QLL headed east on Houston to the corner of Ludlow where Katz's Delicatessen has sat since 1888. A door underneath the burning-out fluorescent sign opens into a cavernous space filled with hearty deli food and just a little bit of everyone.

cel-ray.jpgCollege students fork their way through round potato knishes. LES hipsters sip Dr. Brown Cel-Ray soda and families with children plough their way through generous sandwiches heaping with tasty meat. Table set up is reminiscent of a high school cafeteria. Wait service is offered only at those tables snug against the wall. If you want your food fast we recommend heading to the deli line. But if you are in no rush, the waiters are true old timers, in a blue coats and plastic gloves.

pickles.jpgA plate of homemade sour pickles and pickled tomatoes started the meal. We ordered a Rueben Reuben.jpgand a corned beef sandwich, a round potato knish and a chocolate egg cream. As the sandwiches arrived, our jaws dropped. Never before had we seen such massive, mouthwatering sandwiches. Barely able to make it through half, we left laughing and satisfied, already planning our next trip back.

Katz's Delicatessen
205 East Houston Street
New York, NY 10022


Posted by EMC at August 23, 2005 02:04 PM


Cel-Ray is disgusting! Have you actually tried it? I like celery and all, but that stuff is terrible. Go for a creme soda or egg cream.

Posted by: swhank at August 23, 2005 03:56 PM

I like Black Cherry

Posted by: Jeremy at August 24, 2005 06:30 PM

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