Okay, I need to admit that I've never been to Katz's Deli. In fact, I haven't been to many of the iconic Jewish Delis in general. Yes, I was born here. Yes, I was raised her. I guess I was just deprived of the experience. Now, as an income earning adult, I can take these matters in my own hands. So off I went with Mr. M&P in tow to bathe ourselves in beefy goodness.
Some may say that Katz's is a ladnmark. Others may say it's overrated. But there's only one way to find out for sure. But before I get into the food, I want to talk about the strange seating system by Katz's. When you enter, either you sit by the wall on the left for full table service by a waiter, or go to the right and stand in line for self service. The right side counters are split up by what you want like sandwiches, or meat by the pound, or sides, etc. We decided to sit for waiter service. The lines for self service was ridiculous, and open seating was no where to be seen. I spotted a 6 top table with a couple sitting on the outside. I politely ask if the open chairs were occupied. They replied no and gladly shifted so that we could squeeze in.
The waiter came around and introduced him. He was really nice and friendly. We perused the menu for laughs because we knew what we wanted already: pastrami sandwich, corned beef sandwich, and fries. The fries came out first and were crispy and delicious. Super soft on the inside but a nice crunch on the outside. Nicely done.
So I guess there are always a bunch of rules to go by when dining at Katz's. So here is what I recollect:
Left side by the wall is waiter service only.
Tables in the middle are first come, first served.
The counters are self service.
After ordering, keep your small tickets. The waiter or people in front will collect them. Scary words of paying $50+ are mentioned if you lose them.
If you do waiter service, show your receipt when you get to the front so you can leave without standing in line.
Oh Katz's, even with your outdated and weird ordering system with the tickets, I'll be back for some very good pastrami.
205 E Houston St
New York, NY 10002