Wow being a native New Yorker and living here my whole life nobody would believe me when I said that I have never eaten at Katz. Especially since I am an ultra foodie. So today was the day to experience it first hand and oh my God was it unbelievable.
You hear all the time about these "must try" institutions and many times are disappointed because they turn out to be so overhyped. But not Katz. Katz deserves all the praise, accolades, and props that it gets.
Went for lunch with my buddy from work and we split the following.
Pastrami and Swiss on Rye with Mustard- Ordered extra fatty, juicy, and sliced thick and that is exactly what I got. The meat was piled high and thick and had plenty of fatty unctuous juiciness to it. Literally just oozing with flavor! The best pastrami in the world.
Brisket on Rye with Mustard- Also a standout. Was wary that this would be dry, but again thick, juicy, nice marbelized fat and oh so tasty. It was a great idea to share a half of each sandwich.
Sweet Potato Knish- I LOVE sweet potatoes and never had a sweet potato knish before just a regular. This was seriously delicious and just the right amount of sweetnes like I expected.
Vanilla and Chocolate egg cream- Both were very good. Make with Ubet's syrup.
Usually not a fan of rye but it just complemented both sandwiches so perfectly. Marriage made in heaven. Service was great- gave the counter man his dollar tip and he gave us samples. Provided us with our sandwiches promptly and without any questions just the way we ordered them and gave us 8 pickles for just the two of us.
Overall Katz is pricy and it cost us $50 for two but hey you gotta pay for quality and their reputation. Well worth the money and kings do not eat this well. Definitely one of the MUST eats in our great city and the only thing I am kicking myself about is not coming here years ago!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
205 E Houston St, New York, NY 10002