Katz’s Delicatessen

We started the New Year right and took a trip to NYC for five days. After dropping our luggage off at our hotel, we walked a little over a mile to Katz’s Delicatessen. We hadn’t eaten all day and had four hours of sleep, but the walk was worth it once we made it. When we first entered Katz’s Delicatessen, they gave each one of us a small ticket with different number options on it. In front of us stood the a long Deli counter with numerous workers behind it, behind us stood a long line of people, and to the left were seats and tables. When you arrive, they don’t give you instructions on what you have to do, which was pretty confusing for tourists like us. After asking one of their employees how the ordering process went down, we got it. First you take your ticket and order from one of the workers behind the counter, he prepares your meal, takes your ticket, crosses off the number related to what you order, and you then sit down and eat your meal. Once you are done with your meal, you take your tickets and make the line to pay. Side note, if you shared a meal with someone and only used one ticket, the other blank ticket still needs to be returned.
Katz's DelicatessenKatz's Delicatessen Inside

The serving sizes at Katz’s Delicatessen are large, if you have a very big appetite, order your own meal

We ordered one Matzo Ball Soup and one Rueben with Pastrami. The serving sizes at Katz’s Delicatessen are quiet big and we ended up splitting everything in half. If you have a big appetite, go ahead and order your own meal…. remember, you don’t have to eat everything, take some home for later, there’s nothing worse than filling overly full.

The Matzo Ball Soup at Katz’s Delicatessen was delicious. The dish is made up of one big Matzo Ball surrounded by delicious chicken broth, there’s nothing better than a warm Matzo Ball Soup on a cold day. We live near a Jewish Community, and this was by far the best Matzo Ball Soup that we have tasted. The Matzo Ball was full of flavor and you could taste the chicken fat flavor .

Katz's Delicatessen Matzo Ball Soup

The Rueben was the best we’ve had. Full of Pastrami, melted Swiss cheese, Sauerkraut, and a flavorful Russian Dressing. This is a big sandwich and just eating half of one kept us full for the rest of the day. They served their sandwich with two sets of pickles, which we didn’t care to try.Katz's Delicatessen RuebenKatz's Delicatessen Rueben Sandwich
Katz’s Delicatessen
205 E Houston St
New York, NY


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