If you’ve watched the classic Nora Ephron romantic comedy “When Harry Met Sally”, you are familiar with Katz’s Deli. Remember the scene where Sally fakes an orgasm? That’s Katz’s Deli.
Apart from being famous for that cameo, Katz’s Deli is a classic NYC food destination being over a hundred years old. The Husband and I couldn’t pass up the chance to get to taste their legendary pastrami and reuben sandwiches. Just to know whether the raves about the sandwich are as real as Sally’s orgasms.
It was way past 8PM when we got there. The dinner rush should’ve faded away, but Katz’s was filled to the brim with customers lined up with their blue order tickets, given as you enter the doors, for their sandwiches. As with most things good, Katz’s sandwiches can be a bit of a wait. The Husband elbowed his way through the line until he was finally noticed by the bustling servers.
A Katz’s sandwich is more than enough for two people. But since this was a once in a lifetime (for now) chance, we did order a sandwich each: 1 pastrami and 1 reuben sandwich. The Katz’s reuben is a pastrami (or corned beef) sandwich with more trimmings: cheese, sauerkraut and Russian dressing.
We actually prefer the reuben since the trimmings add moisture and textural contrasts to the sandwich. There’s something unappealing about eating an ultra dry sandwich. Don’t you think so?
The pastrami meat is very tender, holds it shape well and crumbles as soon as it hits your mouth. My favorite part of this particular cured meat is the pepper crust, which finishes with a peppery punch.
Is the sandwich worth the orgasm? Hmmm…maybe not. But still worth a visit if you find yourself in NYC.
205 E Houston St
New York, NY 10002
Open Monday – Wednesday: 8AM – 1045 PM
Friday: 8AM – Open all night!
Saturday: Open all day!
Sunday: Open until 1045pm
+1 (212) 254-2246