Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Katz's Deli

Katz's Delicatessan - 205 E. Houston Street (Ludlow)
A good old fashioned Jewish Deli, practically unchanged from the days of the great Depression - even down to the ticket method of payment. (The routine is part of the charm. Various lines are formed at the counter - with different queues for hot dogs, sandwiches, egg creams or other. Customers receive a ticket at the entrance, marked manually with the prices of every order. The spirit is self-serve: grab your food, grab a table - hold onto your ticket, and pay on the way out.) Used in the famous "When Harry Met Sally" scene, Katz's is full of Kitch...not to mention Kugel, Latkes, Matzo Balls and more. The hotdogs at Katz's are good. Rumor has it that the pastrami is heavenly. You'll have to discover that one for yourself - at $12 a plate (and my pescetarian status) - that's one item I didn't try.

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