For lunch on the Saturday of our NYC trip, David, Veronica, and I hit up Katz’s Delicatessen in the Lower East Side. This was definitely an experience. It was 1:30 pm and we promptly got in line where there were about 30 people ahead of us. Here are some snippets of what some people said when seeing the line: “Oh my God!”; “Are you kidding me??”; “Is this the line?!” Luckily, the line went by pretty fast due to the restaurant’s cafeteria style. As you enter, someone hands you a blue ticket and from there it’s pretty much a free-for-all.
This place is classic NYC where everyone’s so busy and they don’t really have time to be nice or explain what to do. I headed over to the sandwich line where the butcher made me a brisket on rye bread sandwich, which came with a classic cucumber pickle and a garlicky pickle. The butcher took my ticket and wrote the price of my sandwich on it. You pay as you leave (cash only), so it’s nice if you want to go back and get something else if for some reason the pounds of meat didn’t fill you up.
My brisket was ok for what it was, but I think I would have liked a little sauce with it. I felt awkward asking for anything other than meat and bread. David and Veronica both got pastrami, which they’re famous for, and they both really liked it. The potato latkes were really good!
Overall, this was a nice experience but I wouldn’t really come here on a regular basis if I lived in NYC. I don’t need to be spending $19.75 for slightly dry meat on regular sandwich bread and a drink. I lugged around my bag of leftovers on our entire day of sightseeing, and at the end of the day didn’t really want to eat it but felt I had to justify the decision of carrying it around all day. I hate to say it, but this made me think that Zingerman’s in Ann Arbor as a steal. I’m glad I can say I’ve been here, though!