Monthly Archives: May 2012

Katz’s Delicatessen

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!

New York City!

I’ve been on a project in the Bronx for the last two weeks but it’s ending today!  So when I heard that a couple of my friends were visiting the city for a weekend, I promptly invited myself to their trip… many thanks to David and Veronica for letting me crash with them!

David and I planned a late dinner on Thursday night, but had no specific place in mind… but when I passed Shake Shack on my way to our hotel, I knew I wanted to go there.  Even though it was about 9:30 pm when we made it there, there was still a huge line that snaked out the door.  The line moved pretty quickly and they handed out menus for the wait, so it wasn’t nearly as bad as it looked.

I got a single ShackBurger, cheese fries, and an Arnold Palmer.  The ShackBurger is just a single patty, cheese, tomato, lettuce, and ShackSauce… it is pretty delicious.  I’m not really sure what the ShackSauce is but the burger had a really nice salty taste to it.  My only complaint is that the burger is on the small side – I definitely could have eaten two.  The cheese fries were just okay; the cheese tasted (and looked) like extremely processed cheese, but at least the fries were good.  My Arnold Palmer was delicious!

David got the Shack-cago Dog, which has relish, onion, cucumber, pickle, tomato, sport pepper, celery salt, and mustard.  David mentioned that the hot dog was pretty crunchy due to the abundance of cucumber, relish, and onion.  He was also really surprised at how spicy it was – we thought it was jalepeno but I guess it was the sport pepper.  What’s a sport pepper?!

I didn’t get to go to Ess-a-Bagel, but David went there in the morning to pick us up some bagels in the morning.  While I was too scared to branch out of my usual plain bagel + plain cream cheese combination, David got a nova bagel sandwich and Veronica got a belly lox bagel sandwich.  Here’s the nova bagel:

I tasted some of it… it just tasted like sushi on a bagel.  Not really what I want to be eating in the morning, but I guess it works for some people.  My plain bagel was really good though, and I hear there are tons of different flavors of cream cheese you can get.

For dinner we ate at John’s Pizzeria to get our fix of traditional NYC thin-crust pizza.  We split a margherita pizza… I have no idea what to say about it other than it was just your normal thin-crust pizza.  So it could’ve been better, also could’ve been a lot worse.

Stay tuned for another NYC post!