Katz’s Deli – New York

As you may have guessed, my New York lovin’ phase continues…

Today I wanted to share with you a must see New York tourist attraction and locals eatery, the famed Katz’s Deli. Not a place for a long lounging lunch, but definitely a must see for the history if not the food. Hailed as the best deli in NYC, it was established in 1888, and has survived not only recession, but also two world wars. Forged firmly in to the Lower East Side community as a place to meet up and catch up, this place attracts everyone from tourists, to celebrities, to the New Yorkers themselves.

A little disarming if you haven’t been here before, you will swiftly be in charge of a pink ticket that not only allows you to order food, but also allows your exit. Lost your ticket – you’re washing the dishes. Just kidding, but I wouldn’t like to try it. This place is fast paced, and for those that are indecisive like me, its probably a good idea to look at the menu before you go. I was intrigued by the Matzo ball soup, but with no idea what it was, and a large crowd of hungry patrons behind me, that wasn’t happening. Did I mention there are also separate counters depending on what you want to order. Don’t try and order a bagel in the pastrami sandwich queue, you might not make friends.

The best thing about this place though is, it’s basically a celebrity in itself. Having appeared in countless movies, most famously in ‘When Harry Met Sally’, if you don’t know the famous Meg Ryan scene, I won’t spoil it for you, but I’m guessing everyone in Katz’s wanted ‘what she’s having.’ If you didn’t realize by now, I’ll basically go anywhere if it appeared in a film. *Geek*

As I don’t eat meat I think the best food here was probably lost on me, but I had a lovely bagel with salmon and cream cheese. Beware they aren’t shy with the cream cheese here.

With pictures of celebrities adorning the walls, this place is definitely worth a visit.

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