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Katz's Delicatessen

Katz's Deli on the Lower East Side of New York City was founded in 1888 by a Russian immigrant family. Because it lacked proper refrigeration, Katz's relied on its smoking, curing and pickling expertise for its sandwich offerings. Frequenting the deli soon became a way of life for neighborhood residents and it still is today.

The deli prides itself on its pastrami, brisket and corned beef. People flock from all over the world to try the meat from Katz's -- you can even send a Katz's salami to a soldier overseas. Piled ridiculously high with meat, each sandwich can feed several people, and that's not even counting the famous side pickles. Besides its food, Katz's is also known for its celebrity clientele. It was featured in the movies "When Harry Met Sally" and "Donnie Brasco."

Sample Menu Items

  • Tongue sandwich
  • Dry cured corned beef sandwich
  • Matzo ball soup

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