The experience: An onsite ordering system as legendary as its pastrami
Established in 1888, Katz’s Delicatessen in the Lower East Side not only has bragging rights as the city’s oldest Jewish deli, but also as the home to one the New York City’s most iconic orders: A pastrami on rye sandwich. The restaurant’s dining space is most recognizable for the very memorable orgasm scene in When Harry Met Sally. But as one of the most popular eateries in town, order is maintained from mobs of hungry customers through an onsite ticketed ordering system. After receiving the small ticket at the door upon entering, it’ll guide you through your journey of personal one-on-one time with the (notoriously straight talking) pastrami cutters, in addition to paying your bill at the end. And be warned, lose the ticket at your own peril because it’ll incur a fine to your bill.
Among the pastrami community in NYC, Katz’s is often deemed the undisputed reigning leader. Serving up thick-cut, tender pastrami with a smear of mustard on rye since 1888, the deli hasn’t lost any of its popularity over the years. If you can’t make it to the OG location, there’s also a booming nationwide delivery service and an outpost inside DeKalb Market Hall in Brooklyn.