I love old New York traditions and Katz’s is one of them. This may be a popular spot, but Katz’s has been around almost as long as the word delicatessen itself – both originated in the 19th century. Today, it’s one of the only places in the city where you can see pastrami, corned beef and turkey carved by hand.
Katz’s was made famous as a filming location in the 1989 film When Harry Met Sally. The spot had already been a New York staple for more than a century before Meg Ryan’s antics brought the punchline “I’ll have what she’s having” into popular culture, but because of high crime rates in the ’70s and ’80s, locals and visitors alike didn’t venture out into the Lower East Side at night.
With the decline of crime into the ’90s, the film brought renewed attention to the spot where locals go for hot sandwiches – almost always pastrami or corned beef – which are famously known as the largest in New York. You can also stop in for breakfast specials, served until 11:30 daily, including local favorites like bagels with lox and cream cheese – or, as Katz’s describes, it, “New York on your tongue!”