Locals have loved Katz’s was before it was made famous as a filming location in the 1989 movie When Harry Met Sally. The deli had already been a New York staple for more than a century when Meg Ryan’s antics brought the punchline “I’ll have what she’s having” into popular culture.
Because of crime rates in the 1970s and 1980s, visitors weren’t likely to venture out into the Lower East Side. The film brought renewed interest in the spot, which has since become one of the most popular in New York. Head here for a hot sandwich with the locals – 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!”
Special tip: Katz’s may be a popular spot, but it’s 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 New York where you can see pastrami, corned beef and turkey carved by hand.