Katz’s. It’s the pastrami, stupid!

There are good delis. There are great delis. And then, there is—the best deli. Photos by the author.

Katz’s Deli in Manhattan

This is Katz’s. Where Harry Met Sally (under the round sign hanging from the ceiling). But never mind that. I’m just here for the food.
Katz’s pastrami. This is the half sandwich.

Navigating Katz’s

Welcome to Katz’s

At the frontmost station

No egg, no cream.

Sandwich stations

They train for years to become a cutter. This is your friend.
This one is a lean trim. As in, not juicy.

Drink station

Last station

Essen, mein kind

And…

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