Pastrami and Chopped Liver at Katz’s Deli – NYC
Some people have been dogging Katz’s these days. I’m not sure why. I love Katz’s. They say the sandwiches have gone downhill. Maybe the sandwiches were better in 1888 (the year Katz’s was founded), but as far as I know, Katz’s has been going strong since the last decade.
When I go to Katz’s, I always order Katz’s Pastrami ($14.95) on rye with mustard. It’s a no-brainer. The hot hand-carved slices are thick, incredibly juicy, and have a great peppery bite from the spice rub. I’m not exaggerating when I say it’s one of the best sandwiches in New York. I’ve heard people complain the sandwiches are too small for the price, but god damn it people, if you want a “Five Dollar Foot-long,” this isn’t the place for you.
Last time I went to Katz’s with David’s cousin Alvin, he suggested we also get a Chopped Liver Sandwich ($10.60) to share. It was genius. The chopped liver was really tasty; rich yet still light in texture. And it was nice to go back and forth between the pastrami and the chopped liver sandwich. Even for a liver lover like myself, it’s hard not to get bored of a chopped liver sandwich.
If you’ve noticed, I order all my sandwiches sans vegetables. No need to dilute deliciousness with iceberg lettuce and generic tasteless tomatoes. However, when at Katz’s you must indulge in the pickles they give you on the side; an assortment of full-sours, half-sours, and pickled green tomatoes. The green tomatoes are nice and crisp, but I’m partial to the garlicky half-sours. They’re the perfect foil to Katz’s gut-busting sandwiches.
So naysayers, say what you will. Until a time machine is invented and I taste proof, I won’t believe you. The sandwiches at Katz’s are still hella good.