I have never been a big fan of Katz's before, preferring Junior's for a better dining experience (and their cheesecake). But as Valentin never tried a deli, I proposed to go there and give it another chance, as this place remains an icon in New York
We arrived around 1pm, received our tickets (not to be forgotten otherwise you pay the high price), and the place was packed. Not surprising though as it is in all the guides and it is not uncommon to see buses full of tourists make a stop there.
At Katz's, you have two choices: wait for a table with full service or order some food at the counter, where you can observe (briefly) the staff preparing food and then, find a table to sit.
We went for a waited table and probably waited 15 minutes before being seated. strangely, our waiter was nice...
We decided to order several dishes to share, after eating the traditional pickles they put on the table:
The matzo ball was good, light and spongey, but the broth was just ok: I prefer the one at Junior's or 2nd Avenue Deli.
Served with apple sauce and sour cream. They were deliciously crispy and not too greasy.
It was served with sauerkraut, cheese and Russian dressing. The meat was literally melting in our mouth. I loved it, but it is clearly a heavy sandwich.
We picked the soft salami; they were very generous with the amount of salami for sure and it was delicious with mustard.
The last dish was hot dog, ordered with sauerkraut:
It was a very good hot dog, the sausage having a nice texture and spices.
We had a pleasant time at Katz's...surprisingly! The food was good and, for the first time, we got good service! So I guess I changed my mind about this place...
Enjoy (I did)!
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