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It's a concrete jungle where dreams are made. More than 8.5 million people from all over the world call the Big Apple home, and another 60 million or so visit it every year.

That happens for a good reason: no matter what you love or which are your interests – art, food, architecture, photography, shopping, sightseeing, theater, music, romance, adventure, exploration – New York is the place where you can find it all and much more.

It's a new surprise on every corner, every day. It's a dream in every heart. Just have your eyes and sensibility open. In New York you can learn a new thing every single day. In New York you can make your dream come true. So, why not give it a try?

Orgasm at Katz's Deli

Ever wonder what pastrami is, exactly? Well, it's actually beef cured in brine and covered with a mix of spices that include garlic, paprika, and mustard seed. Then it's steamed until the meat begins to break down. The process as a way of preserving meat before the age of refrigeration. 


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Image courtesy:  Katz's Deli

Image courtesy: Katz's Deli

Today, there are two quality delis in the Lower East Side of New York City that offer a traditional pastrami sandwich: 2nd Avenue Deli, and Katz's Delicatessen. These grandaddies have their share of history and old-time charm, but Katz's delivers the best experience. 

Image courtesy:  Katz's Deli

Image courtesy: Katz's Deli

In 1888, a small deli by the name of Iceland Brothers was established on Ludlow Street in New York’s Lower East Side by the Iceland brothers.

Image courtesy: Katz's Deli

Upon the arrival of Willy Katz in 1903, the name of the store was officially changed to "Iceland & Katz". Willy’s cousin Benny joined him in 1910, buying out the Iceland brothers to officially form Katz’s Delicatessen.

Their landsman Harry Tarowsky bought into the partnership in April 1917. Katz’s Deli was moved across the street, to its present location, during the construction of the subway system. The vacant lot on Houston Street (pronounced "How-ston" after a Dutch emigrant of the same name) was home to barrels of meat and pickles until the present storefront facade was added between 1946-49.

Katz's Deli at 205 East Houston Street (corner of Ludlow St) in the Lower East Side of Manhattan


Upon entering Katz's Deli, you are given a ticket. Please, do not lose it! Jake Dell, owner of the bucket-list New York icon, who takes his pastrami very, very seriously. Here are his 12 Rules for Not Getting in Trouble at Katz's Deli.

Jake Dell, owner, Katz's Delicatessen. Image: Katz's Deli

Then, you take your ticket with you, as you go station to station. Even if you didn’t get anything, we need it back so we know you didn’t eat anything. Check out the VIDEO below "How to Order Correctly at Katz's Deli


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The traditional sandwich you'll want is pastrami on rye with mustard and a cup of matzo balls soup. They will throw in a side of pickles for free. After taking the last delicious bite, take a stroll around the place to look at all the photos hanging on the wall.

Katz's Deli

You will also find the table where Harry Met Sally, a 1989 American romantic comedy film written by Nora Ephron and directed by Rob Reiner. It stars Billy Crystal as Harry and Meg Ryan as Sally.

Exact table where Harry Met Sally, a 1989 American romantic comedy film staring Billy Crystal as Harry and Meg Ryan as Sally.

Exact table where Harry Met Sally, a 1989 American romantic comedy film staring Billy Crystal as Harry and Meg Ryan as Sally.


Now take the F train to Second Avenue Station or the M, J or Z trains to Delancey/Essex St Station and enjoy your orgasmic sandwich. Mazel tov!



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