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.
ORGASM AT KATZ'S DELI
Visual storytelling by Lucas Compan
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
HOW TO ORDER CORRECTLY AT KATZ'S DELI
By Ana M. Rodriguez for the Village Voice
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.