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Katzs Delicatessen

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Basic Information

Location 205 E Houston St, New York, NY, United States
Phone number (212) 254-2246
Country United States
City New York

General Information

Open to visitors yes
Need appointment no
Handicap accessibility yes
Geographical Coordinates 40.72224,-73.98726


Summary

Katz's Delicatessen, also known as Katz's of New York City, is a kosher-style delicatessen restaurant. Since its founding in 1888, it has become popular among locals and tourists alike for its pastrami sandwiches and hot dogs, both of which are widely considered among New York's best.


History and time period

In 1888, a small deli called Iceland Brothers, what is now known as Katz’s Delicatessen, 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 changed from Iceland Brothers to Iceland & Katz. In 1910, Willy’s cousin Benny joined him, buying out the Iceland brothers to officially establish Katz’s delicatessen. Their landsman, Harry Tarowsky, bought into the partnership in April 1917. A move to the present side of the street was necessitated during this time due to the construction of the subway system, although the entry remained on Ludlow Street. The vacant lot on Houston Street was home to barrels of meat and pickles until the present storefront facade was added in the period 1946-49. In the early part of the twentieth century, the Lower East Side was home to millions of newly immigrated families. This, along with the lack of public and private transportation, forged a solid community such that Katz’s became a focal point for congregating. On Fridays the neighbourhood turned out for franks and beans, a long time Katz tradition. During the peak of the Yiddish theater, the restaurant was frequently full of actors, singers and comedians from the many theaters on Second Avenue as well as the National Theater on Houston Street. During World War II, the owners’ three sons were all serving their country in the armed forces, and the family tradition of sending food to their sons became sealed as the company slogan "Send A Salami To Your Boy In The Army".





Notes

In 2013, Zagats gave Katz's a food rating of 25, and ranked it as the #2 deli in New York City.


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