Probably the most iconic corner on Houston Street, Katz Delicatessen first started out in 1888 and has changed names, locations and hands ever since. On rainy evenings, the building is a blur of reflected neons with yellow cabs zipping past. Inside the walls are wood paneled and covered in photos while the crowd is a mixed bag; young and old, locals and tourists alike.
Katz are most famous for their pastrami sandwiches on rye with mustard. With juicy pastrami that falls apart and is piled high, the sandwiches are gigantic and easily shared. Ordering runs on a ticketing system; where you’re given one on the way in, which is used to pay on the way out – so don’t go losing it! Still as it was When Harry Met Sally, I hope this institution will never change.