In 1888, a Russian immirant family established a Jewish delicatessen at 205 E Houston Street on the Lower East Side. Aside from the advent of refigeration, little has changed at Katz's deli since then, as it still retains a grungy sheen to its throngs of tourists, regulars and celebrities. Today Katz's makes about 5,000 pounds of corned beef (cured for 30 days, compared to commerciall prepared 36-hour corned beef), 2,000 pounds of salami and 12,000 hot dogs a week--the old-fashioned way, on the premises.
During World War II, with owner's three sons overseas and a family tradition of sending food, Katz's encouraged parents to "Send a Salami to Your Boy in the Army." To this day, they will still ship anywhere in the world. It became one of the deli's famous catch phrases, along with "Katz's, that's all!" which is still painted on the side of the building.
Katz's has played a pivotal setting in a number of movies. Most notably, when Meg Ryan faked an orgasm in "When Harry Met Sally..." The table at which she and Billy Crystal sat is marked with a sign that reads "Where Harry Met Sally...hope you had what she had!" Other famous scenes include Johnny Depp meeting his FBI contact in "Donnie Brasco" and Judge Reinhold grabbing a bite in Offbeat. The walls present a photographic guest list that's a venerable "Who is Who" in culture, sports, entertainment and politics.
Katz's Deli was featured on the Travel Channel show, Man Vs. Food