NYC - LES: Katz's Delicatessen

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

  • ddc95 9y

    i was just there the other day. and i dont think it has ever changed. in my lifetime at least.
  • makinmoneyfiggas 8y

    nice shot. I love this place. My family is Russian New Yorkers and this is a staple in the LES community. Great shot i like the like lights.
  • FishBone Fisher 7y

    We would love you to place thisn in our new group, Movie Locations.
  • Hot Pepper Dave 5y

    Hi, I'm an admin for a group called Cafes, Coffee Houses, Burger Joints, Food Carts., and we'd love to have this added to the group!


    My name is Ralph Gebbia and during the early 80s I was part of a punk/hardcore band out of NYC called “the Mob”. We are currently creating a short documentary film about the band, the scene and the city at that time. We have concert footage, interviews and personal photos from this period and now but are looking for some city (preferably East Village), clubs and crowds photos to show what was happening at the time. 1979-1984. You have some great shots and I was wondering if there was any chance you would be able to share some of these with us for this purpose. They would be flashed in the background with talk-over during the interview portions in the film, so no one else would be able to steal them LoL. If you would be willing to participate please let me know. You would certainly get photography credits.

    Ralph Gebbia
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Taken in February 2002
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