Readers Write: Happy anniversary, Katz’s Delicatessen!

Readers Write: Happy anniversary, Katz’s Delicatessen!
Congratulations to Katz’s Delicatessen on your 134th Anniversary! Eating at Katz’s is a religious experience for those who enjoy great deli. Forget the fancy tablecloths, waiters and sparkling bottled water in other restaurants. Why not return to the Manhattan Lower East Side of our ancestors to enjoy authentic New York food eaten by generations of Big Apple residents?. Your bubbee would be proud. Take a day free from worrying about cholesterol and your weight to enjoy life!
When out-of-town friends or family come to visit, they always insist we go to Katz’s for a great lunch. There is no equivalent to Katz’s deli-style good grub. Don’t forget to stuff a dollar in the tip cup for the counterman serving you. Your reward will be a great sample of what’s to come. In front of your eyes while you salivate in anticipation, he will build a sandwich requiring two hands to eat.
The restaurant is a trip down memory lane, with photographs of celebrities from different eras. You can learn more about our past history at Katz’s than visiting any local museum. The list of all the famous customers who have visited Katz’s over the decades is amazing. Look closely at the back of some chairs. Perhaps a former president or some other famous individual used the same seat. Every winning politician in decades has made a campaign stop at Katz’s!
The portions and quality continue to be one of the best buys in New York today. Anyone still hungry after dining there must have a tapeworm! Let’s hope the continuing redevelopment of this neighborhood doesn’t also overrun Katz’s as well!
Larry Penner
Great Neck

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  1. Hey Larry, thoroughly enjoy all your columns and you are usually 99.9% accurate and correct in your dissertations about the LIRR. So many cost overruns and excessive overtime pay. It’s fantastic to apply for a job there as you might earn more than any other civil servant in history, lol

    As far as Katz’s deli, it is a true treasure of NYC and they should landmark the building, if they already haven’t done so, but somehow the landlord should be reasonable about raising their rent to keep such a historic and iconic food establishment going for the next 134 years!


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