B and I had one week of freedom together in NYC before B started at school. Besides having a billion life admin things to sort in those few days, we also had a few NYC tourist must do's to tick off our list before Monday rolled around. One of those, was lunch at Katz's Deli.
Hailed as 'New York's most iconic deli' which serves up 'the world's greatest pastrami sandwich' (and also the location of one of the most brilliant Where Harry Met Sally scenes), it's no surprise that even on a weekday in August, this place is packed full of New Yorkers, of tourists, of businessmen, of students: there's barely a seat to spare.
The quantities of pastrami being cut and served behind the counter are astounding. Every week Katz's serves up 4.5 tons of pastrami. That's 235 tons of pastrami a year. And that's an amount I just can't comprehend.
Knowing what to order wasn't tricky for us first timers. Our stomachs still haven't quite stretched to the New York portion sizes, so we split a pastrami sandwich and settled into a seat in the corner where we could attempt to get our teeth around those many, many layers of meat.
It's going to take some more practice until we can eat this sandwich with as much dignity as a proper New Yorker.
Katz's Delicatessen, 205 E Houston Street, New York, NY 10002