Last weekend my husband decided he had a hankering for corned beef. We’ve been to 2nd Avenue Deli many times and in Queens we like Ben’s Best. But a woman my husband works with declared that Katz’s Deli is the best.
Katz’s was made famous as the place where Meg Ryan faked an orgasm in When Harry Met Sally. The famous line, of course, was the woman sitting at the next table who declares, "I’ll having what she’s having."
I’m guessing she was having the pastrami.
Oh. my. god.
Despite my Irish-Italian-Portugese origins, I come by pastrami naturally. My family hails from Dorchester, Massachusetts — a working class neighborhood that, at one time, featured a mix of ethnicities including Irish, Italian and Jewish. In any event, my mother used to make "hot pastrami" for my sister and I all the time. We loved it.
Anyway, back to Katz’s. I don’t know, what to say about pastrami? If you like it, go there: you’ll love it. The corned beef was also orgasm-worthy. So maybe she was having that.
Either way, I’ll have more, please.
Side dishes are good, too. Pickles were delicious. Latkes are good, but, frankly, not as good as mine.
So, go already. Eat. They made this food for you, the least you can do is eat.
205 E Houston Street at Ludlow Street