Deli: Set in the Lower East Side, a part of town you won't want to miss if you are a first-time visitor, this has been a Manhattan mainstay since 1888. This kosher-style deli has been delighting generations of the cold, tired and corned beef-ready from its brightly lit corner on the Lower East Side. Once an immigrant neighborhood, the area is now populated by twenty-somethings. Yet Katz's well-stocked meat counter and legendary gruff-but-kind service somehow feels timeless. The freshly carved corned beef and pastrami sandwiches are worth the hype, and large enough to last at least two more footwear trends. Order a combination soup and half sandwich or if you want to go healthy ask for a half sandwich with house salad for $17. Make sure someone at your table orders an all-beef frankfurter, served on a soft roll with tangy mustard, and don't overlook the knockwurst with beans. Best of all, if you want to take a taste of East Houston home with you, Katz's ships nationwide. 205 E. Houston (212) 254-2246 TRAINS F/Second Ave., F, M, J, Z/Delancey-Essex St.
Local Expert Maria Lisella Says:
Deli: "Katz's cinematic legacy precedes it, so wait times at peak hours can be considerable. Come early on your lunch hour, or stop in for a mid-afternoon weekday snack."
Best for Deli Because: This iconic Lower East Side deli has spawned countless imitators, but the house-cured pastrami and enormous half-sour pickles are the real deal.
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