The oldest delicatessen in New York City, Katz's, was established in 1888, even before your mamer was born. It has been at the southwest corner of Houston and Ludlow streets on Manhattan's Lower East Side since, and is the only remaining joint in town that carves its pastrami and corned beef by hand. Each week, Katz's serves 5,000 pounds of corned beef, 2,000 pounds of salami and 12,000 hot dogs.
In pop culture, of course, it's known as the locale where the most infamous scene in "When Harry Met Sally" was filmed.Thursday evening, Leonard, Donna Mae and I walked from one end of the Lower East Side to the other for an Art Gallery Crawl, with a peak performance for dinner at Katz's. Donna had one of their famous hot dogs with firehouse chili, sauerkraut and spicy mustard, Leo had pastrami on rye and I had a sick cheesesteak sub with green peppers, American and Swiss cheese. Fries on the side, thank you.
New Yorkers of all kinds, including a celebrity display 50 times bigger than my own starfucker wall, prove that Katz's is everyman's destination. In January 2009, I happened upon actor Danny Glover, totally solo, chowing down on a corned beef sammich. He was kind enough to indulge meese in a starfucker moment.