16 November 2016

Wisdom from Katz's Deli

For those of you who don't know, Katz's Deli is an institution located on Katz's Delicatessen located at 205 East Houston Street in Manhattan.

Their pastrami is considered to be akin to a religious experience, and the 3rd generation owner gave an interview just chock full of profound wisdom.
  • There’s only one way to eat a hot dog, with mustard and sauerkraut. None of that Chicago dog nonsense: no relish, no pickles, no salad garnish, no ketchup. Well, ketchup is okay—if you’re under six years old. Don’t hate me, Chicago. I was rooting for the Cubs, but you don’t know how to eat a goddamn hot dog. [Katz's hotdog is also considered to be sublime]
  • Pastrami is meant to be eaten with mustard.
  • Interact with the guys that cut the meat. [May apply in New York City only]
  • When you say white bread, I think of Wonder Bread, which is … I don’t know what it is. But it should be illegal.
  • If we’re calling a spade a spade, a reuben is not a real sandwich. No true Jewish deli would have had cheese [with meat], ever. So how could you make a reuben without cheese? The short answer is, you can’t. It’s a fictional sandwich.  
  • My goal is to make the world's second best latke; your first should be made by a family member.
I would suggest reading the rest. It is a hoot.


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