Photo: NYC Mayor’s Office.
Where should the boss take you for lunch on your first day on the job? Katz’s Deli, of course. Mayor de Blasio and his wife, Chirlane McCray, treated Richard Carranza, New York City’s new schools chancellor, to a pastrami sandwich at the famed Lower East Side deli. That’s Katz’s owner, Jake Dell, giving Carranza a New York welcome. The mayor has been known to drop in at the Ludlow Street landmark from time to time. According to the Post, the mayor’s photo is missing from the wall at Katz’s because it was damaged.
Katz’s Deli. Photo by David Sierra.
No Thanksgiving plans yet? Katz’s Deli could be your solution. Once again this year, the 128-year-old Lower East Side institution will be hosting a traditional Thanksgiving feast (with a few Jewish twists).
It’s an all-you-can-eat dinner from 5:30-8 p.m. featuring turkey, plus classic Katz’s specialties like pastrami, latkes, pickles and tsimmes. Space is limited (the front part of the restaurant is open for regular customers while the holiday meal takes place in the back room). Adult tickets are $85. Kids under 12 eat for $42.50. Children 5 years-old and younger are free.
If you prefer take-out, Katz’s has a special Thanksgiving menu, which you can see here. There’s a complete dinner for $31.95 that includes matzo ball soup, chopped liver or latkes, turkey and all the trimmings, plus pumpkin, pecan or apple pie.
Katz’s Deli, 205 East Houston St.
Some big news from Katz’s Deli this morning. Co-owner Jake Dell just sent along word that the legendary restaurant at the corner of East Houston and Ludlow streets has “a deal in place for the sale of (its) air rights.” Here’s a bit more detail from Dell:
The most important thing is that the future of Katz’s is secure — at the end of the day, no developer can ever come in and knock us down to put in a high rise. At no point will anyone value the corner of Houston and Ludlow for anything other than Katz’s Delicatessen. A year after our 125th anniversary, this will help ensure that we can see our 150th, and hopefully many more to come.
More to come as soon as we learn more information. Dell said details of the deal cannot be disclosed, at least not right now.
UPDATE 11:19 a.m. A few (very few) details based on a phone conversation with Jake Dell. We asked what kind of deal had been made with the mystery buyer — Is it possible that the current single-story structure will be demolished and replaced with a new tower (with Katz’s on the ground floor)? — Or have the air rights been purchased so that they can be transferred to an adjacent lot?
Website of “Katz’s Deli” in Deerfield Park, Florida.
Katz’s Deli has been a Lower East Side mainstay for 126 years, but now there’s a second Katz’s Deli in Deerffield Beach, Florida, and its presence is not sitting too well with the owners of the New York City original.
The staff at Katz’s Deli has seen just about everything. But even they were startled and amused by a scene that unfolded recently. Let’s roll the videotape!
The following article was first published in the November 2013 edition of The Lo-Down’s print magazine.
The Space at Katz’s, a pop-up gallery and apparel shop featuring “deli-inspired pieces” launches tonight at 7:00 p.m.
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