Rating: 5 paws out of 5
Date Friendly: Probably not, unless u are Billy Crystal.
Note: You can look for the seat where Meg Ryan faked it. Also this is a Jewish “style” Deli.
205 E Houston St,
New YorkÂ NY 10002
While traveling the lower east side, this ferret got really hungry and was definitely not looking for a nosh.Â Sometimes we all just want some very filling, healthy and on a budget.Â Where can a ferret such as myself be able to get this type of protein, and homely goodness?Â All of a sudden, this ferret saw the great big Katz sign and all of sudden became very ver klempted.Â Will he be able sneak past all the Yentas and enjoy this meal or fail looking like a total shlimazel.
When sitting at the waiter service seats the first thing you get are pickles. As any self respecting Kosher style deli, you need two different decent pickles. If your pickles are not good you might as well pack up and go home. Lucky for us the half sours and the full sours were good. The half sours were very refreshing, the full sours were garlicky and both made my mouth start to water for the main event.
Next on to the table was on to the Matzo ball chicken soup. The matzo ball itself was very good, it had nice texture and bounce that one would expect. The broth though was a bit disappointing compliment to the Matzo ball. The broth was a bit too rich and salty. I would past next time unless you prefer a more salter soup.
A knish, how can you past on a standard square knish?Â This knish was good with a squirt of mustard.Â The outside was not hard or dry and the inside was moist but with a firm mash potato like goodness.Â There is nothing bad I can say about this knish, other than I should have stuffed it with sour sauerkraut when I had the chance.
The pastrami sandwich I believe is the most important dish a deli needs to master. And oh boy this place hits the spot. The pastrami has the perfect mix of ratio of lean to fat and marbling within the meat itself. The meat is also well seasoned and packed full of seasoned beef. The meat is hand cut and it is a shame that this is becoming a lost art. Hand cutting requires many hours of training to tenderize the meat as it being cut. This cutting I believe will produce a juicier and tastier slice of meat. This sandwich is for the purist of heart and will not disappoint pastrami lovers.
Another sandwich they offer is a Ruben, I got it with corned beef, pastrami, Swiss (did I mention this is a kosher style deli), coleslaw, and Russian dressing. This sandwich was excellent. A sandwich with the legendary pastrami is already great, the only way you can make it better is to add their famous corned beef, tasty coleslaw and touch of that tangy Russian dressing. One will think this sandwich will produce a mess that will need a mountain of napkins to fix. Well, you do need a couple to get you through the sandwich and it is well worth the effort to do so.
Interior, with the “send a salami to your boy in the army” sign.