Katz’s “30 days vs. 36 hours”

This is how Katz’s Delicatessen says about their famous Corned Beef, “Our corned beef and pastrami is cured using a slower method, which best flavors the meat, without injecting chemicals, water, or other additives to speed the process. Our finished product can take up to a full 30 days, while commercially prepared corned beef is often pressure-injected (or “pumped”) to cure in 36 hours. Yep, you read that right. 30 days vs. 36 hours.”

We tried to avoid lunch hour rush, got there at around 2:30 pm,, and still have to wait in line outside of the restaurant. Then we moved closer to watch how they cut and serve their famous corn beef.

A sandwich like this is about $22 and plus drinks and dessert. The best corn beef sandwiches I have ever had. I could handle only half of the serving. Delicious!!!

As each customer enters Katz’s, a door attendant hands them a printed, numbered ticket. As they receive their food from various stations/areas throughout the deli (separate for sandwiches, hot dogs, bottled drinks, fountain drinks, etc.)

It was after 3:00 pm, the restaurant was still packed. Finding a place to sit down and eat takes some patience.

Each week, Katz’s serves 15,000 lb (6,800 kg) of pastrami, 8,000 lb (3,600 kg) of corned beef, 2,000 lb (910 kg) of salami and 4,000 hot dogs.

During World War II, the three sons of the owners were all serving their country in the armed forces, and the family tradition of sending food to their sons became the company slogan “Send A Salami To Your Boy In The Army” Tm. Katz’s continues to support American troops today: the deli has arranged special international shipping for U.S. military addresses only and has been a source of gift packages to the troops stationed in Afghanistan and Iraq.

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