Aside from their sweeping photo gallery of celebrity guests including Liv Tyler, Bruce Willis, Jake Gyllenhaal and Al Gore, Katz’s is real oldschool deli classic. Established in 1888 by a Russian immigrant family long before refrigeration had been perfected, Katz’s prides itself on its long history, especially their claim to fame of having survived three depressions.
When Katz’s was founded, the Lower East Side was home to millions of newly emigrated families and the deli’s reputation for preserving the flavors of the Old World created a loyal following for many generations of locals and tourists. They still stream into Katz’s for their legendary pastrami sandwiches and hot dogs, creating the demand for this staggering statistic: every year, Katz’s serves 10,000 pounds of pastrami, 5,000 pounds of corned beef, 2,000 pounds of salami and 12,000 hot dogs. Enough said.