Here's the famous pastrami sandwich on rye with mustard at Katz's. Absolutely delicious every time. The secret is the combination of thick hand-cut slices and the constant steaming to keep it moist and tender. That texture is the thing that elevates this pastrami sandwich over every other one that I've tried.
Here, we tried a tongue and corned beef combination with some russian dressing. The corned beef was good, but not comparable to the pastrami. The tongue was surprisingly fattier and tastier than others that I've had. This might be my new routine at Katz's. Have the pastrami sandwich there and then take some of the tongue to go. While the pastrami holds up pretty well to travel, it's probably still best to eat it freshly sliced. The tongue, however, is served cold and so is perfect for taking home to make more delicious sandwiches.
Price-wise, the two sandwiches and drinks at Katz's cost about $40 combined while I tipped the slicer $5. A $5 or larger tip for the slicer has never been uncommon at Katz's, but I think that people have tipped them less in general since the recession. At Russ and Daughters, we bought about $70 worth of goods which lasted us about 2 full days of eating. These two places are true NYC institutions and were featured on an episode of Anthony Bourdain's No Reservations. Definitely one of those instances where food reflects the history and culture of an area.