One of the main tourist attractions we wanted to visit, along side The Empire State Building/ Statue of Liberty etc was Katz Deli, famous for the fact it was the background setting to the timeless “I’ll have what she’s having” scene in When Harry Met Sally but also famous for it’s gigantic portion sizes. New York was relatively healthy compared to what we were expecting from America so we we’re actually kind of excited about seeing what they had to offer.
I had looked on the menu before we left so I already knew that my options as a vegetarian were extremely limited but I still wanted to go and have fun. I felt a bit embarrassed ordering the Egg Salad sandwich which was hidden at the bottom of the menu underneath the endless choices of pastrami, beef and tongue sandwiches, I felt even more embarrassed when the waiter (loudly infront of everyone) said “Whats the point of coming all this way if your not going to try our famous pastrami!” Well sir there is more to life than pastrami!!
To begin with we were given a plate of pickles and also pickled green tomatoes, I tried one it was ok although a bit tangy for my taste. Scott ordered a Brisket sandwich and I had the Egg Salad. I was expecting Egg mayo with salad however this had salad items mixed in with the egg! It was nice but I think there were about 8 eggs in my sandwich and also it tasted a little powdery and dry. I had to have a lot of drinks to get through the sandwich.
Once back in the UK I decided to make my own Egg Salad sandwich, not to the extreme of this mammoth but just a respectful nod to the deli and our time in New York. I decided to make mine an open sandwich because with the amount of filling I had infront of me I definitely needed a knife and fork! I mixed up the salad aspect of the sandwich so I have mixed some ingredients in with the egg just like the deli did, and I have layered some underneath the egg. This gives a mix of textures as well!
For this Sandwich I mixed 2 roughly chopped boiled eggs with 2 sliced spring onions, 4 plum tomatoes chopped small and 1 tablespoon of Wholegrain Mustard. Then I sliced 1 ciabatta in half and on each half I layered 2 gem lettuce leaves, 2 slices of roasted red pepper and 2 slices of gherkin/ pickle. Then I piled the egg mixture on top and dug in! I really liked having pickle with the egg this is something I will eat together more often.
I really enjoyed Katz Deli and would recommend it to any hard core carnivores out there because the meat options looked really good and Scott confirmed that his first ever taste of Brisket was delicious. Also the atmosphere was great and I loved people watching and seeing what everyone had chosen to eat!