Everyone knows pastrami is classic New York City, and it always will be.

Of pastrami joints, everyone knows Katz's is boss. Katz's is the oldest deli in the United States, and they sell 4,000 sandwiches each day - half of which are pastrami.

When Katz's opened in 1888, the only sandwiches they sold were pastrami, corn beef, and tongue.

Yeah, tongue sounds pretty gross to us, too, but that's not the point. 

The point is that Katz's pastrami sandwich is OG. More OG than even the subway, and just a decade less OG than the Brooklyn Bridge.

Sure, Katz has competitors. They've sprung up around the city in the 127 years of Katz's existence. You've got Carnegie DelI, 2nd Avenue Deli, and Ben's. We love all these delis too. They represent the culinary vibrance of NYC.

Katz's pastrami sandwiches though? 

"This sandwich changed my life. How could not? Look at the size of the thing," said professional carnivore Nick Solares. 


Solares has been eating at Katz's for three decades, and he knows the gleaming, ironclad truth of the situation: Katz's is still king. 

Watch Eater's video below to find out why.

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[via Eater] [Feature Image Courtesy Instagram]