Ms. Toody Goo Shoes

Ms. Toody Goo Shoes

I've hung up my dress-for-success clothes, and pulled my domestic "genes" out of storage.

Thursday, August 10, 2017

TODAY IN NEW YORK CITY: BACK TO OUR FOOD ROOTS





Ms. Toody goes to Katz's Deli in NYC | Ms. Toody Goo Shoes

The Goo Shoes family (Ms., Mr., Jr., and Aunt)
drove into Manhattan today to have lunch at a famous landmark, 
which has been serving the food of our ancestors since 1888.

Okay, maybe not the ones who lived in Russia - -
their diet consisted mostly of potatoes and borscht.
But our grandparents (Junior GS's great-grandparents)
who immigrated to the United States and ended up on the Lower East Side, 
could possibly have tasted their first pastrami sandwiches in this iconic eatery.

Ms. Toody goes to Katz's Deli in NYC | Ms. Toody Goo Shoes

 Katz's Delicatessen has been an institution for New York Jews for generations,
and we wanted Junior Goo Shoes to experience it.
Jewish people aren't the only ones who dine at Katz's.
It has become a major tourist attraction, filled with visitors from all over the world
who want to enjoy a quintessential New York City food experience. 

Undoubtedly, many people became aware of Katz's in 1989
when the now well-known scene in When Harry Met Sally was filmed.
See that sign?

Ms. Toody goes to Katz's Deli in NYC | Ms. Toody Goo Shoes

You know the one........
"I'll have what she's having."

Ms. Toody goes to Katz's Deli in NYC | Ms. Toody Goo Shoes

The restaurant is huge.
You can either order at the counter........

Ms. Toody goes to Katz's Deli in NYC | Ms. Toody Goo Shoes

or opt for table service.

Ms. Toody goes to Katz's Deli in NYC | Ms. Toody Goo Shoes

Katz's is known for their pastrami and corned beef, 
which are cured for up to 30 days, 
as opposed to 36 hours for commercial versions.
Even Junior GS immediately noticed the difference.

Ms. Toody goes to Katz's Deli in NYC | Ms. Toody Goo Shoes


 Is this corned beef beautiful, or what?

Ms. Toody goes to Katz's Deli in NYC | Ms. Toody Goo Shoes

 The latkes (aka potato pancakes) aren't pretty, but they are dee-LISH! 
Do you like yours with apple sauce or sour cream?

Ms. Toody goes to Katz's Deli in NYC | Ms. Toody Goo Shoes

Half-sour and sour pickles, and pickled tomatoes - yum!



I couldn't resist a New York egg cream, 
invented in this very neighborhood back in the late1800's.
Why it's called an egg cream is a bit of a mystery, 
but rest assured, there's no egg in it. 
It's a delicious mixture of milk, chocolate syrup and seltzer.
It's not "official" unless it has a frothy top.
Soooooooo good.

Ms. Toody goes to Katz's Deli in NYC | Ms. Toody Goo Shoes

I'd love one of these old signs for my kitchen!


Ms. Toody goes to Katz's Deli in NYC | Ms. Toody Goo Shoes


 The lower East Side is a mecca for Jewish cuisine.
The neighborhood is home to Yonah Schimmel's Knish Bakery,
operating for 100+ years (sorry, no photo),
and, just a few doors down from Katz's is Russ and Daughters,
another iconic food destination that's been around for over a century.

Ms. Toody goes to Katz's Deli in NYC | Ms. Toody Goo Shoes

Look at all that dried fruit in the window!


Ms. Toody goes to Katz's Deli in NYC | Ms. Toody Goo Shoes


As much as I wanted to sample delicacies from all three places,
a girl can only eat so much
(yes, even this girl).  
The only way to do that is to go on one of those walking food tours in lower Manhattan.
I'm going to look into that.
This picture has nothing to do with anything,
other than the fact that it's in the neighborhood,
and is a really cool sign. 


Ms. Toody goes to Katz's Deli in NYC | Ms. Toody Goo Shoes


 It was a quick in-and-out of New York City,
and we did come home with doggie bags. 
There's no way Sadie's gonna get her paws on these leftovers, however. 

Now, if you'll pardon me, I'm going to research those walking food tours. 
 Who wants to come with me?




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15 comments:

  1. Oh yes, Katz's is a great deli. We have several in my neck of the woods.

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  2. I'll come with you, but we better hurry :).

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  3. I would love to come on a walking tour with YOU in NY!!! We have only been there once and would love to go again, some day I hope. Katz's sounds delightful and I know we would love that place!

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  4. I wish I was able to walk the tour, I'd love it. Have fun

    Cindy

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  5. Oh Amy I want to come and go there with your for lunch. I am drooling over the corn beef and my fave potato pancakes. I eat them with both the applesauce and sour cream!!!!! So yummy. Would you not love that old vintage and distressed menu sign for your kitchen. What a great piece of history. You will have to try and smooge that away from that place lol! Have a great weekend.
    Kris

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  6. I have been to Katz's -- LONG before Harry & Sally found the place. lol There really is a difference in eating there compared to another 'deli'. I hope you can find a walking tour for foodies. I'll go but do you think you could pull me along in a cart behind you so I can eat as much as I want? lol xo Diana

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  7. I am not sure we went to Katz's for a pastrami the last time we were in NYC, maybe it was Roxy's? Anyways, it was ridiculously big. I would love to go on a walking food tour with you!

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  8. I really enjoyed that post discovering this old historical restaurant... I think you definitely need to go back and eat in each of these old places for the sake of your readers.

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  9. The restaurants sound terrific. There seems to be no Jewish Deli'e around here in SO CA, maybe in Los Angeles. I love pastrami sandwich's.

    Mary

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  10. Oh My! My mouth is watering!! Lovely post and makes me want to hope a plane and sit there all afternoon!

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  11. Like everyones', my mouth is watering! What a treat you had! The food from our childhood is always the best. I have such wonderful memories of eating in my uncle's restaurant.
    That corner beef looks scrumptious!

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  12. Like everyones', my mouth is watering! What a treat you had! The food from our childhood is always the best. I have such wonderful memories of eating in my uncle's restaurant.
    That corner beef looks scrumptious!

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  13. Send a salami to your boy in the army!

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  14. Thanks so much for taking the time to stop by!!
    What a great post!!
    Hugs,
    Debbie

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  15. There seems to be no Jewish Deli'e around here in SO CA, maybe in Los Angeles. I love pastrami sandwich's.


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