This small Lower East Side deli has been run by the Katz family for over 100 years. Katz’s Delicatessen is a legendary deli attracting thousands of tourists from around the world weekly. It’s a bustling shop with big portions that has become a part of New York’s culture and history.
Although it isn’t a strictly kosher deli, Katz’s Delicatessen has been recommended by several Go Dairy Free readers for an abundance of simple, dairy-free options.
The owners of Katz’s Delicatessen pride themselves on serving only the highest quality of meats for their sandwiches and platters. Everything is prepared in house, even the curing of the meat that can sometimes take up to 30 days. Many processed meats that you can buy in stores contain dairy-based ingredients (like caseinates or lactic acid starter cultures). But they use a slower method that provides a deeper flavor and reportedly doesn’t involve any artificial ingredients or additives.
Photos from Katz’s Delicatessen.
Their large menu is packed with a wide variety of sandwiches, salads, hot dogs, omelets, and soups. And many of their items are already dairy-free or can easily be made so.
Stop into Katz’s Delicatessen to try the “world’s best pastrami sandwich” or just to see New York’s most iconic Deli. And if you’re a romcom buff, it’s worth a visit to see where Harry met Sally! They’re open 24 hours on the weekends if you’re in need of a late night deli fix.
Where to Find Katz’s Delicatessen
Location: 205 East Houston Street (corner of Ludlow St), New York City, 10002
Phone: 1-800-4HOTDOG OR (212) 254-2246