What might be New York City’s favorite deli is now poised to become world-famous. According to Food & Wine, the iconic deli is planning to ship its pastrami and cured meats around the world, reaching fressers as far away as Pakistan and Colombia. It’s opening a production facility in New Jersey to make the global transition possible.
Since 1888, Katz’s has been serving up cured meats like pastrami and corned beef in the Lower East Side, complementing the appetizing stores that once specialized in kosher dairy foods. Over the past 129 years, as dozens of neighboring delicatessens closed their doors, Katz’s has only grown. Its menu has kept up with the times (it even serves craft beer), and it’s enjoyed several moments on the big screen — who could forget the deli scene in When Harry Met Sally?
In addition to achieving a more global reach, Katz’s will also be expanding more locally, setting up deli locations in Brooklyn and potentially other major US cities. We’ve seen many signs over the past few years that new Jewish-style delis are relevant and exciting to younger crowds, and Katz’s growth seems to say that the trend is here to stay.