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The beloved Katz’s Delicatessen, an original NYC culinary and cultural institution, is open for business at DeKalb Market Hall

Photo credit: A Taste of Katz’s

Each week thousands of visitors from around the world flock to Katz‘s to dine in this legendary deli, and to feast on the most delectable sandwiches, platters and meats. After many long months in waiting, Brooklynites will have their own: ‘A Taste of Katz’ is finally open for business at Dekalb Market Hall!

Voted the “Most Popular Restaurant in the State” in a survey conducted by People magazine and Zagat, Katz’s has been an inherent part of NYC’s culture and history, a culinary and cultural institution which has been featured in many books and films.

Established in 1888, Katz’s started as a small deli by the name of Iceland Brothers in NYC’s Lower East Side by the Iceland brothers. Upon the arrival of Willy Katz in 1903, the name of the store was officially changed to “Iceland & Katz.” Willy’s cousin Benny joined him in 1910, buying out the Iceland brothers to officially form Katz’s Delicatessen. Their landsman Harry Tarowsky bought into the partnership in April 1917. Katz’s Deli was moved across the street, to its present location, during the construction of the subway system.

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The deli remained in family ownership until the mid-1980s, when the new generation of owners realized that they had no immediate family of their own to whom they could leave the store. Long-time friend and restaurateur Martin Dell, along with son Alan (who was a chef and a manager at a neighboring deli) and son-in-law Fred Austin, officially bought into the partnership in 1988 on the 100th anniversary of the store. Alan’s son Jake officially joined the store in late 2009 and is currently in charge of all major operations.

The new location is named ‘A Taste of Katz’s’ – and as the name implies, it offers all of the same classic food you love from the LES, but in a marketplace setting for easy grab-and-go access at DeKalb Market Hall. Of course, the menu also includes the world famous pastrami sandwich, slow-ccured for 30 days without injecting chemicals, water, or other additives, but with lots of love – and  patience!

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Andrea Leonhardt

“Made in Germany,” Andrea Leonhardt is the managing editor for BK Reader. Andrea holds a bachelor’s degree in political science, with minors in American studies and education, and a master’s...

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