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Frank Bruni on Katz’s

New York Times food critic Frank Bruni reviewed Katz’s Delicatessen in today’s paper. He gave the oldest delicatessen in existence one star, which I and many of you will take as an insult. I personally find it insane that affordable institutions like delicatessens and pizza places are ranked against the Le Cirque’s of this world. It is not only unfair, but it is unjustified. At the Toronto magazine where I write reviews, restaurants that fall into the cattegory of quick lunches or timeless spots are spared the stars, and receive only a reccomendation. But hey, it’s the Times.

Before you unleash your hate mail toward Bruni, pause and read the review, which does a wonderful job of glorifying and already glorious place.

“To revel in its pastrami sandwich, one of the best in the land, with an eye-popping stack of brined beef thatís juicy, smoky, rapturous. To glory in the intricate ritual of the place: the taking of a ticket at the door; the lining-up in front of one of the servers who carves that beef by hand; the tasting of the thick, ridged slices the server gives us as the sandwich is being built; the nodding when weíre asked if we want pickles, because of course we want pickles.

Itís a ritual unique to Katzís, an argument, along with Katzís age, to consider it the king of New York delis, reigning above the Carnegie, above the Second Avenue Deli, which closed a year and a half ago. It may reopen, but not on Second Avenue, a reminder that nothing can be taken for granted.

Katzís shouldnít be. At few other restaurants can you feel that youíve stepped this surely into a living museum, a patch of urban mythology.”

Read the Review Here (It will be available for a few days)
Send an Email to Frank Bruni Here
Please be civil.

4 Responses to “Frank Bruni on Katz’s”

  1. allergic girl Says:

    i didnt think one star was an insult, but i found the whole enterprise of bruni reviewing him odd. it’s not going to make a dent in their business either way. and i dont know if you went to katz’s on your deli quest, but i think it’s beyond overrated. it needs a throrough cleaning. ;-)

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