Katz’s Deli (At Least Its Food) Is Going Global
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The Lower East Side landmark will start shipping menu items internationally

Would you like that pastrami on rye to stay, to go or shipped overnight?

Such will be the new question posed to diners at Katz’s Delicatessen. Famous for its traditional Jewish fare, Katz’s opened on the Lower East Side in 1888 — and thrives at its original East Houston street location to this day.

Encouraging customers to “send a salami to your boy in the Army,” since its inception, the New York City landmark will now be shipping all kinds of cured meats to all kinds of people on a global scale, according to CBS.

A family business, Katz’s has been passed down through three generations; current owner Jake Dell is hoping to bring a little New York City authenticity to customers who crave it but aren’t in the Big Apple.

“I can’t necessarily replicate the entire experience for you, wherever you are at home. But I can give you the food. I can bring it a little bit closer to you,” Dell told CBS.

In the wake of the shuttering last December of Carnegie Deli, another Manhattan Jewish culinary icon for foodies and tourists alike, closing its doors on the last day of 2016, news of Katz’s plans for expansion hits the spot like a crunchy, sour pickle.

Dell, 29, is answering a desire felt by many who aren’t able to pop over for their favorite sandwich. “We’re looking at ways of connecting to people that this food,” he said.

One of those people is Alrene from Ft. Lauderdale. She told 1010 WINS host Roger Stern, “We need a good pastrami down there.”

Another excited foodie is Yaakov Sabbagh, who lives in Israel. He told CBS that whenever he is New York, Katz’s is a non-negotiable stop. And he’s hoping for a shipment to eventually reach Jerusalem.

While he isn’t sure of the exact start date of the expanded delivery service, Dell has a sense of where the first international shipment will go. “Canada seems to be the easiest first step,” he said. Dell is also expecting to ship to the UK, Australia and South America.

To support the delivery expansion, Katz’s will open a 30,000-square-foot shipping facility in Hackensack, N.J. within the next year. In addition to the delivery expansion, the deli is launching a take-out only outpost in the new Dekalb Market Hall in downtown Brooklyn next month.

Among the options for delivery, Katz’s will ship perishable delicacies like corned beef and pastrami. While some may miss the in-person experience, attracted to the site for being the setting of that famous “I’ll have what she’s having” scene from “Where Harry Met Sally,” others are in it for the brisket.

“The food is delicious,” said Christine McGee from Indianapolis. “Why not let everybody enjoy it?”

Dell agrees. The young entrepreneur said, “There’s really no limit to the amount of pastramis I can send to people.”

Now that’s something to toast — or in this case, carve to. 

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