Katz's Deli is located off of exit 59 of the Merritt Parkway, just outside of the Westville area of New Haven. This is a New York style deli where they serve loaded corned beef and pastrami sandwiches on rye bread along with sides like matzo ball soup.
The restaurant is decorated in a retro diner theme - lots of checker-boarding!
Pretty much as soon as you sit down, the friendly staff bring out some pickles and coleslaw for every table, along with your drinks.
I am a big coleslaw fan. Good slaw can be hard to find but Katz's is off the hook. There are two types of pickles that they serve up in one bowl: vinegar based pickles on one side and brined pickles on the other. To accompany the complimentary sides, we decided to order up one of their signature pastrami sandwiches and some matzo ball soup.
Matzo Ball Soup: This was a small bowl which comes with one tennis ball sized matzo ball and goes for 4 bucks. The soup is a simple chicken noodle and the matzoh ball is nice and fluffy. Not the most exciting but it's good and a warm welcome on a cold day. 6.5
Pastrami Special: Pastrami served up on toasted rye bread with swiss cheese, tomato, and grilled onions. The rye bread here is kind of pale and not the best that I have had, and although the sandwich was fairly loaded up with pastrami, it is not that big. I can't say this was one of the best pastrami sandwiches, but it was good. For a $9.95 sandwich, it's pretty overpriced. 5.5
I wasn't a big fan of the sandwich and that's really what this place is supposed to be about. And even though it's overpriced, I still enjoyed the experience. It was a fun place to check out and their coleslaw is awesome. So yes, I will go there again at some point. Maybe I'll try the corned beef reuben next time.
Overall Experience: 7.5