Katz’s Delicatessen

205 E Houston St. New York, NY 10002(212) 254-2246 katzsdelicatessen.com

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Before this place became famous for Meg Ryan’s jubilant fake orgasm in When Harry Met Sally, people were having real orgasms over their infinitely more famous Pastrami on Rye (pictured), causing an awful lot of people to ask, “I’ll have what she’s having,” years ahead of the screenplay. But as shockingly good as the elephantine sandwiches are at this kosher deli, what many will find even more shocking is that there is nothing kosher about it. Katz’s is Romanian. Not kosher. Granted they do a damn fine job of copy-cat cuisine. So fine, in fact, that they best most of the places that call themselves the real deal. And the fact that Katz’s has been around so long (since 1888), makes its old school vibe all that more authentic, a lot like 2nd Avenue Deli used to be before they lost their lease and had to move. But that’s the charm of the place. I know some people call it touristy, but trust me, this place isn’t dressed like a movie set or some cheesy theme joint. It’s still wearing the same dusty clothes it’s been donning for over a century. And I, for one, love it for all its crustiness and crotchetiness.

Sure there are sexy newcomers hitting the scene like Mile End and Russ and Daughters, but there’s something you have to appreciate about a place that’s been around before friggin’ cars and still packing ’em in! We’re talking Gangs of New York guys were swinging by here after a morning brawl to grab a bite. That’s so fucking cool that you can keep your caviar cream cheese and your chocolate babka french toast, because I want a bite of history, piled high with more meat than any one human being should probably consume in a week, dipped in some spicy-ass deli mustard and served up on a blissful, pillowy rye. Then, wash that down with some corned beef, pickles and matzoh ball soup and I’m good to hibernate until Spring.

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Trattoria Stefano

522 S 8th St. Sheboygan, WI 53081 • (920) 452-8455trattoriastefano.com

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I went here for dinner during a business trip and I have to be frank, it may be good by Sheboygan standards, but compared to the rest of the country it’s bush-league, and I had a number of dishes. Of the starters I tried the bruschetta, the calamari and the rustica salad and of the three, the salad was the clear winner, which should tell you something right there. As for the other two apps, not only would I not recommend them, I wouldn’t recommend them to you even if I didn’t like you.

For my entree, I had their signature dish, the Osso Bucco and it was passable. Not worth a scathing barrage of negative adjectives, but not exactly orgasm-inducing either. The risotto that accompanied it, however, was very sub-par. Like as in so bad I wouldn’t wipe my ass with it, not that I am normally in the habit of using food as bathroom tissue, but you get my point. I’m not sure why so many other people raved about it, but I can only assume it’s because they’ve never had truly good risotto to compare it with, so they think it’s supposed to be mushy.

Dessert, however, was quite good, saving Stefano from a onesie with a chocolate cake thing that was pretty awesome, as was the white chocolate, almond cheesecake. Those two desserts coupled with an excellent waiter who chose a top notch wine for us, was just enough for Stefano to eke out two knives. Sorry Stefano. I had high hopes after seeing 4.5 stars on Yelp, but I don’t grade on a curve or show mercy based on geography.

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