Katz's Deli

Jay Lloyd / KYW Newsradio

Jay Lloyd's Getaway: Katz's Deli 

June 07, 2018 - 3:45 am

By Jay Lloyd

PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) -- This month, America's most famous Deli is 130 years old. For KYW's Jay Lloyd, a Katz's New York getaway is very personal.

As a kid, every post card to my parents from camp ended, "Send a salami. Love, Jay." 

It was Katz's Deli on the Lower East Side that launched the idea of sending salamis through the mail during World War II. The motto was, "Send a Salami to Your Boy in the Army." And parents did - by the thousands. 

Then came the Korean War, and I walked in one day on leave and in uniform. They took my name and Fleet Post Office address. A free salami was waiting for me before I got back. 

Thirty years ago, on Katz's 100th anniversary, a grandson of the original deli family told me about a G.I. in the Battle of the Bulge who was carrying a Katz's salami in his vest. He was hit by a German sniper. The salami stopped the bullet. 

Today, the place is known for jaw dislocating Pastrami sandwiches. 

Go. Get one. You'll like it.