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Pastrami on wry: That deli from that movie is coming to Brooklyn

Let the Katz’s out of the bag: The original Katz’s Delicatessen on the faraway island of Manhattan.
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We’ll have what she’s having!

Iconic Manhattan eatery Katz’s Delicatessen will open an outpost in Brooklyn next year, finally offering King’s County residents a taste of a distant place some say they have only seen in movies.

“What’s Katz’s?” said Gowanus resident Daniel Arriety upon learning of its arrival in the borough, before recalling the delicatessen from its appearance in the classic rom-com “When Harry Met Sally.” “Oh, is that where Meg Ryan fakes an orgasm?”

The deli will peddle its pastrami at a stand in the upscale food court at Downtown’s forthcoming City Point mall, owner Jake Dell told the New York Times — its first ever expansion in its 127-year history.

The eatery is the second tourist hot-spot to sign on to the massive retail and residential development still rising at Fulton and Willoughby streets — discount-department store Century 21 will also occupy two floors of the mega-project.

But the prospect of enjoying Katz’s famed corned beef in the beating commercial heart of Brooklyn may still not be enough to lure sightseers away from the deli’s original location — where customers must navigate an idiosyncratic ordering system and huge crowds to snag a sandwich — said one local.

““I think its cool that they are setting up here in Brooklyn, but I don’t think it’s going to be the same,” said Boerum Hill resident Aaron Mackey. “Part of going to Katz’s is the whole ordeal of ordering and eating there.”

The deli will join around 55 other food vendors at City Point, as well as big-name retailers including Trader Joe’s, Target, and cinema-restaurant chain Alamo Drafthouse.

Reach reporter Harry MacCormack at hmaccormack@cnglocal.com or by calling (718) 260–2511. Follow him on Twitter @HMacBKPaper.
Mall of America's Downtown: Katz's Delicatessen will join other big-name tenants at City Point, including Trader joe's, Target, and Century 21.
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