Katz n Dogz is a Jewish Deli on Wheels
Thanks to a handful of our readers who have been discussing the latest offerings from the newer more expensive food trucks on a previous post, I discovered a brand new truck that debuted a few weeks ago under the radar. Despite the silly name, the Katz n Dogz truck has been hanging in Midtown serving pastrami and corned beef sandwiches, Hebrew National franks, salami, knishes, burgers (including one topped with pastrami), cole slaw, etc. Basically a lite version of what you’d expect to find at a classic Jewish deli.
I was amazed by the smells emerging from the truck. It had that unmistakable garlicky, briney smell of a real delicatessen. Could this be the truck we’ve all been waiting for?
After chatting with the owner, I discovered they have no relation to Katz’s, but instead are the same guys who own Adelman’s Deli in Gravesend, Brooklyn. I’ve actually been to the original deli and was quite impressed. Expecially since it’s an old Jewish deli that is now owned and operated by an Egyptian family. While the storefront is fully kosher, the truck is kosher-style, allowing for cheese and dairy on their meat sandwiches.
Case in point: the Reuben Orgasm. Not sure how this differs from a traditional reuben, but I restrained myself from ordering it since I didn’t have a change of pants. I went with what I usually order and that’s a corned beef/pastrami combo on rye with mustard. In my mind (and stomach), there’s no better combination.
Since I wanted to try both meats, the sandwich came out to $11. A tempting knish or fries would have pushed me well beyond the ML limit. But the sandwich was quite large (as expected with this kind of meal) and came with cole slaw and pickles. And I certainly was not hungry again before dinner.
The sandwich was pretty good. I have high expectations when it comes to these types of sandwiches and for the most part, it didn’t disappoint. The rye bread was phenomenal – soft and tender – and slathered with the perfect amount of mustard.
There was a nice layer of fat on both the pastrami and the corned beef. However, both meats were a little chewy – not exhibiting that buttery, melt-in-your-mouth experience that I crave. But the flavors were mostly right on. I thought the pastrami could have used more peppery spice and smokiness, but the deep salty garlicky notes of the corned beef were awesome.
Now that Stage Deli is gone and we’re mostly left with ultra-expensive and crowded Jewish delis in this area of Midtown, Katz n Dogz is a welcome addition to the food truck scene.
Their website is not up and running yet and while the truck promises a Twitter and Facebook page, I could not find either. They did tell me they plan to park on 52nd and Sixth Avenue every Monday and Friday and then spend the rest of the week in the Flatiron.