We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
Many Kosher Lower East Side delis have gone out of business, but Katz's is a survivor. There's nothing special about it - basic Jewish home-style and deli food in large portions. All the pastrami, matzoh ball soups, and latkes that gentiles love too.
Besides the place staying in the family, I think one of their secrets has been NOT to change. We've all seen popular little old funky places decide to expand, renovate, and go upscale. And then go bust.
There's a little place called Bastion Brewery at Anacortes, Wa. They're bemoaning the fact they are Full, and would like a different location. Maybe what they don't realize is that the rent is good, and if they doubled their seating in a higher cost location, they might not be "full".
On a different note (sorry for bringing up politics), exactly what has Trump done to YOU as a generalized person? Are your taxes higher because of him? Is there less food stamps? Less student aid? Less abortion money? I don't get it.
Currently, the farmers are taking it in the shorts with tariff spats. But the reality is it's only a part of the cycles of farming. The current fall off in dairy price should have happened after the US filled the void created by the New Zealand drought problems coupled with the US drought in 2012. And here we are.
The various small dairy farms in the eastern part of the US cut off because Walmart opened their own Illinois processing plant? Small and inefficient. But Walmart is still trucking milk an average of 140 miles from bigger farms to fill the need.
People still eat. Probably at a cheaper price.
The "Mountain of Cheese" someone noted a few days ago? It's gone in 56 days if the farmers quit working today. 2.5 billion pounds of meat in storage? Gone in 30 days or less if each person eats ONE quarter pounder a day.
Doesn't sound like long range food security to me.
Been there, done the Katz's thing...and will likely do so again...every single time I have had (or will have, in future) occasion to be in NYC with even barely-enough time to do an eat-'n-run in Manhattan...
One of the only noshin'-spots in Noo Yawk I cannot possibly pass up - nor should YOU!!...
4 years ago, I received a text picture from my son, who was in his second semester at Syracuse. It was of a hot Katz' pastrami sandwich, with several others wrapped, in his lap.
I asked him where he got it. He said, Katz'.
Turns out the fraternity had sent them on a scavenger hunt and one of the things on the list were sandwiches from Katz'. A four hour trip down and four hours back...
Of course, he didn't stop in to say hello, that would've added 30 minutes to his trip! But I appreciated the picture, and promptly went to Katz' that week to get over my craving.