Photo courtesy of Lower East Side Partnership
Last month, Katz’s Delicatessen opened for outdoor dining for the first time in its 132-year history. And last week, the legendary Lower East Side eatery launched its own local delivery service, dodging the excessive fees charged by third-party companies. As first reported by the Bowery Boogie, diners can order from Katz’s classic menu directly from their website, including pastrami and corned beef sandwiches, matzoh ball soup, and square potato knishes.
Katz’s owner Jake Bell told the Bowery Boogie that the restaurant tried using third-party delivery services a few years ago, but soon found the fees they charge restaurants to be “predatory.”
“But we quickly realized what is now becoming more apparent to the public at large, which is that these companies charge exorbitant fees that border on predatory,” Dell told the website. “Now with the pandemic, it seems more important than ever to provide the same service offered by these companies at a lower price to our everyday customers.”
The City Council in May passed legislation that limits commission fees charged by apps like Grubhub and Uber Eats to 20 percent during any state of emergency and 90 days following.
Katz’s online menu offers all of the local favorites, as well as cold sandwiches, hot sandwiches, soups and salads, desserts, beverages, and platters. If you don’t live within Katz’s delivery zone, nationwide (and Canada) shipping is still available. And don’t miss the deli’s new outdoor dining set up, which includes socially distanced tables along Ludlow Street.
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