When I arrived at Katz’s in the Heights for a late dinner I wasn’t surprised it was busy. Socially-distanced tables were full and every other booth occupied. It wasn’t a surprise since, you know, they “never klose.”
My dinner companions and I enjoyed a lengthy meal of an appetizer, entrees and a dessert. I never felt rushed through my meal, nor during the dessert when we definitely took our time eating it.
This Katz’s has a modern appeal, featuring natural colors and cool grass-green booths that give the place a nice splash of color.
The menu features an array of sandwiches, soups, burgers, pastas and more. I had a hard time settling on what to order because there was so much to try. My table ended up with fried pickle spears as an appetizer.
I found the breading on the spears to be a little too thick for me, but my companions didn’t mind. The spears were nice and warm and even with the breading, I still enjoyed them. I wouldn’t be opposed to ordering them again in the future.
I got a cup of Matzo Ball Soup, which according to Katz’s menu is award-winning. It’s basically a light chicken noodle soup with a matzo ball, which is a Jewish soup dumpling usually made with matzah meal, eggs, water, oil and margarine.
After digging into the matzo ball, I fell in love with this soup. The soup had egg noodles, small strips of chicken and little cubes of vegetables. The cup size only came with one matzo ball, which was plenty. I wouldn’t call the soup rich in flavor, but the lightness of it is was worked in its favor.
For an entree I went for the Kountry Klub, which was a triple-decker sandwich with turkey breast, bacon, lettuce, tomato and Russian dressing. The sandwich came cut in half and was too much for just me to finish, so I ended up taking half home.
It was a classic sandwich choice, and one that still shined. I really enjoyed the turkey slices and the bacon was cooked perfectly. The only thing I personally could have done without was the Russian dressing. It’s made up of a mixture of ketchup and mayonnaise. The club was still delicious.
My table mates had the Buffalo Bill, which was a fried chicken sandwich tossed in buffalo sauce. They both really liked it.
The World’s Tallest 7-layer Chocolate Cake was branded on the menu as being as tall as a New York skyscraper and as rich as a Texas oilman. I’d agree with the sentiment. The chocolate cake was a very, very chocolatey cake. Any person who loves chocolate won’t have any qualms about digging into it.
The food was good, the service was OK and the price is higher than other sandwich destinations. Even the “skinny” version of the sandwich was $12. The price for the chicken sandwiches was around $14.
I look forward to visiting again and trying other menu options.
Katz’s in the Heights
Address: 2200 N. Shepherd Dr.
Healthy options: Yes
Star of the show: Matzo Ball Soup