Katz’s Deli Is Having an ‘I’ll Have What She’s Having’ Scene Reenactment Contest (& Where Do We Sign Up?)

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When we think of quintessential New York movies, When Harry Met Sally is high on our list. (We’re not saying it was a big inspiration for why we moved here, but we’re not not saying it.) And as for the city’s iconic restaurants, Katz's Delicatessen would be up there even without Meg Ryan’s famously, uh, evocative scene.

Now, the legendary pastrami purveyors are celebrating the 30th anniversary of Nora Ephron’s movie this July—um, we feel ancient—with a lineup of specials and events. First up, on July 12 (the original release date in 1989): a scene reenactment contest of *that* scene. More details on the NSFW competition are TBA, but guests will be invited to sit at the very same table where Meg Ryan first strained her vocal cords and give their best rendition to a panel of notable New Yorker judges.

Then, on July 24, Katz’s will team up with gastro-cinema extraordinaire Alamo Drafthouse for a special screening of the movie. This isn’t just your standard screening, though: Along with Alamo’s regular food offerings (hello, boozy milk shakes), there will be Katz’s pastrami and corned beef carving stations.

Finally, if you can’t make it to either of those events (or you’re not in NYC), you can still commemorate the occasion with the I’ll Have What She’s Having package, available the entire month of July with free nationwide shipping. The limited-edition box will include everything you need to recreate the sandwiches that Sally and Harry ordered: a pound each of pastrami (Harry) and turkey (Sally), Swiss cheese, half a loaf of deli rye, mustard, Russian dressing, sauerkraut and a quart of full sour pickles, plus a WHMS T-shirt, a tote bag emblazoned with Katz’s catchphrase “Send a salami to your boy in the army” (it rhymes in New Yorker) and three Katz’s pins.

And if you have a longtime "platonic" bestie who shares your love of deli meats and classic rom-coms, well, better bring them along.

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From 2016-2019 Carolyn Kuang-chen Stanley held the role of Editor covering food, travel and all things nyc.
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