When Harry Met Sally diner

I've seen movies that take it to another level by doing scenes in real restaurants.

But I was wondering where this scene took place in. It doesn't look like a movie set. So I'm assuming it happened in a real diner. What is the name of this place. And where is it located?

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Katz's Delicatessen in New York's Lower East Side!

People Magazine did an article on it, as well as the NY Times.

It's curious how the single best line in Nora Ephron's script for When Harry Met Sally..., released July 14, 1989, is spoken by neither Harry nor Sally. Instead, it's an unnamed character who reacts to Sally's fake orgasm in Katz's Deli with, "I'll have what she's having."

I've also eaten there numerous times, so I speak from personal knowledge. (Just about any New Yorker can validate this.)

  • I've allowed myself to copy a piece from the article you linked into your answer. Btw. I've recently read (in an article about pastrami in a culinary magazine) that the place doesn't exist anymore, is it true? Sep 26, 2016 at 21:08
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    Still at the corner of Houston and Ludlow, as far as I know. Katz's Website
    – DukeZhou
    Sep 26, 2016 at 21:12
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    The unnamed character is played by Estelle Reiner, Rob Reiner's mother.
    – Mohair
    Sep 26, 2016 at 22:20
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    There is a sign hanging from the ceiling that marks the table where that scene was filmed. When I used to go there as a teenager in the 1980s it was just a place to get an excellent pastrami on rye. Now, it's a quite a tourist destination.
    – eipi10
    Sep 27, 2016 at 3:53

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