902 Broadway 4th floor, New York NY 10010
The hype surrounding Apple's announcement yesterday centered around the Apple Watch, but I think the real story here is one of networks.
HealthKit, HomeKit, WatchKit, Apple Pay, App Store - this represents the real war Apple is waging.
The Watch provides another category of devices that can act as end points in this network ecosystem. But devices are commodities - you can build a better mousetrap but no one is loyal to a mousetrap. Apple learned this the hard way, losing customers to Samsung who liked the big sized screens.
What makes people stay is an ecosystem where everything works together. Can the health data on my watch get sent via NFC to my doctor's medical records system when I go in for a check up, via HealthKit + WatchKit? Can the music I'm listening to be seamlessly transferred to my Sonos when I walk into my apartment using the same Handoff technology they built into Watch, iOS 8, and OS X Yosemite, via HomeKit?
The Apple Pay deal is insane. I can't believe the banks agreed to pay a vig. What happened here? Are they that desperate to get merchants to install NFC readers? What did Apple show them to make them think the quantity of purchases would outstrip the loss in margin? Maybe they're just stupid. Either way, again it comes back to network effects. Apple now has a contactless payment system that works with all the credit card networks. Which means one of their most valuable assets - hundreds of millions of credit cards on file - will now proliferate, as the average American owns 3-4 credit cards but only has needed one to buy off iTunes. If you are going to build the world's next point of sale device, or in-store shopping assistant, are you going to start with Google Wallet? Of course not.
I think Apple will make a bunch of money selling Watches, but even if only 10% of iPhone owners buy one, that's still a huge success for them. Remember Metcalfe's law - the value of the network grows proportional to the square of nodes in the network.
Absolutely the best. My boyfriend and I went here for dinner one night, and it was enough calories for three days, but so worth it. The pastrami sandwich melted in my mouth and the fries weren't bad either. My boyfriend had the reuben with all the fixings and loved it. The sandwiches were MASSIVE and we didn't have a bite left. I can't wait to go back!! Plus the history of it is fun. The owner just did an interview about how the NY deli is a dying breed, so get it while you can.
I ordered my pastrami on rye and I just watched as the dude at the counter chop into a huge slab of meat. I don't know about you, but tender, juicy meat that falls part at the bone never ceases to excite me.What I love about the pastrami is that it is absolutely perfect. It has potent spice, it's juicy, and the meat is cut thick. What you get is a simple sandwich with meat that just disintegrates in your mouth.They take this perfect meat and they drop it into rye bread and mustard and they serve it with a side of pickles. If you want to dissect perfection for the sake of comparing it to other places, then these accompanying elements are where others' can gain ground. If I were to choose my top spot for pastrami, I'd still choose Langers in Los Angeles over this place because of Langer's twice baked rye and their coleslaw. These elements perfectly accent the bread and meat. Katz has the perfect meat, but Langer's better assimilates the ingredients into a collective sandwich.But don't get me wrong....Katz is an amazing sandwich with arguably the best-cured pastrami anywhere on the planet. I'd definitely go back when I visit NYC. It's definitely worth a visit.
Believe the hype, I can honestly say that this was the best pastrami sandwich I've ever eaten. Smokey, tender, and packed full of flavor. The sandwich itself gets a 5-star rating (very rare from me), because it literally redefined what I now think a pastrami sandwich should taste like (the singular criteria for a 5 star rating in my books). Because the merits of this place have been so well covered by others, maybe I'll focus on why it didn't get a 5 star rating overall:1) Damn, that's one expensive sandwich.2) The pickles that they served were under-pickled and lacking real flavor, essentially amounting to slightly vinegared baby cucumbers. Is it overly picky to deduct a star for pickles? Probably. But, given that fresh pickles are an important staple of any deli, and given the ridiculously high standards that a 5-star recommendation should demand, I feel as if this is warranted.3) The fries (and other sides) are an afterthought. Total lack of seasoning and could have easily come out of a bag from the frozen food aisle. The only redeeming thing in this regard however, is that the sandwich is so filling no sides are even necessary.Overall, this place is absolutely worth checking out if you're in the city. A NYC legend for a reason.
Headed to Seattle tomorrow! Excited to see friends and present at the Hive conference on the use of user research to build better product faster.
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Jana - I just got accepted as a speaker at AIGA Seattle in June. Will you be there?
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