The 1989 romantic comedy When Harry Met Sally turned 30 last week, and Katz’s Deli celebrated by inviting fans to recreate one of the film’s most famous scenes in a fake orgasm contest.
The 131-year-old Lower East Side restaurant was the setting for the iconic scene, in which Sally Alright, played by Meg Ryan, loudly fakes an orgasm to challenge Billy Crystal’s character, Harry Burns’, confidence that no woman has ever faked an orgasm with him.
“It’s just that all men are sure it never happened to them and most women at one time or another have done it, so you do the math,” argues Sally before beginning the one minute and eight second long performance that results in what is arguably the film’s most famous line: “I’ll have what she’s having.”
Katz’s held the competition on Friday, the 30-year anniversary of the film’s release. Diners were instructed to post a video of their performance either from home or from the restaurant. According to the New York Post, the orgasm-faker with the most likes on social media will receive the grand prize — a When Harry Met Sally package of deli meats. The deli reportedly also assembled a panel of social media influencers to determine additional winners.
According to the Post, at least half a dozen deli patrons competed on Friday. However, according to Katz’s owner Jake Dell, that’s only slightly more fake orgasms than the restaurant usually sees on a regular basis.
“It happens at least once a week, if not more, and more likely at 3 in the morning than 3 in the afternoon,” Dell told the Post. “It’s from men, women, people young and old. We’ve seen everyone do it.”
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