Life in the big city, and everything in between.

Carnegie Deli Since 1937

In Food on December 28, 2010 at 12:37 am

The Carnegie Deli, adjacent to Carnegie Hall, is located in midtown Manhattan on 7th Avenue between 54th and 55th Streets and was opened in 1937. They’re  probably most well known for their pastrami and corned beef sandwiches weighing in at least one pound of meat alone. They are also known for their traditional Jewish fare like the matzoh ball soup, potato latkes, and my personal favorite, the smoked salmon. Even their desserts are supreme. The cheesecake portions are also over a pound per serving. I don’t think I have ever seen anyone finish a slice on their own, unless you are Adam Richman. I guess the restaurant’s motto which is: “If you can finish your meal, we’ve done something wrong” says it all.

Just a tip for those who haven’t had the privilege to visit Carnegie Deli- the waiters can be gruff, but who can blame them?  They deal with tourists all day long. I think that is part of the whole experience anyway. Like many landmark establishments in New York, the walls of the deli are entirely covered with autographed pictures of celebrities and politicians who have eaten there. It’s more like a museum of the who’s who in New York than a restaurant.

I knew what was coming as soon as we sat down- Jeff’s Favorite. A heaping serving of pastrami or corned beef, open faced on a potato knish with melted Swiss cheese. Be prepared, this is a gargantuan dish. Pounds of meat towering miles high with an abundant amount of melted cheese on top. If you are a meat eater than this is for you.

This is definitely a dish to be shared. The pastrami is so succulent and juicy with just the right amount of fat oozing through.

If you want “Something from the Sea” try the Smoked Fish platter for two. Slices of genuine sturgeon, novi salmon, smoked white fish and baked salmon garnished with lettuce and tomato, bermuda onion, cream cheese and a bagel or two on the side.

Because of it’s location in the theater district, the Carnegie Deli isn’t cheap. But it’s worth the try because you won’t be disappointed in the food or the portion sizes. If you are into deli-style cuisine than the Carnegie Deli is a must. Ok, so this place is touristy, but it’s a New York landmark.


854 7th Ave
(between 54th St & 55th St)
New York, NY 10019
Neighborhood: Midtown West

212) 757-2245


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