It's a sad day day for fans of classic New York City: early this morning, owner Marian Levine announced that the temple to cured meats will shut its doors on New Year's Eve, after 79 years of serving New Yorkers and tourists alike towering, gut-busting pastrami sandwiches, matzoh ball soup, and other Jewish-style favorites.
Citing the sleepless nights and grueling hours of the NYC restaurant industry, the 65-year-old Levine, a native Brooklynite, said she needed to take a step back. The deli is known for its towering sandwiches that can feed a crowd, with price tags to match: the famous Woody Allen, piled with both corned beef and pastrami, goes for a whopping $30.
While the deli's cheesecakes will still be available online and its sandwiches served at venues including Madison Square Garden, Midtown will lose the kitschy brick-and-mortar, hung with hundreds of nostalgic celebrity photos and instantly recognizable on Seventh Avenue thanks to its bright-yellow, neon-lit "Carnegie" sign. So stop in and order one last cup of borscht before December rolls around.