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Carnegie Deli (CLOSED)

  • Restaurants
  • Midtown West
  • price 2 of 4
Photograph: Virginia Rollison

Time Out says

This sexagenarian legend is a time capsule of the bygone borscht belt era, when shtick could make up for cramped quarters, surly waiters and shabby tables. All of the gargantuan sandwiches have punny names: “Bacon Whoopee” (a BLT with chicken salad), “Carnegie Haul” (pastrami, tongue and salami). A waiter sings the deli’s virtues in a corny video loop, and more than 600 celebrity headshots crowd the walls. Still, when you’re craving a deli classic, you can’t do much better than the obscenely generous pastrami and corned-beef sandwiches on rye. The place might not have invented schmaltz, but it certainly perfected it.


854 Seventh Ave
New York
Cross street:
at 55th St
Subway: B, D, E to Seventh Ave; N, Q, R to 57th St
Average sandwich: $20. AmEx, MC, V
Opening hours:
Daily 6:30am–2am
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