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Carnegie Delicatessen

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Basic Information

Location 854 7th Avenue, New York, NY, United States
Phone number (212) 757-2245
Country United States
City New York
Address 854 7th Ave #1, New York, NY

General Information

Open to visitors yes
Need appointment no
Handicap accessibility no
Website http://www.carnegiedeli.com/home.php
Geographical Coordinates 40.76423,-73.98147


Summary

The Carnegie Deli opened in 1937 adjacent to Carnegie Hall. Now in the third generation of owners, the Parker family's delicatessen is among the most visited restaurants of its type in the city, according to the New York Convention and Visitors Bureau. USA Today has called the restaurant the "most famous" deli in the United States.

General

The restaurant offers pastrami, corned beef and other sandwiches containing at least one pound of meat, as well as traditional Jewish fare such as matzoh ball soup, potato pancakes, chopped chicken livers, and smoked salmon. The restaurant also offers other, non-Jewish (or at least non-kosher) food such as ham, sausage, and bacon. Available for order are cheesecake portions of over a pound per serving. The restaurant's motto is: "If you can finish your meal, we've done something wrong".

History and time period

The Carnegie Deli was the favorite hangout of comedian Henny Youngman; and Adam Sandler included a reference to the deli in "The Chanukah Song" in 1996. The walls of the deli are nearly completely covered with autographed pictures of celebrities who have eaten there. Menu items have been named after famous patrons, including a corned beef and pastrami sandwich named after Woody Allen after the deli served as a filming location for Broadway's Danny Rose. A number of items on the menu feature Broadway themes and Yiddish vocabulary, including dishes like "nosh, nosh, Nanette" (after the musical, "No, No, Nanette") and "the egg and oy" ("The Egg and I"). There are also some humorous items in the menu, like the famous liver sandwich named "50 Ways to Love Your Liver" after the Paul Simon song "50 Ways to Leave Your Lover."

Special discoveries

In March of 2012 the deli introduced a non-kosher sandwich, dedicated to newly arrived New York Jets quarterback Tim Tebow. The sandwich, named the "Jetbow", is priced at $22.22, weighs in at 3.5 lbs and consists of corned beef, pastrami, roast beef, American cheese, lettuce and tomato on white bread.




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Hours: 6:30 AM - 4:00 AM everyday


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