The Carnegie Deli is a New York institution. It opened near Carnegie Hall in 1937 and is decorated wall to wall with pics of celebs who have eaten there. Even though Carnegie is a “Jewish-style” deli and serves lox, latkes and matzoh, the restaurant has a massive menu of over 100 items and also serves items such as ham and bacon making it not completely kosher.
Their most famous item, The Woody Allen (as scenes of his film Broadway Danny Rose were filmed at the deli), consists of an insane pile of pastrami and corned beef, sandwiched between two useless pieces of rye. For me, I went for the demure Corned beef on rye. Trying to tame this beast was impossible with my little hands and even their pickles were massive.
Even though the food was good, my favourite part of the whole experience was seeing people (aka: a certain Englishman), looking slightly perplexed at trying to figure out how to eat these towering masses of meat.
Tip: Bring cash, they shockingly don’t take credit cards, and you don’t want to end up washing dishes to pay for your lunch now do you?
Carnegie Deli 854 7th Ave New York, NY 10019