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Posted by Karin on 09/28/2006
I made the mistake of choosing this deli and had very poor service. My waitress went out of her way to let me know that she could care less about treating me like a guest. The owners of this deli must laugh all the way to the bank - tables are literally pushed together so that you sit closer to the stranger next to you than the person across the table (the one you came ther with!). Food was nothing special, but the prices are very high for deli food.
Posted by k-dog on 09/25/2006
Went to carnegie deli with my wife last week while vacationing with my wife for the first time in new york. I had seen this deli on several tv shows and although had heard lots of bad things about it, namely: overpriced, crowded, poor service - we were determined to go anyways. We went around lunchtime on sunday. It wasn't crowded at all and we got a table very quickly. We were placed in a cramped table next to some very friendly, albeit complete strangers. Contrary to what has been previously written, our waiter was very attentive and friendly. He refilled my water without me even having to ask him. We split the "woody allen" - half corned beef/pastrami. The sandwich was massive and for $19, it should be. It was defintely more meat that my wife and i could have finished and i am a very big eater. We also split a slice of plain cheese cake - which was also as massive at $8.75. The pastrami was some of the best i've eaten and my wife said that the cheese cake is the best that she's ever had. I would tend to agree with her on that. After tax and tip, our bill came out to around $33 for one sandwich and one slice of cheesecake...there is a bogus $3 sharing charge and $12.50 per person minimum, which i think they put on both our sandwich and cheesecake...but c'est la vie..that's new york from what i've been told.
Posted by Zach on 09/04/2006
A perennial tourist stop, but favorite of locals alike. Don't wait around during peak hours, wait for off hours or order to-go. Everything is great, but I LOVE "The Woody Allen;" it is a GIANT corned beef and pastrami on rye. Go hungry so you can conquer it on your own and avoid the $3 sharing fee. Also, be aware of the $10-per person minimum.
Posted by midtown on 07/19/2006
We heard about Carnegie Deli and didnt want to have to wait in line so we ordered delivery 2 months ago. We got the chopped liver appetizer and the hot cut platter with corned beef, pastrami and beef brisket. They included plenty of napkins, russian dressing and mustard. Never had chopped liver before but this was very good. We made our own sandwiches and used it as a spread with the hot cuts. The chopped liver came on a bed of lettuce with other fresh vegetables like onions, olives, etc. The pastrami...the best!! Cut thick, full of flavor and juicy. The brisket was also good but second to the pastrami. If there was a down side, the corned beef was nothing special though. I dont know why but this cut was sliced thin like at a regular deli or grocery store. I prefer cuts thick and hot so you can really taste the meat. Not enough slices of bread (6?) as well with the amount of meat you get. Anyway, it was overall great and I ate the platters for dinner, breakfast, lunch and dinner until there were no more. Became addicted to chopped liver. Tonight, we just called Carnegie Deli for another delivery. Chopped liver but this time, just a Pastrami platter...cut thick of course and ordered hot. Try it. Cannot comment on the eat in service or decor but based on comments and the press they get, I didnt want to deal with the crowds and all that. Enjoy.
Posted by the new yorker on 07/17/2006
I ordered the brisket of beef which i ordered about 10 years ago and let me tell you....it's delish! Mind you it's a bit pricey but hey!!..when did you last treat yourself to a piece of carnegie heaven?? I could only finish half and the other half will be eaten tomorrow..so maybe it was worth it after all.
Posted by Anonymous on 07/05/2006
This is an overrated tourist trap which any NYer knows is not worth your time or money. While it may have been a hotspot diner in its heyday, today its just a sad run down diner that serves mediocre food, with a gimmick - its big sandwiches and celebrity photos on the walls, which doesn't compensate for the old and dingy atmosphere or bland food.
Posted by Anonymous on 04/17/2006
The reputation of Carnegies has spread across the pond and we wanted to check it out....we were not disappointed. We went early (7.30am) for breakfast and then for lunch (again early at 11.30am) another day. The food is fantastic, the portions huge and and service good - OK it is (relatively) pricey but if you want to try an authentic New York deli, then it is well worth it. If you go during busy times, expect to wait in a queue...sorry I mean a line!