854 7th Ave, New York, NY | Directions 1001940.764066 -73.981325
Neighborhoods: Midtown, Clinton
This place lives up to all of the hype and the pastrami is downright heavenly. CASH ONLY. You've been warned.
I don't mean to sound stuck-up, but pay no attention to what anybody here says about the Carnegie Deli. One guy complains because he didn't like the macaroni and cheese (!) and other because it's too touristy. Here the deal: the Carnegie Deli IS touristy. It IS expensive. You are not coddled by the wait staff. But it is the Federal Reserve of deli. You go in and order a juicy pastrami (code for fatty) and you will get greatness, every time, and in copious amounts. Don't get combination sandwiches, which are ludicrous, and don't get macaroni and cheese. Get pastrami sandwiches and extra bread. Eat. Take some home or share. And then thank your lucky stars that this place exists.
Freshest Meat...Best Pastrami – Never saw so much meat in my plate. The pastrami looked and tasted great. Also the Hamburger and Egg Cream were excellent. Never had this type of experince form any Deli before. Little pricey.
Midtown temple of the high-piled Jewish deli sandwich. – The Carnegie Deli is the Federal Reserve of delis: You can take it to the bank. This crowded, overpriced midtown spot is packed with tourists who come to gawk at the towering, high-piled corned beef and pastrami sandwiches. But they're right to do so. These sandwiches are supremely reliable, always hot and fresh and almost never disappoint, despite their cost, which creeps closer to $20 every year. On the other hand, you’ll never go hungry at Carnegie, especially if you top off your meal with a slice of one of the cakes, which rotate like circus elephants holding each other's tails in a refrigerated case near the cash register.
Worst Deli in the entire city and midtown area! – I am a concierge in midtown so I decided to go to Carnegie Deli to check why everybody wants to go there. It was a terrible experience I paid 18 for a corned beed sanwich- a specialty as per the menu- and there was basically no bread I had to ask the waitress for more bread... It was really bad I almost couldnt eat it. My friend had a tuna melt and it was as bad as my corned beef sandwich. I would never ever reccomend this place to anybody I will never go back. Any other deli in NYC will make a better sandwich for a quarter of the price.
Service...no words.... I had to ask 3 people to take my order in the end a lady came and I placed my order and 10 minutes after I have a dish thrown to the table with a "sandwich" almost falling apart.
And for last... you can only pay cash...
Dont go there.
Great cheesecake, terrible service – Although the desserts are good, they're not the best. A bit overpriced, so it doesn't make up for the terrible serivce. All of the servers, managers and hostesses are extremely rude!
First place I go to eat whenever I'm in New York is the Carnegie Deli. Oh sure, there are lots of competition for the best deli in the City, but this place is a tradition for me!
I've been comforted by their cold borscht pepto-bismol soup, oooh, yum! I looove their pile-high corned beef on rye. And their cheesecake, why I have one in my fridge right now (a friend just came back from New York).
Anyhoo, it might be very touristy, but still great fun, and a mainstay!
One of the worst experiences in NYC. AVOID!!! – One of the worst experiences.
The service was rude (both server and "manager")
Paid $80 +tip for 2 sandwiches 2 sodas and a cheesecake.
Turns out there is a $3 fee for sharing (same quantity)
So a $27.00 sandwich turns out to be $30 ($3 for sharing)
There is also a $12.50 minimum charge
No credit cards CASH ONLY mhmhmhmh makes me wonder...
I can not think on one reason i would ever go back.
Chicken Soup from the Can! – If Chicken soup is the barometer of a good deli, then Carnegie Deli should change its name. My matzo ball soup came in what tasted like canned chicken broth. It was horribile and unnaturally orangey. The potato pancakes were good, but everything else was mediocre at best. A major disappointment.
One highnote, the cheesecake rocks! Avoid the line and get a slice to go.
Is it worth it??? – The wait was 25 minutes the cost for 3 footlong hot dogs with sauerkraut, 3 sides and 3 drinks (soda) was $45 (before tip) and we were rushed. Be mindful the minimum purchase is $12.50 per person a side of fries cost $5.45. The food was good but that was a bit costly for lunch. I purchased a Danny Rose to go with a slice of cheesecake and a Black Cherry cola, that cost me $32. By far that is was the BEST cheesecake I've ever had. The sandwhich corned beef and pastrami were both a little fatty. The sandwich was $17.95 with no extras. I did get 4 sandwiches from the one but since the meat wasn't lean it wasn't as enjoyable as it could have been.
I'm from Baltimore and we have Attmans here, the sandwiches may not be as big but they are so much leaner and you can enjoy.
The feeling wears off quickly – Okay, this is a NYC landmark. Everyone must go at least once in their life. It's a great place to take out-of-town guests who want one of those NYC experiences. The look on their faces when the sandwiches come out is priceless. The novelty factor, however, wears thin after eating about a quarter of your meal and you are stuffed. Order carefully and you can keep the tab down to an affordable level. Everyone orders way too much food. Prices are steep. So, have your "Broadway Danny Rose" moment, and oh, yes, try and go during off-peak hours, and you will get in faster and not get rushed.
Overpriced and average. – Yeah, the hype is that they have BIG sandwiches. They are BIG. But not the BEST. There was about 4 lbs. of meat on my sandwich, so much it was impossible to eat. We paid $47 for a sandwich a piece, and split an order of fries. There are plenty of good places to eat in NYC. This was the only place I had buyer's remorse. In addition, they don't take credit cards, AND they charge you for sharing. The only way around this, I can figure, is to buy a loaf of bread, take the sandwich to go, and make about 5 sandwiches out of it to avoid the waste. The portion was obnoxious.
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