This past summer I took a trip up to New York City with my nanny. ( grandmother, your mothers mother, you understand…) While visiting, doing the typical tourist stuff, we decided to head up to 7th avenue, between 54th and 55th street and eat at the world renown, the one, the only, Carnegie Deli. Now this had been my 4th trip traveling to NYC and I had never gotten the chance to eat here. Meaning that, when I did get the opportunity to go, I had no idea what to expect. I had this idea in my head of what I thought it would be like. But after eating at the Carnage Deli, my dining experience would forever change and leave a lasting impression.
Now, this restaurant offers mainly pastrami and corned beef sandwiches containing at least one pound of meat. I’ll say that again, one pound of meat. (0.45kg for all you freaks) I walked into the small deli, packed with foot traffic, not that knowing how big the sandwiches really were. Which explains the look on the severs face when we ordered our own separate sandwiches. That’s the expectation at the Carnegie Deli, is to split everything. The menu says, whole or split on just about every single item and the severs ask you repeatedly if you want to split the food. I didn’t get the message ( obviously ) I was to busy embracing the atmosphere around me. Small and crowded. The walls were covered in autographed pictures of the famous, seriously, every single inch. This just added to the experience. Our sever first brought us out several whole deli style pickles. Good God they were massive! I wish I knew this before hand, but this is what you call “foreshadowing” for what I was about to order and pretty much everything else on the menu. This it what it looked like below.
Then our sever brought out us our sandwiches. We order the pastrami sandwiches. I could tell our neighbors were staring at what lay before us. ONE POUND of pastrami on two tiny,tiny,tiny pieces of wheat bread. It was insane, I’ve never seen anything like this…
That is exactly what our sandwiches looked like. Needless to say, I packed up my sandwich up and we just split the other one. I think this could honestly feed 7-ish people. My body hated me for eating so much of this, but no our story doesn’t end here. After all we had to get dessert.
Cheesecake was the popular choice and a no brainer to get while we were here. My nanny and I play’d it safe and decided to split the cheesecake. We could barely finish eating this boss of a cheesecake. It was packed with flavor that melted in your mouth. Honestly, probably THE BEST cheesecake I have ever had, thus far. I have a feeling it will stay that way for a long, long time. This is the cream of the crop when it comes to cheesecake. I laugh when people tell me the best cheesecake they ever had was from Cheesecake Factory. That’s a joke.
The Carnegie Deli is rich in tradition, spreading through the atmosphere into their food. A great experience at the dinner table in the heart of New York City. I highly recommend eating here. This Carnegie Deli has more history than your high school history class ( that includes your AP class too ) and this is why I love this place. You leave with with a piece of culture that is so profound, you just have to come eat here to find out for yourself. The Carnegie Deli’s motto is “If you can finish your meal, we’ve done something wrong”. Trust me, if or when you come here, you’ll know exactly what they mean.
Total Rating 9.7 out 10
Here is a link to their menu – http://www.carnegiedeli.com/menu.php#pg6