Midtown To Say Goodbye To Iconic Jewish Deli
The Woody Allen- Inspired Broadway Danny Rose Sandwich. Courtesy Carnegie Delicatessen
After December 31, there will no longer be lines stretching down Seventh Avenue and fifty-fifth street once the iconic Carnegie Deli shuts its doors for good.
The (non-kosher) Jewish deli, known for both its overstuffed pastrami sandwiches and New York style cheesecake, had been in business since 1937 and is a must-visit for many tourists. Owner Marian Harper Levine, 65, told the New York Post that she was no longer able to deal with the " grueling hours that come with operating a restaurant business.” The deli has been owned by her family since 1976. She will maintain the Carnegie Deli brand through licensing, wholesale sales, and off-site locations in Las Vegas, Bethlehem, PA, and sports arenas.
Jewish Week columnist Ted Merwin, who is also the author of Pastrami on Rye: An Overstuffed History of the Jewish Deli, wrote, “Since 1937, the Carnegie’s skyscraper sandwiches and obnoxious waiters encapsulated the very ethos of excess that characterized New York as a whole.”
Read Merwin's thoughts on the deli closing here.
AM New York has a list of Jewish delis to quell your pastrami pangs.