Carnegie Deli

★★★☆☆
  • 854 7th Ave 1

    New York, NY 10019

    Cross street: 55th Street

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  • 212-757-2245

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Just had pastrami sandwich, and it was dry and luke warm. The quality and service really has gone down hill. Like many restaurants in Manhattan, it just became a tourist trap with mediocre food. I tried one down the block next day, and

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★★★★★

Just had pastrami sandwich, and it was dry and luke warm. The quality and service really has gone down hill. Like many restaurants in Manhattan, it just became a tourist trap with mediocre food. I tried one down the block next day, and

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I had seen Carnegie Deli in a lot of movies, so I always wanted to try it out. I grabbed my BFF Terry and she called a couple guys to take us there. OMG. The menu is so big that I couldn't even figure out what to have. After some

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★★★★★

I had seen Carnegie Deli in a lot of movies, so I always wanted to try it out. I grabbed my BFF Terry and she called a couple guys to take us there. OMG. The menu is so big that I couldn't even figure out what to have. After some

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Carnegie Deli has always been our favorite deli so far of that genre (Katz

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★★★★★

Carnegie Deli has always been our favorite deli so far of that genre (Katz

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A classic NYC landmark. Very crowded. Good cheesecake.

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★★★★★

A classic NYC landmark. Very crowded. Good cheesecake.

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I love this place! The Woody Allen was awesome - Huge!! Only ate 1/4 of it but was phenomenal. The cheesecake made me cry it was sooo good!

I will be back for sure on my next trip to NYC!

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★★★★★

I love this place! The Woody Allen was awesome - Huge!! Only ate 1/4 of it but was phenomenal. The cheesecake made me cry it was sooo good!

I will be back for sure on my next trip to NYC!

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Wow, what an awful experience. My friend and I visited Carnegie's, as recommended by a friend, to try their pie for breakfast. We wanted to split a pie for breakfast and the waitress refused to serve us. She couldn't believe we were

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★★★★★

Wow, what an awful experience. My friend and I visited Carnegie's, as recommended by a friend, to try their pie for breakfast. We wanted to split a pie for breakfast and the waitress refused to serve us. She couldn't believe we were

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We travel to NYC on a regular basis and enjoy the off the beaten path restaurants and small neighborhood hole in the walls. Last night we decided do the opposite and give Carnegie deli a try....wow big mistake.... the matzah ball soup was tasteless and appeared to be made from a powdered mix. The Mac and cheese appeared to be pump cheez product mixed with noodles. Just to check ourselves we asked the table next to us about their half eaten soup and dry sandwich and they were disgusted too.. plus it was expensive.

On top of this the wait staff was non existent when it came to service- don't even think of sharing! The kitchen was disgusting as well. It doesn't take much to make good food unfortunately CD is making money on the name alone which is sad.

This all probably explains why Adam Sandler looks so angry in his picture on the wall!

Avoid this place for the food, go off the beaten path or hit a street vendor if you want some great tasting food in NYC. Go to CD if you want to take in some lost history of the theater yesteryears... but it will cost you! ...and they only take cash.

If you want great delis the city is full of them.

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★☆☆☆☆

We travel to NYC on a regular basis and enjoy the off the beaten path restaurants and small neighborhood hole in the walls. Last night we decided do the opposite and give Carnegie deli a try....wow big mistake.... the matzah ball soup was tasteless and appeared to be made from a powdered mix. The Mac and cheese appeared to be pump cheez product mixed with noodles. Just to check ourselves we asked the table next to us about their half eaten soup and dry sandwich and they were disgusted too.. plus it was expensive.

On top of this the wait staff was non existent when it came to service- don't even think of sharing! The kitchen was disgusting as well. It doesn't take much to make good food unfortunately CD is making money on the name alone which is sad.

This all probably explains why Adam Sandler looks so angry in his picture on the wall!

Avoid this place for the food, go off the beaten path or hit a street vendor if you want some great tasting food in NYC. Go to CD if you want to take in some lost history of the theater yesteryears... but it will cost you! ...and they only take cash.

If you want great delis the city is full of them.

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This is totally a tourist trap since because the quality of the sandwiches and the service here are just disappointing.

I don't like it. Plain and simple. They gave you A LOT OF MEAT for a $14 sandwich so compared to Katz, this is a steal. I had to split the sandwich 3 times to finish them finally.

Couple reasons why I don't like it. First of all, the meat is not exactly moist enough. It is actually a little dry surprisingly with all the fame. Secondly, the whole deli is staffed with rude male waiters monitoring you or whatever so you don't "share" their huge sandwiches because if you do, they are going to charge you $3. It is just ridiculous they make their dish so big and they expect you to eat it by yourself. Finally, I am just wondering why a Jewish deli is staffed by tons of non-Jewish. I actually feel like I was inside a chinese restaurant more than anything.

If you want really good pastrami sandwich, you might as well go to Katz and or This Little Piggy Had Roast Beef.

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★★☆☆☆

This is totally a tourist trap since because the quality of the sandwiches and the service here are just disappointing.

I don't like it. Plain and simple. They gave you A LOT OF MEAT for a $14 sandwich so compared to Katz, this is a steal. I had to split the sandwich 3 times to finish them finally.

Couple reasons why I don't like it. First of all, the meat is not exactly moist enough. It is actually a little dry surprisingly with all the fame. Secondly, the whole deli is staffed with rude male waiters monitoring you or whatever so you don't "share" their huge sandwiches because if you do, they are going to charge you $3. It is just ridiculous they make their dish so big and they expect you to eat it by yourself. Finally, I am just wondering why a Jewish deli is staffed by tons of non-Jewish. I actually feel like I was inside a chinese restaurant more than anything.

If you want really good pastrami sandwich, you might as well go to Katz and or This Little Piggy Had Roast Beef.

Pros: Huge Portion

Cons: crazy spy system

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Extra star for the man behind the counter who was so charming that we ended up walking out with an extra container of pickles AND a slice of cheesecake!

We decided to grab something after seeing Billy Elliot and we didn't fee up to the full dinner service thing. Enter Carnegie Deli! We made sure we had cash on hand as they don't go for credit cards there. Thus armed, we headed inside for a turkey sandwich and some chicken soup with Matzoh balls. The guy behind the counter was phenomenal at the low-key upsell, and soon we found that yeah, we really did want some extra pickles to go with that. And heck, what good deli meal would be complete without a slice of famous New York cheesecake? Strawberry, of course.

Thus loaded down with deli goodness, we trudged back to our hotel to set up a room picnic. We split the turkey sandwich and then each made two meals of our halves. Same with the soup and the pickles. The cheesecake we made a *small* dent in that night, but it ended up being dessert for lunch and dinner the following day (gotta love having an in-room fridge). Amazing grub, all of it.

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★★★★☆

Extra star for the man behind the counter who was so charming that we ended up walking out with an extra container of pickles AND a slice of cheesecake!

We decided to grab something after seeing Billy Elliot and we didn't fee up to the full dinner service thing. Enter Carnegie Deli! We made sure we had cash on hand as they don't go for credit cards there. Thus armed, we headed inside for a turkey sandwich and some chicken soup with Matzoh balls. The guy behind the counter was phenomenal at the low-key upsell, and soon we found that yeah, we really did want some extra pickles to go with that. And heck, what good deli meal would be complete without a slice of famous New York cheesecake? Strawberry, of course.

Thus loaded down with deli goodness, we trudged back to our hotel to set up a room picnic. We split the turkey sandwich and then each made two meals of our halves. Same with the soup and the pickles. The cheesecake we made a *small* dent in that night, but it ended up being dessert for lunch and dinner the following day (gotta love having an in-room fridge). Amazing grub, all of it.

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This was our first experience with Carnegie Deli. Overall, I would recommend this deli. The place was crowded, but it is New York and it is good food. The sandwiches are pricey, but they are impressive. The sandwhiches are enormous and delicious. To put the price in perspective, you could pay almost the same price for the same sandwich at Katz's deli, but a sandwich at Katz's would be a fourth of the size and disgusting. If you really like corned beef and/or pastrami, I highly recommend this deli. The cheesecake too is outstanding. It's the best I've had in New York. It's a little pricey too, but worth it. However, buying a whole cheesecake may be better than buying it by the slice. I found the wait staff very friendly and helpful. I do think that the cash only policy is a bit inconvenient, but it is what it is--their policy. Overall, very good experience. I will make this a NY trip tradition.

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★★★★☆

This was our first experience with Carnegie Deli. Overall, I would recommend this deli. The place was crowded, but it is New York and it is good food. The sandwiches are pricey, but they are impressive. The sandwhiches are enormous and delicious. To put the price in perspective, you could pay almost the same price for the same sandwich at Katz's deli, but a sandwich at Katz's would be a fourth of the size and disgusting. If you really like corned beef and/or pastrami, I highly recommend this deli. The cheesecake too is outstanding. It's the best I've had in New York. It's a little pricey too, but worth it. However, buying a whole cheesecake may be better than buying it by the slice. I found the wait staff very friendly and helpful. I do think that the cash only policy is a bit inconvenient, but it is what it is--their policy. Overall, very good experience. I will make this a NY trip tradition.

Pros: Great Food

Cons: Price, Crowd

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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.

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★☆☆☆☆

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.

Pros: none

Cons: terrible service, bad sandwich, over priced

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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!

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★☆☆☆☆

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!

Pros: Great deserts

Cons: The service is aweful

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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!

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★★★★★

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!

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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.

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★☆☆☆☆

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.

Pros: Cheesecake

Cons: worst service, price and abusive rules,

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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.

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★☆☆☆☆

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.

Pros: Cheesecake

Cons: Everything else

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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.

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★★★☆☆

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.

Pros: The cheesecake is phenomenal...

Cons: That wait isn't worth it, especially with so many other places.

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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.

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★★★☆☆

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.

Pros: The wow factor for first timers

Cons: Lines. Prices.

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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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★★☆☆☆

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.

Pros: Prompt seating and service.

Cons: Obnoxious (not just large) portion sizes, charging $3 to share....

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The pastrami sandwich is awesome. I think the $3 plate charge to split an $18 sandwich is kind of crazy though. The service was fair. It was nearly impossible to get a refill on my ice tea. Also, when they bring you the check, they make it a point to say "You pay the cashier but you leave the tip on the table". I thought that was rude and unnecessary.

The food is very good though.

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★★★★☆

The pastrami sandwich is awesome. I think the $3 plate charge to split an $18 sandwich is kind of crazy though. The service was fair. It was nearly impossible to get a refill on my ice tea. Also, when they bring you the check, they make it a point to say "You pay the cashier but you leave the tip on the table". I thought that was rude and unnecessary.

The food is very good though.

Pros: Food and portions

Cons: Plate charge and poor service

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This place is terrible and a total tourist trap. The service is really bad. The waiter actually yelled at me because I didn't "order enough" because I ordered a large bowl of soup (at $8.50). The place was only 25% full at the time so I cant imagine the waiter was missing out on some large check for our order. My husband tried to order a hamburger and was told by the server that he couldnt because it would take too long and that he needed to pick something else. So he ended up with a tasteless, overpriced sandwich. We actually tried to complain to the manager on the way out, after we had paid so it's not like we were trying to get something, and he said "that's just how it is, if you want to complain call the owner". There are some great delis in New York but this is not one of them.

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★☆☆☆☆

This place is terrible and a total tourist trap. The service is really bad. The waiter actually yelled at me because I didn't "order enough" because I ordered a large bowl of soup (at $8.50). The place was only 25% full at the time so I cant imagine the waiter was missing out on some large check for our order. My husband tried to order a hamburger and was told by the server that he couldnt because it would take too long and that he needed to pick something else. So he ended up with a tasteless, overpriced sandwich. We actually tried to complain to the manager on the way out, after we had paid so it's not like we were trying to get something, and he said "that's just how it is, if you want to complain call the owner". There are some great delis in New York but this is not one of them.

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I absolutely love this place. Love the food, love the surroundings. The sandwiches are huge, the rooms are packed, you sit at tables with strangers, the cheesecake is to die for, and its all great!

I enjoyed telling my daughter about some of the famous people on the walls - the walls are covered with head shots of actors, comedians, sports stars, etc...

My fav sandwich is the "So there's the Ruben!" which is an open faced ruben STACKED with corned beef or pastrami and COVERED with sour kraut and swiss cheese - dressing on the side. I can never finish it. There is a charge to split meals and the food is expensive, but I come here whenever I'm in town anyway.

Bring cash since they don't accept any credit cards. And be prepared to wait outside even in bad weather since it does get crowded.

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★★★★☆

I absolutely love this place. Love the food, love the surroundings. The sandwiches are huge, the rooms are packed, you sit at tables with strangers, the cheesecake is to die for, and its all great!

I enjoyed telling my daughter about some of the famous people on the walls - the walls are covered with head shots of actors, comedians, sports stars, etc...

My fav sandwich is the "So there's the Ruben!" which is an open faced ruben STACKED with corned beef or pastrami and COVERED with sour kraut and swiss cheese - dressing on the side. I can never finish it. There is a charge to split meals and the food is expensive, but I come here whenever I'm in town anyway.

Bring cash since they don't accept any credit cards. And be prepared to wait outside even in bad weather since it does get crowded.

Pros: great sandwiches and desserts

Cons: expensive and no credit cards

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This was the worst service I have ever received at any restaurant in my entire life. First, the server wouldn't seat us even though there were plenty of seats available. I ordered a cheese blintz. The server emphasized the price, $12.75, giving me and my friends a contemptuous glare, and asking if I wanted an entire order. She then gave us a choice between putting the bill on one check or leaving the establishment (we never asked about splitting the bill). Then I wanted to give a friend one bite of a blintz, and the server insisted on charging us $3 for splitting. After asking to speak with the manager, the manager not only did not apologize, but simply handed us a business card and walked off mumbling "what do you want me to do about it."

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★☆☆☆☆

This was the worst service I have ever received at any restaurant in my entire life. First, the server wouldn't seat us even though there were plenty of seats available. I ordered a cheese blintz. The server emphasized the price, $12.75, giving me and my friends a contemptuous glare, and asking if I wanted an entire order. She then gave us a choice between putting the bill on one check or leaving the establishment (we never asked about splitting the bill). Then I wanted to give a friend one bite of a blintz, and the server insisted on charging us $3 for splitting. After asking to speak with the manager, the manager not only did not apologize, but simply handed us a business card and walked off mumbling "what do you want me to do about it."

Pros: Delicious cheese blintz.

Cons: Horrible service. Gives New Yorkers a bad name.

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If you respect yourself please do not come here. Grossly overpriced. Incredibly rude, disrespectful servers. I've lived in New York for five years, and this restaurant does not represent a true "New York" experience. Tourists beware. It's a disgrace they call themselves a Jewish deli.

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★☆☆☆☆

If you respect yourself please do not come here. Grossly overpriced. Incredibly rude, disrespectful servers. I've lived in New York for five years, and this restaurant does not represent a true "New York" experience. Tourists beware. It's a disgrace they call themselves a Jewish deli.

Pros: Blintzes.

Cons: Everything other than Blintzes.

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We arrived Easter Saturday at 12.15 and there was a considerable line-up outside; the line moved fairly quickly and we were inside within 25 minutes. Well you can see why this is a favourite of Woody Allen. The tables are typical Deli crammed, the waiters and waitresses are quck and efficient and are wise crackers.
However the food is the star here. We had Corned Beef, Pastrami and Reuben Sandwiches. You cannot eat all the food in a serving. So take your time. We had a few locals at our table who have been eating here for over 30 years; their running commentary was right on with what to order and how to eat it.
The Pastramai was the best I heve ever had ,ditto for the Corned beef and the Reuben. The Sour pickles were so good we ordered extras. Be sure to order extra rye bread and break the sandwich down into smaller sandwiches. The fries and gravy were also good.
The walls are covered with celebrity photos and the decor is tacky but you simply cannot beat this Deli food!!!
We did not have room for dessert as our table mates recommended but we went back late Eater Sunday night for a glorious piece of Strawberry Cheesecake. This dessert looks very heavy, but it is suprising light and very tasty.
The company at the tables were great and our waitress dynamite.This is a great place for lunch or dessert

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★★★★★

We arrived Easter Saturday at 12.15 and there was a considerable line-up outside; the line moved fairly quickly and we were inside within 25 minutes. Well you can see why this is a favourite of Woody Allen. The tables are typical Deli crammed, the waiters and waitresses are quck and efficient and are wise crackers.
However the food is the star here. We had Corned Beef, Pastrami and Reuben Sandwiches. You cannot eat all the food in a serving. So take your time. We had a few locals at our table who have been eating here for over 30 years; their running commentary was right on with what to order and how to eat it.
The Pastramai was the best I heve ever had ,ditto for the Corned beef and the Reuben. The Sour pickles were so good we ordered extras. Be sure to order extra rye bread and break the sandwich down into smaller sandwiches. The fries and gravy were also good.
The walls are covered with celebrity photos and the decor is tacky but you simply cannot beat this Deli food!!!
We did not have room for dessert as our table mates recommended but we went back late Eater Sunday night for a glorious piece of Strawberry Cheesecake. This dessert looks very heavy, but it is suprising light and very tasty.
The company at the tables were great and our waitress dynamite.This is a great place for lunch or dessert

Pros: great food,good service ,fair value

Cons: noisy

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Happened to be in the neighborhood with a fairly well known television personality, and for old time sake decided to grab a sandwich.

This is beyond touristy. I thought i was transported to Ohio.

I had a brisket and a side of coleslaw. He had a hamburger. One hour later, I was ill.

The prices are outrageous, the sandwich greasy, and we could not find his photo on the wall.

Never again.

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★★★☆☆

Happened to be in the neighborhood with a fairly well known television personality, and for old time sake decided to grab a sandwich.

This is beyond touristy. I thought i was transported to Ohio.

I had a brisket and a side of coleslaw. He had a hamburger. One hour later, I was ill.

The prices are outrageous, the sandwich greasy, and we could not find his photo on the wall.

Never again.

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We only ate here for breakfast and it was fantastic. Toasted bagel with cream cheese and a side of bacon is the best breakfast you could wish for. A real New York atmosphere in a great venue. We were always seated immediately and served quickly. Sandwiches looked huge but yummy. Didn't see any unhappy customers when we were there and there were a lot of locals there too.

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★★★★★

We only ate here for breakfast and it was fantastic. Toasted bagel with cream cheese and a side of bacon is the best breakfast you could wish for. A real New York atmosphere in a great venue. We were always seated immediately and served quickly. Sandwiches looked huge but yummy. Didn't see any unhappy customers when we were there and there were a lot of locals there too.

Pros: Great atmosphere and food

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We had a group of 11 & we were seated within 15 minutes. This deli looks small from the outside, but has a TON of seating with walls COVERED in signed photographs to Carnegie Deli of famous people who have eaten there over the years - pretty much any famous person you can think of has eaten at this deli. We were seated in the very back (restrooms in the front). I had the cheeseburger (it was pretty good ... nothing super-special) & the potato skins with cheese & bacon (runny cheese - not melted shredded cheddar), but they were good. My husband had the corned beef ... you could easily split it with another person ... so much food!! Our kids had the chicken noodle soup. They did NOT like it. At the end of the meal, the kids wanted cheesecake, so we ordered them ONE piece of strawberry cheesecake to share ... there were FOUR children & they didn't even finish it. It was THE BEST MELT-IN-YOUR-MOUTH cheesecake I've EVER tasted!!!

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★★★★☆

We had a group of 11 & we were seated within 15 minutes. This deli looks small from the outside, but has a TON of seating with walls COVERED in signed photographs to Carnegie Deli of famous people who have eaten there over the years - pretty much any famous person you can think of has eaten at this deli. We were seated in the very back (restrooms in the front). I had the cheeseburger (it was pretty good ... nothing super-special) & the potato skins with cheese & bacon (runny cheese - not melted shredded cheddar), but they were good. My husband had the corned beef ... you could easily split it with another person ... so much food!! Our kids had the chicken noodle soup. They did NOT like it. At the end of the meal, the kids wanted cheesecake, so we ordered them ONE piece of strawberry cheesecake to share ... there were FOUR children & they didn't even finish it. It was THE BEST MELT-IN-YOUR-MOUTH cheesecake I've EVER tasted!!!

Pros: MELT-IN-YOUR-MOUTH Cheesecake - not to be missed!!!

Cons: Can sometimes be a LONG wait

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My boyfriend had to drag me here, but I loved it! I didn't want to stand in the line, but it moved very quickly. We ordered a classic reuben and split it ( a must!). Service was very fast. The food was awesome. Cheesecake great, but not on par with the sandwich. It is expensive, but you get a ton of food and the atmosphere is worth it. The place is an institution and worth the wait in line.

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★★★★★

My boyfriend had to drag me here, but I loved it! I didn't want to stand in the line, but it moved very quickly. We ordered a classic reuben and split it ( a must!). Service was very fast. The food was awesome. Cheesecake great, but not on par with the sandwich. It is expensive, but you get a ton of food and the atmosphere is worth it. The place is an institution and worth the wait in line.

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This place as the best pastrami and corned beef sandwiches I have ever had. My friend and I went here 3 times in our week long vacation to New York. Well worth the wait and rude waiting staff. With that being said, the place is often quite crowded often times drawing a line in front of the store which would cause you to stand outside in the blistering cold for 20mins or so. The waitress that served me was very rude from the get to. She belittled me as I was forced to make my food decision in front of her. She also spilt Ruben all over another patron as she was running through the store to fill an order. The food is also slightly over priced for what it is and you get colossal sized portions. Maybe I?d justify these prices for a nice steak dinner but not a sandwich. I suggest going here after 8pm if you don?t want to deal with waiting in line.

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★★★★☆

This place as the best pastrami and corned beef sandwiches I have ever had. My friend and I went here 3 times in our week long vacation to New York. Well worth the wait and rude waiting staff. With that being said, the place is often quite crowded often times drawing a line in front of the store which would cause you to stand outside in the blistering cold for 20mins or so. The waitress that served me was very rude from the get to. She belittled me as I was forced to make my food decision in front of her. She also spilt Ruben all over another patron as she was running through the store to fill an order. The food is also slightly over priced for what it is and you get colossal sized portions. Maybe I?d justify these prices for a nice steak dinner but not a sandwich. I suggest going here after 8pm if you don?t want to deal with waiting in line.

Pros: excellent food, strange but fitting ambience

Cons: overpriced, rude service, often crowded at times

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A well-working trap because it was packed during a visit at an off hour between lunch and dinner. Ridiculously over-priced sandwiches (giant meat pile topped with a bread fragment)
and a crazy $12.50 minimum per adult. May be fun for some, but a "never return" for me.

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★★☆☆☆

A well-working trap because it was packed during a visit at an off hour between lunch and dinner. Ridiculously over-priced sandwiches (giant meat pile topped with a bread fragment)
and a crazy $12.50 minimum per adult. May be fun for some, but a "never return" for me.

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I came with a tour group. The leader of our tour group told us to go in groups of four so it didn't look like that "big" of a group. He said that the waiters were rude last time cause there was too many people. Do NOT order the roast beef sandwich.

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★★★☆☆

I came with a tour group. The leader of our tour group told us to go in groups of four so it didn't look like that "big" of a group. He said that the waiters were rude last time cause there was too many people. Do NOT order the roast beef sandwich.

Cons: Prices

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This was such a letdown that I signed up for a Citysearch account just now so I could write a review. I went here with my fiance after MoMA--we were hungry, tired from walking around the museum all afternoon, so it seemed like a fun idea. Wrong! I ordered a bagel with smoked salmon and cream cheese, thinking, hey, this is NY, it will be awesome. Wrong again! The menu claimed the bagel was jumbo-sized and toasted, and it was neither--small and cold. The cream cheese was hard as a rock--whatever happened to the double whipped, light, and fluffy stuff that melts in your mouth? The salmon was ok. It was served with a huge boulder of lettuce, white onion, and tomato. What about red onion and some capers? All for $19.95. Let me tell you--Jerry's Deli in LA knows how to do a bagel with lox and cream cheese.

My fiance got a Reuben. The corned beef was ok--not too greasy--but frankly, it just wasn't that impressive. Forcing people to pay $20 for four times the food you need is not a winning attribute. Furthermore, ok, this may just be a New York thing (I'm from SF), but there were no free refills on sodas. Dude, the margins on sodas are huge. If you're going to gouge people on sandwiches, spring for some refills! The bill came to $57 including tip. What?!? My fiance is telling me to let it go but that was the biggest waste of $57 we'll ever spend. By the way, it's cash only here.

There were two positives from my experience: I was sitting near an autographed photo of Gene Siskel, which was both appealing and sad, thinking how his life was cut short. Also, the pickles they served in the beginning--the dull green pickles had the most unusual taste--quite good. The bright green ones just tasted like cucumber.

By the way, I am not a crackpot. As long as I'm on a soapbox, I'll review Lombardi's Pizza (fabulous!). Be on the lookout for a review of Nobu tomorrow!

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★☆☆☆☆

This was such a letdown that I signed up for a Citysearch account just now so I could write a review. I went here with my fiance after MoMA--we were hungry, tired from walking around the museum all afternoon, so it seemed like a fun idea. Wrong! I ordered a bagel with smoked salmon and cream cheese, thinking, hey, this is NY, it will be awesome. Wrong again! The menu claimed the bagel was jumbo-sized and toasted, and it was neither--small and cold. The cream cheese was hard as a rock--whatever happened to the double whipped, light, and fluffy stuff that melts in your mouth? The salmon was ok. It was served with a huge boulder of lettuce, white onion, and tomato. What about red onion and some capers? All for $19.95. Let me tell you--Jerry's Deli in LA knows how to do a bagel with lox and cream cheese.

My fiance got a Reuben. The corned beef was ok--not too greasy--but frankly, it just wasn't that impressive. Forcing people to pay $20 for four times the food you need is not a winning attribute. Furthermore, ok, this may just be a New York thing (I'm from SF), but there were no free refills on sodas. Dude, the margins on sodas are huge. If you're going to gouge people on sandwiches, spring for some refills! The bill came to $57 including tip. What?!? My fiance is telling me to let it go but that was the biggest waste of $57 we'll ever spend. By the way, it's cash only here.

There were two positives from my experience: I was sitting near an autographed photo of Gene Siskel, which was both appealing and sad, thinking how his life was cut short. Also, the pickles they served in the beginning--the dull green pickles had the most unusual taste--quite good. The bright green ones just tasted like cucumber.

By the way, I am not a crackpot. As long as I'm on a soapbox, I'll review Lombardi's Pizza (fabulous!). Be on the lookout for a review of Nobu tomorrow!

Pros: none, really

Cons: overpriced, not that great food

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The food was pretty good but the vibe is strange. It feels like a nursing home cafeteria. the prices are ridiculous...$25 for a sandwich! and it didn't even come with anything...fries were $5. And if you want to share...it's is $3 extra. This place is so stupid it's funny...i would NEVER GO BACK.

0
★☆☆☆☆

The food was pretty good but the vibe is strange. It feels like a nursing home cafeteria. the prices are ridiculous...$25 for a sandwich! and it didn't even come with anything...fries were $5. And if you want to share...it's is $3 extra. This place is so stupid it's funny...i would NEVER GO BACK.

Pros: food

Cons: service, atmosphere, PRICES

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I love the Carnegie Deli. Their hot pastrami sandwich is outstanding!

Having said that, it is outrageously expensive. There are so many better deals in town. The seating is crowded. Go there only to eat and nothing more. The wait staff is rude and terribly slow. And the cash only, no refills on soda, make this a bit less desirable. But if you find yourself in Times Square and hungry, check it out. Make sure to get a cheese cake to go! Yum.

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★★★★☆

I love the Carnegie Deli. Their hot pastrami sandwich is outstanding!

Having said that, it is outrageously expensive. There are so many better deals in town. The seating is crowded. Go there only to eat and nothing more. The wait staff is rude and terribly slow. And the cash only, no refills on soda, make this a bit less desirable. But if you find yourself in Times Square and hungry, check it out. Make sure to get a cheese cake to go! Yum.

Pros: The food is good. It just is!

Cons: crowded, wait staff is rude, value just is not there!

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Made the mistake trying lunch at this place, waitress was rude right off the bat (I'm a former waitress, so I keep it simple, I'm not a fussy customer) - but from the moment I placed my order I was looking forward to leaving, the vibe is that wierd. $15.00 for a grilled cheese and fries was crazy, I should have left when I saw the price on the menu.
My friend, an out of towner, couldn't believe how bad the service was! Clearly, they want you to get out ASAP - no problem, I'm never going back! Nothing "special" about this place, except how much they hate serving the public.
And what restaurant doesn't take credit cards? Amazing.

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★☆☆☆☆

Made the mistake trying lunch at this place, waitress was rude right off the bat (I'm a former waitress, so I keep it simple, I'm not a fussy customer) - but from the moment I placed my order I was looking forward to leaving, the vibe is that wierd. $15.00 for a grilled cheese and fries was crazy, I should have left when I saw the price on the menu.
My friend, an out of towner, couldn't believe how bad the service was! Clearly, they want you to get out ASAP - no problem, I'm never going back! Nothing "special" about this place, except how much they hate serving the public.
And what restaurant doesn't take credit cards? Amazing.

Pros: eventually you, can leave!

Cons: service/attitude, value

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There's no talent to throwing large lumps of meat between two slices of bread and that's all they do. There was no lettuce, tomator or any of the other fixings normally found in sandwiches, just the gargantuan amount of meat. I was truly expecting much more from this famed establishment and was completely disappointed. Will never use them again.

0
★☆☆☆☆

There's no talent to throwing large lumps of meat between two slices of bread and that's all they do. There was no lettuce, tomator or any of the other fixings normally found in sandwiches, just the gargantuan amount of meat. I was truly expecting much more from this famed establishment and was completely disappointed. Will never use them again.

Pros: None

Cons: No sandwich fixings.

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This is a fun place to take guests from out-of-town - great delicious "New York-y" food in mega portions along with a dose of Manhattan-diner atmosphere (crowded tables, headsho--covered walls, etc) . A bit overpriced for a local (most locals have a favorite spot to get this food for less $) but not unheard of prices for tourists and those entertaining them. The sandwiches were piled so high, our guests took pictures of them! If, like me, you can't imagine getting one of those towering creations, get a knish and some blintzes, they're awesome. The pierogis, however, are forgettable (better to get those elsewhere in the city).

2
★★★★★

This is a fun place to take guests from out-of-town - great delicious "New York-y" food in mega portions along with a dose of Manhattan-diner atmosphere (crowded tables, headsho--covered walls, etc) . A bit overpriced for a local (most locals have a favorite spot to get this food for less $) but not unheard of prices for tourists and those entertaining them. The sandwiches were piled so high, our guests took pictures of them! If, like me, you can't imagine getting one of those towering creations, get a knish and some blintzes, they're awesome. The pierogis, however, are forgettable (better to get those elsewhere in the city).

Pros: Delicious, "New York-y", Good for tourists

Cons: Crowded, A bit overpriced

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In the mood for matza-ball soup, 4 of us waited in the long line to get in on a Saturday afternoon. After being seated, the waiter (who had worked there forever) threw some cutlery at us and waited to take our order. At $20 for a monster-sized sanwich and a $3 addre for sharing (ridiculous), I opted for a smaller grilled cheese sandwich which came barely melted (they took it back and re-made it) but it wasn't great. Soup was huge (for $7.00/bowl) and fries were ok. When ordering a turkey burger, the waiter asked my sister why she didn't just get a turkey sandwich. Uh, hmmm... I would NOT run back to Carnegie deli - I could have made a better sandwich myself for free.

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★★★☆☆

In the mood for matza-ball soup, 4 of us waited in the long line to get in on a Saturday afternoon. After being seated, the waiter (who had worked there forever) threw some cutlery at us and waited to take our order. At $20 for a monster-sized sanwich and a $3 addre for sharing (ridiculous), I opted for a smaller grilled cheese sandwich which came barely melted (they took it back and re-made it) but it wasn't great. Soup was huge (for $7.00/bowl) and fries were ok. When ordering a turkey burger, the waiter asked my sister why she didn't just get a turkey sandwich. Uh, hmmm... I would NOT run back to Carnegie deli - I could have made a better sandwich myself for free.

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This place was great! Just had to try it the next day after I saw the line outside. I will come back again!

2
★★★★★

This place was great! Just had to try it the next day after I saw the line outside. I will come back again!

Pros: Big Sandwiches, Large Menu

Cons: tables are close

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Ate here when I was visiting NY. Had planned on going to Katz, but never made it there at the right time. We stumbled across this place which my friend said she recognized from Letterman. We shared a beheamoth pastrami and some coleslaw. it was delicious. some tourists next to us were having what looked like a good dessert, but we were too full for it. fast service, clean, comfortable. loved this place.

2
★★★★☆

Ate here when I was visiting NY. Had planned on going to Katz, but never made it there at the right time. We stumbled across this place which my friend said she recognized from Letterman. We shared a beheamoth pastrami and some coleslaw. it was delicious. some tourists next to us were having what looked like a good dessert, but we were too full for it. fast service, clean, comfortable. loved this place.

Pros: great food, fun atmosphere

Cons: touristy

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YES, It is TOURIST TRAP. Costomer service is horrible. I and my friends had
cheesecakes and had very bad time. Minmum charge $12.50 Per Parson, Sharing fee $3.00. There is no smile and no good worker.

1
★★★☆☆

YES, It is TOURIST TRAP. Costomer service is horrible. I and my friends had
cheesecakes and had very bad time. Minmum charge $12.50 Per Parson, Sharing fee $3.00. There is no smile and no good worker.

Pros: cheesecake

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We wanted a NY deli experience. The food was delicious and it was fun looking at the tightly displayed celeb pictures. Although it was spacious, the tiny tables were packed so close together one might feel claustrophobic. You can hardly move your chair to get in and out. Service left a lot to be desired, the portions are a bit gluttonous, especially for a tourist who can't take leftovers. The one thing that stood out was that they don't accept credit cards, so you must have a lot of cash handy for the expensive menu items. Furthermore, we discovered other delis that were MUCH better in terms of food quality, portion size, service, and more reasonable prices... and they take plastic to boot! Save your money, avoid this tourist trap and enjoy your deli experience elsewhere. There are over 400 other delicatessens to choose from!

1
★★☆☆☆

We wanted a NY deli experience. The food was delicious and it was fun looking at the tightly displayed celeb pictures. Although it was spacious, the tiny tables were packed so close together one might feel claustrophobic. You can hardly move your chair to get in and out. Service left a lot to be desired, the portions are a bit gluttonous, especially for a tourist who can't take leftovers. The one thing that stood out was that they don't accept credit cards, so you must have a lot of cash handy for the expensive menu items. Furthermore, we discovered other delis that were MUCH better in terms of food quality, portion size, service, and more reasonable prices... and they take plastic to boot! Save your money, avoid this tourist trap and enjoy your deli experience elsewhere. There are over 400 other delicatessens to choose from!

Pros: good food, celebrity pictures

Cons: cash only, too crowded, overpriced

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... to go with monster sized prices. Right off the bat you need to ask yourself: is this place a tourist trap? And the answer is yes. Yes it is. That said it's still worth checking out at least if only for that classic NY feel mixed with Hollywood hype. Coming into Carnegie you're immediately struck by the hundreds and hundreds of celeb pics that line the walls. As for the food... Yea it's a rip-off. There's no other way to justify $20 for a sandwich. That said what a sandwich it is. The portions are hugggggeeeee and will most certainly fill you up and you know whats more the food tastes pretty darn good to boot. Bottom line: you balance the good and the bad and decide if it's right for you.

2
★★★★★

... to go with monster sized prices. Right off the bat you need to ask yourself: is this place a tourist trap? And the answer is yes. Yes it is. That said it's still worth checking out at least if only for that classic NY feel mixed with Hollywood hype. Coming into Carnegie you're immediately struck by the hundreds and hundreds of celeb pics that line the walls. As for the food... Yea it's a rip-off. There's no other way to justify $20 for a sandwich. That said what a sandwich it is. The portions are hugggggeeeee and will most certainly fill you up and you know whats more the food tastes pretty darn good to boot. Bottom line: you balance the good and the bad and decide if it's right for you.

Pros: huge servings, NY feel

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I ordered the ruben and it was gigantic and one of the tastiest things I had ever eaten. Well, half eaten due to it's giagantic size! The meat was piled very high and the cheese was awesome. The staff was quirky and bitter at best. Others in my party enjoyed their food/portions as well. The pickels they put on your table are a weird assortment of sizes, texture and taste almost like they collected them from other retaurants!

2
★★★★☆

I ordered the ruben and it was gigantic and one of the tastiest things I had ever eaten. Well, half eaten due to it's giagantic size! The meat was piled very high and the cheese was awesome. The staff was quirky and bitter at best. Others in my party enjoyed their food/portions as well. The pickels they put on your table are a weird assortment of sizes, texture and taste almost like they collected them from other retaurants!

Pros: tasty, quick seating

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Overall the regular food was nothing special except for the large size. Also not a great value. Eat light and save up for the strawberry cheesecake which is simply beyond belief! Ignore everything else and keep your eyes on the prize.

2
★★★★☆

Overall the regular food was nothing special except for the large size. Also not a great value. Eat light and save up for the strawberry cheesecake which is simply beyond belief! Ignore everything else and keep your eyes on the prize.

Pros: Cheesecake, Fun, Hip

Cons: , Mediocre Service

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Just paid my first, and definitely not my last visit to the Carnegie Deli while on vacation. The atmosphere was right out of a Woody Allen Movie, the servers were quick, food was fantastic- the best pastrami and corned beef I've ever had! The desserts are amazing, especially the cheesecake and the coconut creme pie. We went at an off-peak time right before the lunch rush. A definite must-see and do for anyone visiting New York

2
★★★★★

Just paid my first, and definitely not my last visit to the Carnegie Deli while on vacation. The atmosphere was right out of a Woody Allen Movie, the servers were quick, food was fantastic- the best pastrami and corned beef I've ever had! The desserts are amazing, especially the cheesecake and the coconut creme pie. We went at an off-peak time right before the lunch rush. A definite must-see and do for anyone visiting New York

Pros: food, variety, atmosphere

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I've been going to the Carnegie for over 20 years, every time I'm in NY. It is, bar none, the best NYC Deli experience you can have. Great food, excellent NYC service and a real NYC atmosphere. I always recommend it and I've never had anyone disappointed.

2
★★★★★

I've been going to the Carnegie for over 20 years, every time I'm in NY. It is, bar none, the best NYC Deli experience you can have. Great food, excellent NYC service and a real NYC atmosphere. I always recommend it and I've never had anyone disappointed.

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i know this is a tourist trap but a trip to Carnegie deli after a red eye into the city is a must and i am a tourist when i visit nyc. i have been going for 25 years since I was a kid. my dad used to bring me ? a dozen knishes back to L.A. when he'd go to ny. the rest of the food is okay, not great and expensive. but its an institution so worth the visit.

2
★★★★☆

i know this is a tourist trap but a trip to Carnegie deli after a red eye into the city is a must and i am a tourist when i visit nyc. i have been going for 25 years since I was a kid. my dad used to bring me ? a dozen knishes back to L.A. when he'd go to ny. the rest of the food is okay, not great and expensive. but its an institution so worth the visit.

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Sandwich was so dry, it would hardly go down! Prices are out of site, manners and customer service is not to be found. Take your money somewhere that will appreciate it and you!!!

0
★☆☆☆☆

Sandwich was so dry, it would hardly go down! Prices are out of site, manners and customer service is not to be found. Take your money somewhere that will appreciate it and you!!!

Pros: Size of Sandwich

Cons: Dry

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worst sandwich i've ever had - yea, it's HUGE...but who cares. it was about $60 for three people (about 20 dollars per sandwich...literally). TOURIST TRAP.

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★☆☆☆☆

worst sandwich i've ever had - yea, it's HUGE...but who cares. it was about $60 for three people (about 20 dollars per sandwich...literally). TOURIST TRAP.

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