Sportiqe is excited to add a new iconic restaurant to our acclaimed Hometown Classics Collection. In a city known for its delicatessens and brilliantly cured meats, New York City’s Carnegie Deli stands shoulders above the rest.
Founded in 1937, Carnegie offers epic-sized sandwiches, decadent desserts and unique sides in a casual atmosphere in the heart of Midtown Manhattan only blocks away from Times Square. For decades, just about every celebrity you can think of has stopped by the deli some of its famous meat - every inch of wall space inside the restaurant is covered with photos of the rich and famous hanging out in this Big Apple staple.
I had the opportunity to feast at this establishment and wasn’t let down. Hoping to beat the crowds, I went to Carnegie at 3:00 on a rainy Sunday and there still wasn’t an empty seat in the house - I even shared my eating space with three guys from South Florida.
Because I wanted the full New York Deli experience, there was no other option than to order the pastrami Reuben. This open-faced sandwich is worth every penny as it could be fit for an episode of Man vs. Food with its overly-generous portions. Being the first time I’ve eaten a sandwich with a fork and knife, it was a humbling experience. This meat salad had over a pound of the most deliciously-flavored warm and moist pastrami piled on top of a slice of rye bread topped with pickled sauerkraut, melted Swiss cheese, and homemade Thousand Island dressing to bring the whole sandwich together.
So next time you’re in the city that never sleeps, you HAVE to stop by Carnegie Deli. If you don’t have time to dine in, you can still order their world-famous meat at their deli counter.
And if you aren’t able to make it to NYC, there are locations in the Mirage Hotel in Vegas, Foxwoods Casino in CT, Six Flags in NJ and The Sands Casino in Bethlehem, PA. If you like what you taste, make sure to support this establishment by grabbing a Sportiqe tee available for purchase on site as well as online here