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Carnegie Deli

854 Seventh Ave., New York, NY, 10019
at 55th St.
212-757-2245

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6
Food: 7
Service: 5
Décor: 7
"Mixed Reviews"

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55% would go back.

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Good Experience

By DaveAC on 1/1/2013

  • Overall Rating: 7
  • Food: 8
  • Service: 6
  • Décor: 7
  • Yes, I would go back!

My wife and I shared the Reuben (open-faced) and it was both big and delicious. The French Fries are not very good. I over-looked the cramped seating and the less than attentive service (drink refills just plain do not happen) to testify that the food is worth putting up with any negatives we experienced. I guess you go to a deli for food and not the fact you will be treated like royalty. We are from Minnesota where the service always beats the food quality. I, personally, would rather have the food beat the service - if you can't have both.

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32 out of 56 people found this review helpful.

Tourist trap

By Hummingbird70 on 7/8/2012

  • Overall Rating: 4
  • Food: 4
  • Service: 4
  • Décor: 7
  • No, I would not go back!

Spent $65 on a pastrami sandwich and a brisket sandwich. Pastrami was good and moist. And key here was it was still warm. mustard was just spicy enough. The brisket on the other hand was cold and dry and flavorless. I mean really dry. You would think they know how to make a brisket. Apparently not. There's plenty of other delis in NYC that can and do. Save some money and go there. Waitstaff was rude and seemed annoyed that I needed a refill on my drink. I needed it because your brisket is dry. Pickles were good though. I recommend the pickles.

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46 out of 85 people found this review helpful.

could not wait to get out of there

By livia20232 on 8/20/2011

  • Overall Rating: 3
  • Food: 2
  • Service: 2
  • Décor: 7
  • No, I would not go back!

the food was dry and it was elbow to elbow seating.... spent $66 for one pastrami on rye, one turkey pastrami on rye and one stuffed cabbage. The stuffed cabbage was great before we lathered what turned out to be mayo, instead of sour cream, on it... she had brought out the wrong condiment... had a terrible time, would never go back, wouldn't recommend it to my worst enemy... the worst part was that two elderly people wanted to sit next to each other, side by side, and your only "allowed" to sit facing each other at a two seater table due to their policy of packing in the space... the wait staff talked about the couple right in front of them asked if they'd "ever been to a restaurant before." I could not believe my ears....

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42 out of 83 people found this review helpful.

What a RIP-OFF

By JimShortz on 9/4/2010

  • Overall Rating: 4
  • Food: 5
  • Service: 3
  • Décor: 4
  • No, I would not go back!

This place is a rip-off. There is only one "Huge" sandwich (the woody allen) - everything else is an OVERPRICED rip-offs Stay away - go to a deli - order a pound of corned-beef - nuke it and you've got the same sandwich but you saved a fortune. p.s. I live in NYC so tourists here is a word of advice - STAY AWAY FROM THIS PLACE.

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59 out of 106 people found this review helpful.

What an awesome place!

By colochick on 1/30/2010

  • Overall Rating: 10
  • Food: 10
  • Service: 10
  • Décor: 9
  • Yes, I would go back!

I was so excited that our hotel (Park Central) was just steps from the Carnegie Deli. This place is famous- my husband and I each had a Woody Allen Sandwich (no clue how big they were) and the pickles were awesome. It was so incredible just to be there! Very intimate seating, but had a blast with the people sitting next to us. It is pricey, but it's totally worth it. The experience was fantastic and our waiter was great. We went back the next night just to get cheesecake to take back to our hotel room! I will definitely go back as soon as we visit NYC again.

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86 out of 170 people found this review helpful.

Awful service!

By ozeagle on 10/3/2009

  • Overall Rating: 4
  • Food: 6
  • Service: 1
  • Décor: 7
  • No, I would not go back!

My wife and I found the service awful. Didn't even leave a tip! The wait staff were rude and disrespectful. Food is okay but extremely overpriced. Would never go back there. There are so many much, much better deli's around NYC, where the food is better and the service like you would expect. George and Louise (Sydney, Australia)

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98 out of 194 people found this review helpful.

service

By tntraveler on 6/24/2009

  • Overall Rating: 4
  • Food: 5
  • Service: 1
  • Décor: 8
  • No, I would not go back!

I understand the min. charge as that is stated on the menu, but my waiter said I could not have a smaller meal and dessert. He was extremely rude and stated to me dessert did not count as part of the min. charge. I think when he heard my Southerm accent, he went in for the kill. I know about the reputation but this went beyond entertainment this was creepy. I ate at many nice NY Restaurants with good food and very nice staff one owner came out in upper West side to welcome us to NY Love the city

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125 out of 227 people found this review helpful.

A Must for Tourists

By KyleRobertson on 12/21/2006

  • Overall Rating: 9
  • Food: 9
  • Service: 9
  • Décor: 9
  • Yes, I would go back!

Plain and simple, food was great, don't expect a mind blowing corned beef sandwich, just a really good one. Portions are beyond comprehension, so it's a good idea to split something. Cheesecake was excellent, and all in all, for the portions you're getting, it's definately worth it. Our server was quite entertaining, full of personality and attitude (in a good way of course), and we didn't have to wait long for a table at all, and the decor was certainly interesting... seating was rather intimate as well, and we got to know the people around us throughout the meal. Definately a great experience!

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425 out of 858 people found this review helpful.

When in New York, go to Carnegie Deli

By coladin on 3/16/2005

  • Overall Rating: 8
  • Food: 8
  • Service: 9
  • Décor: 9
  • Yes, I would go back!

I had the Woody Allen and while a little dry, was good noentheless. I had a potato knish that was excellent. Best cheesecake that I have ever tasted. The waitress was very helpful for first timers and was quick to suggest what not to order! WE had a great time and while pricey, the ladies just shared their sandwich anyways. Go once, maybe twice, then check out where New Yorkers will eat.

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471 out of 871 people found this review helpful.

What's the matter, it is what is it..Great Time

By dallasyankee on 12/7/2004

  • Overall Rating: 8
  • Food: 9
  • Service: 7
  • Décor: 8
  • Yes, I would go back!

I don't understand, why do people write a review that's a complete lie? This place is known for it's history of good food, and the environment is like no where else. I order cheesecake to get sent to my mother, who was born in Brooklyn, but now lives out of state. She loves it, and it's always arrived as advertised, on time and GREAT. Go there and check it out, you'll love the experience.

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387 out of 755 people found this review helpful.

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