All Reader Reviews of...
854 Seventh Ave., New York, NY, 10019
at 55th St.
By DaveAC on 1/1/2013
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.
By Hummingbird70 on 7/8/2012
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.
could not wait to get out of there
By livia20232 on 8/20/2011
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....
What a RIP-OFF
By JimShortz on 9/4/2010
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.
What an awesome place!
By colochick on 1/30/2010
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.
By ozeagle on 10/3/2009
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)
By tntraveler on 6/24/2009
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
A Must for Tourists
By KyleRobertson on 12/21/2006
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!
When in New York, go to Carnegie Deli
By coladin on 3/16/2005
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.
What's the matter, it is what is it..Great Time
By dallasyankee on 12/7/2004
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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