Having sampled all of the "Jewish" deli's over the years multiple times, it was sad to experience the last of the "Big Two" on its last nights. With the Stage gone since 2012, Carnegie was the last hold-out for the theater-goer. Yes, the portions have shrunken considerably (the current Woody Allen was the size of the old individual pastrami or corned beef sandwiches) while the prices have grown some (shrinkflation+inflation) but the fare is still tasty decades on. The pastrami and corned beef are still the standard bearers - cheesecake, soup, and knishes are the second line defense. Another icon has fallen and no, the outpost franchises and mail order are no substitutes in either food or ambience. Just as there's only one French Laundry or Bocuse, there's only one Carnegie- RIP - all good things do come to an end.
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