The restaurant business is a fickle one. According to one study by Ohio State University, 60% of restaurants will close within their first year. I imagine that number is even higher within the borough of Manhattan where up to 80% of restaurants will fail within five years.
With that statistic in mind, there are not that many eateries in New York City that have have lasted as long, or can genuinely claim to call themselves an institution, as synonymous with the city as the Statue Of Liberty or Central Park, but Carnegie Deli on 7th Avenue is one such establishment.
It therefore came as quite a shock that this Manhattan institution that opened in 1937 announced that it will serve its final Pastrami on Rye at the end of this year.
Sadly, having been closed for ten months due to a dispute over a gas connection, the business struggled to recover and the current owner decided the stress of running the Deli was too much and made the decision to close the doors.
It not only served as a diner for those looking for a bite to eat before taking in a show on Broadway but also acted as an office for many an agent, writer and budding actor.
Featured on the big screen in Woody Allen’s Broadway Danny Rose, the Deli’s massive four inch thick sandwiches became as famous as the stars who adorned the Wall Of Fame.
I ate there back on New Years Day 2015 and remember getting the meat sweats from one of their sandwiches and didn’t have enough room left for a slice of cheesecake. Something that I will sadly not get the chance to rectify.
For those with bigger stomachs than mine and find themselves in Manhattan before 31st December, get yourselves over to Carnegie Deli and pay your final respects to a true NYC icon.