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Stage or Carnegie?

If you only had one night for deli, which is better - Stage or Carnegie? I like Pastrami (and I don't like it fatty), chopped liver, and would also like to know which has the best cheesecake. Thanks hounds!

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  1. Carnegie has the best cheesecake!!!!!!!!!!

    1. Forget those...go to Katz's! You'll never have better pastrami.

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      1. re: LeahBaila

        I agree, Stage and Carnegie both suck. Katz's is the way to go in Manhattan. However, if you like great tasting lean pastrami David's Brisket House in Brooklyn probably has the best.

      2. between Stage and Carnegie, I would definitely choose Katz's.

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        1. re: Get In My Belly

          I'm here on business, and it's close to my hotel PLEASE help!

        2. Stage or Carnegie are my only choices - please help hounds!

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          1. re: OC Mutt

            Carnegie has delicious pastrami, chopped liver, and cheesecake. I have never eaten at Stage.

            1. re: vvvindaloo

              Having lived just a few blocks from both the Carnegie and Stage for three years (on and off, had an apartment and commuted from the west coast) I say Carnegie without a doubt is the better of the two for pastrami and without a doubt the cheesecake, which we still mail order. We ordered regularly from both at the beginning, but it became Carnegie only very shortly. We only gave up our NYC apartment in February, so this is pretty recent!

              1. re: vvvindaloo

                Had pastrami, roast beef and cheesecake from Carnegie's about once a week from Feb to May. It was great each time. The pastrami was moist and the roast beef rare. The pastrami is sometimes fatty though.

              2. re: OC Mutt

                I had the pastrami at Carnegie once last year. The sandwich was 3 inches thick, but the meat was very dry. Disappointing. Didn't Stage close for health violations?

                I haven't been to Katz's in a little over 1 1/2 yrs because they changed the pastrami. Previously it had been tender and juicy with just enough fat to be melt in your mouth perfect. Then they changed to this lean, dry meat without any explanation. A few people have commented on it on this board. Did they switch back to the good stuff?

                1. re: powermd

                  There have been no changes in the pastrami at Katz's. Crazy as it may seem, there are people who prefer their pastrami lean, so Katz's has both lean and fatty cuts. If you do counter service, you can tell the countermen you want your pastrami with some fat on it. Before they make your sandwich, they always give you a sample to taste. If it's too dry for you, they'll look for a fattier slab of meat.

                  Btw, it was Carnegie, not the Stage, that was closed very briefly by the DOH.

              3. I had lunch at Stage a year or so back on a previous trip from the UK. I went as the place had appeared in a UK "sandwich recipe" book. I thought the pastrami was fine and it was a good experience for this tourist - that said, I have nothing to compare it with

                I have another trip next month and lunch will be at Katz.