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Sep 19, 2009 12:38 PM

Carnegie Deli revisted. Not That Bad.

Went back there last night after long time not going. Pleasant surprise on a few things.

First things to avoid: In ascending order of no goodness.
1. Potato Salad. Just vile.
2. Potato pancake. More bread like than nice shreds of potato fried into a pancake.
3. Chopped liver platter. Not really bad, but not worth getting. I has the vile potato salad, decent cole slaw, ok tomato and onion slices on a bed of lettuce. The chopped liver itself seemed sweet, as if it had some sugar added. Verdict, you can get better chopped liver at Waldbaums.
4. Kreplach in chicken soup. Soup was actually ok to pretty good. Matzo ball better than kreplach.

Now to the stars of the show.
I have only good to say about the meat sandwiches. Four of us ordered one brisket and two Woody Allen (corned beef and pastrami combo). The meat was juicy and flavorful. The combo sandwich was comically large, consisting of nice tender thin slices of hot juicy pastrami and corned beef. A small dish of Russian dressing was way superior to the poor stuff at Katz's. Went great with the meat and slaw. Had to eat with a fork, way to big to try to pick up and take bites from. Took home 2 halves of combo and a little brisket.
Photo shows brisket sandwich in the background and half or Woody combo in the foreground.

Where does a Moyel keep his implements? In a brisket.

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  1. Nice to see something positive about this place. It is a favorite of mine..we love going late night for the BEST cheesecake wish it wasn't a 10 hour drive!

    1. I agree with your assessment, phantomdoc. I love Carnegie Deli's Woody Allen. Sometimes I go for just a regular corned beef. Love the matzoh ball soup too, and the cheesecake is delicious.

      1. ive only had carnegie deli via catered lunches at my office. i love carnegie deli...sometimes more than katzs...

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        1. re: sam1

          Last time at Katz's all but pastrami was disappointment. Bad soup, knishes, brisket, french fries, Russian dressing. Good pastrami and Dr. Brown cel-ray.

          1. re: phantomdoc

            I've never been that impressed by Katz's. The pastrami and sometimes (but not always) the corned beef are really good, but I've never found anything else there to be excellent. It also looks kind of rundown.

            1. re: Gigi007

              The main benefit to Katz's is that you can taste your meat before they make your sandwich. If you do not care for that piece they will get another for you. I miss the time when the knishes were fabulous.

              1. re: phantomdoc

                I agree. Btw, who sells the best knishes in the city? The last time I was up, I got some at Zabar's. They were pretty good, but I've had better (years ago at Katz's for ex).

                1. re: Gigi007

                  I have to send you to Queens. IMHO Knish Nosh on Queens Blvd is the best in recent memory. They have been there about 50 years, well almost same location, they moved once, across the street. Same guy behind the counter. Love the balance of seasoning on the potato and the kasha.

                  1. re: phantomdoc

                    Sorry to get off the OP theme, but I have to add my second to KN. Best knishes in the city.

        2. Just a minor correction. The sandwich that was referred to as a Woody Allen is actually called a BROADWAY DANNY ROSE which Woody Allen filmed a major portion in Carnegie Deli.

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          1. re: phantomdoc

            No true- The sandwich is called The Woody Allen, the menu states that it's the sandwich from the movie.

            1. re: saeyedoc

              Different reference in same menu:

              We are known for our pastrami, corned beef, brisket and many other sandwiches, including our famous "Broadway Danny Rose." All of our gargantuan sandwiches are overstuffed with at least one pound of meat. We also specialize in old world favorites such as: knishes, matzoh ball soup, stuffed cabbage, and of course our pickles.)

              1. re: phantomdoc

                I stand corrected. I've always ordered it as a Woody Allen.

          2. How does a moyel get paid? Tips.