Talk about stretching the limits! The opening of Carnegie Deli at The Mirage keeps deli addicts on their toes. There should be exercises a "fresser" (big-time eater) can do to be able to easily wrap their chops around one of the massive pastrami, corned beef or tongue sandwiches.
The Carnegie, a New York City institution since 1937, launched its only outpost outside New York city at The Mirage, and it's been a smash since the first sandwich was served. Why not? Carnegie Deli at The Mirage offers the energy, tradition and the favorite foods of its flagship Manhattan branch, but with a fresh look conceived by Adam Tihany, an internationally acclaimed hospitality designer.
Tihany acted as Carnegie Deli's design consultant for Westar Architects. True to tradition, there is a black and white tile floor, wood beams and a "Hall of Fame" gallery of photos featuring an array of notable nabobs and celebs from the world of entertainment and more.
Carnegie's menu is rampant with dishes for every meal of the day. A variety of breakfast items, including terrific blintzes and French toast, are delicious and satisfying. The legendary towering sandwiches are jaw-breakers and joy-makers. Just thinking about one of the overstuffed beauties makes my taste buds tingle. Of course, there are many more sandwiches--the pastrami and corned beef reign supreme.
Woody Allen is a longtime fan of Carnegie Deli, as are other Broadway Babes and Bobs. Only a chosen few have foods named after them. Woody's signature sandwich has been dubbed the "Long John." And I would be remiss if I didn't mention rich, decadent slabs of creamy, sublime cheesecake. Legend has it that Carnegie's cheesecake is the best in Manhattan.
"We cure, smoke and bake all of our own meats and other items," said Sanford "Sandy" Levine, owner of Carnegie Deli. "This provides the utmost in quality and freshness." As I stuffed my face with my favorite half-done pickles, he continued, "The Mirage offers all of our same signature, quality items providing this true 'only-in-New-York' experience to their guests."
Sandwiches, salads, soups, dinner plates and desserts are the backbone of Carnegie Deli, yet I had to read the menu many times before getting to know it.-- Review by Muriel Stevens