It was a sad day when the Carnegie Deli closed in Manhattan but we are pleased to report it is alive and well in Las Vegas at The Mirage Hotel. We had dined at the venerable New York Jewish Deli many times and on every occasion had too much LOVE… Food that is! Who could resist the Matzo Ball Soup, Corned Beef, Pastrami, Latkes, Blintzes, Kasha Knishes, Potato Knishes, Sour Pickles and of course, hungry or not, the New York Cheesecake?

Matzo Ball Soup and Half Sandwich

The waiters always had a way of making your New York experience so authentic. In fact on one occasion, as we were struggling to eat so much, the waiter proceeded to ask us “Is anything alright”? Pretty funny! Also many people who love Deli think that the classic movie line from When Harry Met Sally “I’ll have what she’s having” was filmed at the Carnegie Deli, but that is not the case. It was actually Katz’s Delicatessen in New York.

Cherry Cheesecake

The Las Vegas Carnegie Deli location is much smaller yet still exudes the feeling of New York including the classic food décor, hanging Salamis. There are pictures of celebrities at the entrance, fantastic Deli in full view as you order, and both comfortable retro booths and simple tables and chairs. It’s great to experience the look on the faces of unknowing tourists as their “Mile High” Sandwiches arrived. We actually didn’t order or eat too much and can report that the Matzo Ball Soup was tasty as ever with perfect fluffy matzo balls. Sour Pickles were crunchy and the Corned Beef and Pastrami were not too lean, which is really the only way to enjoy it. We look forward to tasting the delicious food at the Carnegie Deli again on our next trip to Las Vegas but for those who need Deli Now…. the Carnegie Deli now ships nationwide! Whoopee!


Until we eat again…..


Carol & Joe Davis

Dining Detectives