PHOTO: Popular pastrami purveyor Carnegie Deli (Photo courtesy Flickr/hobbs_luton)
If you are hoping to get a pile of pastrami that would make your heart flutter then you will need to find a place outside of Carnegie Deli starting in 2017.
The good news is that New York is a trove of wonderful delis serving delicious fare. The bad news, according to The New York Post, is that the city will be less one iconic institution, which will close on December 31.
Yes, reportedly, Carnegie Deli will soon be no more.
This will culminate what was nearly a 70-year run for a spot that opened in 1937 and soon served diners sandwiches that one would think wouldn’t fit in carry-on luggage.
Owner Marian Harper Levine explained: “At this stage of my life, the early mornings to late nights have taken a toll, along with my sleepless nights and grueling hours that come with operating a restaurant business. I’m very sad to close the Carnegie Deli but I’ve reached the time of my life when I need to take a step back.”
Twitter was understandably distraught over a veritable tourist draw for so many who want to taste the splendor of its tremendous sandwiches.
Here are just some of the reactions:
The Carnegie Deli was my NYC fav and, as I’m too lazy to practice, practice, practice, it was my most surest path to get to Carnegie Hall.— Daniel Fienberg (@TheFienPrint) September 30, 2016
Sandwiches at the Carnegie Deli were so big, I once had a customs officer at #YYZ send me to the inspection room to examine it. No joke.— James Cybulski (@JamesCybulski) September 30, 2016
Although, some weren’t so sad to hear the news:
Carnegie Deli has become a tourist trap where people wait an hour to pay $35 for a sandwich. Some things need to go. https://t.co/3YXG7sxbqr— Edward-Isaac Dovere (@IsaacDovere) September 30, 2016
whoa the carnegie deli is closing. shocking even though it is overpriced and not very good and has a sandwich named after adam sandler.— Sigh Hersh (again) (@Ugarles) September 30, 2016
Now there is but a shade of hope for those who love the taste of this deli’s dishes. The report states that the name will live on in the form of licensed locations in Las Vegas, Pennsylvania and beyond.
A spokesperson states, via NY Post: “Moving forward, Marian Harper hopes to keep her father’s legacy alive by focusing on licensing the iconic Carnegie Deli brand and selling their world-famous products for wholesale distribution.”
And, again, it’s not the end of the world as long as the city continues to boast Katz’s and its selection of succulent sandwiches.