Monday, August 13, 2007

Carnegie Deli

I was at the Carnegie Deli on 57th Street and 7th Avenue with some out-of town friends this weekend and this was what the couple at the next table ordered for lunch. It was the $20.95 Carnegie Gargantuan Combo of 1/2 pound of turkey and 1/2 pound of corned beef with Swiss cheese on whole wheat bread. When I saw the waiter arrived with their sandwiches I asked if they would allow me to take of photo of one of the sandwiches. They gladly obliged!

The sandwiches my friends and I ordered were less extravagant. We had a 1/2 pound corned beef sandwich, a 1/2 pound pastrami sandwich and a slice of cheese cake to share among the three of us. Our sandwiches looked about half the size of the sandwich in the photo. But boy, were they delicious!!!

So what do you have in your favorite sandwich?

30 comments:

Strangetastes said...

Ming - the Stage and Carnegie delis can't be beat, IMHO. And maybe Lindy's, too. The regular sandwiches are not for the faint of heart or small of stomach. Add fries to your order and you have enough calories to feed a small family.

Having said that, I also like a real Philadelphia cheesesteak or Maine lobster roll. None of these are recommended by the American Heart Association.

Bob

Emily Lin said...

Wow.. it's huge!! I hope your friend didn't gain any weight lol.

I like tuna sandwich. A simple egg sandwich would taste great to me, too. Or a ham sandwich? Oh.. I've started to feel hungry now. :S

Jilly said...

Great photo Ming but truth is I find that gross! How can anyone eat that amount of food?

I'm with Emily - a simply egg sandwich is just fine.

Olivier said...

c'est un sandwich gargantuesque....Wouahh. Il donne envie...Mon sandwich prefere est le plus simple : un bon sandwich jambon beurre dans un café parisien

it is a gargantuesque sandwich….Wouahh. It gives desire… My sandwich prefers is simplest: a good sandwich ham butters in a Parisian coffee

annulla said...

That isn't just a sandwich; it is an experience. Most of the old-time delis that featured overstuffed sandwiches and snarly waiters have disappeared, driven out of business by rising costs. Stories are floating around that Katz's is about to fold, so you probably want to get there for a pilgramage, too.

My favorite sandwich? Right now, I'm loving the quesadillas sold at the Red Hook Ball Fields (another endangered New York institution).

Charcoal-grilled steak, raw onions, lettuce, tomato, radish, cilantro and probably a dozen other things on an enormous, freshly-made tortilla. Yum!

Fénix (Bostonscapes DP) said...

Only in America! How does one eat that monstrosity?

My fav sammie: Black Forest ham or roasted chicken breast, roasted red or yellow peppers, a bit of mayo, a bit of creamy pesto, a couple slices of fontina or port salut and a leaf of lettuce on boule and press toasted. I make it at home as a quick lunch on a lazy Sunday :).

jelvistar said...

Wow, that's about all I can say. Deli sandwiches are the best...turkey -havarti-yummmm.

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oldmanlincoln said...

Really, you know, that is a huge sandwich but I wonder if they cantake it home and take it apart and use it for lunches next week. Wow. I have not ever seen so much meat in a sandwich in my life.

Nice photo of it too.

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Abraham Lincoln

Dsole said...

wow! I haven't never seen anything like that before!!

I like big sandwich also, so I would be pleased if someday I could taste it one like this! ;)

Ann (MobayDP) said...

While in New York a couple of years ago I saw a fellow order a sandwich that was as big as that. I couldn't help staring at him (rude I know!) as he started to eat it. I wish I had had the nerve to ask him if I could photograph the sandwich! :-)

isabella said...

This could feed a family of four anywhere else in the world!

Last time I visited the Carnegie Deli, their pastrami sandwich was $7...that should tell you how many pickles ago that was ;-)

poody said...

whow that is one big ass sandwich. That is all I can say! I would so be in a coma after tackling that one!I never met a sandwich I didn't like.

Sonia said...

It looks delicious and it's very huge, too! Much calories! (lol)

Kim said...

Woah! Even Dagwood Bumstead couldn't get his chops around that baby! Uh, I like fresh red bell pepper slices with fresh avocado slices with either egg salad, or roasted veggies. If I'm in a deli, maybe a LITTLE turkey with veggies and fixins. Sometimes salami. Hey, it's lunch time and I'm realizing I'm hungry! Great post,
-Kim

Wendy said...

"Dagwood" came to mind as I saw your sandwich photo. Never seen a sandwich like it. I'm with Abe, could take it home and with one more loaf of bread - make 10-20 sandwiches!

I like "mayo, lettuce, tomato and onion" on most sandwiches.

Rafe Totengco said...

Ew. This sandwich would make me swear off meat for a year. This person doesn't believe in moderation or portion control.

Ming_the_Merciless said...

We can assume the guy took half that sandwich home. :-)

The roast beef sandwich I ordered was delicious indeed.

Fabrizio - ikol22 said...

My fav? the simplest: tomato and mozzarella cheese :-)

tigerfish said...

They are so tall and huge!

Dijah said...

Ming,you're making my mouth water!

Annie said...

I hope they were starving. Or maybe they were planning ahead, thinking about having leftovers for supper, then lunch the next day and maybe even supper again.

• Eliane • said...

Oh my! That's a heart attack on a plate. I would have loved to see them bite in it. ;)

I am not too much of a sandwich person. I agree with Olivier, you can't beat a good jambon beurre. I think that is why I like Prêt-à-Manger. They have the sandwiches I am used to: on crispy fresh baguette. They also carry English style sandwiches, cut in triangles. I can manage to eat those ones without making a mess.
Otherwise Cosi is a nother nice option. I like their thin bread. Once in a while.

janice said...

wow i've never seen sandwiches this tall before...

Meg in Nelson said...

This alone seems worth the trip to the US of A, Ming. (Per gave me hints about your collaboration - must check back tomorrow!)

Keropok Man said...

oh wow.

what a huge sandwich. are you sure one person can finish that?

i think i like this weird combo of sandwich. Bak Kwa with plain white bread. It taste yummmy.....

Belinda said...

OMG Ming!! That sandwich is massive! How is one supposed to eat it?? :o/

Todd HellsKitchen said...

Is Carnegie Deli on 40th Street now?

Ming_the_Merciless said...

Opps! It's on 57th Street. Sorry!! We got off N train at 57th Street/7th Ave stop. My bad!!

Lavenderlady said...

I can not believe that sandwich...my gosh, how wouldyou eat it?

TCho said...

I love BLT sandwiches. I like salad sandwiches too--like tuna salad, chicken salad, egg salad, etc.

Geez, you could live in that sandwich.