Carnegie Deli Closes up Shop

The Carnegie Deli will close today.[Joakim Jardenberg]

What has been a staple in New York City for 80 years will shutter its doors at the end of today.  Carnegie Deli, located on 7th Ave in Midtown will close today.

“I’m feeling a little melancholy right now, but also very, very happy how I was able to make so many people have pleasure and comfort in my food,” Carnegie Deli owner Marian Harper said to Ny1.

The Carnegie Deli, known for its gigantic Jewish-style sandwiches — like the 4-inch-high, pastrami-and-corned beef “Woody” on rye,  announced Friday it will be shuttering its doors on Dec. 31. The restaurant has been a fixture in New York City since 1937.

Harper, 65, has owned the restaurant since 1976, but unlike some other famous restaurants that recently closed, Levine had no landlord to blame — she owns the six-story building at 854 Seventh Ave. between West 54th and 55th streets.

A few years ago the dining room shrank in space when she lost her lease on annex space in a building next door. She went through a divorce with her ex-husband Sandy Levine, who allegedly stole Carnegie’s pastrami and cheesecake recipes. According to the Post, the recipes were allegedly then used in his girlfriend’s family’s restaurant in Bangkok, Thailand.

 In April 2015 the restaurant was forced to shut down for nine months for an illegal gas hook up, but it reopened in February.

Levine will continue to license Carnegie Deli outposts in Las Vegas and Bethlehem, Pa., as well as at some sports venues.

12/30/2016 1:56 PM by Jason Cohen

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