Founded in 1937, Carnegie Deli is a New York landmark. Fortunately, I don’t have to travel to the east coast to enjoy one other their sandwiches. Lucky for me, there is one located right in Las Vegas at the Mirage Resort. Melding with the casino floor, and not being very big, there was a small wait. Once I looked at the menu though, I knew what I was going to order. It was going to be the biggest thing they had. Famous for their large sandwiches with stacks of meat so high, it almost seems ridiculous, I wanted to go big — Vegas Big! First made famous by the delis in New York, Carnegie Deli is a near replica of the Manhattan deli.
It was great to have a piece of the great NYC in Vegas. Surprisingly, I would think New York New York would be more fitting. I guess it’s all under the MGM giant, so it doesn’t matter. I was just happy to have this gigantic sandwich. The Woody Allen, which is a pastrami and corned beef sandwich, was named after him because he was patron at the original location. Woody Allen shot scenes in his film Broadway Danny Rose at the NY location, so the item was named after him. The sandwich though, was huge. It was almost too large. Not only was it too large for my mouth, the amount of meat was insane. It was probably enough pastrami and corned beef for about 10 to maybe 20 sandwiches. The meat had quite the nice flavor profile. It wasn’t too salty or too dry. I prefer the fattier and peppery pastrami over the somewhat dull corned beef. Sandwiched between two measly slices of rye, this was basically a pile of deli meat.
The excess of meat was complimented by their coleslaw and fries on the side. Every sandwich needs a side of fries. I think the coleslaw was quite needed for this. With all that meat, it was bound to get dry and tiring. The coleslaw helped with getting the extra food through to my stomach. Their pickles were salty and gave this sandwich a very nice flavor. The crunchy and sour pickles were a perfect condiment to this gargantuan sandwich.
You come here because it’s a part of New York in the Mirage Resort. Who would have thought? Not only do they bring the menu to Las Vegas, the atmosphere is quite similar. Though I have never stepped foot in Carnegie Deli in New York, or New York for that matter, I can only wonder. Carnegie Deli is a fun, with an old school atmosphere. Where can you get the largest deli sandwich in Vegas?