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December 13, 2018

Iconic Carnegie Deli to return to New York for one week – and sandwiches are a $1

November 24, 2018
Customers waited in line at Carnegie Deli in October of 2016 after hearing it would close at the end of the year. (Drew Angerer / Getty Images)

Holy smoked meat!

Oversized sandwich shop Carnegie Delicatessen will reopen as an eight-day popup in Lower Manhattan, two years after shuttering its iconic Midtown location.




The temporary revival is thanks to Amazon Prime Video using it to promote the second season of its period comedy-drama, “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel,” about a 1958 housewife who suddenly finds herself pursuing standup comedy.

The Jewish deli — known as much for its celebrity clientele as its heaping pastrami and corned beef sandwiches and latkes — closed its Seventh Ave. restaurant on New Year’s Eve in 2016 after 79 years in business.

Those hoping to get a taste of what once was will be able to do so from Dec. 1 to 8 at 201 Lafayette St. in the Nolita neighborhood. Whether you’re a newbie or nostalgic for the greasy goodness that drew both local and out-of-towners, you’ll be able to score sandwiches for just a buck and sides for even cheaper.

The star of the popup will be “The Maisel” Sandwich for 99 cents, which will be stuffed with pastrami, salami, coleslaw and “special sauce” between marble rye. It’s named for the key character in “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel,” Upper West Side Jewish housewife Miriam “Midge” Maisel, played by Rachel Brosnahan.

“The Maisel” sandwich, stuffed with pastrami, salami, coleslaw and “special sauce, will be sold for just 99 cents at a Carnegie Deli pop-up.
“The Maisel” sandwich, stuffed with pastrami, salami, coleslaw and “special sauce, will be sold for just 99 cents at a Carnegie Deli pop-up. (Charles Bennet)

When Midge finds out her husband was cheating on her with his secretary, she gets drunk and tries her luck at comedy, only to discover she’s good at it. She then sets out to mingle with the right people to advance her comedy career.

Amazon believes Carnegie Deli was the perfect fit to help pump “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel” since it was a popular late-night hangout for comedians like Henny Youngman, and even got a shout-out in Adam Sandler’s “The Chanukah Song.”

Other items on the popup menu include a mini-knish for 75 cents, and a slew of items priced at just 50 cents, including a black and white cookie, cheesecake slice, pickles, Dr. Brown’s Soda, iced tea and coffee.

All proceeds will go to the Lower Eastside Girls Club, which provides programs in the arts, sciences, leadership and entrepreneurship for middle- and high school-aged girls.

The limited-time shop — which will be decked out in ’50s decor from a jukebox to a photobooth — welcomes walk-ins but be prepared to wait in line. Or, you can make a reservation at homeofthemaisel.com for parties up to four. Tables are scheduled every 30 minutes from 11:30 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Carnegie Deli’s 2016 closure came after a host of issues and scandals. It was shut down for 10 months in 2015 for an illegal gas hookup, and the year before that, agreed to pay $2.65 million in back wages to workers who claimed they were paid as little as $2.50 an hour.

Owner Marian Harper Levine also divorced then-husband Sanford “Sandy” Levine after she accused him and his mistress — a former hostess at the deli — of withdrawing money from the company’s corporate account, as well as her personal account.

After closing its famous Manhattan location, Carnegie deli’s Las Vegas outpost remains open and the company still sells its meats and desserts wholesale online.

“The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel” returns for a second season Dec. 5.

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