This Week in Food: Carnegie Deli’s Final Days, Holiday Trading Post, Russian New Year Dinner

Carnegie Deli Final Week
Carnegie Deli (854 Seventh Avenue)
Tuesday through Saturday

Grab a pastrami sandwich or slice of strawberry-topped cheesecake during Carnegie Deli’s final week. The beloved New York institution will close after service on December 31.

Heineken Holiday Trading Post
Park Avenue Tavern (99 Park Avenue)
Tuesday, 1 p.m. to 7 p.m.

The Heineken Holiday Trading Post pop-up will offer up a free beer for guests with gifts. The event also includes the chance to win prizes — including a trip to Amsterdam to visit the Heineken brewery.

Holiday Menu
Machiavelli (519 Columbus Avenue)
Tuesday through Friday

Machiavelli is offering a special holiday menu through December 30. The menu features Italian dishes like a Venetian crabmeat salad, tortellini in broth, and fried Italian donuts stuffed with ricotta.

Russian New Year Five-Course Dinner
Little Choc Apothecary (141 Havermeyer Street, Brooklyn)
Thursday, 7:30 p.m.

Celebrate Russian New Year with a five-course vegan meal that includes complimentary wine. Dishes include traditional Russian salad, latkes with caviar, and a quinoa-stuffed cabbage roll with horseradish mashed potatoes. Tickets are $85 per person.

Champagne Tasting Event
East Houston Wine & Liquor (250 East Houston Street)
Friday, 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.

Learn about the different styles of bubbly at this casual tasting event. Guests can enjoy a complimentary sample of over 15 different champagnes including Moët & Chandon. Staff will be on hand to answer questions and provide tasting notes.


This Week in Food: Vegan Pies, ‘Fiddler on the Roof’ Sandwich, Sumptuous Sampling

Fiddler on the Roof Sandwich
Carnegie Deli (854 Seventh Avenue)
Monday through July 31

Have you ever wondered what would happen if theater met…deli meat? Cue the new collaboration between the Carnegie Deli and Broadway’s Fiddler on the Roof: “If I Were a ‘Wich Man.” This limited-edition sandwich will be available at Carnegie Deli until July 31. The sandwich features brisket and corned beef piled high, topped with swiss cheese, Russian dressing, cole slaw, and mayo for $29.99.

The Great Vegan Pie Contest
V Spot Organic (12 St. Mark’s Place)
Monday, 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.

Bakers will square off against one another at the Great Vegan Pie Contest, where they’ll battle for bragging rights by using ingredients like watermelons, truffles, and s’mores. Tickets for the bake-off start at $20 and include servings of all the competing pie entries and vegan ice cream. What’s sweeter than that? Reserve yours here.

Heirloom Foundation Fundraiser With Tapas and Wine

Doma Na Rohu (27 Morton Street)
Monday, 7 p.m. to 9 pm

The Heirloom Foundation and TouchBistro are hosting a dinner fundraiser to raise awareness about healthy work environments for people battling anxiety, depression, and substance abuse in the hospitality industry. Sausage skewers, latkes, crepes, and more will be available at the event. Tickets are $25 and include all food, as well as a beverage. Reserve yours here.

Sumptuous Sampling Event 2016

Tropical Paradise Ballroom, Banquet Hall & Catering (1367 Utica Avenue, Brooklyn)
Tuesday, 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.

The start of East Flatbush Restaurant Week will bring over sixty restaurants together under one roof for the third annual Sumptuous Sampling Event on Tuesday night. Special offers will also be on hand for Sumptuous Sampling event-goers to use at eateries during East Flatbush Restaurant Week, which runs from June 29 through July 11.

Dinners in the Dark 

Camaje (85 MacDougal Street)
Thursday, 7 p.m. 

Feast on dinner while bathed in darkness at this unique tasting event. Blindfolded diners won’t be able to see what they’re eating, but they’ll be able to experience their other senses with heightened awareness (namely taste and smell). The menus will be kept a secret until the end of the event so diners can guess what they’ve been eating and drinking. Tickets are $90.67. Reserve your spot here.


Carnegie Deli’s Tebow Sandwich Sucks! Probably on Purpose

At least, at $22.22 the Tebow sandwich is a comparative bargain. Bring two friends — one a vegetarian — and subdivide it. (The vegetarian gets the top part.)

Consider it a Judaic repudiation of Christianity, or maybe a revenge exacted by real New Yorkers on all those tourists who sashay into Katz’s or the Second Avenue Deli and demand a pastrami sandwich with ketchup and mayo. (For aficionados, grainy mustard is the only acceptable condiment.)

As seen from the side: Three sticks were required to prop the humongous thing up.

Whatever the motivation, the Carnegie Deli — located on Seventh Avenue in the 50s since 1937 — launched a sandwich today in honor of the Jets’ new second-string quarterback. Variously called the “Tim Tebow” and the “Jetbow,” the thing weighs in at 3.3 pounds, and includes layers of roast beef, pastrami, corned beef, American cheese, lettuce, and sliced tomato. Oh, yeah, and it’s on white bread with mayo.

According to the Carnegie Deli, this is the first time they’ve ever used mayo and white bread on one of their sandwiches. The guy sitting next to me at the cramped table with his wife, both tourists from Denver, turned to me and said, “I grew up in the mountains with a family of 10, and we never had that much meat on the table for all of us.”

And, indeed, the sandwich is a monument to excess — and anti-deli practices. Even the Reuben sandwich had sense enough to traif-up the pastrami with Swiss cheese. This American cheese doesn’t even qualify as cheese. And the deli-men left the mayo off my sandwich. Was I going to ask for it? No, I didn’t want to set a bad example to the tourists all sitting around me.

To eat the thing, sprawl it out sideways on the extra oblong plate provided.

This is what was left of the half I tried to eat.

How did it taste? Well, since you can’t get a bite of the whole thing all at once in situ, I made a tiny sandwich with all the components. What a way to ruin good pastrami and corned beef! They were warm, but the roast beef was stone cold. The roast beef wasn’t even that good by itself. And the white bread, even though there were several puny slices of it, was inadequate to contain the greasy meat excesses, and soon there were little swatches of it littered around the plate like toilet paper in that horrible Charmin commercial with the pastel bears.

I had half the sandwich packed up and took it home for weighing. Then I said a belated grace.

Carnegie Deli
854 Seventh Avenue

My fellow diners

Check out our own Tim Tebow sandwich.

See Alexia Nader’s piece about celebrity sandwiches.