Have you heard the news? The Carnegie Deli is closing! The famed New York City Delicatessen, known for its massively tall sandwiches (including those named after celebrities, like the “Woody Allen”) will be shutting its doors for good on December 31, after nearly 80 years of operation.

The deli has had issues that have been well documented over the last few years losing, most notable being forced to shut down by the city for nine months in 2015 due to an illegal gas hookup. The current owner, Marian Harper Levine (whose family has owned the eatery for 40 years), reportedly broke the news to employees on Friday morning.

But while we’re sure you (and plenty of other fans of New York’s Jewish deli scene) will mourn the culinary loss, there are still quite a few famous delis in the city that are good for a nosh once the famed restaurant on Seventh Avenue between West 54th and 55th streets closes its doors for good.

Here are 5 iconic delis where you can go for matzo ball soup and pastrami on rye the next time you visit New York:

Katz’s Delicatessen


Founded in 1888, Katz’s is a favorite of both native New Yorkers and tourists. The restaurant is known for its hand-sliced deli meats, pictures on the wall of world leaders (past and present) who’ve come in for a bite over the years, and as the site of the “I’ll have what she’s having” scene in When Harry Met Sally.
You’ll find it…on Manhattan’s Lower East Side, at the corner of East Houston Street and Ludlow Street.
Be sure to order: A pastrami and/or corned beef sandwich (obviously) OR one of their natural casing all-beef hot dogs.

2nd Avenue Deli

Second Avenue Deli
Although it’s no longer on Second Avenue, one of the last remaining completely kosher delis in the city (and its well-known sour pickles) lives on in two locations.
You’ll find it…on the Upper East Side, First Avenue, near 75th Street, and in Murray Hill, East 33rd Street near Third Avenue.
Be sure to order: The blintzes and matzo ball soup.

Sarge’s Deli


If you’re ever in New York and feel a craving for a top of the line Reuben sandwich at 2 a.m., there’s pretty much only one option…Sarge’s, which was founded by a retired cop in 1964, and proudly brags that it’s the only Jewish deli open 24 hours.
You’ll find it…in Murray Hill, on Third Avenue, between 36th and 37th streets.
Be sure to order: A combination sandwich, like pastrami and corned beef or corned beef and chicken liver.

Artie’s Delicatessen


Although it’s a bit younger than most of Manhattan’s other Jewish delicatessens, opening its doors in 1999, Artie’s has reportedly nailed down a deli must: gruff and indifferent waitstaff. It’s all part of the charm and is made even more appealing by the menu’s low prices.
You’ll find it…on the Upper West Side, at the corner of Broadway and 82nd Street.
Be sure to order: Chicken Noodle Matzoh Ball Soup or the Reuben.

Mile End Deli


Everyone in New York is moving to Brooklyn — unless you’re the awesome Mile End Deli, which first gained notoriety in the hippest of boroughs before opening up a location in Manhattan…essentially pulling a reverse of the migration of the city’s population.
You’ll find it…in the Boerum Hill area of Brooklyn, Hoyt Street between Atlantic Avenue and Pacific Street, and in the NoHo neighborhood in Manhattan, Bond Street between Bowery and 2nd Street.
Be sure to order: The Smoked meat sandwich.

Are you an NYC deli connoisseur? Do you have any other recommendations besides the above five that can fill the void of the Carnegie Deli’s closing? Let us know in the comments section below!

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