Everyone from Jerry Lewis to Hillary Clinton has chowed down at this Manhattan institution.

By Jess McHugh
September 30, 2016
Carnegie Deli Closing
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New York city kosher staple Carnegie Deli is set to close at the end of the year, according to an announcement from its owner, Marian Harper.

Harper told employees Friday morning that the restaurant will close Dec. 31, after nearly 80 years at its location in midtown Manhattan.

“As you may know; the restaurant business is one of the hardest jobs in New York City,” Harper told press in a statement. “At this stage of my life, the early morning to late night days have taken a toll, along with my sleepless nights and grueling hours that come with operating a restaurant business in Manhattan. I’m very sad to close Carnegie Deli...but I’ve reached a time in my life when I need to take a step back.”

Known for its pastrami sandwiches, reubens, cheesecakes, and other classic kosher treats, Carnegie Deli first opened its doors in 1937.

Harper’s father, Milton Parker, purchased it in 1976.

Popular with locals, tourists, and celebrities alike, the deli has served everyone from comedian Jerry Lewis to Democratic Presidential nominee Hillary Clinton.

The deli will continue to ship its cheesecakes around the country while maintaining its locations at Madison Square Garden in New York, The Mirage Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas, and The Sands Casino Resort in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania.