Lunch at Carnegie Deli
It was lunch time in The City and the rush was on for a seat in the deli. This may not have been the most attractive presentation of any meal I have eaten, but it was my first time at Carnegie Deli and I was jumping in with both feet. A classic Reuben sandwich. Two pieces of rye bread, what had to have been nearly an entire pound of corned beef, sauerkraut and plenty of Swiss cheese melted over the top with Russian dressing on the side. I had always heard that the sandwiches are large enough to split, but I had no idea this single sandwich, served open face, would cover an entire dinner plate.
The corned been was so tender you could cut it with a fork. The flavors were amazing. Now I know what all the fuss has been about all these years. Of course the sandwich had better be huge to justify the $23.95 price tag, plus the $3.00 charge to share a plate. So, $26.95 for a Reuben sandwich in New York City! Yes it was an enormous sandwich and it sure filled two people up with plenty of energy to spend the rest of the day shooting photos and investigating what was new in The City.
Chelsea, in New York’s lower West side, has been completely regentrified in recent years. One of the newest features is the High Line Park which is being constructed on an abandoned railroad track that is elevated above street level. About half of the park is finished and the locals love the green space that has been added to their urban environment. The park’s designers did a fantastic job of incorporating the original rail road tracks into the design, with interesting plants and water features.
At one point, the park runs directly underneath the recently opened Standard Hotel. The hotel was actually built over the existing High Line rail line as the park was being developed. In additon to this new green space in Chelsea, the Standard Hotel has added some green space of it’s own.
On the rooftop of the hotel, there is an open air bar with artificial grass, round waterbed lounges and glass walls that allow unobstructed views of the Empire State Building in midtown, the financial district in lower Manhattan and Jersey City across the Hudson River. The vibe is very hip-young-trendy and $15.00 cocktails were the order of the day.
The back of the bar is open with an amazing view to the north. The bar was full of young twenty and thirty-somethings enjoying the Springtime while soaking up some sun and socializing with friends. New York has a new vibe and it’s young, full of energy, and they are paying with cash!