"'Carnegie became well known because it was near Broadway, because it was near the great centers of screenwriting and comedy and production and late night,' Sax says. 'This was pre-Letterman. Mel Brooks and Carl Reiner and the golden age, that's when Carnegie really grew in prominence. And so, all the photos that line the walls, the connection with Woody Allen, that was the pin that set the genesis of modern American comedy. That restaurant and Stage [Deli] were tied to it. It associated the Jewish deli with that in the popular imagination.'"
Adam Chandler at The Atlantic says goodbye to the New York's original Carnegie Deli.