Mirage imports taste of NY to Carnegie Deli

May 31, 2005 2:53 AM

For some reason, Las Vegas has a hard time attracting quality delis. Gone are Commercial and Celebrity delis, which leave only Canter’s Deli at Treasure Island as a true, New York-style deli.

That is, until The Mirage opened Carnegie Deli this spring.

A New York institution since 1937, The Mirage’s rendition is the only out-of-state outpost for the Manhattan restaurant.

Offering the energy and tradition of its flagship on Times Square, Carnegie Deli features all the great, home-cured pastrami and corned beef, along with award-winning cheese blintzes, chopped liver and mouth-watering cream pies served in the Big Apple — but without the New York attitude.

Since its opening, Carnegie Deli has attracted elbow-to-elbow crowds beginning at breakfast and continuing through the lunch hour. The deli, located near the sports book, is open from 7 a.m. to 2 a.m.

Among the house favorites are the piled-high sandwiches — would you believe mounds of corned beef or pastrami stacked six inches high! — lean beef burgers, hot turkey and roast beef sandwiches, a tangy Ruben sandwich, traditional meat loaf with mashed potatoes, chicken in the pot with matzo, veggies and cole slaw, and sautéed chicken livers.

Breakfast is served all day and features egg dishes, omelets, challah French toast, fresh-baked muffins, bagel and Nova Scotia salmon, corned beef hash, potato knishes and Danish pastry.

If possible (don’t count on it), save or make room for Carnegie’s sinful chocolate seven-layer cake, rugelach cheesecake, Bavarian chocolate cream pie or a rich truffle torte cheesecake.