Carnegie Deli's Tebow Sandwich Sucks! Probably on Purpose

At least, at $22.22 the Tebow sandwich is a comparative bargain. Bring two friends -- one a vegetarian -- and subdivide it. (The vegetarian gets the top part.)

Consider it a Judaic repudiation of Christianity, or maybe a revenge exacted by real New Yorkers on all those tourists who sashay into Katz's or the Second Avenue Deli and demand a pastrami sandwich with ketchup and mayo. (For aficionados, grainy mustard is the only acceptable condiment.)

As seen from the side: Three sticks were required to prop the humongous thing up.

Whatever the motivation, the Carnegie Deli -- located on Seventh Avenue in the 50s since 1937 -- launched a sandwich today in honor of the Jets' new second-string quarterback. Variously called the "Tim Tebow" and the "Jetbow," the thing weighs in at 3.3 pounds, and includes layers of roast beef, pastrami, corned beef, American cheese, lettuce, and sliced tomato. Oh, yeah, and it's on white bread with mayo.

According to the Carnegie Deli, this is the first time they've ever used mayo and white bread on one of their sandwiches. The guy sitting next to me at the cramped table with his wife, both tourists from Denver, turned to me and said, "I grew up in the mountains with a family of 10, and we never had that much meat on the table for all of us."

And, indeed, the sandwich is a monument to excess -- and anti-deli practices. Even the Reuben sandwich had sense enough to traif-up the pastrami with Swiss cheese. This American cheese doesn't even qualify as cheese. And the deli-men left the mayo off my sandwich. Was I going to ask for it? No, I didn't want to set a bad example to the tourists all sitting around me.

To eat the thing, sprawl it out sideways on the extra oblong plate provided.

Location Info

Carnegie Delicatessen

854 7th Ave., New York, NY

Category: Restaurant

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