Carnegie Deli's Tebow Sandwich Sucks! Probably on Purpose

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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.)


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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.


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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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Jetsin2012andbeyond34
Jetsin2012andbeyond34

I will still get it with a friend or something... gotta LOVE TEBOW....Awesome guy and promoter of the WORD which is great and should be done..... and yes, can be/is a productive player.. They should have him play everywhere- some Qb, some full back maybe/receiver/special teams.... why not???

WISE-UP !
WISE-UP !

The sandwich is just like him, not worth the price it cost the public! Butt that's America. We think more, or bigger is better. DAAA.

Sex
Sex

Where is the sex trafficking? Is this the right Village Voice? 

quotidian
quotidian

And I'm guessing it's more than $20?

Guest
Guest

Never understand how food writers often describe these feats of marathon eating at chowhound-style ethnic spots, but stories on new york delis specifically always dwell at length on inhumanly large portions.  they aren't THAT out of wack in a world where half pound burgers are now de rigeur.  

Eric Barton
Eric Barton

"Let's build a sandwich named for Tim Tebow," says one deli employee.

"And let's make it suck just as bad as he does," says another, surely a Jets fan. "It will look like a sandwich, just like how Tim Tebow looks like a quarterback. But just like him, it will be a complete mess that will fall apart at the first sign of pressure."

kim
kim

First Lin, now Tebow? It's all a marketing scheme. Don't worry Robert, it's only short-lived (hopefully). Only THE ELVIS lives up to its hype (PB and bacon sandwich). For nutritional and cultural purposes, pastrami does not go with white, only rye.

James11862
James11862

I was the first to complete the lebron james sandwich

Rsietsema
Rsietsema

$22.22 -- but that's approximately $2.50 less than the usual overstuffed mixed-meat sandwiches

Dave
Dave

Part of it is that delis rarely construct their big sandwiches in a manner that allows you to eat them like a sandwich. Part of it is that, well, three pounds of food in one sitting is ridiculous, and clearly not meant to be a sandwich for one (though find me the touristy deli that allows sharing without a plate charge). Half-pound burgers, even heavily dressed, come nowhere close to the size of these sandwiches.

And then there's the easier point, that these things might be better if there were less of everything, whereas a burger is a burger with every bite. If the deli served the Tebow as three or four sandwiches, maybe it would still suck, but at least the leftovers would be recognizable as a sandwich.

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