Stage Deli

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Stage Deli
Stage Deli 2007.jpg
Restaurant information
Established 1937
Closed 2012
Dress code Casual
Street address 834 7th Avenue
City Manhattan, New York City
State New York
Postal/ZIP Code 10019
Country United States
Website Official site

The Stage Deli, located on Seventh Avenue just two blocks from Carnegie Hall, was a well-known New York City delicatessen, patronized by numerous celebrities. It was first opened in 1937 by Russian immigrant Max Asnas.[1] The deli was known for Broadway-themed dishes including the "Mamma Mia!" sandwich.[2] It had other menu items named for the celebrities who have dined there,[1] including Sarah Ferguson, Adam Sandler, Dolly Parton,[3] Martin Short,[4] and Ron Blomberg.[5]

In addition to serving regular meals, Stage Deli held special events including the Matzoh Bowl to determine the best matzoh ball soup.[6]

The Stage Deli had a longstanding rivalry with the nearby Carnegie Deli. At one point, the rivals quarreled over which had the best pastrami, with the Stage Deli pointing out that the Carnegie Deli's pastrami was made with water from New Jersey, and the Carnegie Deli responding that although the Stage Deli's pastrami, while made with New York water, was bought from a vendor instead of home-made. Thus, New Yorkers could get the same pastrami from any deli supplied by the same vendor.[7]

Yankees' teammates Mickey Mantle, Hank Bauer and Johnny Hopp shared an apartment above the deli in the early 1950s,[8] and its baseball ties reach out of town to Pete Rose, who once complained of not having a sandwich in his honor.[9]

The Stage Deli closed on November 29, 2012.[10] The owners cited a downturn in business, coupled with rising rent as the reasons for the closing. The Stage Deli previously found in the Forum Shops of Caesars Palace in Las Vegas, Nevada closed its doors in June 2008.[11][12]

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  1. ^ a b "NYC Closes Famed Deli That Served Celebs". San Francisco Chronicle. June 1, 2006. Retrieved February 28, 2008.[dead link]
  2. ^ Robert Kahn (February 14, 2008). "A 'Spring Awakening' Sundae Treat". Newsday. Retrieved February 28, 2008.
  3. ^ Harry Mount (June 21, 2005). "A Few More Pounds for the Duchess of Deli". The Daily Telegraph. Retrieved February 28, 2008.
  4. ^ "Martin Short Gets His Dish at the Stage Deli". September 18, 2006. Retrieved February 28, 2008.[dead link]
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  6. ^ Fabricant, Florence (April 5, 1989). "Food Notes". The New York Times. Retrieved February 28, 2008.
  7. ^ Milton Parker, Allyn Freeman, How to Feed Friends and Influence People: The Carnegie Deli (2005), p. 67-68.
  8. ^ Kathryn Shattuck (April 7, 1996). "F.Y.I". The New York Times. Retrieved February 28, 2008.
  9. ^ Margaret Carlson (September 4, 1989). "Charlie Hustle's Final Play". Time. Retrieved February 28, 2008.
  10. ^ Fabricant, Florence. "Say Goodbye to the Stage Deli". New York Times. Retrieved 30 November 2012.
  11. ^ Florence Fabricant (May 22, 2002). "Off the Menu". The New York Times. Retrieved February 28, 2008.
  12. ^ Clarke, Norm (June 28, 2008). "Curtain Falling on Stage Deli". Las Vegas Review-Journal. Retrieved June 30, 2008.

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Coordinates: 40°45′48.35″N 73°58′54.64″W / 40.7634306°N 73.9818444°W / 40.7634306; -73.9818444