Carnegie Deli, one of New York’s most well-known Jewish delis and a popular tourist spot, has been shut down by the city for a possible illegal gas siphoning operation. According to The New York Post, Con Edison discovered the diverted line, which could be used for illegal gas hookups, after investigating a call for a gas leak in the building on 7th Avenue and 55th Street. Carnegie Deli has since been slapped with a stop work order.
If this story sounds familiar, that’s because it is. Recently, Con Edison also investigated illegal gas siphoning at the diner across the street from the East Village gas explosion that leveled a building and destroyed Belgian fry shop Pommes Frites. But unlike that diner, which was eventually evicted, Carnegie Deli is clearly planning on coming back soon. A recording on the deli’s answering machine says that the deli is closed “for Con Edison repairs. Please call back tomorrow.”
After the East Village explosion, reports of illegal gas siphoning have increased, since the city is doubling down on inspections.
The Daily Meal has contacted Carnegie Deli for more information, but has not yet heard back.