Save the Deli

Stage Deli to Close in Vegas

Some sad news for Vegas fans to report. Those of you who love sin city, and want to celebrate your big wins (or staggering losses) at Caesar’s Palace with a towering pastrami sandwich from the Stage Deli are going to have to look elsewhere. After fifteen years in business, the outlet of the famous 7th Ave NY delicatessen is closing its location in the Forum shops of Caesar’s. The lease is up, business ain’t flying, and the gamblers want something else.

I visited the Stage in Vegas last year, when I was doing the deli tour of America to research the book. Crawling along the strip at night, from casino to casino and deli to deli, I happened along the Stage Deli midway through my sojourn. Compared with the others (Carnegie, Canter’s, Greenberg’s, or ZooZaCrackers), it was a fair approximation of the original, with somewhat of a warm feel, an authentic smell, and quality table service.

But to be honest, the food was meh…

Like most replicas in Vegas, the casino delis are but pale approximations of the real deal. “Venice” ain’t Venice. “Paris” ain’t Paris. And “Caesar’s Palace” is probably one tenth as debaucherous as ancient Rome. So too with the Stage Deli. It was just a copy, and the tough pastrami, soggy rye, and glutinous cabbage borscht were literally miles away from what Steve Auerbach and company served in New York.

So while the Stage in Vegas is gone, and I mourn it, my tears won’t fall for long. There’s far better deli in Vegas, and it’s nowhere near the strip.


17 Responses to “Stage Deli to Close in Vegas”

  1. David W. Cowles Says:

    Hi David

    I lived in Las Vegas for over 30 years. Despite a large Jewish population in the city, there has always bean a dearth of good delis there.

    Stage Deli was fabulous … for about the first two months after it opened. After that, it was very expensive garbage. Believe me, its closing is no loss.

    Of course the “far better deli” you’re referring to is the Bagel Cafe. When they first opened, it was a real mishmosh, about half deli and half hippie food with alfalfa sprouts, etc. But gradually it developed into a pretty good deli, with fabulous Early Bird dinners at a very reasonable price.

    Still, the quality of food at Bagel Cafe is uneven.

    Their rye bread and challah are wonderful–as good as anything I ever bought on Fairfax in LA. Their bagels are giant, and among the best I’ve had in years. On the other hand, their sweet pastries (with the exception of rugeleh) are pretty much flavorless.

    Bagel Cafe’s pastrami is far too lean–it reminds me of turkey pastrami, which is an oxymoron; their brisket of beef is to die for.

    Their fish salads (whitefish, salmon) are excellent. Their breakfasts? Go to Denny’s instead.

  2. hiddenboston Says:

    I’m a big deli guy, and I couldn’t imagine even considering eating at a deli in a casino. To me, it’d be like eating at one in a shopping mall (though granted, there was a good deli in the Chestnut Hill Mall near Boston, MA, years ago, but I think this was the exception to the rule).

    It’s sad to hear the place closing, but I guess it’s not a huge surprise…

  3. Complete Kitchen %0B Says:

    ;*’ I am very thankful to this topic because it really gives up to date information `-;

  4. Ludwika Says:

    howdy, your website is really great. Although i appreciate your succeed

  5. Sam Vinegar Says:

    You forgot to Mention the City of Detroit and suburbs.

  6. business mover Says:

    I favor your tips anyone present with your articles. I’m going to book mark your blog site along with check out just as before the following on a regular basis. Now i’m rather certain I will be up to date an abundance of innovative information right here! All the best for one more!

  7. John Says:

    Important data. Fortunate everyone I found your web blog unintentionally, and I’m astonished the key reason why this crash did not took place sooner! I actually saved the idea.

  8. Swen Says:

    What i do not understood is in truth how you are not actually much more
    well-appreciated than you might be right now.
    You’re so intelligent. You recognize thus significantly with regards to this subject, made me in my view
    imagine it from a lot of numerous angles. Its like
    men and women are not fascinated except it’s something
    to do with Woman gaga! Your own stuffs great.
    At all times handle it up!

  9. web casino bonus,web casino roulette, Says:

    Anyone essentially help for making substantially content I’d personally declare.. Web Casino Bonus,web casino roulette, Be the first-time I actually visited your online page so far? We surprised while using study you have made to generate this unique organize awesome. Great pastime!

  10. minecraft games Says:

    Thanks for finally talking about > Save The Deli Blog Archive
    Stage Deli to Close in Vegas < Liked it!

  11. minecraft.exe Says:

    Admiring the commitment you put into your site and detailed information you present.
    It’s great to come across a blog every once in a while
    that isn’t the same unwanted rehashed material. Great read!
    I’ve bookmarked your site and I’m adding your RSS feeds to my Google account.

  12. swimming pool service las vegas Says:

    excellent issues altogether, you simply gained a new reader.
    What might you recommend in regards to your submit that you simply made a few days ago?

    Any sure?

  13. Ada Says:

    This method fundamentally uses oil to get oil out from the epidermis because, nicely, oil is
    drawn to fat.

  14. Dacia Says:

    Quality drills for goaltenders reach far deeper than simply having them face shots.
    This was one aspect of modern financial liberalisation that
    had dire consequences. I must point out that helicopter rides to the bottom are only available at the West Rim and they
    can be bundled into your bus tour package.

  15. cock website service in nyc Says:

    cock website service in nyc…

    “[...]Save The Deli » Blog Archive » Stage Deli to Close in Vegas[...]“…

  16. jogging porn website service in rio de janeiro Says:

    jogging porn website service in rio de janeiro…

    “[...]Save The Deli » Blog Archive » Stage Deli to Close in Vegas[...]“…

  17. Mike Says:

    Hello, everything is going perfectly here and ofcourse
    every one is sharing information, that’s in fact good, keep up writing.

Leave a Reply

E-mail It