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“A nice place to eat and talk.” 4 of 5 bubbles
Review of Ben's Kosher Delicatessen Restaurant & Caterers

Ben's Kosher Delicatessen Restaurant & Caterers
Ranked #706 of 13,435 Restaurants in New York City
Price range: US$ 0 - US$ 25
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Good for: Kids, Groups, Child-friendly, Business meetings, Local cuisine
Dining options: After-hours, Dinner, Lunch, Brunch, Accepts American Express, Accepts Discover, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Delivery, Full Bar, Highchairs Available, Private Dining, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Television, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Wine and Beer
Neighbourhood: Midtown
Description: To some, delicatessen is something you put between two slices of bread. To me, it's a calling. I am committed to preserving the traditional cuisine of my Eastern European heritage, amidst all that's required to operate a modern restaurant. This is our pledge, from the Ben's family to you: Fresh food, freshly prepared and courteously served in a clean, well-maintained restaurant faithfully observing the Kosher dietary laws. I urge you to bring anything less to my personal attention by calling 1-888-344-BENS or filling out my "Ask Ronnie" form and submitting it with your questions or comments. Your complete satisfaction is our goal. Any concerns will receive my prompt attention. - Ronnie Dragoon - Owner.
Oak Ridge, New Jersey
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921 reviews
392 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 706 helpful votes
“A nice place to eat and talk.”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 June 2012

At the end of a long day of visiting with out-of-town relatives, we wanted someplace to eat where we could enjoy some conversation before heading home. We happened upon Ben's and were very pleased - and that's from several die-hard Katz's fans! The quality of the food was great. I had a corned beef/pastrami combination sandwich which was very lean and tasy. It was accompanied by large, hand-cut french fries and stuffed derma, both of which were excellent. My wife and I started with the chicken noodle soup with a matzo ball. It was very good, but here is where Katz loyalty came into play. At Katz's, the matzo soup is a large matzo in a small bowl - actually there is very little soup, but that makes the dish a little more manageable when you're eating other things. The Ben's soup is a large matzo in a full bowl of chicken noodle soup (Oddly with no pieces of chicken.. It was excellent, but a little more soup that we planned on handling! Anyway, we all enjoyed our food, and the great service. One thing to be aware of if you aren't a deli regular, they are kosher, so don't expect to get a (e.g.) Reuben - Not a criticism, just an observation.
The side street location makes it less overwhelmingly busy than many other places, and it is handy to MSG, the Port Authority, Times Square and NY Penn Station.

  • Visited June 2012
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Modiin
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8 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
“Lovely place”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 June 2012 via mobile

Delicious food, as tourists we loved the typical style, nicely served and great service!

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Newcastle, Australia
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 98 helpful votes
“Our first 'deli experience'”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 June 2012

We were pretty hungry when we walked into Ben's for lunch but we sure weren't when we left. Australians have seen New York delis on film and television but we weren't prepared for the size and profusion of food that came our way. A most enjoyable experience and an interesting introduction to a unique culinary style.

  • Visited May 2012
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Pennsylvania
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
“Never disappointed”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 June 2012

It's not a true kosher deli experience because the waitstaff is not rude enough to be the Real Thing of the old days and it's too large and well-lit, but the pickles and slaw make up for that. Great half-sours. If you like chicken soup, order it with noodles AND the matzo ball bigger than your head. The potato latkes are also bigger than your head. Most servings are bigger than your head.

Whenever I go to catch a matinee, I stop here to fuel up before the show. It's always worth it. Breakfast is available anytime in case of serious need for a great omelet.

My meat-eating friends love the corned beef and pastrami, but there's plenty here for a vegetarian too (although of course there's no dairy). Try dessert -- IF you have room for it!

  • Visited February 2012
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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Jordan Valley
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 83 helpful votes
“A dream come true”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 May 2012

My husband had envisaged a visit to a typical kosher deli and we were not disappointed.

Ben's kosher deli is a bright, clean and roomy restaurant.

Service was excellent. We were attended to promptly by staff that who were familiar with the menu.

After ordering, pickles and coleslaw were brought to the table, and they were delicious.

The meal portions were large (as I had anticipated) and with the help of the waitress who guided us not to over order. Refills of both salads and beverages were brought quickly to the table.

We thoroughly enjoyed our meal - chopped liver and corned beef sandwiches and knishes.

We had intended to return for a pre-show meal but were so full from lunch, that we didn't make it.

Will definitely return on our future visits to NYC.

I would highly recommend this deli. Good job guys.

  • Visited May 2012
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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