Ben's Kosher Deli

★★★★☆
  • 209 W 38th St B

    New York, NY 10018

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  • 212-398-2367

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COming from LA, we don't have burgers like this often.

We ordered take out from here and was impressed with the service and the food. We got the pastrami burger which came with coleslaw and 2 different kinds of pickles. I am salivating

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★★★★★

COming from LA, we don't have burgers like this often.

We ordered take out from here and was impressed with the service and the food. We got the pastrami burger which came with coleslaw and 2 different kinds of pickles. I am salivating

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The New York kosher deli is an endangered species, and with Ben's as one of its last members, the future is bleak. We were three, and nothing was accepable: the chicken soup had only one kreplach (although its flavor made it the best

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★★★★★

The New York kosher deli is an endangered species, and with Ben's as one of its last members, the future is bleak. We were three, and nothing was accepable: the chicken soup had only one kreplach (although its flavor made it the best

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I was excited about eating at this deli after reading about it online but couldn't have been more disappointed. The food was absolutely awful. I ordered a knish as an appetizer it was dry an obviously microwaved. The burger I ordered was not freshly made and had no taste at all. Even the dressings were not ripe. The waiter that waited on us seemed to just be going through the motions. The menu selection was odd and nothing seemed very appetizing. My french fries were not only cold but tasted like rubber. This place must be living off a previous era of quality and success. Chef Ramsay should pay them a visit. The dining area was drab and outdated. I would definitely eat at Katz Deli instead. Horrible!!! This food has to be pre-made b/c it's anything but fresh or tasty. Expect more from a NYC deli especially for the price!

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★☆☆☆☆

I was excited about eating at this deli after reading about it online but couldn't have been more disappointed. The food was absolutely awful. I ordered a knish as an appetizer it was dry an obviously microwaved. The burger I ordered was not freshly made and had no taste at all. Even the dressings were not ripe. The waiter that waited on us seemed to just be going through the motions. The menu selection was odd and nothing seemed very appetizing. My french fries were not only cold but tasted like rubber. This place must be living off a previous era of quality and success. Chef Ramsay should pay them a visit. The dining area was drab and outdated. I would definitely eat at Katz Deli instead. Horrible!!! This food has to be pre-made b/c it's anything but fresh or tasty. Expect more from a NYC deli especially for the price!

Pros: Location?

Cons: Expensive, Food, Service, Atmosphere, Menu

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Ben's is a Long Island tradition serving some of the best sandwiches around. If you just want luncheon meat, feel free to take it home. Or get a platter of chopped liver or fish on a bagel... No matter what you get it is top of the line.

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★★★★★

Ben's is a Long Island tradition serving some of the best sandwiches around. If you just want luncheon meat, feel free to take it home. Or get a platter of chopped liver or fish on a bagel... No matter what you get it is top of the line.

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For a 'true taste of New York' try Ben's Deli. They not only specialize in deli sandwiches, but they have an extensive menu filled with goodies such as traditional favorites like chicken fricassee, stuffed cabbage, and potato pancakes. They can also grill up a juicy steak or if you're a health nut, try their salads and wraps. Whatever it is you're in the mood for, Ben's will leave you satisfied. Oh, and the decor is beautiful, so it's definitely a sight for sore eyes!

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★★★★★

For a 'true taste of New York' try Ben's Deli. They not only specialize in deli sandwiches, but they have an extensive menu filled with goodies such as traditional favorites like chicken fricassee, stuffed cabbage, and potato pancakes. They can also grill up a juicy steak or if you're a health nut, try their salads and wraps. Whatever it is you're in the mood for, Ben's will leave you satisfied. Oh, and the decor is beautiful, so it's definitely a sight for sore eyes!

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Went here last night before a show at the Garden and the service was laughably bad. I'm sure they were all capable staff, but the restaurant completely fell apart. One waitress (snails pace) and waiter (running around), 2 busboys (one competent, the other on parole), a manager (incredibly slow moving) and a hostess that refused to seat people due to her take-out orders job.

As the restaurant was full, a line started to form, drinks were not received, orders were not placed, mustard not received, knish not warm, diners complaining, no clean glasses, no water on table, no russian dressing. The kitchen staff was called out to help the flow, but they were useless. 100 people in the restaurant, all complaining. It was amazing.

Still, pastrimi and corned beef were great, but not worth the price-tag for some meat on two pieces of rye. Would definitely not go back.

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★★★☆☆

Went here last night before a show at the Garden and the service was laughably bad. I'm sure they were all capable staff, but the restaurant completely fell apart. One waitress (snails pace) and waiter (running around), 2 busboys (one competent, the other on parole), a manager (incredibly slow moving) and a hostess that refused to seat people due to her take-out orders job.

As the restaurant was full, a line started to form, drinks were not received, orders were not placed, mustard not received, knish not warm, diners complaining, no clean glasses, no water on table, no russian dressing. The kitchen staff was called out to help the flow, but they were useless. 100 people in the restaurant, all complaining. It was amazing.

Still, pastrimi and corned beef were great, but not worth the price-tag for some meat on two pieces of rye. Would definitely not go back.

Pros: Decent deli in no-mans-land of west-midtown

Cons: Service was awful, like we were secretly being punked!

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Yet another place I've only gone to once. However, I really liked it here. It was the winter, I was sick, and I was looking to get some comfort food in my belly. I came here and got what I was seeking. I was pleased to see that the tables are first served a large platter of delicious pickles and a bowl of creamy cole slaw. Try the half-sour pickles, but not the pickled tomatoes (I haven't obtained that aquired taste yet). I ordered grilled knackwurst and a baked knish. By the end of the meal, I was stuffed. The bargain was great, but I did notice that the signature dishes and sandwiches were pretty pricey. I recommend trying out the cheaper stuff, as I did. It's sure to leave your stomach (and your wallet) full.

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★★★★☆

Yet another place I've only gone to once. However, I really liked it here. It was the winter, I was sick, and I was looking to get some comfort food in my belly. I came here and got what I was seeking. I was pleased to see that the tables are first served a large platter of delicious pickles and a bowl of creamy cole slaw. Try the half-sour pickles, but not the pickled tomatoes (I haven't obtained that aquired taste yet). I ordered grilled knackwurst and a baked knish. By the end of the meal, I was stuffed. The bargain was great, but I did notice that the signature dishes and sandwiches were pretty pricey. I recommend trying out the cheaper stuff, as I did. It's sure to leave your stomach (and your wallet) full.

Pros: Spacious, Plenty of complimentary pickles and cole slaw

Cons: Some stuff on menu is pricey

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I've eaten at many kosher restaurants in New York and I'm sorry to say that Ben's is NOT on the top of my list. Their deli sandwiches need some work. Often times the meat is quiet dry and unflavorful. Their matzo balls are huge, but they don't have much flavor. The past few times I've been there, it's been almost empty, which I guess is a plus for those looking for an uncrowded kosher restaurant.

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★★★☆☆

I've eaten at many kosher restaurants in New York and I'm sorry to say that Ben's is NOT on the top of my list. Their deli sandwiches need some work. Often times the meat is quiet dry and unflavorful. Their matzo balls are huge, but they don't have much flavor. The past few times I've been there, it's been almost empty, which I guess is a plus for those looking for an uncrowded kosher restaurant.

Pros: Fast Seating, Not crowded

Cons: Quality of Food

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I've eaten at Ben's many times including the rehearsal dinner for our wedding. Most of the time the service has been good to great but there have been a few occasions Bens has disappointed. The food has always been good but not great(2nd Ave is better)...This place is worth it for NYC deli.

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★★★★☆

I've eaten at Ben's many times including the rehearsal dinner for our wedding. Most of the time the service has been good to great but there have been a few occasions Bens has disappointed. The food has always been good but not great(2nd Ave is better)...This place is worth it for NYC deli.

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Huge portions, delicious food, beautiful place. Bowls of pickles, rye bread, and the best coleslaw on the table...followed by mountains of wonderful, inexpensive food. The kosher deli I would most recommend!

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★★★★★

Huge portions, delicious food, beautiful place. Bowls of pickles, rye bread, and the best coleslaw on the table...followed by mountains of wonderful, inexpensive food. The kosher deli I would most recommend!

Pros: Great food, Huge portions, Nice place

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Yes, the Matzo Ball Eating Contest took place at Ben's. We can't tell you how the winner felt afterwards, but we can tell you that Ben's is exactly what you'd expect from a traditional deli, satisfying and filling. Get your chopped liver…

 

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