I must have had a Jewish grandma in a previous life because I love Jewish / Kosher comfort food. My routine at Ben’s Kosher Delicatessen is to sit at the kitchen counter and watch the action behind the deli counter. Four or five employees expertly work the slicers in the frenzied space. Cases are filled with homemade pastries and desserts – Rugulach, Babka, strudels and pies. All look delicious. A special treat for everyone dining at Ben’s is the complimentary plate of creamy cole slaw and pickles.
Ben’s has been serving delicious Eastern European food for nearly 40 years. The menu is extensive and features client-favorites like chopped liver, beef tongue, stuffed cabbage, knishes and overstuffed sandwiches. The chopped liver is rich, smooth as silk and delectable when served on Ben’s warm rye bread. Of all the overstuffed sandwiches including pastrami, corned beef, chicken / egg / tuna fish salad, my favorite is the fatty (in a good way), tender, juicy beef brisket. When paired with a house made soup, each sandwich can be served as a half, which is more than enough for most diners.
I’ve sampled Matzo ball soup at many restaurants and enjoy Ben’s version very much. The huge soup bowl is filled with tiny egg noodles and a giant Matzo ball. The broth is rich and flavorful, the noodles ultra-soft (the one instance I want noodles not done al dente), and the Matzo ball is tender and light, like it should be.
For those looking for outstanding catering services, Ben’s an affordable, dependable and delectable option.
Ben’s opened its first location in Baldwin, NY in 1972 and has grown to six, full-service locations in Long Island, Queens, Manhattan and Boca Raton FL. I feel fortunate to have a location right in the heart of midtown to visit for lunch.
209 West 38th Street
New York, NY 10018