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Ben's Kosher Delicatessen

209 West 38th Street, New York City, NY 10018 (Garment District)
(212) 398-2367
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Ranked #1,435 of 11,622 restaurants in New York City
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $0 - $20
Cuisines: Delicatessen, Kosher
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Good for: Families with children
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Takeout, Delivery, Late Night
Neighborhood: Garment District
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Avon, Connecticut
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49 reviews 49 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2014 NEW

First of all, I just stumbled on this restaurant. I always love Delis. I was walking along 38th Street, I was hungry and I looked up. The place is huge. Contrary to the Stage where they used to sit you at very small tables, this place has space. You won't feel cramped. That alone has value to me as I... More

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Frisco, Texas
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39 reviews 39 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014 NEW

First off, we went with a tour group so I do not feel I can accurately rate the service. However, I had a turkey sandwich and it was SO DRY. Just tons of meat on bread. Nothing special. The pickles were interesting and the cole slaw was great but not enough to say the food was anything more than average.

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Seattle, Washington
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87 reviews 87 reviews
45 restaurant reviews
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2014 via mobile

Service okay. Great ambience. Food just okay. Great location. Not a pickle lover, but thought the pickles as an appetizer was very New York.

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Summerville, South Carolina
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32 reviews 32 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2014

For traditional old world type delicatessen you can't do better that any of the Ben's Kosher Delicatessen locations. In Greenvale Long Island in the center of a shopping mall is Ben's. You are presented with a variety of pickles, half sour, garlic, dill etc. and unlimited cole slaw at your table. Start with a bowl of matzoh ball chicken soup... More

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12 reviews 12 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2014

The wife and I were on the way back to the hotel and found this place for dinner. I had the best chicken fricasse and stuffed cabbage. Great place for a NYC meal.

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Erie, Pennsylvania
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14 reviews 14 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 27, 2014

We initially chose to eat here as it was close to our hotel, but we were glad we went. The food was good, the portions were huge and there was a great variety of things to chose from. I was there with family, and we each ordered something different, my Mom had a sauerkraut and corned beef sandwich with a... More

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Toronto, Ontario
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46 reviews 46 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 24, 2014

We had eaten there before as well as the Deli in Boca but this time was a big disappointment. The meat was lukewarm instead of hot. The sandwich was not overflowing with meat as usual. The meat was dry though I did not order it lean. The chicken soup was OK but the matzoh ball was on the hard side... More

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Tampa, Florida
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25 reviews 25 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 15, 2014

The wait staff......well, the waiter we had, didn't know how to smile. Fortunately, the food made up for his lack of personality. We will go back again.

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Ashland, Massachusetts
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53 reviews 53 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 13, 2014 via mobile

when you enter Ben's you know its a real New York deli. If you're unfamiliar with it, you might think everyone is rude :) but they aren't, they are just real people doing a job. Don't expect small talk and consider it part of the ambience. You get seated fairly quickly and they take your order pretty quickly but then... More

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Washington DC
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98 reviews 98 reviews
69 restaurant reviews
63 helpful votes 63 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 11, 2014

As a matzo ball soup connoisseur, I am always excited to try new places. I went to Ben's with my friend who keeps kosher. She had a pastrami sandwich and loved it (she had just gone to Ben's Deli a few days prior!) and I had the matzo ball soup, and thought it was good, too. The service was speedy,... More

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