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Ben's Kosher Delicatessen

#1,594 of 12,008 Restaurants in New York City
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Neighborhood:
Midtown
Delicatessen, Kosher
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209 West 38th Street, New York City, NY 10018
(212) 398-2367
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9:00 am - 9:00 pm
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Hours:
Sun - Sat 9:00 am - 9:00 pm
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Takeout, Delivery, Late Night
Good for:
Families with children

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  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Great spot for lunch and get that deli experience

Service was OK but food was great. We each had the lean pastrami sandwiches and had more than enough between the sandwiches, pickles and coleslaw.

4 of 5 starsReviewed April 6, 2015
Hockeymcnic
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Aurora, Illinois
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Sydney, Australia
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101 reviews 101 reviews
65 restaurant reviews
48 helpful votes 48 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2015

We thought it would be fun to experience a traditional New York Jewish deli. Not great, service was nice but the food was average. Brisket was definitely not as mother used to make! Lots of pickles, great coleslaw. Also quite old and needs a facelift

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Aurora, Illinois
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7 reviews 7 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 6, 2015

Service was OK but food was great. We each had the lean pastrami sandwiches and had more than enough between the sandwiches, pickles and coleslaw.

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Oregon
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12 reviews 12 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 27, 2015

I did not realize that places like Ben's still existed. Yet, there it was, just a few blocks from the theater district, with the ambience that reminded me of my childhood. This is an old-fashioned Jewish delicatessen with very reasonable prices. Wait staff was fast and efficient. A big bowl of cole slaw and dill pickles came first with no... More 

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Houston, Texas
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35 reviews 35 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 26, 2015

Classic Jewish deli, very popular. Not as cramped as some others (Carnegie). Outstanding half-sour pickles and fresh cold slaw when you sit down. Mushroom barley soup was perfect on a chilly and rainy day, an enormous bowl, very traditional. Classic pastrami sandwiches. Would definitely go back next time I am in NYC.

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NJ
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74 restaurant reviews
112 helpful votes 112 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 26, 2015

The Yiddish phrase "a shtik naches" (a great joy) aptly sums up the experience of eating here on a cool Spring day. We had to wait for 10 minutes to get a seat for lunch and the line snaked past the serving hatches where we noticed that two out of every three dishes were pastrami sandwiches. A tip off about... More 

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Boston, Massachusetts
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85 restaurant reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 23, 2015

We had a great waiter. He went out of his way to make us laugh and provide us with great service. We got a free appetizer of pickles. I got the rice soup with chicken broth. It was ok but I thought it was a little bland. Then I got half a sandwich with it. The sandwich was very good... More 

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Winnipeg, Canada
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11 reviews 11 reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 18, 2015

Great soup! Great hot pastrami sandwiches! Just like the olden days. They now have several locations so it makes it easier than ever.

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Middletown Springs, Vermont
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30 reviews 30 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 12, 2015

Went to Ben's Kosher Deli and tried their corned beed and pastrami sliders on Challah rolls. They hit the spot with a side of fried potatoes....not French fries but thick chopped potatoes that they deep fried. Nice change from the standard and the perfect compliment to my meal. My wife had the creamy chicken soup with a giant motzah ball... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 27, 2015 via mobile

The waiter went above and beyond and made it so fun for a first time jewish food experience not only giving me small tasters but following through with a unique main which gave me the best of both worlds. Food was amazing! What a great night thanks William!

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Seoul
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35 restaurant reviews
86 helpful votes 86 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 23, 2015

I grew up in Riverdale and needed my fix of deli food during a quick trip to NYC. Rather than going to Katz's or Second Ave. Deli, I opted for this place for the not-so-over-the-top sandwiches. This was a good choice. I had the matzoh ball soup, the hot pastrami sandwich and a seven-layer chocolate cake along with a glass... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 209 West 38th Street, New York City, NY 10018
  • Location: United States  >  New York (NY)  >  New York City>  > Midtown
  • Neighborhood: Midtown
  • Phone Number: (212) 398-2367

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: Delicatessen, Kosher

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Families with children
Open Hours
Sunday
9:00 am - 9:00 pm
Monday
9:00 am - 9:00 pm
Tuesday
9:00 am - 9:00 pm
Wednesday
9:00 am - 9:00 pm
Thursday
9:00 am - 9:00 pm
Friday
9:00 am - 9:00 pm
Saturday
9:00 am - 9:00 pm

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?

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