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Ben's Kosher Delicatessen

#1,463 of 11,947 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
Good for:
Families with children

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Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Most recent review
Dinner in a Time Machine

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... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed March 27, 2015
pbucking
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Oregon
Good for:
  • Families with children
  • Breakfast/Brunch
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Reservations
  • Takeout
  • Delivery
  • Late Night
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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 NEW

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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32 reviews 32 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 26, 2015 NEW

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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148 reviews 148 reviews
69 restaurant reviews
100 helpful votes 100 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 26, 2015 NEW

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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161 reviews 161 reviews
85 restaurant reviews
46 helpful votes 46 helpful votes
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
23 helpful votes 23 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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33 restaurant reviews
84 helpful votes 84 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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New London, NC
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22 reviews 22 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

The wife and I were visiting Manhattan and the temperatures were in the single digits, with strong wind and blowing snow. We did not want to venture far from our hotel and found Ben's Kosher Deli at 7th Ave and 37th Street. What a great pieve of luck it turned out to be. The menu is enormous, with everything from... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 15, 2015

Last night we went to Ben's for the first time. It had very large portions with a good value for the money. The service was excellent and the roasted chicken was the high point. The chicken schnitzel was also very good.The mushroom barley soup was also excellent. However the corn beef sandwich was definitely marginal at best. If you want... 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

Questions & Answers

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

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