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Ben's Kosher Delicatessen

#1,862 of 11,223 Restaurants in New York City
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Sandwiches, Delicatessen, Kosher
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209 West 38th Street, New York City, NY 10018
(212) 398-2367
9:00 am - 9:00 pm
Closed now
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Sun - Sat 9:00 am - 9:00 pm
Dining options: Breakfast, Dinner, Lunch, Delivery, Late Night, Reservations, Takeout

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  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    4 of 5 stars
Visit to this restaurant at 38th Stre. and 8th Ave.

They have Kosher food, chicken soup, sandwiches, fish, shnizel.Salads also.I like the homemade food.My girlfriend ordered Latkes there and she liked it.It's open 7 days a week I think.

4 of 5 starsReviewed May 9, 2015
Ramat Gan, Israel
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  • Families with children
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Vienna, Virginia
13 reviews 13 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 24, 2015 NEW

Our party of 11 went today so we got to sample a few types of dishes. Mushroom barley soup - Best dish we had. Pickles & cole slaw - Served before meal. Yum! And here's where it went downhill... Matzah ball soup - Balls were good not great. Broth was a bit salty. Corned beef - Tasty. Better than pastrami... More 

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black country west mids
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25 reviews 25 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 24, 2015 NEW

Great place for lunch time sarnie, having sat looking at the extensive menu we were rescued by Madeline who talked us through what was what and on her recommendation I opted for the Pastrami on white Rye washed down with a cold beer, my partner well worth a vist for lunch or dinner, went for the dual sandwich of one... More 

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New York City, New York
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35 reviews 35 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 23, 2015 NEW

Your best bet here is probably the deli section. I have been to Ben's several times over the past few years, but always found that the rest of the menu is what gives "traditional Jewish cooking" its bad name- meats overcooked and often dry, vegetables overcooked and soggy. This time, I went for the pastrami, which is much more reasonably... More 

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Bakersfield, California
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33 reviews 33 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015

We were walking around the Lower East Side, intending to go to the Tenement Museum, but the tours were at odd hours. So, we went through Chinatown, Little Italy, The court district and the waterfront. Hunger ensued, so we took the subway to 34th street as the restaurant is pretty close to the Port Authority Bus Terminal. I had been... More 

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Buffalo NY
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21 reviews 21 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015

So much is made of more well known NY Delis but Ben's serves up great food, the prices are reasonable (for NYC) and it's Kosher! The other well known Manhattan delis are not Kosher and even if you don't keep Kosher it does make a difference in the taste and quality of the food. When you sit down you are... More 

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Basel, Switzerland
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13 restaurant reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015

Was ok restaurant, loads of tables, served pickles and cabbage prior to main dish, table staff were friendly and helpful when ordering, however the till woman was sloppily dressed, had friends there that she kept on going over to see, itching her hair etc,maitre off putting when sitting there eating your food.

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Calgary, Canada
4 reviews 4 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed May 14, 2015 via mobile

The food here was ok. We paid our bill, left a tip then went to the bathroom. We came out of the bathroom and the waiter was waiting for us with the tip money in his hand. He held it out to me and I thought he meant we have given him too much so I said to keep it.... More 

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Ramat Gan, Israel
19 reviews 19 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 9, 2015

They have Kosher food, chicken soup, sandwiches, fish, shnizel.Salads also.I like the homemade food.My girlfriend ordered Latkes there and she liked it.It's open 7 days a week I think.

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New Jersey
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121 reviews 121 reviews
87 restaurant reviews
101 helpful votes 101 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 2, 2015

Met friends today for lunch for Pastrami sandwiches, fries, matzoh ball soup and sour pickles. Don't forget Dr Brown's cel Ray and black cherry soda. Service was good although when we arrived they weren't busy and our friends were 2 minutes away and they gave us an attitude about seating us before our friends arrived, seriously? The pastrami is ok... More 

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Eastchester, New York
2 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed April 26, 2015

We've been to Ben's in Bayside, Queens many times. We were very disappointed in our recent visit to the new Ben's in Scarsdale, NY. Decor, dark and like a diner. Food not as good as many other Kosher style delis. We found it rather bland and not served at correct temperatures. Our server tried very hard to make it a... 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: Sandwiches, Delicatessen, Kosher

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Families with children
Open Hours
9:00 am - 9:00 pm
9:00 am - 9:00 pm
9:00 am - 9:00 pm
9:00 am - 9:00 pm
9:00 am - 9:00 pm
9:00 am - 9:00 pm
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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