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Ben's Kosher Delicatessen

#1,582 of 11,840 Restaurants in New York City
Certificate of Excellence
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Neighborhood:
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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
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Visitor rating
  • 105
    Excellent
  • 103
    Very good
  • 38
    Average
  • 15
    Poor
  • 13
    Terrible
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
Best Deli in Times Square

This is a much better value than waiting in line forever for awful service, overpriced food and cramped seating (ex. Carnegie Deli) in NYC. The food here is really good, the service is excellent and the atmosphere is kind of retro diner. We never had to ask for anything and liked that they give you... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed January 19, 2015
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Good for:
  • Families with children
  • Breakfast/Brunch
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Reservations
  • Takeout
  • Delivery
  • Late Night
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274 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

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English first
Top Contributor
75 reviews 75 reviews
47 restaurant reviews
40 helpful votes 40 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 19, 2015 NEW

This is a much better value than waiting in line forever for awful service, overpriced food and cramped seating (ex. Carnegie Deli) in NYC. The food here is really good, the service is excellent and the atmosphere is kind of retro diner. We never had to ask for anything and liked that they give you free pickles and coleslaw. No,... More 

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Maryland
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4 reviews 4 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 17, 2015

When you go the NYC you have to get good deli. Skip the big names (Carnegie/Stage Door) and go to Ben's. My wife and I got the combo of soup and 1/2 Corned Beef sandwich. What a meal! It almost spoiled our dinner later.

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Marietta, Georgia, USA
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13 reviews 13 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 16, 2015

The pastrami was over cooked and tough. This was the 1st time in 10 years that I left unhappy. The complimentary half-sours and cole slaw are GREAT.

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Basking Ridge, New Jersey
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8 reviews 8 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed January 11, 2015 via mobile

Overdone hamburger, cold dry turkey, less than generous serving of pastrami, tasteless latkes. and lousy matza ball soup. At least our dining experience here made me realize that I'm a damn good Jewish cook!

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Arlington, Virginia
Top Contributor
56 reviews 56 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 9, 2015

Ben's is a real Kosher Deli, so don't ask for a Reuben sandwich ... A friend and I split the pastrami and chicken liver sandwiches - perfect. Staff was efficient and pleasant.

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Montreal, Canada
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45 reviews 45 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 8, 2015

Ben's always part of Every visit to Manhattan . enjoying the food quality and the atmosphere. very friendly staff and always fresh food. I like everything there.

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Midland, Michigan, USA
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32 reviews 32 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 31, 2014

The food was just okay in my opinion. Party of four and everyone had a different sandwich. All were fine, but none were great. Very good service. The portions are huge.

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Needham, Massachusetts
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60 reviews 60 reviews
42 restaurant reviews
34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 31, 2014

We grabbed a quick bite before a show and Ben's worked perfectly. This is not your destination deli. It has solid food with reasonably quick service. The menu is quite broad including everything you would expect, plus more. We all had deli sandwiches and Matzo Ball soup. We all ordered our sandwiches "lean". While they were clearly lean, this also... More 

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Tampa, Florida
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27 reviews 27 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed December 30, 2014

We decided to try this Kosher Deli over Katz's. What a mistake. The service was bad from the hostess not giving us menu's, then waiting about 8 minutes to be acknowledged and the waitress says "Did you get menu's" then another 4-5 minutes for her to bring menus. So already it is not going well but we were not in... More 

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Springfield - Delaware County, Pennsylvania
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36 reviews 36 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 27, 2014

My brother and I have been here twice now. The food is excellent. We loved the Stuffed Kishka we had as an appetizer. I then had the pastrami and my brother the tounge. Both were very enjoyable. We then got a couple of pieces of cake to go. My brother had the Carrot Cake and I had a layer cake... 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>  > Garment District
  • Neighborhood: Garment District
  • Phone Number: (212) 398-2367

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 0 - 20
  • 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?