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Ben's Kosher Delicatessen

#1,845 of 11,364 Restaurants in New York City
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Midtown
Sandwiches, 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: Lunch, Breakfast, Dinner, Delivery, Reservations, Takeout

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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
In the Heart of Manhattan

They make their own corned beef, which was excellent when teamed with pastrami on rye. I would have given this place an excellent rating if their cole slaw would have been great, but it was very average.

4 of 5 starsReviewed August 3, 2015
CAL J
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Elkhart, Indiana
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  • Families with children
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Elkhart, Indiana
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 3, 2015 NEW

They make their own corned beef, which was excellent when teamed with pastrami on rye. I would have given this place an excellent rating if their cole slaw would have been great, but it was very average.

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Toronto, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2015 NEW

How disappointed were we to discover that both Carnegie and Stage Door delis were closed. Fortunately the concierge at the Westin atTimes Square recommended Ben's. Not fancy, he said, but great food. We both started with the matzoh ball soup. The matzoh balls were gigantic and not too hard. I prefer them like Ben's, firm but veering towards the soft.... More 

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Maidenhead
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2015 NEW

This place was recommended to us by a local and we were not disappointed. The service was good and the pastrami on rye was absolutely huge and delicious! Don't go anywhere else!

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NJ
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2015

We had a so-so experience at Ben's. I was really looking forward to a pastrami on rye in that old time deli style, but I found the bread very dry and the meat pretty chewy and fibrous. Our waiter was hard to flag down and when we finally got his attention he pretty much implied, ''you aren't the only table... More 

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New York City, New York
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2015

This place is a crap-shoot. Sometimes their sandwiches are fair, and sometimes their sandwiches are garbage -- cuts of meat you wouldn't feed a roach. (And by the way they have roaches crawling on the floor) If you send a sandwich back because of how disgustingly fatty it is, the putz owner will purposely give you even worse food. One... More 

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Oak Park, Michigan
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2015

This kosher restaurant served our large party quickly. I was very impressed that the waiter brought out the food for the children immediately and gave them a special treat at the end of the meal. Children friendly restaurants are a treat! The food was excellent and a good time was had by all.

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Columbus, Ohio
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2015

Waiter very polite, answered questions. Too much matzah ball in soup HUGE. Corned beef sandwich overstuffed enough for 2 people. Same with pastrami. nOT flat kosher. Cole slaw and pickles on table. I miss my kosher sandwiches owner very helpful and knowledgable about old Jewish ny

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Halifax
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2015

Ben's has become a very busy place with the close of some prominent delis in the times sq. neigbourhood. As soon as you sit down,you will be greeted by a bottomless bowl of coleslaw and pickles. The only reasonable accompaniment to all of this is a thick pastrami sandwich which will not disappoint. Service is speedy and competent but you... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2015

I had Ben's deliver to my hotel room. After a really rough day I ordered chicken matzo ball soup, a corned beef sandwich and a layer cake ( I know, I know I was trying to soothe with food, but it worked, so don't judge). I the delivery came right on time, by a very happy delivery guy. The soup... More 

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Burlington, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2015

The waiters name was William. He was very informative and a real treat to talk to. The food was excellent and the portions more than adequate. No cheese on the the Reuben but what the heck the place is Kosher. Getting there during "Happy Hour" only made the experience that much more enjoyable.

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Additional Information about Ben's Kosher Delicatessen

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

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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
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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