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Ben's Kosher Delicatessen

209 West 38th Street, New York City, NY 10018 (Garment District)
(212) 398-2367
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Ranked #1,366 of 11,583 Restaurants in New York City
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $0 - $20
Hours:
Sun - Sat 11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Cuisines: Delicatessen, Kosher
Neighborhood: Garment District
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Good for: Families with children
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Takeout, Delivery, Late Night
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Elk Grove, California
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179 reviews 179 reviews
104 restaurant reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 19, 2014 NEW

Good food and great atmosphere. Service was exceptional. We had a pastrami sandwich and an open faced hot turkey sandwich. They bring you pickles and cole slaw for the table. A bit pricy but it will add to your New York experience. $37 with tip and no drinks.

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London, United Kingdom
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56 reviews 56 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed October 18, 2014 NEW via mobile

Certainly value for money but very poor for vegetarians unless you like veggie burgers which I don't. Was hoping to have some veg soup but was chicken noodle soup which I assume was lovely. Lots of customers were Jewish families so assume it is very popular with locals.

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Oregon
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47 reviews 47 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed October 17, 2014 NEW

Wanting the deli experience we sought out Ben's for a late lunch. Few customers were in the roomy restaurant and plenty of employees were wandering about. The greeter was good, but after that things were bleak. Service was terribly disconnected amongst many service people. Although the cold slaw and pickles showed up right away, it took forever to place our... More

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New York City, New York
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431 reviews 431 reviews
271 restaurant reviews
94 helpful votes 94 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2014

IF you are over on the west side before an event at Madison Square Garden this is a good spot to fill up before going to the overpriced Restaurants in the Garden. Not only is the food good but you can get some attitude before you go. This is also one of the only places around(others have vanished) that you... More

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Calgary
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29 reviews 29 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 5, 2014

We had high hopes, but it turned out just OK. The pickles and slaw are great, as they should be. The service was fast and friendly. We both had the corned beef, which was incredibly dry, flavourless and cold. The potato pancakes were way too thick and DEEP fried, just a giant French fry. There are lots of more authentic... More

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rawalpindi
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68 reviews 68 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 3, 2014

Be prepared to read the long-long menu. difficult to decide and best to take suggestions. Very homely and family-like atmosphere. Ideal location and food is like eating at home. Lots of variety. Location is ideal and not far from Times Square. When in NYC, must try this place. Not very expensive either,

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Garden City Park, New York
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17 reviews 17 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2014

If you like an overstuffed sandwich, all you can eat delicious pickles and cole slaw, this is the place. There is a variety on the menu, liquor/happy hour and kid's meals. When I am with friends to see the theatre in Manhattan, we always eat here. My friends enjoy the potato pancakes, matzo ball soup, pastrami, tongue, hamburger and stuffed... More

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Vancouver, B.C.
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253 reviews 253 reviews
189 restaurant reviews
399 helpful votes 399 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2014

Having sampled many a (famous) deli from Montreal to Los Angeles to New York, I must say that Ben's on 38th Street doesn't disappoint! A clean and comfortable atmosphere accompanied by first-rate service and an excellent pastrami sandwich with fairly reasonable pricing: what more can one want?!? [Its no Schwartz's (Montreal), but certainly superior to either Cantor's (Los Angeles) or... More

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Vancouver, Canada
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100 reviews 100 reviews
36 restaurant reviews
38 helpful votes 38 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2014

This restaurant delivers consistently good food in a nice environment. There are booths for those that do not like being shoulder to shoulder.

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Langhorne, Pennsylvania
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69 reviews 69 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
39 helpful votes 39 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2014

Stopped on way to train station . Wife wanted corned beef sandwich. Just happened to stop at light and turned head and voilà. Each split corned beef and pastrami sandwiches. Draft beer choices limited to 3. Pickles and Cole slaw provided. Tasty. Only 4 blocks from Penn station and 4 from Times Square.

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