209 W 38TH St, New York, NY | Directions 1001840.753780 -73.989412
11 am-9 pm
Neighborhoods: Garment District, Midtown
What a burger!!!!!! – COming from LA, we don't have burgers like this often.
We ordered take out from here and was impressed with the service and the food. We got the pastrami burger which came with coleslaw and 2 different kinds of pickles. I am salivating just thinking of it.
Both pickles were great as was the slaw but the burger was something else. At first I was disappointed that it was on a challah roll but after the 1st bite I was glad it was on challah. they know what They are doing! The pastrami was DELICIOUS!!!! I asked them to cook the burger medium and I am glad I did bc one bit was a bit more cooked and it was not as delicious as the rest of it.
I wish I could have them ship me this food.
the only negative part ( and this may be bc I am from Cali and don't know any better) the burger did not come with lettus and tomato.
Total Absence of Quality Control – The New York kosher deli is an endangered species, and with Ben's as one of its last members, the future is bleak. We were three, and nothing was accepable: the chicken soup had only one kreplach (although its flavor made it the best selection of all that we ordered); the pastrami and brisket were remarkably overcooked and dry; the chicken pot pie was dull and flavorless; and the carrot cake had shortening (not cream cheese) based frosting. And the waiter refused to answer basic questions; I had no qualms about leaving only a 15% tip.
We chose Ben's for a reunion with an old high-school friend I hand't seen in 40 years. Since she was travelling in from Jersey City on the PATH train, we looked for a place near Herald Square. I was embarrassed by the choice.
Therefore, if you're in the Herald Square area, try the Korean restaurants on 32nd Street instead. For kosher-style deli, you'll still have to go to Liebman's in Riverdale. The Carle Place Ben's is measurably superior. Ben's needs some quality control to balance out the variance.
SAD!! – I was excited about eating at this deli after reading about it online but couldn't have been more disappointed. The food was absolutely awful. I ordered a knish as an appetizer it was dry an obviously microwaved. The burger I ordered was not freshly made and had no taste at all. Even the dressings were not ripe. The waiter that waited on us seemed to just be going through the motions. The menu selection was odd and nothing seemed very appetizing. My french fries were not only cold but tasted like rubber. This place must be living off a previous era of quality and success. Chef Ramsay should pay them a visit. The dining area was drab and outdated. I would definitely eat at Katz Deli instead. Horrible!!! This food has to be pre-made b/c it's anything but fresh or tasty. Expect more from a NYC deli especially for the price!
Perfect Storm of Bad Service – Went here last night before a show at the Garden and the service was laughably bad. I'm sure they were all capable staff, but the restaurant completely fell apart. One waitress (snails pace) and waiter (running around), 2 busboys (one competent, the other on parole), a manager (incredibly slow moving) and a hostess that refused to seat people due to her take-out orders job.
As the restaurant was full, a line started to form, drinks were not received, orders were not placed, mustard not received, knish not warm, diners complaining, no clean glasses, no water on table, no russian dressing. The kitchen staff was called out to help the flow, but they were useless. 100 people in the restaurant, all complaining. It was amazing.
Still, pastrimi and corned beef were great, but not worth the price-tag for some meat on two pieces of rye. Would definitely not go back.
Pretty Good Kosher Delicatessen – Yet another place I've only gone to once. However, I really liked it here. It was the winter, I was sick, and I was looking to get some comfort food in my belly. I came here and got what I was seeking. I was pleased to see that the tables are first served a large platter of delicious pickles and a bowl of creamy cole slaw. Try the half-sour pickles, but not the pickled tomatoes (I haven't obtained that aquired taste yet). I ordered grilled knackwurst and a baked knish. By the end of the meal, I was stuffed. The bargain was great, but I did notice that the signature dishes and sandwiches were pretty pricey. I recommend trying out the cheaper stuff, as I did. It's sure to leave your stomach (and your wallet) full.
I've tasted better – I've eaten at many kosher restaurants in New York and I'm sorry to say that Ben's is NOT on the top of my list. Their deli sandwiches need some work. Often times the meat is quiet dry and unflavorful. Their matzo balls are huge, but they don't have much flavor. The past few times I've been there, it's been almost empty, which I guess is a plus for those looking for an uncrowded kosher restaurant.
Blows hot and cold – I've eaten at Ben's many times including the rehearsal dinner for our wedding. Most of the time the service has been good to great but there have been a few occasions Bens has disappointed. The food has always been good but not great(2nd Ave is better)...This place is worth it for NYC deli.
Wow! – Huge portions, delicious food, beautiful place. Bowls of pickles, rye bread, and the best coleslaw on the table...followed by mountains of wonderful, inexpensive food. The kosher deli I would most recommend!
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