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Ben's Kosher Delicatessen Restaurant & Caterers

209 W 38th St, New York City, NY 10018-4405
+1 212-398-2367
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  • Excellent39%
  • Very good38%
  • Average13%
  • Poor6%
  • Terrible4%
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“coleslaw” (96 reviews)
“corned beef” (65 reviews)
“matzo ball soup” (71 reviews)
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American, Soups, Deli, Vegetarian Friendly, Kosher, Gluten Free Options
$$ - $$$
209 W 38th St, New York City, NY 10018-4405
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Wanting to show our grandson true New York before college; a visit to this iconic delicatessen seemed like a no brainer The food and service was great When I went to the register to pay the bill I had to wait for for the girl...More

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We really loved our visit to Ben’s. The service was brilliant. We loved the chicken soup with matzo balls and the corned beef sandwich was excellent. A great New York experience.

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We, family of 4, had remembered this deli as being pretty good. We have eaten there now 3 times (about once a year) and each time this deli restaurant is a little more awful. Only the cole slaw remains exceptional. The omelettes were greasy, the...More

Thank susano206
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

All of our family holiday dinners are catered by Ben's. I can go on and on about what my favorites are. Ben's outlasted so many kosher delis because they are all about quality.

Thank sushiguy79
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Took the family to NYC for a long weekend. Had to go to Ben's for dinner one night. Great as always. My older son and I spit an order of Stuffed Derma and a potato pancake. We also both had the Hot Corned Beef and...More

Thank Mark B
Reviewed 10 July 2018

With the demise of Artie's on the Upper West Side, Ben's on West 38th Street has become the place to go for a traditional for a traditional New York Deli meal. A knowledgeable wait staff can guide you through the menu if needed, always ready...More

Thank KennethCPFCRSN
Reviewed 7 July 2018

Being in NY Manahattam for one week and looking for a something not so common where we live, we decided to try this restaurant for the good reviews but mainly because of the "kosher cooking". The ambient is very nice, the service very attentive and...More

Thank Fulvio M
Reviewed 4 July 2018 via mobile

If you want a great NY deli experience, this is it. The sandwiches are awesome, great service, and fair prices. This is exactly what we wanted when we were looking for corned beef and pastrami in NY. Maybe again tomorrow?

Thank 55rdss
Reviewed 3 July 2018 via mobile

We have been several times for lunch. The food is very good. The Sandwiches are very big and it's hard to finish everything. There is very good chicken soup and chopped liver. They serve pickled cucumbers with coleslaw when you are seated to start. Not...More

Thank Jan S
Reviewed 2 July 2018

This is the second time in 4 days we've been here and we've enjoyed it quite well. I see negative reviews and I can see their views as the waiter we had tonight, George, was a bit neglectful but, he was OK. ...we had to...More

Thank potaracke
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2 October 2017|
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Response from GaryMage | Reviewed this property |
Ben's is a fully kosher, non Glatt restaurant supervised by Rabbi Paul Plotkin, founding chairman of the kashruth sub-committee of the Committee on Jewish Law and Standards of the Rabbinical Assembly of America. 
2 October 2017|
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Response from viatoripatuit1 | Reviewed this property |
I would suggest to ask them whenever you visit them again
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
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Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, After-hours
Restaurant features
Television, Highchairs Available, Full Bar, Delivery, Takeout, Reservations, Private Dining, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Discover, Accepts Credit Cards
Good for
Business meetings, Kids, Child-friendly, Local cuisine, Special Occasion Dining, Groups
Open Hours
9:00 AM - 9:00 PM
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Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 209 W 38th St, New York City, NY 10018-4405
  • Location: United States  >  New York (NY)  >  New York City>  > Midtown
  • Neighbourhood: Midtown
  • Phone Number: +1 212-398-2367
  • E-mail
To some, delicatessen is something you put between two slices of bread. To me, it's a calling. I am committed to preserving the traditional cuisine of my Eastern European heritage, amidst all that's required to operate a modern restaurant. This is our pledge, from the Ben's family to you: Fresh food, freshly prepared and courteously served in a clean, well-maintained restaurant faithfully observing the Kosher dietary laws. I urge you to bring anything less to my personal attention by calling 1-888-344-BENS or filling out my "Ask Ronnie" form and submitting it with your questions or comments. Your complete satisfaction is our goal. Any concerns will receive my prompt attention. - Ronnie Dragoon - Owner.
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