Posted by: Debra Kolkka | March 7, 2013

Ben’s Kosher Deli, New York

I always go to Ben’s Kosher Deli for lunch at least once when I am in New York. It is busy and fun and I like the food.

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I usually order the chicken soup with matzo ball and it is delicious. A bowl with pickles and coleslaw arrives first.

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A matzo ball is like a very large dumpling.

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The overstuffed sandwiches are just that…overstuffed. I ordered the corned beef, but I have also had the pastrami on rye in the past and that is excellent as well…and the stuffed cabbage is delicious.

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There is also a take away section, but I love the experience of eating in. The waiters are entertaining and to me it is seems an authentic New York thing to do.

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Ben’s Kosher Deli…209 West 38th Street…between 7th and 8th avenues.


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  1. Oh my goodness, that made me so homesick for NYC I can’t tell you!!! It has been years since I have had a good matzo ball soup.

    I love Eisenberg’s coffee shop by the Flatiron Building–that is my one NYC must, that and if I can, the lamb burger at the Breslin.

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    • I wish I had known about the place near the Flatiron Building, I was in the area a few times…next time.

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  2. That overstuffed sandwich is comical. And the pickles!!! Ah…how I miss good American kosher dills!!!!! I’ve recently found a supplier in Milan that supplies pickles to DENZEL…a kosher, Jewish-run hamburger joint in Via Washington. Do you know that place? Have a great stay in New York! I look forward to your return and the views from your Bagni di Lucca balcony.

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    • I don’t know the place in Via Washington. I did go to Katz as well and there will be a post on that in the future.

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  3. NYC delis are special!!!

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    • They most certainly are. I have been to quite a few of them over the years. They don’t really have an equivalent anywhere else.

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  4. I have been there with my daughter Alex when she was living in NYC! I love the pastrami sandwiches and matzo soup combo! It is the right place to have those treats!

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    • I went to Katz as well, bur I prefer Ben’s.

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  5. Now I suspect somewhere like this would do a fairly mean Reuben sandwich, which I have a particular soft spot for these days.
    And that sandwich you have pictured is very stuffed!

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    • I have taken to ordering a half sandwich…a much better option.

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  6. Lots of things to go to in a few weeks. Thanks!

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    • I have spent a lot of time in New York and I know my way around, so I do see lots.

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  7. Wow, what crazy (in a good way) ceilings and what an over-stuffed sandwich!

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    • They are a bit different from the elegant little panini in Italy.

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  8. I could not eat that sandwich on my own, but would give it a try, love Matzo Ball soup, keeps you going, you needed the sustenance walking all over NY.

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    • The trick is to share the sandwich or order a half sandwich.

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  9. It must smell fabulous in there too. Oh to be a fly on the wall and listen to the accents.

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    • I go as much for the theatre as the food. I love it there.

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  10. Hi Debra
    You sure do get around. Such a fabulous deli. Yum.

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    • You shouldn’t miss Ben’s if you visit New York.

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  11. Such a NY thing to do. Are you riding the sub way or are you walking everywhere?

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    • I’m doing a bit of both. I am trying to cover as much territory as possible.

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  12. Those sandwiches always surprise me with how full they are! And matzo ball soup is such a classic favourite for me 🙂

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    • The meals are huge in lots of places in New York. I don’t know how people get through them.

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  13. The matzo ball seems like a knödel! Does it taste the same?
    I’ve been to NYC once but at that time I didn’t heard about that.
    Thanks for sharing with us! Next time I’ll go to NYC I’ll definitely try that place!

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    • The matzo ball is a bit dumpling like. I have tried knodel a couple of times and there is a similarity. I’m sure you will like Ben’s.

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  14. I’ve never been to Ben’s Deli -from your photos it looks really ornate with much “gilt”.
    I also always order matza ball soup at Jewish delis. Deelish!

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    • The chicken soup was delicious and quite possibly cures all ills.

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  15. I have never been to the USA period and you are making me regret it very much 🙂

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    • You must visit one day. America has lots of wonderful places to see.

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