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Ben's Kosher Delicatessen Restaurant & Caterers

209 West 38th Street, New York City, NY 10018
+1 212-398-2367
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  • Excellent36%
  • Very good41%
  • Average13%
  • Poor6%
  • Terrible4%
Travellers talk about
“coleslaw” (89 reviews)
“corned beef” (67 reviews)
“matzo ball soup” (63 reviews)
Closes in 12 min
9:00 AM - 9:00 PMAll hours
American, Soups, Delicatessen, Vegetarian Friendly, Kosher, Gluten Free Options
$$ - $$$
209 West 38th Street, New York City, NY 10018
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Reviewed 3 days ago

Not at the very top tier of New York diners, but delicious pastrami, great pickles, and not outrageous prices. Service was a little inconsistent, but overall, had a great meal.

Thank Jeremy C
Reviewed 1 week ago

We were looking for a deli somewhat close to Penn Station, and Yelp offered up this, so we walked there. It was around noon and we were seated immediately, and there was plenty of space and open tables...perhaps that alone is a bad sign in...More

Thank djstraveler
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Large Kosher deli in a great location between Times Square and Herald Square. Came in on a Saturday afternoon - seated immediately. The waiter was prompt to bring coleslaw and pickles to the table. The quick-pickled ones were amazing! We ordered a corned beef sandwich...More

Thank Sarah R
Reviewed 1 week ago

After 21 years in NYC, I had never heard of -- let alone visited -- Ben's. My wife and I loved their pastrami sandwiches --- and the location, five minutes from Times Square, on 38th St, just W of 7th Avenue. Kosher pastrami of great...More

Thank Trup
Reviewed 1 week ago

As an old New Yorker up for a visit, I should have know better. I always knew this place was sub-par. But, we were in the neighborhood and wanted a deli lunch. Soups (mushroom barley and matzo ball) were flavorless; corned beef was like shoe...More

Thank TrolleyDodger
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

This is such good food! We had the chopped liver which was divine as an appetizer for 4. I had the deli double half corned beef and half pastrami on rye. The pastrami was the best I ever had. Someone else had barley mushroom soup...More

Thank SRHall419
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

This place has a good vibe and is huge. You feel as though you have stepped back in time. Slaw and pickles on the table. The food is good but didn’t realize kosher means no cheese. Service was excellent and quick. Easy locations near Times...More

Thank cincymom5
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Wanted pastrami and couldn't care to go to Katz, so found this place when ambling around time square Serive was attentive, with immediate pickle and cole slaw - although only my waiter seemed awake I loved the pastrami on rye, although could be better still...More

Thank Deflumine
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We have been here so many times. We just love the place. During our recent long weekend in NYC for our 30th Anniversary, we went here twice. The food is just amazing here. The matzo ball soup is excellent... almost as good as my own....More

Thank chukosh
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

On a bus trip. There were two buses. I know it would difficult to feed that many people. All of us were served open-face sandwiches on one slice of rye bread. The pastrami might have been good served as a sandwich--two slides of bread. No...More

Thank michiganmjs
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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
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
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, Special Occasion Dining, Groups, Local cuisine, Kids, Child-friendly
Open Hours
9:00 AM - 9:00 PM
9:00 AM - 9:00 PM
9:00 AM - 9:00 PM
9:00 AM - 9:00 PM
9:00 AM - 9:00 PM
9:00 AM - 9:00 PM
9:00 AM - 9:00 PM
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 209 West 38th Street, New York City, NY 10018
  • 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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