Ben’s In the News

January 2017
Sure, the Carnegie Deli Closed, But You Can Still Get Your Pastrami Fix

Ben's was featured by Westchester Magazine. To read the whole story click here.

January 17 2017
Fear Not, Pastrami-Lovers, Ben’s Kosher Deli is Still Here to Deliver!

NEW YORK, NEW YORK — The closing of Carnegie Deli has pastrami-lovers mourning all over Manhattan. Truth is, delicious Jewish-style food is just hard to come by these days. But, lucky for New York, and all its inhabitants, Carnegie doesn’t really have “the last pastrami.” Standing in the heart of Midtown since 1996, Ben’s Kosher Delicatessen Restaurant & Caterers is a traditional kosher deli that prides itself on its homemade food, coleslaw, pickles, and, of course — pastrami.
Located at 209 W 38th Street, Ben’s of Manhattan is within walking distance to Penn Station, Broadway, the Empire State Building and Times Square. The appeal of Ben’s pastrami is the process that goes into getting it to the customer’s plates. According to Ben’s founder/owner, Ronnie Dragoon, “the key to great pastrami is the cut of meat.” For Ben’s, this means only the navel portion of a kosher steer, supplied by Hebrew National.
“Traditionally, any cut of meat from virtually any animal could be made into pastrami,” explains Dragoon. “But, the belly area is rich and moist, while other cuts tend to be drier or tougher. Navels are typically softer and more flavorful when handled properly.”
After the is meat coated with a rub, smoked and, finally, chilled and packaged for later use, the company’s chefs use a double-steaming process to provide the most tender and succulent pastrami, sliced to order. A dish best served warm, Ben’s Pastrami is most commonly found served on authentic seeded rye and complemented by Ben’s delicatessen mustard and pickles.
“We mourn the demise of any of our brethren delicatessens,” adds Dragoon. “And, while Carnegie Deli has been a stiff competition over the years, it has always been a New York institution, and it will be missed. Now, Ben’s on 38th Street remains one of the few midtown outposts for this traditional and beloved fare. What’s great about that is that Ben’s sandwiches are overstuffed, mouthwatering and satisfying at any, and I mean any, time of the day.”

January 3 2017
Ben’s on a Budget: Kids Eat for $3.99 throughout February

No, it’s not a trick. All Ben’s Kosher Delicatessen Restaurant & Caterers locations, from the “New York Island” all the way to Boca Raton, Florida, are offering the $3.99 Ben’s Kids Meal Deal with a purchase of a regular priced adult sandwich or entrée. This offer will run throughout the month of February. Recognizing that families are usually feeling a post-holiday financial crunch, Ben’s has always set aside the month of February as a time to provide customers with delicious, freshly-prepared, quality meals for children ages 10 and under.

The great price is only the beginning. What sets Ben’s Kids Menu apart are the mother-approved choices like hand-breaded chicken tenders, real, unprocessed turkey, lean-sliced brisket, fresh-ground steak burgers and other wholesome choices. Ben’s is well-known for its homemade cooking and quality ingredients, but not everyone knows that their children’s meals are made from scratch, too. Even the fries, mashed potatoes and pasta sauce are made in-house. All kids’ meals come with all the pickles and fresh-cut coleslaw one can eat, plus a bottomless fountain drink and a dessert.

“Ben’s Deli has always been family owned and operated, so we recognize the importance that comes with quality time spent with family,” says Ronnie Dragoon, Founder/Owner, Ben’s Kosher Delicatessen Restaurant & Caterers. “We know that families are feeling the financial effects of the holiday season, and that children’s extracurricular activities are keeping everyone busier than ever, so we always like to provide an affordable, healthy and delicious dinner experience that will allow for the whole family to relax, recharge, laugh and catch up with one another.”

January 3 2017
What’s a Big Game Without the Party? You Can’t Beat the Spread at Ben’s!

GREENVALE, NEW YORK — Sit back, relax and let Ben’s Kosher Delicatessen Restaurant & Caterers do the work for you. From party rooms – in Bayside, Greenvale, Scarsdale and Boca Raton  –  to a full array of delicious catering and mouthwatering grab-and-go takeout at every location, Ben’s is bound to make this playoff season easy to digest.

Sometimes, the playoffs can be even more nerve wracking than the big game. But, how can you even begin to root for your favorite team if you’re hungry? Ben’s takeout counter is perfect for all your game time needs. Pick up some perfectly-seasoned wings, juicy hot dogs or famous sandwiches and then all you have worry about is who will win. 

In celebration of playoff season, and the impending “Big Game” on Sunday, February 5, Ben’s has put together several ways to celebrate the season. For smaller gatherings Ben’s offers its new “Football Feast for Five,” perfect for day or night games at-home. Available through Ben’s online catering portal under ‘catering for today,’ or by calling your local Ben’s location, the Football Feast for 5 comes complete with 30 hot or barbeque wings, 1.5-quarts of homemade chicken noodle soup, one-pound each of homemade potato salad and fresh-cut coleslaw, pickles and your choice of either five overstuffed deli sandwiches or a two-foot Israeli Hero, all for $94.99 (+ tax). Delicious add-ons are also available.

Ben’s takeout counter is always open for football-lovers looking for great sandwiches, wraps, hot entrees, salads, homemade soups and a host of other goodies for pick-up. Phone and online orders are welcomed.

For those hosting a larger Big Game party wanting to avoid all of the prep and clean-up, Ben’s offers several packages for 12 or more, each with FREE cocktail franks and knishes for munching. Ben’s famous cold cuts, sandwich platters, heroes, wraps, or super salad bowls are centerpieces for these full-blown catered spreads. Complete information about Ben’s Big Game Season catered Packages is available in stores or at

If you are looking for a place to gather family, friends and fans, Ben’s of Bayside, Greenvale, Scarsdale and Boca Raton, Florida have private rooms available, making Ben’s the perfect place for your Big Game party. Guests are encouraged to reserve these spaces in advance to ensure availability.

“We want our customers to have a fun, relaxing playoff season and deliciously-catered Big Game parties,” says Ronnie Dragoon, Founder/Owner of Ben’s Kosher Delicatessen Restaurant & Caterers. “In order to make this happen, we have created a variety of special takeout and catering menus to accommodate every customer. Whether they want to dine in store, take out, throw a big party or simply enjoy a bowl of homemade soup, every Ben’s location will make each customer’s post season stress-free and enjoyable.”

December 22 2016
Burn the oil, eat the food: Celebrate Hanukkah by eating eight days worth of oil

Ben's was featured by TimesLedger. To read the whole story click here.

December 18 2016
Local Museum Preps New Yorkers for Hanukkah with Delicious 'Latkepalooza'

Ben's was featured by News1. To read the whole story click here.

December 14 2016
Ben’s Kosher Delicatessen Restaurant & Caterers Raise Over $3,000 to Support Winthrop-University Hospital’s Breast Health Program

GREENVALE, NEW YORK — With breast cancer rates on Long Island continuing to sit well above the national average, Ben’s Kosher Delicatessen Restaurant & Caterers’ recognizes the need to support organizations that screen for and treat the disease. As such, during the month of October — National Breast Cancer Awareness Month, the company held its Second Annual “Cancer Ain’t Kosher” fundraiser in support of Winthrop-University Hospital’s Breast Health Center’s “The Angel Fund.” As part of the fundraiser, customers at each of Ben’s seven locations had the opportunity to upgrade Ben’s famous Matzo Ball Soup to include a Pink Matzo Ball, for an additional $1 charge, the full proceeds from which were donated to the program’s fund.   
After breaking a personal goal of doubling last year’s sale of just over 1,300 pink matzo balls, Hal Simon, Manager of Ben’s of Bayside and organizer of the fundraiser, and Ronnie Dragoon, founder/owner of Ben’s Kosher Delicatessen Restaurant & Caterers presented the Winthrop-University Hospital Breast Health team with a check for $3,025 during a special event on Tuesday, December 6. This year’s fundraising efforts were further supported through a friendly inter-store competition, during which each Ben’s location throughout New York metro, and in Boca Raton, Florida, worked to get the winning title of “Most Pink Matzo Balls Sold.” The winning store was Ben’s Greenvale location.
Winthrop-University Hospital’s Breast Health Program offers patients unparalleled, comprehensive breast care.  From  For more information about Winthrop’s Breast Cancer Program, visit

December 8 2016
Queens eateries get in the holiday spirit

Ben's was featured by Queens Chronicle. To read the whole story click here

December 5 2016
Ben’s of Scarsdale to Celebrate Hanukkah With Special Offers

Ben's was featured by The Examiner. To read the whole story click here.

November 23 2016
Lotsa of Latkes Celebration: Ben’s is Your Hanukkah Headquarters

Latkes, Brisket, Matzo Balls and more

Ben’s Kosher Delicatessen Restaurant & Caterers’ “Lotsa of Latkes” celebration allows people, Jewish or not, to connect to the miraculous story of Hanukkah. Hanukkah celebrates the miracle of the oil that burned for eight days when the Maccabees rededicated the holy Temple in Jerusalem after their victory over the Syrian-Greeks. Fried foods like potato pancakes are traditional Hanukkah treats because they are cooked in oil and remind us of the miracle of the holiday.

As part of Ben’s “Lotsa Latkes” celebration, any customer that purchases three-dozen latkes will receive one-dozen free, as well as 25 percent off each additional dozen. Available in four mouth-watering flavors — plain potato, sweet potato, zucchini and spinach, Ben’s latkes are great for school-functions, family gatherings, office luncheons, and more. This discount offer is available from December 19, 2016 to January 1, 2017. Flavored options will be available in-stores starting December 23, but can be made upon request with advance orders.
Additionally, for many families, busy schedules can often get in the way of the celebration during get-togethers like Hanukkah. Ben’s catering options allow families to enjoy a delicious Hanukkah meal without the time or hassle of food preparation.
This holiday, Ben’s is offering its Catered Hanukkah Dinner for 6 guests. The catering package is ideal for patrons who are seeking to preserve the tradition of a Hanukkah gathering, but do not have the time to purchase raw ingredients and prepare a meal for the get-together. Today, with more and more families struggling to find time to spend with loved ones, Ben’s Kosher Deli is helping keep the tradition alive with simple and worry-free options.

Ben’s takeout counter is also ideal for picking up last-minute holiday items, with a variety of options for everything from the main course to soups, side dishes, salads or desserts. Phone orders of $100 or more are requested to be placed at least 24 hours in advance. Walk-ins are always welcome.