Ben’s In the News
LI mainstay Ben's Delicatessen & Caterers is celebrating 40 years in business this year, so in addition to its robust, diverse Kosher fare, there will be Daily Deals and promotions at its multiple locations across Nassau County. Every day through the entirety of 2012, Ben's will offer a different special that is dedicated to the theme of either "1972" or "40 years." Recent deals have included a potato pudding sampler for 40 cents, and a "buy one, get one free" opportunity for those born in 1972.
3-1/2 stars out of 4
First Impression: The big and busy, South Florida-style Jewish deli -- once epitomized by the now-closed Wolfie Cohen's Rascal House in Sunny Isles Beach -- has been replaced with Ben's New York Kosher Delicatessen. Arrive at about 6 p.m., and you'll stand in line, despite the 242-seat dining room. The menu runs from old-style classics such as beef-tongue Polonaise ($9.99 appetizer or $19.99 dinner) to new-fangled veggie burgers ($8.99). READ MORE...
Back in 1972, restaurateur Ronnie Dragoon launched the First Ben's Kosher Delicatessen Restaurant in Baldwin. Although that particular venue has since closed, there are three Long Island branches of Ben's -- in Woodbury, Carles Place and Greenvale. READ MORE...
Ben's Delicatessen may not have invented the pastrami sandwich, but according to the Bay Terrace eatery's customers, it has come pretty darn close to perfecting it.
It's the only place you can get a good, greasy Jewish sandwich," Dave Dancyger said earlier this week, as he stopped by to pick up lunch. READ MORE...
All the classics; thick sandwiches, soups, brisket, stuffed cabbage, chicken fricassee, beef tongue, tuna and chicken salads, salads and omelets and their popular pastrami burger.
This restaurant has two distinct characters: Out by the deli counter is all the frenzy you expect, with clerks slicing, dicing and dishing up carry-out. The restaurant area is more serene, but there are touches of food humor, including a list of which holidays are for feasting and which for fasting. And remember, this is the place who motto is "We cure our own corned beef. Our chicken soup cures everything else."
Ben's Deli in Boca Raton provides a nostalgia trip for those from New York City and it environs. The thick sandwiches, soups, brisket and stuffed cabbage among its offerings.
OUR FAVORITE FOOD/PRICE
Oh, those latkes! Whatever else you get, get latkes as a side dish. You don't just eat matzo balls, you have a discourse about them. They are an emotional subject because there are, in a way, shorthand for people's mothers and female pride. Suffice it to say that if you like your matzo balls light in texture and flavor, Ben's is your place. Chicken in a pot ($16.99) includes a tender half chicken in a whopping bowl of chicken soup, with a matzo ball and a kreplach
REASON TO GO
Dependable delicatessen fare.
Quick and considerate.
On a Sunday afternoon it was very peaceful. But in the evenings, there are sometimes lines to get inside.
There is a kids menu with Hebrew National kosher hot dogs, pasta and the indispensable chicken fingers.
For the past five years, the Mary Brennan INN soup kitchen has opened its doors for its festive luncheon, Thanks & Giving.
What makes this day special is that everyone who comes sits in a chair that the INN's guests, who come Monday through Friday, eat their lunch in.
On Sunday, Nov. 13, from 1-3 p.m., the INN staff will be celebrating with new and old friends and families for the friendly fundraiser.
Everyone is welcome to enjoy a full Thanksgiving luncheon provided by Ben's Kosher Deli. Ronnie and Cindy Dragoon along with Todd, their manager, will serve a full holiday meal.
Fresh turkey, cornbread, cranberry sauce, potatoes and coleslaw are completely provided for. Dessert is baked by Diane's Roslyn Bakery, owned and operated by John and Diane Durkin.
Ronnie and Cindy Dragoon with Todd Silverstein.
There will be raffles, arts and crafts and music, all in honor of Temple Beth El of Great Neck, Garden City Community Church and Maria Regina R.C. Church for their unwavering help with our soup kitchens and shelters. Tours will be given after lunch.
At this time, help is needed with filling our fixing bags that we distribute to our guests for Thanksgiving. The INN appreciates any donations: Boxed stuffing, canned yams, fruits, soup, vegetables, gravy, cranberry sauce, boxed macaroni and cheese, mashed potatoes, frozen turkey or frozen ham.
One hundred percent of all the money raised goes directly to The INN. For any questions, call Nora White at 486-8506 X108.
At Ben's Deli, it's about more than mile-high stacked deli sandwiches -- it's about preserving the tradition of Eastern Europe through food as expressed in deli culture for more than a 100 years. This month marks seven years that Ben's has been doing just that for Boca Raton and it fans who come from all around South Florida.
An extensive menu celebrates all things traditional deli, accentuated by friendly family style service. But the quality of the food is the chief appeal.
"I think our clientele appreciates our traditional favorites from ghoulash to stuffed cabbage," said general manager Michael Ross. "Everything is made fresh daily, even our latkes. We pickle our own corned beef and barrel-cure our own tongue which takes three weeks. We put a lot of work into making sure everything is fresh and authentic."
That authenticity keeps diners coming back time and time again.
Ben's Deli is located at 9942 Clint Moore Road in Boca Raton. For more information, call (561) 470-9963.