Ben’s In the News
Ronnie Dragoon, Owner/Founder, feeding the next generation of satisfied Ben's patrons at the Democratic National Committee Fundraising Event on Thursday evening, August 2, 2012 at the DNC headquarters.
Democratic Rep. Gary Ackerman may be retiring, but his legendary New York deli fundraiser lives on. This evening, New York Democrats Steve Israel and Jerry Nadler will engage in a contest of meats, vying to bring the most authentic New York deli experience to Washington.
Both men have invited their favorite hometown deli to town to prepare a proper spread complete with pastrami, corned beef, knishes and all that is good and delicious about New York style deli -- and Ackerman will judge what man brings the superior nosh.
The smack talking has already begun.
"I'm going to crush Jerry Nadler in an onslaught of mean and lean Ben's Kosher (Deli) pastrami. I actually feel sorry for Jerry, he is out of his league," Israel told the Alley. "He's invited some second rate, some deli that I don't even know."
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In 1972, Ronnie Dragoon returned to his native Long Island after serving as an AmeriCorps VISTA volunteer in Indiana. He opened up Ben's Kosher Delicatessen Restaurant & Caterers in Baldwin Harbor, naming the place after his father. Now 40 years later, the business has expanded to six locations in Nassau County, Queens, Manhattan and Boca Raton, Fla.... Click this link to read a PDF of the Q&A with Ronnie
Growing up in Queens inspired one man to don deli whites with blue-collar roots.
Ronnie Dragoon, owner and operator of Ben's Delicatessen Restaurant & Caterers, spent many of his early years across from LeFrak City on 98th Street in Rego Park.
Now, after 40 years of running the well-known kosher deli, Dragoon reflected on those humble beginnings... READ MORE
Ben's Kosher Delicatessen supports many community charity events and organizations. Below are some recent events in which Ben's has proudly participated. Please click each link for details.
The Baruch Hillel Basketball Team at the 2nd Annual National Hillel Basketball Tournament hosted by the University of Maryland.
(l-r) Adam Hashemi, President of the Baruch College Hillel in Manhattan, NY
along with center Maz Kashani and student coach Michael Senders enjoy a Ben's Meal Box
at the 2nd Annual National Hillel Basketball Tournament.
Eight South Florida restaurants threw their matzah balls in the ring at Forest Trace, a Lauderhill retirement community, for the chance to win the title of "Best All Around Matzah Ball" and $500 to the charity of their choice in the third annual Golden Matzah Bow. This pre-Passover bout packed quite a punch with the 150 residents and guests that attended. Ben's Kosher Deli schored a unanimous decision with the judges by winning "Best All-Around Matzah Ball" and donated $500 to Jewish Community Services of South Florida. READ MORE...
(Long Island, NY) In 1972, Ronnie Dragoon returned to his native Long Island from Indiana to open a delicatessen in Baldwin Harbor. He called it Ben's Kosher Delicatessen Restaurant, which he named after his father. Forty years later, the restaurant has expanded with six locations: three in Nassau County, one in Queens, one in Manhattan and one in Florida. It offers freshly prepared food that is courteously served in a clean, well-maintained restaurant while faithfully observing Kosher dietary laws. READ MORE...
Photo Credit: Sid Jacobsen Jewish Community Center
Michael Barcham (left) and Fred Avelar cooked up some hot, fresh potato pancakes for a community charity event.