Ben’s In the News
Ronnie Dragoon, owner of Ben's Kosher Deli, was recently a member of a panel discussing New York City's kosher delis in the 21st century on CUNY Television's "The Stoler Report." Click here to view the video.
Sitting at the counter of a bustling Midtown kosher delicatessen for lunch, absorbed in a Dr. Brown’s soda and a corned beef sandwich in the company of fellow lone eaters, is a faded New York City tradition.
This counter culture was once common to the city’s lunchtime hours but has declined as delis have vanished. Kosher food is expensive these days, and the city’s flagship delicatessens, such as Katz’s and 2nd Avenue Deli, are better known as historic culinary destinations than everyman canteens, but the solo counter lunch still thrives at Ben’s. Read the Article (PDF)
Ronnie Dragoon, CEO and founder of Ben's kosher delicatessens (which has a thriving restaurant in Boca Raton), appeared in the film and thinks it will be good for the "deli" industry — about restaurants which feature recipes and culinary garnishes brought by Jews from all over Europe that were introduced to America in the late 19th- and early 20th-centuries. Read the Article (PDF)
The Queens Courer is accepting nominations for their Best of the Boro contest! Nominate Ben's for Best Deli here. Nominations close on March 7!
It’s fitting that the grand opening of Ben’s in Scarsdale was on Tuesday, January 13 (a private party was held Monday night for friends, family, politicians—and lucky journalists), just one day before National Hot Pastrami Sandwich Day. Of course, the pastrami sandwich is the raison d’être of any kosher restaurant. One without pastrami would be akin to an ice cream shop that didn’t have vanilla. Read the Article (PDF)
This is a busman’s holiday for Ziggy Gruber. The round-faced restaurateur from Houston (Texas, not Street), is sitting in Ben’s Kosher Delicatessen Restaurant, an enormous and bustling kosher deli near Times Square, talking Jewish food and chatting about his movie debut in the new documentary film “Deli Man.” Read the Article (PDF) »
There was beef at a get-together of top New York deli men at Lincoln Center. The disagreement came at the premiere of the new documentary “Deli Man,” when talk afterward turned to a current “pastrami and brisket shortage” that’s put restaurateurs in a pickle. Read the Article (PDF) »
Bob Lape covers the opening of the newest Ben's Deli establishment in Westchester, NY. Listen to the clip here