August 2019 Ruminations & Ronnifications

I am old enough to remember when we had bomb drills in elementary school where we hid under a desk (a lot of good that would do during a nuclear explosion, or shall we say a nuclear implosion).

Russia, China and Cuba were our mortal enemies in the 1950s, with Russia having a nuclear arsenal. But I thought then as I do now that we are not enemies. Rather, we have differences of how things should work (and I always wonder, by whose definition?), which is why we were given a brain, ears, eyes and the ability to speak.

When we have a dispute with a neighbor or a friend, do we look to kill? I certainly hope not.

And if we choose as couples to decouple (I very recently heard that term), we go to mediation or arbitration, or court… courting a divorce and not by the end of a bullet or knife.

War no more ……Has it ever solved anything except for the destruction of Nazi Germany? One war plants the seeds of the next war and the next and the next until we have war forevermore…and we cry for the dead and wounded but the piling of bodies grows ever higher.

So having said that, what should we fear the most? Nuclear war certainly but what if Earth becomes uninhabitable? I guess I could hide under a table in the restaurant, bringing back many memories (not that this new table was any stronger than my elementary school desk) or a bubble that sustains me high in the mountains so I’d be less affected from the melting ice and rising oceans!

Oh well….it’s time to go back to slicing pastrami….and celebrating National Deli Month in August.

See ya at the deli!


Ben’s Celebrates National Delicatessen Month

In celebration of National Delicatessen Month, Ben’s Kosher Delicatessen Restaurant & Caterers will offer a two-course, prix fixe menu with traditional Jewish fare during the month of August. The Deli Lover’s Favorite special will feature Matzoh Ball Soup, Hot Open Pastrami and Corned Beef Combo, served with stuffed derma (kishke) and fresh-cut French fries. Accompanied by our fresh-cut Cole Slaw and Barrel Cured Pickles, all for the low price of $25.99! Extra-lean meats are available for an additional $1.00.
Delicatessen owners across the country have banded together to create National Delicatessen Month to celebrate the importance of delicatessens to the Jewish community, as well as raise awareness of the fact that they are rapidly disappearing. For the entire month of August, delicatessens are encouraged to create three-course, prix fixe menus that showcase some of their beloved traditional deli dishes. A portion of each of these meals sold will go towards a charity of the delicatessen’s choice.
For this special occasion, Ben’s has chosen to donate 15% of the proceeds from their prix fixe menu to the Interfaith Nutrition Network (the “INN”), a not-for-profit, volunteer-based organization that provides a broad variety of essential services to assist those facing hunger, homelessness and extreme poverty.
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About Ben’s Delicatessen Restaurant & Caterers
Ben’s is a family-owned and operated delicatessen/restaurant company that has been serving up the finest authentic New York Kosher delicatessen products and eastern European comfort foods since 1972. All of Ben’s sandwiches, soups and dinners are freshly prepared. Ben’s has seven convenient locations: three on Long Island in Carle Place, Greenvale and Woodbury, and one each in Midtown Manhattan; Bayside, Queens; Scarsdale in Westchester County; and Boca Raton, Florida with delivery service available to many communities around the stores. For more information, visit or call Ben’s Catering Hotline at 1-800-344-BENS.

July 2019 Ruminations & Ronnifications

Here I am, about seven miles in the air traveling to Memphis, Tennessee – a place I have not been to in over 47 years. My wife Cindy, and I are taking a river cruise on the mighty Mississippi from Memphis to New Orleans. I hope to see Graceland prior to the beginning of the river cruise so I can remember the time my late Aunt Betty danced to “Hound Dog” and other Elvis Presley songs. Understand that my Aunt Betty lived with us as we were growing up. To this day, I get the greatest joy listening to 50s music, smiling with all the warm memories of Aunt Betty, for whom our four-year-old granddaughter is named.

Just prior to boarding the plane at LaGuardia Airport in New York City, I recognized a Congressman from – of all places – the Volunteer State, Tennessee. It was U.S. representative, Steve Cohen. Anyone who knows me knows I could never pass up the opportunity to converse with a politician. I told him that, in a few weeks, I would be catering an event in Washington, D.C.

Lo and behold, he said he would be attending. I then told the Congressman that I would be slicing the succulent double-steamed pastrami at that event. I did tell him, however, that I wouldn’t be serving fried chicken, as there was a famous picture of the good Congressman munching on fried chicken while some of his fellow Congressmen were questioning the Attorney General of the United States, William Barr, about the Mueller Report.

He then told me that, on the cruise I was taking, there would be ample amounts of southern fried chicken to nosh on. And my wandering mind is still wondering if he, the good Congressman, was washing down that Kentucky fried chicken with some of that well-known Tennessee whiskey.

See y’all at the Deli.


P.S. Tennessee Congressman, Steve Cohen, did indeed attend the DNC event in Washington, D.C. that Ben’s catered!

Dads Eat at Half-Price on Father’s Day at All Ben’s Kosher Deli Locations

Great Dinner Specials and Catering Options Available

Make no mistake: one of Dad’s favorite things to do is eat. In celebration, Ben’s Kosher Delicatessen Restaurant & Caterers has put together a special treat for Dad – 50 percent off Dad’s meal on Father’s Day – so Dad can chow down on any one of his beloved Ben’s menu items. As Ben’s Kids’ Menu items include a variety of fresh-made, no-preservative children’s favorites and Ben’s classics, Ben’s is a surefire way to keep the whole family happy!

Father’s Day coupons can be found online at or in various publications local to all seven Ben’s locations. This special offer is valid on Father’s Day only. Each 50% off sandwich or entrée for Dad requires a separate regular-priced sandwich or entrée purchase of equal or greater value. This deal cannot be combined with any other Ben’s special, coupon, discount, offer or Ben’s Friends Reward. The coupon needs to be printed and physically shown at Ben’s; mobile images will not be validated.

For those looking to avoid the crowds and celebrate in the comforts of home, Ben’s also offers a variety of delicious catering and take-out options, including multiple BBQ catering packages. Ben’s Party Platter for 10 includes four dozen assorted mix ‘n match mini-knishes and franks-in-jackets, your choice of either a three-and-a-half-pound cold cut platter with rye bread, 11 overstuffed sandwiches, a four-foot party hero or 11 wraps. It also comes with fresh-cut cole slaw, homemade potato salad, and a relish tray, all for just $169.90!

Ben’s Housewarming Buffet for 20 costs only $399.80 for your choice of vegetable crudite or a grilled vegetable platter and a choice of two assorted hors d’oeuvres: franks-in-jackets, stuffed mushrooms, pastrami-wrapped pineapple, breaded broccoli, mini knishes, or sweet & sour meatballs. This buffet also comes with either a carved roast turkey or a rotisserie chicken platter, plattered Ben’s cold cuts or brisket of beef with gravy, a freshly prepared salad assortment, and to top it all off, a relish tray, dinner rolls and fresh rye bread.

Phone orders are welcome, and delivery is available. Keep in mind that the 50 percent off coupon is not valid on take-out orders.

If Ben’s is Dad’s favorite place to enjoy a hearty meal, a Ben’s Gift Card or eGift Card is the perfect gift! Our physical gift cards can be purchased online or in stores, and our eGift cards are ideal for quick delivery via email.

Ben’s Kosher Delicatessen Restaurant & Caterers Father’s Day specials are available at all seven locations – Bayside, Manhattan, Carle Place, Greenvale, Scarsdale and Woodbury, New York, and Boca Raton, Florida.

June 2019 Ruminations & Ronnifications

I can still remember. April showers bring May flowers and so what does the Mayflower bring? Pilgrims!

But not those immigrants, silly. Rather, our latest wave of immigration includes those from India, Pakistan, the Pacific Rim, Central America, etc.

Unlike most African-Americans – who were forcibly brought to this country – the immigrants of yesteryear desperately came here to seek a better life in the land of opportunity. Isn’t it a wonderful testament to the United States of America that people still want to come here, even with its warts?

We are probably the most diverse nation on the planet with input from so many different cultures and an appreciation of so many perspectives. The common denominator here is that most people simply want to put food on their table, a roof over their head, and a good education for their offspring… in a peaceful environment. They came from places where they may have been persecuted, tortured, and/or imprisoned for a whole host of reasons…. many of which we cringe when we see and hear the offenses.

The immigrants we have working at Ben’s, most of whom are from Central America, are hardworking, and honorable – dedicated to the job and serving the public well. My heart goes out to these people as they hear all the noise emanating from Washington, D.C. Sometimes, I think they are pawns in some sort of political chess game. They are no more guilty of crimes than those who are American born. They are as striving as any native-born American, maybe more so.

Why do we pick on the weakest among us? What have they done to affect our lives adversely? Does it mean that we should ignore the gangs? Absolutely not. In the same way we went after organized crime and the drug cartels, we should go after gangs and gang members. Most of the immigrants on the low end of the pay scale, who do the jobs that most Americans do not want, serve a real need in society until such time, as they and their offspring can attain the American dream…and then we’ll be ready for the next wave of immigration.

As has been said by much smarter people than me, a society is judged not by how it treats the most well-heeled among us, but the poorest and weakest among us.

See ya at the Deli.


Ben’s is Head of the Class for Graduation Catering!

Congratulations, graduates! What’s better than finally being done with school? The graduation party spent with friends and family! Celebrate the completion of high school or college with a party catered by Ben’s Kosher Delicatessen Restaurant & Caterers.

With Ben’s, you can create a Ben’s Buffet to suit your taste, customize a catered package or build your own menu. Choose from the following options:

Party Platters Plus for 10 — For just $169.90, the Party Platters Plus for 10 guests includes four dozen assorted Hors D’oeuvres of Mix ‘n Match Mini-Knishes & Franks-in-Jackets with a choice of one of the following: a three-and-a-half-pound cold cut platter with rye bread, eleven overstuffed sandwiches, a four-foot party hero, or eleven wraps. Also included in this package are fresh-cut cole slaw, homemade potato salad, and a tray of relish. For larger parties, there is a charge of $16.99 per additional person.

Housewarming Buffet for 20 — For up to 20 guests, and at the low price of $399.80 ($19.99 per additional person), customers get a choice of Vegetable Crudite or Grilled Vegetable Platter, five dozen assorted Hors D’oeuvres of your choice of two of the following: Franks-in-Jackets, stuffed mushrooms, pastrami-wrapped pineapple, breaded broccoli, mini knishes, or sweet-and-sour meatballs. There is also the choice of either a carved roast turkey or rotisserie chicken platter. Additionally, this buffet comes with plattered Ben’s cold cuts or Brisket of Beef with Gravy and Ben’s freshly prepared salad assortment. And, last but not least, the Housewarming Buffet also comes with a relish tray, dinner rolls, and fresh Rye bread.

Deluxe Hot & Cold S’more-gasbord for 20 — At the price of just $499.80 for 20 guests ($24.99 per additional person), you also get a choice of Vegetable Crudite or Grilled Vegetable Platter. Choose two of the following Hors D’oeuvres and get seven dozen of them assorted: Franks-in-Jackets, stuffed mushrooms, pastrami-wrapped pineapple, breaded broccoli, mini knishes, or sweet-and-sour meatballs. You also get a choice of two main dishes: either boneless Hawaiian chicken garnished with pineapple, boneless chicken cacciatore, veal and peppers, or beef burgundy and broccoli. Also included in this package is a rice pilaf and a fresh vegetable medley, Israeli salad, assorted fresh dinner rolls and an assorted cookie tray.

Bountiful Banquet for 40
If you are planning on having a large party, the Bountiful Banquet for 40 is ideal! Priced at just $999.60 ($24.99 per additional person), you receive a gourmet salad mold, 14 dozen assorted Hors D’oeuvres, your choice of a carved roast turkey or plattered chicken prepared your way! The Bountiful Banquet also comes with the choice of plattered Ben’s cold cuts or brisket of beef with gravy, two made-to-order hot main dishes, two freshly prepared homemade salads, two hot side dish selections, as well as relish trays and assorted bread. As for dessert, you also get a fresh fruit platter and an assortment of baked desserts or cake! Substitutions are welcomed.

Ben’s also has BBQ catering options to make graduation parties simple! Ben’s sets it up, serves it up and cleans it up! Visit Ben’s BBQ Catering for more information.