Ben’s Top’t Dogs Are Back

Six Recipes Make a Return for The Month of July Only

Next month, Ben’s Kosher Delicatessen, Restaurant and Caterers will be bringing back its Top’t Dogs menu. This year, Ben’s is offering six different Top’t Dog options – the six favorites of last year. These original hot dog recipes will be available at all Ben’s locations, but only for the month of July.

The toppings on these hot dogs were inspired by some of the biggest flavor capitals in the country. From The California Dreamin’, which fills your mouth with delicious avocados, to The NY Fiver, which holds two franks and three toppings, you can’t go wrong. In addition, each Ben’s Top’t Dog Combo comes complete with a bottomless fountain beverage and a side of your choice.

This collection exclusively features Hebrew National brand hot dogs. Side options include fresh-cut fries, potato pancake, round potato knish and old-fashioned square knish. All Top’t Dogs can be upgraded to feature a homemade pretzel bun for just 99 cents, and additional side dishes of fresh guacamole or vegetarian chili can also be added for a nominal price. For those who are 21 and over, the fountain beverage can be upgraded to one bottle of cold domestic or imported beer, for an additional cost.

A description of each Ben’s Top’t Dog can be found below:

Best of Boston ($12.99): generous portion of baked beans and crispy onion straws, on a brioche bun.
Chili Dog ($13.99): heaping amount of vegetarian chili and fresh chopped onions, on a brioche bun.
Ben’s Deli Dog ($13.99): choice of corned beef or pastrami, topped with warm sauerkraut, on a baguette; Russian dressing optional. Upgrade to BOTH corned beef and pastrami for $3 more.
California Dreamin’ ($13.99): mound of homemade Israeli salad, garnished with sliced avocado, on a brioche bun
Philadelphia Double Dog ($15.99): two franks topped with sautéed beef and a pile of peppers and onions, on a garlic bread roll
The NY Fiver ($15.99): two hot dogs topped with three toppings from New York’s ubiquitous street carts – sauerkraut, tangy onion and sweet green relish, on a chewy pretzel bun

June 2017 Ruminations & Ronnifications

Come this October, I will have been in business for 45 years. Yes, you read that correctly. Forty-five years of learning, growing, prospering and living the “American Dream” as a Baby Boomer.

I may be in the twilight of my career – or shall I refer to it as the sunset of my career, but I am constantly wondering who will continue the Ben’s tradition. Keeping the customs alive and the business I built intact is concerning and preoccupies most of my spare time.

Forty-five years ago, it would have been unthinkable that a Kosher deli would no longer exist on every street corner but, sadly, we are an endangered species. Where there were once almost 300 Jewish and/or Kosher delicatessen restaurants in metro New York, now there are fewer than fifty.

But, these are very different times. Most of our patrons do not follow the laws of kashrut. And, the unique connection and loyalty that immigrants and their offspring had to the neighborhood Kosher deli no longer exists. I remember a time when I saw patrons three or four times per week – primarily those who only ate kosher foods. Now, we are lucky if our patrons visit us two times per month.

To combat this declining food sector called the Kosher deli, I make certain that we are keeping up with the times and listen to our customers in order to give them what they want. This includes healthier options, like our Grilled Chicken Avocado Salad, or creative menu options like our innovative Burger Month Menu. Additionally, we are constantly updating and remodeling our stores. If you read my May blog, you would know that we updated and renovated our Bayside location.

And, while we try to stay ahead of the competition and make changes, we also continue to stay the course and remember why we have seven locations and are in business 45 years come October – we still cure our own corned beefs and tongues, make all our deli side salads, purchase Idaho potatoes for our freshly cut French fries, and make most of our food from scratch, including the chicken soup and matzo balls that are made daily in our kitchens.

I will continue to support local causes and charities, never refusing to help a community group when asked. We strive to be responsible, caring and giving corporate citizens, and hopefully there will be enough business to enable us to continue help our fellow citizens and local neighborhoods well into the future.

Thanks for all your years of patronage.

See ya at the deli,

Ben’s of Bayside Renovation Celebration

New Décor, Memorial Day BBQ, Comedy Show and More

Ben’s Kosher Delicatessen Restaurant & Caterers is excited to unveil the final phase of renovations at the company’s Bayside location, its second rehab since opening in 1994. As part of the update, Ben’s Founder/Owner, Ronnie Dragoon, opted to upgrade the bathrooms and furniture, reclaim the terrazzo flooring, lay new carpet and paint the entire restaurant – including the ceilings. Though not visible to customers, the restaurant’s “back of the house” (the kitchen) was also rehabilitated.

While a majority of the construction work took place while Ben’s was closed during the eight days of Passover, renovations continued throughout the subsequent weeks. As with any renovation, there were, of course, some bumps in the road – delayed delivery of furniture and red outlet covers and water damage to a wall that required a replacement of mirrors – but it was all worth it in the end.

With final restoration of Ben’s of Bayside now complete, the company is lighting up the charcoal and grilling up BBQ favorites for a celebratory Memorial Day BBQ “unveiling” event on Monday, May 29, from noon to 8 p.m. During the celebration, guests will be treated to their choice of Ben’s “All American BBQ,” “Chicken Lovers BBQ” or “Steak Lovers BBQ” options, which all come complete with potato salad and coleslaw, pickles, a corn cobette, sliced watermelon and unlimited fountain beverages.

For those who want to get a sneak peak of Bayside’s new look before Memorial Day, Ben’s is also hosting its next installment of Latkes & Laughs at the restaurant on Saturday, May 20. This dinner and stand-up comedy show event includes a prix fixe dinner with dessert and fountain beverage, as well as the humorous entertainment of Chuck Fox, Ellen Karis and Jim Mendrinos.

What’s more, all visitors will have the opportunity to test out Ben’s new “Grandma’s Chicken Soup” recipe, which is available ONLY at Ben’s of Bayside. Try a bowl for $7.99, or add a Matzo Ball or Kreplach for $1.