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Customer Comments and Testimonials

December 19, 2011

My son and I thoroughly enjoyed chatting with you about sports, other customers, jokes about polar bears, your insights into people, and your rather amazing history.

You were a topic on our drive home to Philly.

We both were tickled by recounting our chats. You see, my parents are 1st-generation Americans with their parents having come from Russia & Poland. I have memories of Yiddish newspapers, our foods, and our culture. When I first came to Ben's some 5 years ago, I felt as if I'd gone backwards 40+ years. It's a combo of deli, pickles and ambiance that takes me back.

So, when my son asked me to pick him up from the Jewish Theological Seminary on 123rd & Broadway, I had but one requirement: That we go to Ben's so that, in some small way, I could enjoy my grandparents again and to pass those special feelings on to him. Carnivore that he is, dinner was a no-brainer.

And when you appeared, you became part of that ambiance. There is but one Yiddish sense of humor which encompasses our culture and brings back memories of loved ones and of time spent with them.

So, I suppose this e-mail simply says Thanks. You were far more entertaining than the measure of your jokes & comments. You were a part of a thread that brings us back to our pasts.

May you and your family have a super (& restful) Chanukah and that you enjoy health, prosperity, and peace for countless years.

Steve Z.


November 26, 2011

Ronnie, Michael:

Dave and I, Arlene I., were extremely happy this past Thursday evening enjoying a delicious home made dinner at Ben's Boca. We were greeted like Mishpoocha. We felt very much at home from the minute we walked in with our friends, Rabbi H. and his wife, Rosalind, along with another couple. There was Michael's usual greeting, a nice hug. He always make us feel very important.

Ronnie, I have always said to both of you, Michael is a clone of you, Ronnie. As busy as the restaurant was at the 5pm seating, and it was very busy, everything ran soooooo smoothly. The waiter, Manny, was also so pleasant. He made sure we got everything we were entitled too plus!

Thanks Michael. You guys are a wonderful team and your help "TEAM" is wonderful. EVERYONE does what they are expected to do and more.



Hopefully you will find the time to visit with us when you get down.

Arlene and Dave I.


November 11, 2011

Working with Todd and Ben's Deli was the best decision we made for the wedding. We had the most wonderful experience with all the staff and every bit of food that we ate that night.
Todd was very helpful in selecting a menu and helping us think through the timing. We had the reception at a wine bar in Williamsburg that was beautiful and unique - but not well equiped for vendors to come in and prep. Todd and his team didn't even flinch -- they brought a truck to keep all the food in and timed all the apps and buffet perfectly. I was really grateful that they were such pros and were able to work with the space, work with the other vendors, and work with our vision.

Then there was the food - DELICIOUS. We were thrilled and surprised from the very beginning. We had tasted most of the food that we chose for the evening at the restaurant, but there were a few "catering only" dishes that we hadn't tried. I am so glad, because when I tasted the stuffed mushrooms it made me really happy. And when I saw the caviar and egg canapes - I was thrilled. Amazing! I never thought I would have caviar at my wedding. So classy. Everyone was thrilled. The guests kept eating, and kept discussing how delicious all the food was.

One of my biggest concerns was not feeling like I was serving deli food at a formal event. Todd was really understanding and recommended we have carvers come and carve meat, instead of putting out trays. This was great. It added a nice touch as well for the guests who recieved personal attention form the staff throughout the meal. We also rented plates and silverware which Todd and team managed - also elevating the meal to more of a formal feel. In the end, I got exactly the food I wanted and exactly the ambiance and feel that I wanted -- all at a price I felt comfortable with.

I was so thrilled with the service, food, and planning assistance Todd, Rachel, and the whole team at Ben's provided. I would happily use them again and recommend them for your event.

Jessica L'E.


September 12, 2011

Dear Mr. Dragoon,

I am writing this letter to express my high compliments to you on the operation of your restaurants.

My family and I visit Ben's Deli restaurants frequently, each time with great satisfaction. The food served is excellent, the prices are reasonable and the service is great!

I wish you continued success.

Fred B.


May, 2011

Dear Michael,

Now that my company has left and I have recuperated from the wedding excitement, I want to tell you that the wedding reception at Ben's was perfect. My son & daughter-in-law enjoyed every minute of the food and friendship there. Your two waiters, Harold & Paul were extremely efficient & kind & helpful.

Thank you and "Ben's" for a wonderful afternoon.
Carolyn W.


April 27, 2011

Dear Mr. Dragoon,

My wife and I have been longtime customers of Ben's Kosher Deli. We have ordered Passover and High Holiday meals numerous times and have found them mostly satisfactory.

This year (Passover) your Woodbury store provided excellent meals. I would like you to compliment your chef and whoever else was involved in the cooking and distribution to us. This was the best package we ever received.

Norman C.
Huntington, NY


April 15, 2011

On March 26, 2011 we hosted an 85th birthday party at your restaurant. There was a misunderstanding regarding the area to be used for the party, but it was quickly resolved.

I am writing to tell you how pleased we were with the service and the food, all due to Michael, the general manager. We got everything that we were promised served in a most congenial manner.

Usually we are quick to complain if anything goes wrong, but we feel that it is important that management is aware of what a gem you have in Michael.

We are regular customers at your restaurant. All of our expectations of what Ben's restaurant is all about were certainly fulfilled that day.

Thank you Michael and thank you Ben's for making a great day even better.

Very truly yours,
Albert S. Lorraine S.
Lake Worth, FL

April 7, 2011

Dear Michael,

On behalf of Kol Tikvah Hadassah in Lake Worth--Bellaggio, it was wonderful working with you. The food was delicious, ample, and well-presented. The bowls of fruit were artistically arranged, fresh, and very tasty. The delivery people were helpful & punctual.

It is so nice when your expectations are met: and Michael, you (and Ben's) deserve kudos for such excellent service. Our Women's Seder was more successful with your special touch.

Thank you,
Trudy A.
Harlie E.

May 31, 2011

Today the Israel Center for Conservative Judaism had a luncheon and game afternoon at Ben's Deli in Bayside. The two people who served us were Brandan and Fran. I wanted to let you know how courteous and friendly and helpful both of them were to my Sisterhood ladies. They also served me at another party I had at Ben's in March. They need to be recognized for their efforts.

Thank you.
Idan C.,
Chairperson for the event


April 26, 2011

Just wanted to take a minute to let you know that the Robinson Secondary group that I sent on 4/16/11 had a FANTASTIC experience at Ben's Deli for lunch. Their trip coordinator made sure to let us know they had fun and the food was GREAT!

Thanks for working with us! Our groups travel in the spring time (we are finished in the NY area for this season) and I look forward to hopefully sending more groups your way in the future!

Warm Regards,
Marcy L., Options Coordinator
Richmond, VA