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Ben’s Kosher Delicatessen

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Photograph: Melissa Sinclair

Ben's Kosher Delicatessen

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Photograph: Melissa Sinclair

Ben's Kosher Delicatessen

3/5
Photograph: Melissa Sinclair

Ben's Kosher Delicatessen

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Photograph: Melissa Sinclair

Ben's Kosher Delicatessen

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Photograph: Melissa Sinclair

Ben's Kosher Delicatessen

Midtown West
Knishes, hot pastrami, chopped liver—you’ll find deli classics and much more at Ben’s, proud sponsor of an annual matzo-ball-eating contest. (The 2002 winner downed 16 and a quarter in five minutes.) The granddaddy of seven statewide locations, Ben’s Gotham branch features a loud, 250-seat purple dining room and even louder yellow menus, chock-full of exclamation points. Half an overstuffed sandwich, served on soft, tangy rye or wheat, is thicker than War and Peace, and the beef, turkey and veggie burgers are bursting out of their buns. There are also steaks, veal chops and chicken livers, plus lighter choices, such as a Caesar salad. Ben’s is midtown-pricey and lacks the bustling charm of the 2nd Avenue Deli, but with so many choices, stop kvetching and eat already.
Venue name: Ben’s Kosher Delicatessen
Address: 209 W 38th St
New York
10018
Cross street: between Seventh and Eighth Aves
Venue phone: 212-398-2367
Website: http://bensdeli.net
Opening hours: Daily 11am–9pm
Transport: Subway: N, Q, R, 42nd St S, 1, 2, 3, 7 to 42nd St–Times Sq
Price: Average main course: $12. AmEx, DC, Disc, MC, V
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