Friday, January 13, 2012

Ben's Kosher Deli (Long Island)

I attempted to blog about this on Wednesday, but my post suffered a fatal disaster when the Blogger app on my phone collided with my horrendous AT&T coverage. And poof! My post disappeared, now lost in cyberspace. Sigh. Hopefully not many of you read it during the 4 hours it was up, in which case, sorry for the repetition! Well, here’s attempt #2!

One of my favorite places to go when I was growing up in Long Island was Ben’s Kosher Deli. They have a great assortment of sandwiches, hot entrees, soups and other little noshes. In fact, during my younger years, if I had Friday ‘date nights’ with my Mom, we would often grab dinner at Ben’s and then wander over to Barnes & Noble next door. They still have the best cole slaw I’ve ever had, and I crave it when I go too many months without it!

When I was home during the Christmas holiday, my family visited Ben’s for lunch. We wasted no time pigging out, as they set down a small platter of cole slow and bowl of pickles (sour and dill) in the middle of our table, even before we ordered. You think free refills on soda is good? Ben’s gives free refills on cole slaw and pickles, so eat up! (And if you have any left at the end of your meal, don’t forget to pack it up to take home with you!

Best cole slaw!
Sour and dill pickles

We had the Matzo Ball soup and the Mushroom Barley soup. The Matzo ball was pretty bland and missed the mark. It wasn’t as good as other kosher delis in Long Island. The Mushroom Barley soup is very popular at Ben’s. It’s thick and hearty and perfect comfort food on a cold day!

Matzo Ball Soup
Mushroom Barley Soup

The Pastrami on Rye sandwich is also a popular choice at Ben’s, as proven since nearly my whole family ordered it! The Pastrami is fresh-carved and you can ask for some cole slaw and Russian dressing to be added to your sandwich. Get an order of a square potato knish (served steaming hot!) to round out your meal. Yum!

Pastrami on Rye sandwich (with cole slaw and Russian dressing)
Square Potato Knish

Ben’s Kosher Deli has various locations in Long Island (the one my family frequents is in Carle Place). They also have a location in Manhattan on West 38th Street between 7th and 8th Avenues. I haven’t been to that location yet but if you have, let me know how it is!

Piggys says yes!

Piggy KL


  1. Hi I was wondering if you minded if I use your picture for an article I’m writing for in Spoon University. I would of course credit you however you like and will link your recipe .


    1. Sure go ahead, Emma! And please feel free to share the article with us. We'd love to read it! Thank you for asking.