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Posted by Justin on 06/16/2005
Went to Ben Ash for lunch this afternoon with some co-interns. We ordered matzo ball soup and potato latkes. Now, all of us are Jewish, so we know our Jewish food well and this stuff tasted poor. The soup broth was more of a chicken noodle than a matzo ball and it didn't mix well with the ball. The taste and the consistency of the ball were good, but the broth was just overwhelming. Moving on to the latkes, when they arrived, you could tell right away it wasn't going to be a pleasant experience. They looked soggy instead of crispy and the taste was just as bad. I don't know what kind of batter they were using, but none of us were a fan. We asked for the latkes to be taken off the bill and they were. Other people at our table ordered a cheeseburger and a turkey burger which they enjoyed...just stay away from the Jewish food.
Posted by Anonymous on 06/10/2005
My husband and I were up from NJ and enjoying the city on 5/31/05. We wanted to grab a quick lunch and decided to try out Ben Ash. We soon realized that the menu was extremely over-priced, but we were hungry and just wanted a quick lunch. The appetizer of mozzerella sticks was not cooked long enough - the cheese inside was still hard. My husband got a turky burger that was practically well done when he'd asked for medium. And I had ordered crabcakes, only to find that there was no crab in them at all - just shrimp. We called the manager over, and explained that we were not happy with the food. He stated that crab is not a flavorful meat, and that is why they put shrimp in the crabcakes. He said, "at least it's whole shrimp, at least we don't grind it up to look like crab." Even after explaining that we eat crabcakes often and that crab meat IS very flavorful, he made no apologies and did not offer to take anything off the bill. Fortunately, seeing "Spamalot" and dinner at Bombay Palace later that night made up for it!
Posted by stacey on 05/30/2005
The staff at ben ash was never extremely friendly but the place was clean and the apple strudel was to die for...We had a pastry and coffee every night after the shows and were always pleased with the taste! The chocolate cigars, almond cresents, and cheesecake were marvelous. We did not ever eat a sandwich but when food was brought to tables nar us, we were amazed at how large the portions were. It was a bit pricey but well worth it!
Posted by Wes on 05/04/2005
Had a pastrami and chopped liver on rye, unbelievably huge. Expensive, yes ($18.95), but it's good for two meals (but just one for me). I'm not big on "atmosphere", so that didn't matter to me. The service was fine. Not real busy, which is just fine with me, too. Bigger than other delis - went to the Stage and sat shoulder to shoulder with strangers. Maybe that's part of the NY experience, but it made me uncomfortable. This place was fine.
Posted by Anonymous on 04/17/2005
It's steep. It doesn't matter. I don't know about the food, but the cheesecake is worth it.
Posted by Mike on 04/13/2005
We tried a lot of different meals at Ben ash's, breakfast, dinner and dessert, and I must say that everything we had was SUPERB. Anyone who ever visits NYC just has to go to Ben's. I would not miss it for the world. I agree that the food is somewhat expensive but considering the huge portions it is abolsutely worth it. Like one of the waiters said: "In New York we eat a lot.". So there is no need to wait in line at Carnegie's when you can go to Ben Ash's. It is places like this that make NYC great.
Posted by MomBob on 03/29/2005
Looked good from the outside but disappointing once seated. Prices are outrageous even for the theater district. Saw others being served and the portions were ridiculously large. There's a minimum $10 or $12 charge per person which is insane with kids. We ordered a piece of cheesecake to go and left without ordering food. Went to Carnegie Deli instead which was good but not great. Ben and Ash cheesecake was very good. Katz's is better than Carnegie as far as pastrami goes. Better atmosphere, too.