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Ben Ash Delicatessen
Posted by anonymous on 02/08/2009
We walked in on a saturday night looking for a quick bite to eat at a typical nyc deli. we were ushered in off the sidewalk by the manager escorting us to a "romantic" booth on the side. After opening up the menu and glancing at the prices, my jaw dropped. $25 for a sandwich?? $15 for potato skins? You must be joking. I've lived in NY for 3 years and never seen anything that absurd before. My date and i quickly got up, thanked them for the water, and left immediately. Do not ever eat here - you will walk out a pauper...
Posted by Why&How did we stop here? on 11/29/2008
I was initially impressed being a Wisconsinite who does not eat out often. We waited "too long" for our food: so long we did not go to the "Metropolitan Museum". My $24 Crabcake Sandwich came on a plate that was cracked. Why I did not send it back I don't know. Knowing three of us could not eat a "Benash" portion, we planned on ordering two entrees and I, being the least hungry would share. (Our one year old did not have to order, thank goodness.) We ended up ordering a bowl of Soup Du Jour because the waitress had to serve all three of us. The Fruit Cheese Cake was expected to be the best at $10.65 per slice (tax included), but it wasn't. Would I eat there again? No. Would I recommend it to "anyone"? No I tab was over $67 for three and a one year old. I hope they can now buy and serve their food on plates that are not cracked. I would also think the service could have been better.
Posted by Sam on 09/09/2008
I ate here after work today and was served the worst meal in recent memory. Pastrami sandwiches boast 1lb of meat, but what you'll really get is 1/4th lb meat with 3/4th lb fat. Management was rude and actually on the verge of belligerant instead of offering to remedy the situation (i.e., offer to make a new sandwich) insisted I pay the bill immediately and leave the restaurant. This place is a tourist trap- go to one of the other area delis instead if you crave a NYC ruben & cheesecake.
Posted by Anonymous on 08/19/2008
With the amount of fine delis in New York, I should have listened to my gut and gone anywhere else. Service was poor at best, and sandwiches were over sized for even a New Orleans man.
Posted by Doug M. on 05/12/2008
After spending $11 for a withered hot dog on a stale bun with greasy/soggy fries and a partially-cooked round kinish served up with unfriendly service - I am shocked that this place has been in business for years. My lunch companion ordered a "melt" which, for $14, was nothing more than a grilled cheese sandwich that looked less appetizing than the undoubtedly reserved coleslaw that is "generously" offered to all patrons. For this establishment to operate in New York as a "deli" should be a prosecutable offense.
Posted by Anonymous on 03/14/2008
I went in to pick up black & white cookies and asked if I could just get a turkey reuben to go. I am still shocked by this, but the price was $24 for the sandwich. Fine, I figured it better be good. When I went back to the office to eat the sandwich, nothing was in the reuben except sauerkraut & turkey! The bread was not toasted, the cheese was not swiss, & there was no russian dressing on the sandwich! For $24 it has to be amazing unfortunately, this was not. The turkey was not even real turkey it was the sliced kind you could buy at any deli. Avoid, avoid, avoid.
Posted by Roberts Family on 01/01/2008
I thought that my cheesecake and root beer float were delicious. My sister had Silver Dollar pancakes and she loved them. As we are from England, we thought it was a real American atmosphere and we give a big well done to Ben Ash.