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Ben Ash Delicatessen
Posted by Amy on 02/12/2009
I ordered the matzo brie, which came by itself, on a plate. It was okay, and then they insisted I pay $14.00 for it, even though they never served the required side dishes. The manager said he would give them to me on the spot, but I had theater tickets, and he wouldn't lower the price. The music was loud, the staff was inconsiderate and the whole experience felt like a scam.
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.