Ben's Kosher Delicatessen
59 Old Country Rd
Carle Place, NY 11514
Categories: Delis, Kosher, Caterers
Foodies rejoice!!! We have found our way back to the King of ALL Kosher Delicatessen's... and we are going to bring you there Food Hound style!
Brimstone here; and as you can see... the rumor's on Wikipedia are untrue -- I am alive and well. Unless of course I died and went to Heaven; because our experience at Ben's Kosher Delicatessen was utterly amazing! This was the first time I'd been to Ben's in a LONG time and the first time that I've ever been in this Carle Place, New York location. Once you walk through the revolving doors; on a visual level, this spot is just as impressive as every other Ben's location. The restaurant was wide open, bright, lively and featured the long gourmet showcase that showcases the delicious delicacies in each of their restaurants. Very warm, cozy and inviting, the larger sized establishment reminded me that I was home. I remember dining at Ben's time and time again as a child and I can truthfully say; every bite brought me back to my youth here on Long Island.
Now, Ben's didn't get this good overnight! They are currently celebrating their 40 Year Anniversary... Yes, you read it correctly... FORTY YEARS. Etan Wish and I were absolutely honored to not only have the opportunity to visit such a well-known Long Island Landmark; but to also be dining there on Purim! On to the food...
Every table starts off with homemade coleslaw and delicious pickles (which of course Etan devoured right away). Etan received a bowl of the Lentil Soup and I had a bowl of Matzoh Ball Soup. The Matzoh Ball was HUGE and although I happen to be a fan of the "sinker" -- these Matzoh Balls were floaters... not to mention perfectly round. Etan slurped up the Lentil Soup as if it were going out of style, both soups were delicious! Next came the Stuffed Cabbage and the Chicken Fricassee (jaw dropping servings). The Stuffed Cabbage was extremely flavorful and was reminiscent of my Grandmother's recipe. The only difference was the sauce -- they use an onion based sweet and sour blend that was music to my taste buds... a HUGE WIN! The Chicken Fricassee was drizzled with a fabulous brown sauce and accompanied by a couple of Meatballs (that had a Swedish Meatball-esque flavoring). The Chicken itself was tender and pretty much fall off the bone. Although I probably wouldn't have ordered the Fricassee on a normal basis; this little baby certainly made a believer out of me - I'd order it again.
Since we were at this Legendary eatery, we had to sample a few of the side dishes that you can probably get from other places; but you probably won't get them as good as they make them here. It is seriously as close to home cooked as possible when it comes to these trademark Jewish treats. Etan had a taste of the Chopped Liver which he thought was incredible; so he followed up the bite by slapping a HUGE chunk on a piece of Rye and munching on it! The mayo didn't outshine the moist chicken in the Chicken Salad that I tried. It was creamy not dry with slight hints of vegetable; pure flavor! Out came the Potato Pancake and a Round Knish, both made here at Ben's from scratch. The Latke (pancake) was a large portion that could easily be shared by two people, lightly fried but moist in the center - went perfectly with the Apple Sauce. The Round Knish is not only handmade; but it is actually baked and NOT fried. Yumm-O. A tremendous difference from the squared knish we are all used to; clearly on point.
We followed all this fantastic fun with the main course of Champions!!! Etan really enjoyed the Beef Brisket Sandwich which was stuffed with lean pieces of Brisket wrapped into a mound of love. I couldn't help returning to my roots by having a 1/2 Corned Beef and 1/2 Pastrami Sandwich... to which I demolished quite quickly! Ben's actually pickles their own Corned Beef daily and the Pastrami was voted as the BEST on Long Island (if not all of New York), so its no wonder that this sandwich was out of this world good. The meat literally melts in your mouth and is equally delicious sans bread and mustard. Result... Corned Beef & Pastrami for the WIN!
Etan and I finished off our celebration with a little Hamantaschen (apricot and prune) and Rugelach (which means "little twist" in Yiddish). Everything we had was an absolute delight and we certainly can't wait to come through again! Another little tidbit of information for all you foodies out there, keep an eye out on Ben's social media throughout 2012 -- since this year is their 40th Birthday; they are celebrating by offering daily specials like a half-pound of 'something special' for only .40 cents or a full meal for $19.72. Very cool theme and a great reason to check them out. Thanks again for tuning in to another Food Hound: Tidbit!!!
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