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Anniversary Runs October 9-15 with $19.72 Special in Honor of the Company’s Founding Year
Autumn 1972 was an exciting one. President Richard Nixon was running for his second term. The Oakland Athletics were in a close battle against the Cincinnati Reds for the World Series pennant. And, Ronnie Dragoon, a witty New Yorker from Queens, was just opening the doors to his very first Ben’s Kosher Delicatessen Restaurant & Caterers. Now, in celebration of 45 years as one of New York’s best Kosher delis, Ben’s is offering a $19.72 lunch and dinner special, from October 9 through October 15.
To honor its loyal customers, Ben’s is offering “double points” to all Ben’s Friends Preferred Patron customers throughout the anniversary week. Members who dine in at any of Ben’s seven locations will be treated to double points.
After attending Brooklyn College for Political Science, and a subsequent tour as a Vista Volunteer in Indiana, Mr. Dragoon returned to New York in 1972. That October, he used $6,500 of his savings to open Ben’s Kosher Restaurant, which he named in honor of his father, himself a deli man. In the 45 years that have passed, the younger Mr. Dragoon has established seven Ben’s locations throughout Nassau, Queens, Westchester and Manhattan, as well as in Boca Raton, Florida. Though he currently employs more than 320 people. Mr. Dragoon can be found splitting his time behind the counter at the Greenvale and Boca Raton locations, where he mentors younger employees about the restaurant industry and personally oversees Greenvale’s day-to-day operations.
“You only turn 45 once, so we wanted to make it special,” says Mr. Dragoon. “When I started this business, I was single and broke. Now? I have a wife, two children, one dog, two grandchildren and a son-in-law – thank goodness – as well as seven successful restaurants. I also had a full head of hair when I started and now I have none, but I’ll take that trade off any day.”
The Ben’s 45th Anniversary Celebration Week Special includes a soup, bottomless fountain beverage and choice of entrée with two sides. Entrées include Fresh Empire Chicken Dinner, Stuffed Cabbage, Chicken Fricassee or Fresh Roasted Turkey.
Ben’s is Offering a Catered Holiday Meal that Provides Traditional Cuisine for 10 Guests
For many families, busy schedules can often get in the way of celebration during get-togethers like Rosh Hashanah. Catering options from Ben’s Kosher Delicatessen Restaurant & Caterers allow families to enjoy a delicious, traditional Rosh Hashanah meal together without the time or hassle of food preparation.
This holiday, Ben’s is offering its Catered Holiday Dinner for 10 guests. The catering package is ideal for patrons who are seeking to preserve the tradition of a Rosh Hashanah gathering, but do not have the time to purchase raw ingredients and prepare a meal for the get-together. Today, with more and more families struggling to find time to spend with loved ones, Ben’s Kosher is helping keep the tradition alive with simple and worry-free options.
For the price of $349.99, Ben’s Catered Holiday Dinner comes with 12 Mini Stuffed Cabbages, served with one quart of Chopped Liver or 10 Pieces of Gefilte Fish and four quarts of Chicken Noodle soup, served with 12 Matzo Balls. Included in the price is a choice between several Main Dish options — five Roasted Chickens, one Whole Roasted Turkey (15-pound average), or four pounds of Sliced Brisket. Guests may also choose two sides from among the following — String Beans Almondine, Egg Barley and Mushrooms, Kasha Varnishkes, Broccoli Almondine, Sweet Potato Pudding, Noodle Pudding or Potato Pudding. All orders include one-quart each of Cranberry-Pineapple Compote, Fresh-Cut Cole Slaw and Carrot Tsimmes, paired with a Round Challah, as well as fresh-baked Rugalach for dessert. Guests may add a Fresh Fruit Salad Bowl for an extra $29.99.
Those who purchase Ben’s complete holiday dinner on or before Friday, September 15 will receive three “Buy-1-Get-1 Free” future use coupons through the Ben’s Friends Rewards program (no coupons will be offered after this date).
Ben’s takeout counter is also ideal for picking up last-minute holiday items, with a variety of options for everything from the main course to soups, side dishes, salads or desserts. Phone orders of $100 or more are accepted at least 24 hours in advance. Walk-ins are always welcome.
All Ben’s locations will be closed in observance of Rosh Hashanah starting on Wednesday, September 20 at 4 p.m. and will reopen Saturday, September 23 during regular business hours.
Six Top’t Dog Recipes Make a Return for The Month of July Only
Next month, Ben’s Kosher Delicatessen, Restaurant and Caterers will be bringing back its Top’t Dogs menu. This year, Ben’s is offering six different Top’t Dog options – the six favorites of last year. These original hot dog recipes will be available at all Ben’s locations, but only for the month of July.
The toppings on these hot dogs were inspired by some of the biggest flavor capitals in the country. From The California Dreamin’, which fills your mouth with delicious avocados, to The NY Fiver, which holds two franks and three toppings, you can’t go wrong. In addition, each Ben’s Top’t Dog Combo comes complete with a bottomless fountain beverage and a side of your choice.
This collection exclusively features Hebrew National brand hot dogs. Side options include fresh-cut fries, potato pancake, round potato knish and old-fashioned square knish. All Top’t Dogs can be upgraded to feature a homemade pretzel bun for just 99 cents, and additional side dishes of fresh guacamole or vegetarian chili can also be added for a nominal price. For those who are 21 and over, the fountain beverage can be upgraded to one bottle of cold domestic or imported beer, for an additional cost.
A description of each Ben’s Top’t Dog can be found below:
Best of Boston ($12.99): generous portion of baked beans and crispy onion straws, on a brioche bun.
Chili Dog ($13.99): heaping amount of vegetarian chili and fresh chopped onions, on a brioche bun.
Ben’s Deli Dog ($13.99): choice of corned beef or pastrami, topped with warm sauerkraut, on a baguette; Russian dressing optional. Upgrade to BOTH corned beef and pastrami for $3 more.
California Dreamin’ ($13.99): mound of homemade Israeli salad, garnished with sliced avocado, on a brioche bun
Philadelphia Double Dog ($15.99): two franks topped with sautéed beef and a pile of peppers and onions, on a garlic bread roll
The NY Fiver ($15.99): two hot dogs topped with three toppings from New York’s ubiquitous street carts – sauerkraut, tangy onion and sweet green relish, on a chewy pretzel bun
New Décor, Memorial Day BBQ, Comedy Show and More
Ben’s Kosher Delicatessen Restaurant & Caterers is excited to unveil the final phase of renovations at the company’s Bayside location, its second rehab since opening in 1994. As part of the update, Ben’s Founder/Owner, Ronnie Dragoon, opted to upgrade the bathrooms and furniture, reclaim the terrazzo flooring, lay new carpet and paint the entire restaurant – including the ceilings. Though not visible to customers, the restaurant’s "back of the house" (the kitchen) was also rehabilitated.
While a majority of the construction work took place while Ben’s was closed during the eight days of Passover, renovations continued throughout the subsequent weeks. As with any renovation, there were, of course, some bumps in the road – delayed delivery of furniture and red outlet covers and water damage to a wall that required a replacement of mirrors – but it was all worth it in the end.
With final restoration of Ben’s of Bayside now complete, the company is lighting up the charcoal and grilling up BBQ favorites for a celebratory Memorial Day BBQ “unveiling” event on Monday, May 29, from noon to 8 p.m. During the celebration, guests will be treated to their choice of Ben’s “All American BBQ,” “Chicken Lovers BBQ” or “Steak Lovers BBQ” options, which all come complete with potato salad and coleslaw, pickles, a corn cobette, sliced watermelon and unlimited fountain beverages.
For those who want to get a sneak peak of Bayside’s new look before Memorial Day, Ben’s is also hosting its next installment of Latkes & Laughs at the restaurant on Saturday, May 20. This dinner and stand-up comedy show event includes a prix fixe dinner with dessert and fountain beverage, as well as the humorous entertainment of Chuck Fox, Ellen Karis and Jim Mendrinos.
What’s more, all visitors will have the opportunity to test out Ben’s new “Grandma’s Chicken Soup” recipe, which is available ONLY at Ben’s of Bayside. Try a bowl for $7.99, or add a Matzo Ball or Kreplach for $1.
Starting in June, all Ben’s Kosher Delicatessen Restaurant & Caterers locations will offer a new “Prime Rib Sundays” special, featuring Ben’s famous premium cut of all-Kosher Prime Rib. The special comes in response to a growing interest in the company’s popular menu item, which is always readily available. On Sundays, however, guests will now enjoy a full-course, complete with a choice of two sides, all for under $40. Additionally, in anticipation of the promotion, the Baron Herzog wine company has teamed up with all Ben’s locations to offer a reduced price on all bottles of cabernet or merlot with the meal.
Ben’s Kosher Delicatessen Restaurant & Caterers Prime Rib Sundays special is available at all seven locations – Bayside, Manhattan, Carle Place, Greenvale, Scarsdale and Woodbury, New York, and Boca Raton, Florida.
Great Dinner Specials and Catering Options Available
Make no mistake, one of dad’s favorite things to do is eat. In celebration, Ben’s Kosher Delicatessen Restaurant & Caterers has put together the perfect gift – kids eat free on Father’s Day, while Dad, Grandpa (or Uncle Stu) chow down on any one of their beloved Ben’s menu items. As Ben’s Kids’ Menu items include a variety of fresh-made, no preservative children’s favorites and Ben’s classics, it’s a surefire way to keep the whole family happy.
In addition to Ben’s regular menu, all seven locations are offering a “Father’s Day Menu,” which includes a choice of Boneless Ribeye Steak, Big Ben Burger or the Ben’s Deli Dog, and can be combined with the Kids Eat Free deal. Reservations are recommended for parties of five or more people.
For those looking to avoid the crowds and celebrate in the comforts of home, Ben’s also offers a variety of delicious catering and take-out options, including different BBQ catering packages. Phone orders are welcomed and delivery is available.
If Ben’s is Dad’s favorite place to chow down, a Ben’s Gift Card or eGift is, quite possibly, the perfect gift! Our physical gift cards can be purchased online or in stores, and our eGift cards are ideal for quick delivery via email.
Ben’s Kosher Delicatessen Restaurant & Caterers Father’s Day specials are available at all seven locations – Bayside, Manhattan, Carle Place, Greenvale, Scarsdale and Woodbury, New York, and Boca Raton, Florida.
Great Dinner Specials and Catering Options Available
Looking for the perfect place to take mom, grandma or other mom figures to celebrate Mother’s Day? As a family-run business, everyone at Ben’s Kosher Delicatessen Restaurant & Caterers knows that wrangling small children in a restaurant can be tough, so they designed the perfect way to keep everyone happy on Mom’s special day. Mom, Grandma (or even Aunt Ellen) can be treated to any of Ben’s great sandwiches or entrées, while children can choose their favorite, fresh-made, Kids’ Menu items at no cost to Dad, Grandpa (or Uncle Stu).
In addition to Ben’s regular menu, all seven locations are offering a “Mother’s Day Menu,” which includes a choice of Boneless Ribeye Steak, Chicken Marsala, Garlic or Herb Baked Salmon, and can be combined with the Kids Eat Free deal. Since Mother’s Day is quite literally a family affair, reservations are recommended for parties of five or more people.
For those looking to avoid the crowds and celebrate in the comforts of home, Ben’s also offers a variety of delicious catering and take-out options, from sandwiches and wraps to soups and salads. Phone orders are welcomed and delivery is available.
If Ben’s is Mom’s favorite place to nosh, a Ben’s Gift Card or eGift Card is, quite possibly, the perfect gift! Our physical gift cards can be purchased online or in stores, and our eGift cards are ideal for quick delivery via email.
Ben’s Kosher Delicatessen Restaurant & Caterers Mother’s Day specials are available at all seven locations – Bayside, Manhattan, Carle Place, Greenvale, Scarsdale and Woodbury, New York, and Boca Raton, Florida. For more information regarding Ben’s, visit www.bensdeli.net.
Eleven Special, Fresh-Ground Burger Options Available Starting May 1
May is National Burger Month and, in celebration, Ben’s Kosher Delicatessen Restaurant & Caterers has put together a special burger menu that’s sure to please the taste buds. From a classic Ben’s favorite, the “Big Ben,” which features grilled pastrami, onion rings and chipotle mayo, to a unique combo of burger, knockwurst and sauerkraut dubbed the “Knocked Up,” there’s something for everyone on the Ben’s Burger Menu. Not ready to commit to just one? The Ben’s Burger Menu is available from May 1 to May 31, which means there’s time to try all 11 combinations (33 when tallied with beef, turkey or veggie burger options).
Ben’s believes that better beef makes a better burger so, like all Ben’s burgers, the special Burger Month burgers feature a half-pound of fresh, never frozen, USDA Kosher beef that is ground right in the store. Burgers are hand-formed, grilled to order and served on a brioche bun with Ben’s famous fresh-cut fries or a homemade knish. Everyone knows that Ben’s is home to the best corned beef and pastrami around, but Ben’s burgers are a force to be reckoned with, and are never pre-formed or pre-processed like at many other dining establishments. What’s more, many of the topping are homemade, some are unique to our delicatessen heritage and all are fresh.
In addition to the Knocked Up and Big Ben burgers, the company’s special Burger Month Menu includes the “Breakfast Burger” – complete with fried egg and crispy smoked turkey, and the “Salami Burger” – topped with tangy, grilled Hebrew National salami. Also featured are the “Beefstrami Burger” – a blend of ground beef and pastrami, topped with pickle chips, coleslaw and Russian dressing; and the “Coney Island Burger,” served with sautéed onions between two halves of a square knish with a side of baked beans.
Rounding out the lineup are the “BBQ Brisket Burger” – topped with sliced brisket and barbecue sauce; the “Chili Burger” – topped with chili and red onions; and the “California Burger” – topped with Israeli salad and sliced avocado; as well as the “Sliders” – which includes two mini burgers on challah rolls with crispy onions and horseradish sauce.
Ben’s Kosher Delicatessen Restaurant & Caterers special Burger Month Menu is available May 1 to May 31 at all seven locations – Bayside, Manhattan, Carle Place, Greenvale, Scarsdale and Woodbury, New York, and Boca Raton, Florida. For more information regarding Ben’s, visit www.bensdeli.net.
About Ben’s Delicatessen Restaurant & Caterers
Ben’s is a family-owned and operated delicatessen/restaurant company that has been serving up the finest authentic New York Kosher delicatessen products and eastern European comfort foods for more than 44 years. All of Ben’s sandwiches, soups and dinners are freshly prepared. Ben’s has seven convenient locations: three on Long Island in Carle Place, Greenvale and Woodbury, and one each in Midtown Manhattan; Bayside, Queens; Scarsdale in Westchester County; and Boca Raton, Florida with free delivery service available to many communities around the stores. For more information, visit www.BensDeli.net or call Ben’s Catering Hotline at 1-800-344-BENS.
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