Ben's Best Delicatessen
96-40 Queens Boulevard
City: Queens, NY
Site: Visit the restaurant site
2nd Cuisine: Family Friendly
Area: Rego Park
The matzoh ball soup comes in a giant mug labeled "Jewish Penicillin" - and that it is, curing anything that ails you. Sweet broth, bits of carrot, and spiked liberally with dill and a twist of lemon, you'll slurp down every last drop and immediately feel better. Kreplach, cabbage hungroise (stuffed cabbage), knishes - all are great to start the meal, but leave room for the main attraction.
Pastrami is the absolute star here; layered lovingly on rye bread till it's ready to topple over but not quite, tender, and bursting with flavor, you cannot go to Ben's Best without having pastrami in some form. If necessary, split a sandwich with a friend so you can try more items, but do not leave without pastrami. You will regret it if you do.
Review By: Yvo Sin