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Ben's Deli [Greenburgh, NY]

Just got an email today from Greenburgh Town Supervisor Paul Feiner that the old Spiga building will be a Ben's Deli (I assume the one from LI). This sounds like great news to me! I hope it opens soon.

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    1. re: Motosport

      That would be a decent enough addition to central ave although it's not as good as 2nd Avenue Deli by far. is this doom & gloom for Epsteins? I do like it better than rye ridge...

      1. re: cubanat

        the LI Ben's is BETTER than the Second Avenue Deli; but we don't know that this is the same Ben's yet, do we?

        1. re: weedy

          I actually meant to say Katz's!! I will say that the new 2nd ave deli & bens are similar. Ben's does have a more positive energy but that is just because of the death & closing of the original proprietor & the location maybe. HOWEVER Katz's pastrami is by far superior to anything around!!

          1. re: cubanat

            Agreed about Katz's!
            Still the best.

            1. re: weedy

              Katz's isn't kosher. Most people don't care.

              1. re: MisterBill2

                I sure don't care. I had the absolute best brisket sandwich at Katz's. Took home half for the next day!

      2. re: Motosport

        Now that science has proclaimed meat good, carbs bad I look forward to Ben's. In the old Woody Allen movie named Sleeper he played a nerdy health food store owner who was in a frozen sleep. He woke in the future and was informed everything he believed was bad for you was proven good. Welcome to the future.

      3. I hear Kisco Kosher in WP is closing or is closed.

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          1. re: wincountrygirl

            My nose tells me they are gone. Look forward to your first hand report

            1. re: wineconsul

              Closed. Walked by and it was dark. all the chairs are up on the tables and a sign in the door just says closed. Nothing else. I heard rumors they were moving back to Mt. Kisco but I would think if that was the case they would have mentioned that on the sign. Bye bye brisket for lunch!

              1. re: wincountrygirl

                Thanks for the report. Doesn't surprise me. Feel bad for the staff, all of whom I thought were very nice.
                Onto Ben's and beyond....

                1. re: wineconsul

                  Bens will be too far for me. I work across the street from MKK. I wonder what happened. I was there week before last, everything was normal.

                  1. re: wincountrygirl

                    IMHO people tired of Zev's poor attitude. Also too far a walk from the courthouses.

                    1. re: wineconsul

                      That could be - he was difficult. He was always nice to me though. I used to live in Mt. Kisco and went into the deli then too.

        1. Great news. I just took an extra Pepcid in preparation!

          1. Spiga that Italian family style place?

            1. Well that's just great. Now I have Ben's around the corner at work AND nearby! Oy gevalt!

              1. It must be the Ben's from LI. I just looked at the Town of Greenburgh website and it said:

                "They have a reputation for fresh food, freshly prepared and courteously served in a clean, well maintained restaurant faithfully observing the kosher dietary laws."

                And that is taken directly from Ben's website.

                I grew up going to the original Ben's in Baldwin Harbor and still (very) occasionally go to the one in the city. It's good, not great, but it will still be nice to have it closeby.

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                1. This is exciting but I'm a little perplexed, that's going to be one huge deli.

                  1. has anyone heard anything further, as the bldg. still has a for lease sign i think

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                    1. re: 51rich

                      I haven't seen a thing. Maybe the plans fell through.

                      1. re: 51rich

                        We had lunch in LI 2 weeks ago and spoke to their GM. He said they were at least a year away from opening. He alluded to the fact that they were just about or had just closed on the property.

                        1. re: wineconsul

                          At least its in the works. We need a good kosher deli in Westchester besides Epsteins!

                      2. Like most, I am not a fan of either Epsteins but I may be in the minority on Ben's - not waiting with bated breath for their appearance here in Westchester.

                        My most recent meals at Ben's on LI have been few and far between but the last couple, one at the Ben's in Roslyn and another time in Woodbury, were not impressive. Then, a few weeks ago my husband was on Long Island and I asked him to bring Ben's home. He got take-out from the Woodbury location, an ordeal in itself he told me.

                        I had called in the order: two sandwiches - one corned beef, one pastrami, an order of derma, chicken soup with matzo balls, and a kasha knish. The pastrami was just okay, not good and definitely not great, the corned beef was so dried up it crumbled and we threw most of it away, the chicken soup and matzo ball were flavorless - my 12yo matzo ball soup maven pushed it away, and the derma was meh.

                        Year's ago Ben's could be quite good. I don't know what's happened but if what I've had lately is what they're going to give us in Westchester, they can keep it.

                        I lived near the 2nd Ave. deli when it was on 2nd Ave. in the E. Vill. and it was consistently excellent. Been to the Third Ave. location a few times. Prices were higher than ever but it was pretty much as good as I remember from 2nd Ave. Can't compare to Katz's as haven't been there in years and years. Would love anything even remotely close to either of those up here but not likely Ben's will be that place.

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                        1. re: laylag

                          What we really need,from what I hear ( only),no real knowledge of either place ,and both unlikely to open here is a zingermans (Ann Arbor) or Wegmans supermarket

                          1. re: 51rich

                            I have no problem with Epsteins (Hartsdale),but a little variety never hurts. The Wegman's suggestion is of a whole other order however -- I would LOVE that. It would probably leave me having to visit at least one market a day each week, though, with all the interesting options available.

                            1. re: 51rich

                              We might need a Wegmans but this thread is about a kosher deli!

                              1. re: 51rich

                                OMG!!!!!! A Zingerman's would be AMAZING anywhere in Westchester and would do sooooo well!!!

                                  1. re: wincountrygirl

                                    An amazing deli/food shop out of Ann Arbor, MI. www.zingermans.com. check it out!!

                                    1. re: MRS

                                      Thanks. That would be great. But I still would love another kosher deli!!! And a Fairway further north. And good bagels........

                                      1. re: wincountrygirl

                                        I hear you. A girl can dream, right?

                                          1. re: MRS

                                            The Zingerman's website doesn't seem to have anything that Fairway doesn't have-- and it's a lot closer!

                              2. Ben's is quite mediocre,except for their potato salad, cole slaw and chopped liver. But i do agree staff is friendly, the restaurant is clean.

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                                1. re: linsue

                                  have never been to ben's but don't think much of epsteins, so how do they compare, and what else is there,in westchester for jewish deli?

                                  1. re: 51rich

                                    I've been to both. I think Ben's is probably slightly better than Epstein's but not by much. I prefer Ben's Best on Queens Blvd (not related to the Ben's chain)

                                    1. re: debmom

                                      the one I went to in Boca was vile.

                                      1. re: debmom

                                        While I agree completely that the Queens Blvd Ben's is superior, I do NOT agree about Epstein's.
                                        Bens on Northern Blvd LI is vastly better than Epstein's

                                        We don't have a Katz's in Westchester.
                                        Bens, if not ideal, would be a major upgrade.

                                        1. re: debmom

                                          I think that the Ben's on Queens Blvd is fantastic.

                                          The pastrami is as soft as butter....I mean margarine.

                                          ~Fred19

                                          1. re: Fred19

                                            That is a different Ben's than the one being discussed here.

                                      2. re: linsue

                                        The cole slaw is the only reason I stop into Ben's.

                                        1. re: EM23

                                          Their slaw is definitely a 9 (out of 10).

                                          ~Fred19

                                          1. re: EM23

                                            Have had Ben's slaw at a number of their locations. I think Epstein's (Hartsdale) beats Ben's slaw. I'm veg (and not kosher),so am not qualified to recommend anything else, but that slaw is top shelf (mac salad ain't bad either).
                                            (BTW, when I did eat meat, I loved Epstein's corned beef. Still remember how much I enjoyed it, lo these 20+ years hence. No idea how Ben's cb is, and will likely never know.)

                                            1. re: mrsdebdav

                                              Unfortunately, Epsteins' has new owners since then and is not what it used to be. They used to use Zion kosher meats which were better. Their pastrami is still good but I'm a brisket fan and lately they've come up short for me.

                                        2. What about heading into the Bronx (Just in Riverdale) to the highly acclaimed Liebman's? Or in the same area, Loeser's? I hear that both are very very good!

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                                          1. re: lemarais

                                            A bit tough from above Katonah! I'd stop if I had to be down there but if I'm traveling I might as well head to Katz's.

                                            1. re: lemarais

                                              I'm a big fan of Ben's from my LI days, but we ate at Liebman's when my mother-in-law was living in Riverdale and I think it's better than Ben's (at least recently, Ben's used to be better than it is now). Ben's cole slaw is still the best.

                                            2. Last night I eat at a Ben's prior to seeing a show at LIU. I spoke with few of the staff and management and received some info that needs some looking into. Seems as if there is some very early demolition work being done on a location on Central Ave "just across the street" from a Fire House. I know of three Fire Houses on Central Ave. As there is a very old and popular HOP just South of the Four Corners, would just about have to been one of the other two. Of course, information may not be 100% correct. So anyone riding down Central Ave may wish to do some recon work ;>)

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                                              1. re: Jon1856

                                                Wasn't there info that it was opening in the old Spiga location?

                                                1. re: mrsdebdav

                                                  the old spiga site is the one that paul veiner of green burgh had indicated would be bens

                                                  1. re: 51rich

                                                    Well mrsdebdav and 51rich-The Old Spiga is located just about across the street from a fire-house. Not sure, off the very top of my head, just what is across from the station further down in Yonkers.

                                                    Last I saw, just a few days ago in fact, a sign in the "old Spiga" location that indcated that is was still on the market. Perhaps next time someone within this tread is on Central Ave, they should take the time to look into both locations, see what is going on and report back.

                                                    Right now all we have is a very old bit of news from Greenburg and some new news about demo work being done in a un-clear location.

                                                2. re: Jon1856

                                                  There is also a firehouse not too far from the old Nathan's location, but Spiga was direclty across the street from the Greenvilled firehouse.

                                                  1. re: scarsdalesurprise

                                                    IIRC There is a drug store and a mini-Nathan's going into the old huge Nathan's location.

                                                3. Well this is a rather odd finding-Just thought to do a real down/dirt./simple search under Ben's Deli Greenburg Spiga. Found this story from Nov 30, 2012: Ben’s deli coming to Central Avenue http://realestate.lohudblogs.com/2012...

                                                  It is now 1/14/2013 and for sale/lease sign is still up?
                                                  Must have been some odd paper-work issue...this is just another piece to the puzzle we all seem to be working on here...Almost have to wonder if they had given some thought to flipping the property...

                                                  1. I did something on a wim and I am rather surprised by the result:
                                                    Yes Jon, we are opening in Greenburg just across from the Greenburg Fire Station. Thiks should occur sometime in the fall 2013. Thank you for your inquiry. We loom forward to serving you a genuine Ben's Deli Experience!

                                                    With best regards,
                                                    Ronnie Dragoon
                                                    CEO/Founder

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                                                      1. Heard today that Ben's now has its building permits in place, so construction should start soon.

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                                                        1. Heard today that Ben's now has it's building permits in place, so construction should start soon.

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                                                          1. re: scarsdalesurprise

                                                            From Facebook: Paul Feiner
                                                            Ben’s Deli FINALLY picked up their building permit today to construct their new deli on Central Ave to replace Spiga. I’m excited. They first announced plans to open up a deli over a year ago. But, there were some construction related delays. Ben’s Deli will be a big asset to the community and to Central Ave.
                                                            21.8 million is owed to the town in tax liens. At last nights Town Board meeting the Board approved a tax interest amnesty for those who owe back taxes if the taxes are paid in full by December 30,2013. We have two goals: We need to collect the tax arrears owed to us. And…we want to help property owners AVOID foreclosure.

                                                          2. I don't think the Ben's in Forest Hills is the same Ben's as in Woodbury or the one that they are building in Westchester. I think you will probably be disappointed in Ben's once it opens.

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                                                            1. re: linsue

                                                              You are correct about the one in Forest Hills. It is Ben's Best, not Ben's Deli.

                                                              Why do you think that the Ben's in Scarsdale won't be part of the Ben's chain?

                                                              1. re: linsue

                                                                Why would you assume a restaurant won't be any good, before it even opens?

                                                              2. I am sorry, I was not clear the Ben's in Westchester will be part of the chain.

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                                                                    1. re: valerie

                                                                      I ate at Ben's in Bayside today and someone who I think was the manager told me the opening will now be in October. He actually said that he'd been up to the Westchester location in the past couple of days.

                                                                    2. Or perhaps it's the great, but long closed legendary Ben's deli from Montreal reopening in another venue. Really helps if you put some location in your original post, to keep folks like me from snarky replies

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                                                                      1. This Ben's Deli organization, according to an internet news site, opened in Baldwin, Long Island in 1972 (that location is now closed) and currently has six restaurants not including the one coming to Scarsdale. Five are in New York and one is in Boca Raton, Florida. It has never been in Montreal, Canada or anywhere else.

                                                                        1. It appears as if they are expanding...I thought the building as is was excessive in size.

                                                                           
                                                                           
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                                                                          1. re: chowdom

                                                                            Rome wasn't built in a day. If all goes well next week at Hartsdale for Epstein's.