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Ben's Kosher Deli from NYC coming to Boston

It's being reported in today's Globe. It doesn't mention when or the location. Hopefully soon......

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  1. I remember going to their LI locations. Can't wait for this to happen. I wonder where they would open.

    1. Was in NY a few weeks ago and had the pleasure of noshing off of a Ben's deli platter. CAN NOT WAIT till they hit the Boston area! What a treat for a former Brooklyn girl!

      1. Bummer. If I can't get cheese on my pastrami I'll have to pass.

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          1. re: Unfoodie

            Not familiar with this chain, but if they use navel/plate (or even brisket) instead of round, there should be plenty warm, gooey fat. Cheese remedies the problem posed by lean pastrami from the round, which is really designed to be eaten cold (well, let's just say it's not particularly great hot).

            1. re: Karl S

              karl, as usual, i show my ignorance of many meat cuts, but i honestly have never heard of "navel or plate". ?

              1. re: opinionatedchef

                Plate is the part between the brisket and the flank. Think of it as the cow equivalent to pork belly, more or less.

                1. re: Jenny Ondioline

                  Yes. It's what pastrami for hot pastrami should be made from. It's *not* lean.

            2. re: Unfoodie

              To each their own, but to me cheese has no place anywhere on a pastrami sandwich and I typically add cheese to most of my sandwiches.

              1. re: Gordough

                Amen. A proper pastrami sandwich needs only a schmear of good brown mustard and nothing else, with a Cel-Ray on the side. A reuben in a non-kosher setting, however, is another matter.
                BTW I have to make annual pilgrimages to Rein's in Vernon CT just for (non-kosher) deli excellence. Sorry we don't have something like Rein's in Boston.

                1. re: marais

                  I prefer my pastrami with just mustard or in a reuben. But a "proper" pastrami sandwich is the sandwich that's "proper" for the person eating it, even if that means a slice of cheese.

                  1. re: Blumie

                    Right on, Blumie! I recall, back in my carnivore days, I used to make my family cringe by ordering a corned beef sandwich with mayo! Shameful for a nice jewish gal, but that is how I used to like it way back in my youth......now, I would probably opt for mustard, but to each his/her own!

              2. re: Unfoodie

                I honestly can't think of a sandwich that doesn't benefit from cheese. #merica

                1. re: Unfoodie

                  Seared ahi tuna sandwich
                  Crab cake sandwich
                  lobster salad sandwich
                  BLT
                  Pulled pork/burnt ends sandwich
                  Peanut butter and jelly
                  Shawarma sandwich

                  just to name a few that I personally would never put cheese on and I eat a ton of cheese.

                  1. re: Gordough

                    I agree with most of yours, and while I've had pastrami with cheese, I generally do without. Cheese on a BLT, however, is awesome.

                    1. re: Gordough

                      Wouldn't put cheese on pb&j, but instead toast some good bread and add butter, strawberry or raspberry jam and swiss or muenster cheese. Mmm!

                  2. re: Unfoodie

                    I suppose if you are that desperate for some cheese on the pastrami sandwich, you could go for some vegan cheese :)

                  3. What about Rubin's? What, is it chopped liver? (And yes, I enjoyed Ben's back on Long Island...)

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                      1. re: benk

                        Be warned that Rubin's is strictly kosher and (thus) rather pricey. But they've got the goods at their deli counter, including chopped liver!

                        1. re: peregrine

                          I thought Ben's was strictly kosher as well?

                          1. re: Science Chick

                            Sorry - I was thinking about an earlier deli thread discussing Mike's, which is not kosher.

                        2. re: benk

                          No, because chopped liver is good and Rubin's isn't.

                          1. re: benk

                            If you are talking Rubin's Brookline, meh.

                          2. They are not really kosher....open on Saturdays...
                            A pretty good pretender though...
                            Check their certification, if it is real important to you...

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                            1. re: PHREDDY

                              Kosher designates the food preparation, not the hours of operation. Staying closed on the Sabbath (or not) reflects religious observance. So they can serve strictly kosher food and not observe Sabbath….and vice versa!!

                            2. Wondering if anyone had an update on Ben's Boston area plans?

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                              1. re: mikeinboston

                                Haven't been able to find any updates online but did come across this interesting article
                                http://www.bostonmagazine.com/restaur...

                                1. re: catsmeow

                                  I remember reading somewhere online in the NY area press that they weren't tackling Boston until they were done with building their Scarsdale, NY branch. Per online updates as recently as June (http://www.bensdeli.net/content/bens-...), that large building was still very much under construction, so I'm betting it's a 2015 project for them.

                                  It'll be interesting to see where they go. Newton and Brookline are the only two communities that could consistently support Kosher establishments and, minus their Manhattan outpost, all of the other Ben's branches are very suburban, so we'll see. As a Brookline resident, I'm hoping for something far more modest than their Scarsdale location here.

                                  ADDENDUM: At the end of typing the above, I found an article online from the NY Jewish Forward: http://blogs.forward.com/the-jew-and-...

                                  It blows everything away I was talking about above and discusses how Ben's is looking to go more urban, with the Boston and a D.C. branch opening "by 2015." That's actually pretty soon, so I still bet it's IN 2015, and I think Brookline becomes more likely.

                                  As a Ben's fan, I think it's very exciting they're coming here and very exciting that a deli entity has figured out a way to be nationally successful at spreading Jewish deli.

                                  1. re: Garris

                                    Most of the talk about their opening in Boston was, like that article, from last March-May. I haven't read anything since then. Hoping it's sooner than later.