07/31/13 10:28am

Beef Tongue at Bens’ Best: A Kosher Classic

Beef tongue and matzo ball soup, good for what ails you.

Beef tongue and matzo ball soup, good for what ails you.

PLEASE NOTE THIS RESTAURANT IS CLOSED

Feed a cold, starve a fever, or so the old saying goes. But what if you’re down with a bit of both? Well then the cure  as any good Jewish mother knows is surely to eat something. Enter Ben’s Best, my local old-school Jewish deli. Whenever I have a cold I stop in for a bowl of Jewish penicillin, aka matzo ball soup ($6.75). Chicken soup helps with the cold part. As for the feeding yesterday I opted for a beef tongue sandwich. ($14.95).

My sandwich arrived moments after I finished the outsized mug of soup. Call me a glutton if you must, but this is one stubborn cold that needs feeding. Also I ate  a vegetarian dinner the prior night and had a hankering for meat. Cold or no cold, the outsized stack of creamy slices of cold beef tongue always satisfies my hunger. Even though my tastes can best described as exotic, I never lose sight of lucky I am to live just a walk away from this taste of old New York. When Andrew Zimmern asked if I knew a good Jewish deli to break for lunch when we were shooting the Queens episode of Bizarre Foods America last winter, I knew exactly where to take him and the crew.

Ben’s Best, 96-40 Queens Blvd., Rego Park, 718-897-1700

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3 Comment

  • If you had a choice, would you prefer a cold tongue sandwich deli-style or a hot tongue taco? I find that I much prefer the hot, crispy tongue over cold slices.

  • Joe,
    I want (my brother and I) to do a food tour similar to Andrews with the Kidneys, Hearts, etc but I dont see that as an option. Help.

    Thanks
    Frank