How Delta Air Lines Forced Me to Eat at a Kosher Delicatessen (<--- WARNING: Extreme “Click-Bait” Title Alert)


You are actually still here reading this?!? Well, all right — but I put a clear warning about the title of this article in the title of this article; so if you are still reading this, you only have yourself to blame. Besides, I have always enjoyed having fun with words long before “click-bait” was even a popular term — and people who know me know that all too well.

All right, all right — you can blame me as well. I can take it; but please allow me to continue pertaining to how Delta Air Lines forced me to eat at a Kosher delicatessen, because what happened was actually a good and somewhat serendipitous experience.

t all started when I wanted to travel from Atlanta to New York to catch an international flight on which I had a reservation; and that flight was scheduled to depart from John F. Kennedy International Airport…

…but Delta Air Lines wanted to charge at least $150.00 more for a round-trip ticket to that airport versus traveling to LaGuardia Airport — so I booked a domestic flight between Atlanta and LaGuardia Airport and looked into options of transiting between the two airports.

I was that close — imagine my fingers almost touching to illustrate this — to considering a ride service such as Uber as an option; but then I thought to myself that because I will be in New York for at least five hours — much of that time during the evening rush hour on the Thursday before Memorial Day weekend — perhaps I will take the subway to Katz’ Delicatessen in Manhattan…

…but as much as I enjoy their food — I truly enjoy the pastrami sandwich on rye bread with spicy delicatessen mustard accompanied by an assortment of sour and half-sour pickles — I really was not in the mood to schlep all the way into Manhattan and then back out to a different part of Queens.

Still wanting my fix of Kosher delicatessen — Katz’s Deli is not Kosher, I know, I know — I remembered in the back of my mind that there was a Kosher delicatessen located in Queens which I have heard was one of the best…

…if not the best.

Originally a born-and-bred Brooklynite, I never really had the opportunity to patronize Kosher delicatessens in Queens. After all, there were plenty of them which were located in Brooklyn — many of them gone forever, alas — plus I went to the ones in Manhattan when I commuted to high school, college and to a job at which I was employed. Why would I go out of my way to Queens solely to indulge in Kosher delicatessen?

I then searched for Kosher delicatessens in Queens and found Ben’s Best Kosher Delicatessen — not to be confused with the chain known as Ben’s Deli, which I patronized for lunch in Manhattan with fellow FlyerTalk members and which reportedly has plans to expand despite the general and gradual decline in Kosher-style and Kosher delicatessens around the United States. Ben’s Best Kosher Delicatessen is located in a neighborhood in Queens known as Rego Park; which itself is located approximately halfway between LaGuardia Airport and John F. Kennedy International Airport. Perfect, I thought — and I decided to try it for the first time.

Please read this review of my experience at Ben’s Best Kosher Delicatessen.

Photograph ©2015 by Brian Cohen.

10 thoughts on “How Delta Air Lines Forced Me to Eat at a Kosher Delicatessen (<--- WARNING: Extreme “Click-Bait” Title Alert)”

  1. PSL says:

    Any New Yorker, current or former, who has ever savored a perfect pastrami sandwich and a knish will get a kick out of your post.

    1. Brian Cohen says:

      I appreciate that comment, PSL. Thank you so much!

      I am just finishing up the review of the delicatessen itself; and it should be posted tomorrow…

  2. Michael W says:

    Ben’s is an excellent deli which we’ve visited a few times, It’s one of the few remaining, old-times delis left in NYC. I wrote about it back in 2012-

    You should try out Jay & Lloyd’s next time you’re in Brooklyn.

    1. Brian Cohen says:

      Thank you for the tip and the link, Michael W!

  3. Matt says:

    JFK is in Brooklyn, not “a different part of Queens”

    1. Brian Cohen says:

      John F. Kennedy International Airport is located in the borough of Queens, Matt — more specifically, in the neighborhood of Jamaica.

  4. Charles Pantino says:

    Good Kosher story. Try Jolly Roger in Bethpage, NY. Corner of Hempstead Turnpike and Hicksville Rd.
    Now allow me the time ans space to warn anybody traveling AA (American Airline.) In JAX fror sure, no respect for people or the law ADA. The repeated incidents and the reports of same to airport management. That is never to be found. This is documented and now my Mrs recovering from injuries .
    AA, knows has taken no action. Though taking is what they’re good at, not giving back.
    Delta has been a different story. Same airport.

  5. JFK is in Brooklyn? Whatayou a wise guy…………………….was this written by a hipster who moved to Brooklyn from outastate? JFK in Brooklyn? Don’t be a disresctfull wiseass…

    1. What I wouldn’t give for a good knish down here in ………………J.G.

      1. Brian Cohen says:

        Which knish do you prefer: round or square? Kasha or potato or spinach?

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