My search for the best hot dog in New York continues….
BEN'S BEST KOSHER DELICATESSEN, 96-40 Queens Boulevard (between 64th Road and 63rd Drive), Rego Park, Queens

I haven’t reviewed too many Kosher deli frankfurters, but they are a real part of the New York hot dog scene. There’s no greater dessert to a giant corned beef/pastrami sandwich than a crisp wiener smothered in mustard.

Hey, Mr. Hot Dog Man!

At least that’s what I thought after a meal at Ben’s Best Kosher Deli in Rego Park, Queens. And since the restaurant is a bit far out of my regular rotation, I figured I’d eat as much as I can while I was here.

I took the dog to go and I was immediately struck with the size. This is no small link – it’s a full on sausage. All this for $4.50 seemed like a great deal!

Hot Dog at BEN'S BEST KOSHER DELICATESSEN

Topped with mustard and sauerkraut, I was expecting the best kosher hot dog I’d ever had. Not so fast. Something was not quite right. There was no snap!

Salty Tube of Meat

The exterior was crisp and the dog had a deep level of salty meatiness. But it was missing that wonderful snap. Perhaps this is a skinless variety, but I was still hoping for that nice textural contrast.

It’s still a great value and a pretty good dog at a wonderful kosher institution. But I miss that snap.

Does Ben’s Best Kosher Delicatessen have the best hot dog in NY? It would be close if it just had a little snap to it. It’s still affordable and loaded with salty flavors and gets a 7 out of 10.

BEN’S BEST KOSHER DELI
96-40 Queens Boulevard (between 63rd Drive and 64th Road),
Rego Park, Queens
(718) 897-1700
bensbest.com
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Brian Hoffman is a classically trained actor who is now a full-time tour guide, blogger, and food obsessive. He leads food and drink tours around New York City, which not only introduce tour-goers to delicious food, but gives them a historical context. He also writes food articles for Gothamist and Midtown Lunch in addition to overseeing this blog and a few food video series, including Eat This, Locals Know, and Around the World in One City.

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