I visited Ben’s Best back in September 2007. I was back in NY for a couple of weeks on business helping out our East Elmhurst office (it was a real humbling experience to be be back in NY working as it was 15 years after I left)
I think I was staying at the Crowne Plaza (or was it the Marriott?) near LaGuardia and I decided to go to Ben’s Best. I just remember everything tasted “old” even the pickles. I think I ordered the roast chicken which looked anemic and tasted “dry” I think there was another elderly couple there, other than that the place was empty. On the same trip I visited one of my old neighborhoods in Kew Garden Hills. I walked to the Jewish Deli which I used to visit circa 1990 on Kissena Blvd (I don’t remember the name of it) and it had been replaced by the Dominican Diner It was on this trip that I first realized that Jewish Deli’s were now a thing of the days of yore.