Ben’s Best Deli to close on June 30th
The longtime owner of Ben’s Best Delicatessen at 96-40 Queens Blvd. in Rego Park has announced that the eatery will be closing.
Ben’s Best opened in 1945 by Benjamin Parker and was purchased by his son Jay Parker in 1984. It is currently one of 12 kosher delis left in the borough.
Jay is open “to continue the business through other hands,” according to Michael Perlman, chair of Rego-Forest Preservation Council.
Ben’s Best scored a Zagat excellent rating of 4.3 and has been featured on numerous shows and movies such as “The Comedian” and “Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives.” Israeli President Shimon Peres, actor and comedian Jerry Lewis, Senator Jacob Javits, Governor Nelson Rockefeller, Mayor Ed Koch, and Mayor Rudy Giuliani have all eaten at the establishment.
Currently, the deli is scheduled to close for good on June 30th.