Kosher Orgy: Save the Deli launch party at Ben’s


"Save the Deli" launch party at Ben's Kosher, NYC by you.

For those of you who have been living under a rock the last several years, my friend David Sax has been working diligently on his book Save the Deli, a chronicle of his travels throughout the United States and Canada in his efforts to seek out what remains of our dying Jewish Deli culture.

I was invited to his launch party this evening and I have to say, the man seriously knows how to throw a kosher rumpus — invite Borscht Belt King  and Friar’s Club dean Freddie Roman as master of ceremonies, attempt to feed some of the hungriest fressers in the city with enough cholesterol and saturated fat to kill a rogue elephant, and get Jewish Elvis to entertain the masses. Now THAT my friends is a party.

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"Save the Deli" launch party at Ben's Kosher, NYC by you.

David Sax, author of Save the Deli.

"Save the Deli" launch party at Ben's Kosher, NYC by you.

Is the guy next to him really Jewish Elvis? Or James Caan?

"Save the Deli" launch party at Ben's Kosher, NYC by you.

Or does he just work in a camera store on 47th street?

"Save the Deli" launch party at Ben's Kosher, NYC by you.

The other guy is definitely not Buddy Holly.

"Save the Deli" launch party at Ben's Kosher, NYC by you.

The party itself was an absolute mob scene. What do you think what happens when you say “Free Deli!” and you invite every Jew in New York?

"Save the Deli" launch party at Ben's Kosher, NYC by you.

These guys know how to chow down. But I couldn’t get anywhere near the buffet.

"Save the Deli" launch party at Ben's Kosher, NYC by you.

I decided to escape the crowds get some peace and quiet up by the counter area. Jewish Elvis sounded better from about 60 feet away, in any case.

"Save the Deli" launch party at Ben's Kosher, NYC by you.

Deli Still Life: Matzo Ball

"Save the Deli" launch party at Ben's Kosher, NYC by you.

Those Hebrews got some pretty long Salamis.

"Save the Deli" launch party at Ben's Kosher, NYC by you.

Pastrami on Rye

"Save the Deli" launch party at Ben's Kosher, NYC by you.

Slicin’ it up.

"Save the Deli" launch party at Ben's Kosher, NYC by you.

“I’ll have what she’s having.”

"Save the Deli" launch party at Ben's Kosher, NYC by you.

Kasha Knish.

"Save the Deli" launch party at Ben's Kosher, NYC by you.

“What kinda pickles ya want? You look like a sour guy to me.”

"Save the Deli" launch party at Ben's Kosher, NYC by you.

These folks are more my speed.

"Save the Deli" launch party at Ben's Kosher, NYC by you.

There’s always time for Deli.

"Save the Deli" launch party at Ben's Kosher, NYC by you.

I was offered some ruggies, and I did partake.

"Save the Deli" launch party at Ben's Kosher, NYC by you.

A fine lookin’ spread.

"Save the Deli" launch party at Ben's Kosher, NYC by you.

Ronnie.

"Save the Deli" launch party at Ben's Kosher, NYC by you.

The Man.

"Save the Deli" launch party at Ben's Kosher, NYC by you.

Lighting up West 38th, like a beacon in the night.

2 Responses to Kosher Orgy: Save the Deli launch party at Ben’s

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  2. towerdeli says:

    I applaud David Sax and how he has undertaken the huge albeit really fun and exciting responsibility of promoting deli restaurants and everything we love about deli food. There have been a number of deli places that closed down because restaurant owners were not able to drive a substantial amount of traffic to their place. Running a Fort Lauderdale catering business, I have had to make changes in my menu and services in order to keep my business. It is good to hear that some deli restaurants have successfully reinvented their cuisine and place without compromising the quality of the food they serve.

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