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Now I know why Ben Ash is always empty

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Now I know why Ben Ash is always empty

dude | Feb 24, 2005 12:56 PM

Across the street from Carnegie Deli, with the same menu as Carnegie Deli, and never crowded. For years. I always figured that it just wasn't quite as good, and most people (read tourists) plan on the wait at Carnegie.

Well, today I had to get matzoh ball soupp for lunch (just had to). Carnegie's line, even for takeout, was out the door, so I figured "what the hey?"

Bottom line, $6.45 plus tax for a PINT of matzoh ball soup. (decent ball, fair at best soup.) For about a buck more at Carnegie I'd have gotten a quart. Can you say RIPOFF!!! My guess is that the pastrami, while priced the same as Carnegie would be way smaller. Carnegie is expensive, but not really relative to quantity ( reasonable value). Ben Ash is just REALLY expensive.

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