David Sax at Ben's Best
David Sax at Ben’s Best

Pastrami, chopped liver, tongue—these are staples of the traditional Jewish delicatessen, an institution beloved by journalist David Sax. David writes Save the Deli, a blog which chronicles the life and death of delis around the world. He is also writing a book of the same name which will be published later this year by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt.

Nextbook asked David to lunch at Ben’s Best, a deli in Rego Park, Queens, where we talked about his favorite dishes, the history of the Jewish delicatessen, and why so many latkes miss the mark.