Robert de Niro Has Brush With Deli Greatness at Ben’s

Ben’s Best Deli in Rego Park, Queens, was transformed into a movie set for The Comedian, which co-stars Edie Falco and Robert de Niro.

Ben’s Best, the iconic kosher deli in Rego Park, Queens, enjoyed a brush with greatness this week — or maybe it was actor Robert de Niro who had the brush with deli owner Jay Parker.

DNAInfo reports that Ben’s Best was transformed into a movie set for Taylor Hackford-directed The Comedian, which co-stars Edie Falco, aka Nurse Jackie.

“We got lucky,” Parker said. “They liked our location and we were happy to help them.”

No word on who ate what.

Michael Kaminer is a contributing editor at the Forward.

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