Berben and Wolff's Delicatessen Review
Berben and Wolff’s is one of Josh’s and my favorite Albany eateries. Although it’s a bit out of the way for us and Josh and I try not to eat out too often, we end up eating there at least every couple of weeks. We can’t help it!
This fully vegan restaurant was opened in 2016 by Joey Berben and Max Wolff. Since then, they have garnered a faithful following and even some awards, including the John Wagner Rising Star award.
Whether you’re looking for a classic like the Reuben sandwich, or something a little more out of the box, like the BBQ pulled jackfruit sandwich, you’ll find lots of scrumptious options on the menu.
Along with their regular selection of great food, you’ll find creative weekly specials that will make your mouth water. (Follow them on Instagram if you think you can handle it!)
My favorite special so far has been the chorizo and potato tacos. 🌮 They were served on soft corn tortillas and topped with chili-lime crema along with a side of deconstructed elote (Mexican grilled corn). ABSOLUTELY DELICIOUS! They were so good that I couldn’t get them just once. Let’s just leave it at that. ;) Okay fine, maybe I got them three times in one week. I told you they were good!
I think my favorite every day menu item has to be either the sunflower burger or the popcorn mushroom po' boy. They’re both excellent. Josh really likes to get the seitan philly cheesesteak, except now that he's trying to eat low carb, he orders it without bread on a bed of greens. It might sound weird but it's actually really yummy. Plus, I love that we are able to request something a little out of the ordinary with no problem. (Customer service for the win!)
In addition to all of the main menu dishes, there are rotating sides and salads available in the deli case, including some of the tastiest macaroni salad ever!
Another interesting fact: Wednesday is otherwise known as “Wing Wednesday” at B&W, celebrated with housemade seitan wings in several flavors - Buffalo, BBQ, garlic parmesan, and an ever-changing weekly flavor such as chipotle lime or thai peanut. We really like these wings. We've even convinced a (very) non-vegan friend of ours try them. He liked them too!
Oh, and did I mention that they do desserts here, too? YOU GUYS! They have cupcakes! And brownies! And so much more! They switch it up often, so I have yet to get bored with my selection. In fact, I am generally overwhelmed by all of the incredible options here. Some of my most recent indulgences include the apple pie cupcake with caramel drizzle, the chai spice mini cake with orange glaze, and the chocolate fudge brownie with mint icing and fudge drizzle...Yes, yes, and yasssss.
Need another reason to love them as much as I do? Not only does B&W supply us common folk with excellent fare, they also supply other restaurants in the area with great tasting faux meats to use in their own dishes. You can find B&W seitan and pepperoni at restaurants in the Albany area and beyond. They’re making vegan options available and accessible all over the place - Hallelujah!
So, if you’re looking for a friendly place serving up unfussy and extremely tasty food, look no further than Berben and Wolff’s.
Located at 227 Lark Street, Berben and Wolff’s is the perfect place to grab some takeout and head to Washington Square Park for a lovely picnic.
If you'd rather eat at the deli, their dining space is cute and comfortable. There is nice big window at the front, some neat art and, my favorite part, pretty turquoise walls.
Just a heads up, parking can be a bit difficult, as this is Lark Street - busy, busy, busy. However, I usually have luck finding a spot after driving around the block once or twice. It’s worth it.