Ben’s Best delicatessen is an outstanding restaurant and catering business in Rego Park, New York. Benjamin Parker started this very successful endeavor in 1945. He learned the business from his father who was also in the deli business. Benjamin's first deli was located at 163rd Street and Southern Boulevard in the Bronx and subsequently moved to Rego Park. In 1984 Benjamin passed away and his son, Jay Parker, who at the time was 33 years old took over the deli and became a third generation deli owner. Jay holds a bachelor’s degree in philosophy from Harpur College in Binghamton NY, and a master’s in finance from the University of Massachusetts. He became a successful municipal bond trader on Wall Street and changed careers when his company was sold in the late 1970’s. Jay worked intermittently for his father while trying to find work in the financial arena. Luckily, Jay, who likes people and cares about doing the right thing, enjoyed being the best he could at the deli. He could buy the best merchandise, hire the best staff and treat his customers with kindness, caring and respect. In 1982 Jay married Rachel, a registered pharmacist. They have a teenage son and daughter, named David and Allyson respectively.