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Benchmark Restaurant
Benchmark Restaurant

Benchmark Restaurant Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.benchmarkrestaurant.com
  • Email: info@benchmarkrestaurant.com
  • Phone: (718) 965-7040
  • Hours of Operation: Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11 am - 3 pm,

    Brunch: Saturday - Sunday: 10 am - 3 pm;

    Dinner: Sunday - Monday: 5 pm - 10 pm, Tuesday - Thursday: 5 pm - 11 pm, Friday - Saturday: 5 pm - 12 am
  • Payment Options: AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Contemporary American, Steak
  • Executive Chef: Ryan Jaronik
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Beer, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Late Night, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Catering: Bring the delicious farm-to-table, New American experience to your home, office or event space. Please inquire with our Events department, 718-965-7040.
  • Private Party Facilities: Benchmark Restaurant is centrally located in Brooklyn's bustling Park Slope neighborhood. The restaurant features an intimate, rustic interior enhanced by warm exposed brick and arched windows. Benchmark also has a spacious outdoor garden that seats up to 52 guests.

    Chef Ryan Jaronik's New American menu features diverse cuisine that melds the traditional and the contemporary with global influences. Your event can feature a family-style or coursed menu paired with excellent wines, craft beers or artisanal cocktails. The restaurant hosts semi-private events and private buyouts for up to 100 guests.
  • Private Party Contact: Benchmark Events (718) 965-7040

Getting there

  • Cross Street: 5th ave.
  • Public Transit: Take R to Union Street or F to 4th Avenue/9th Street.
  • Parking: Street Parking
  • Parking Details: Street parking and public lot.
A word from Benchmark Restaurant
Located in the heart of Brooklyn's Park Slope, Benchmark features a New American menu focused on pasture-raised animals and locally-grown produce. Chef Ryan Jaronik has created a diverse menu that melds the traditional and the contemporary with global influences. Featured is a section of à la carte steaks and chops offering up to five different cuts, including a 24oz Bone-in Ribeye and an 11oz Filet Mignon. Other favorites include Duck Confit Salad with Frisée, Lardons and a Poached Egg and a Trio of Beef Shortribs.

Between the '20s & '40s, the space that now occupies Benchmark was used as an icehouse and major way station for goods that that arrived on the banks of the Gowanas Canal. While excavating, several "benchmarks" (surveyor's marks) were found, along with architects' tools, some of which are displayed on the restaurant's walls. Benchmark's rich history and naturally rustic interior is enhanced by warm exposed brick, arched windows and spacious garden seating.
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerContemporary American
  • Diners' Choice WinnerNotable Wine List
Diner Reviews
  • "Finding the restaurant was easy, the service was spectacular and the food & drinks were on point. A must visit place for those in the area looking for amazing food, dessert was amazing as well and overall great experience."
    Dined on 4/12/2014
  • "My husband picked this restaurant to celebrate his birthday with his family; we were delighted to get reservations. We did want to eat outdoors but the tables did not accomodate a party of five. It was offerred to add a 5th chair to the end of a table but we thought it wold be too crowded. We had a wonderful table indoors and had a lovely time but if larger party accomodations can be made for outdoor dining that would be great! Next time when making the reservation that will be suggested!"
    Dined on 4/12/2014
  • "This is one of the best restaurants in Brooklyn.. Incredible experience all around. Exceeded my expectations, great ambience, perfect setting for anything special."
    Dined on 4/9/2014
  • "I loved the rustic vibe. Staff was friendly and attentive. Menu was adequate. Food was good, but was salty. Wine list very impressive. If you live in the area, make Benchmark a regular."
    Dined on 4/6/2014
  • "The food was great if you was to go order the Duck and for desert have the strawberry short cake"
    Dined on 4/4/2014
  • "Benchmark is very well executed modern American cuisine. The scallops, foie gras, short ribs, and duck confit are excellent was to start out the meal. The entrees are equally excellent. They have a huge wine list and half off wines on Monday nights. That allowed me to have some super wines including 1978 and 1988 Silver Oak cab at reasonable prices. The only thing that I would do differently is dessert. That part of the menu needs to be rethought. Luckily, I don't eat much dessert so it doesn't matter. I highly recommend Benchmark."
    Dined on 3/29/2014
  • "Not sure whether to consider this place a steakhouse. If I do, then they got off to a very bad start for having carefully measured theirr drinks . . . Nothing like the generous pour most would expect. The steak and spinnach were both very good, but the "home fries" wre strange and bad. Non steak items others ordered were good. Overall, I guess it's a decent place for red meat, but it's no Luger."
    Dined on 3/28/2014
  • "We shared the T-bone steak. It was excellent, But pricey."
    Dined on 3/21/2014
  • "Excellent food and service, and an amazing wine list to boot!"
    Dined on 3/20/2014
  • "I came here with my 10 year old son who is a real steak lover and is already a foodie. The food and service were outstanding. The American kobe beef was very tender and flavorful. And the filet mignon was one of the best I have ever tried. Our server was very friendly and helpful and the rest of the staff was very welcoming. I would not say this was a great place for younger children. The vibe there is pretty mellow but we felt right at home."
    Dined on 3/14/2014
  • "Great find for dinner before an event at the Barkley Center."
    Dined on 3/7/2014
  • "Living in NYC it can be near impossible to find a restaurant with the perfect combination of tasty food, genuine, attentive service, and cool, but not pretentious vibe. Benchmark in Park Slope is that restaurant. Where do I start? The wine list is forward thinking and diverse.The food is both modern and comforting. Favorite dishes include the scallops appetizer (over risotto, no less), the lobster salad appetizer (I love the heat of the jalapeños), any of their perfectly cooked cuts of steak, and the creamed spinach side (trust me on this one). Their signature dessert is a CHOCOLATE CHIP COOKIE DOUGH EGG ROLL with house made cappuccino ice cream. Nuff said. The staff and their warm, welcoming vibe make the night. Do not pass this place up."
    Dined on 3/13/2014
  • "great for dinner. it was a cold march night, so we did not get to eat outdoors, but looking forward to brunch in the summer time."
    Dined on 3/7/2014
  • "The fois gras is amazing and the service is nice (but sometimes slow). Food is solid. Friendly atmosphere."
    Dined on 3/7/2014
  • "I had an amazing experience at Brenchmark. The service was ecceptional and the food great to the last drop! I will definitely be back in the near future :)"
    Dined on 3/7/2014
  • "I'd been out of town for more of RW and didn't want to travel into Manhattan from Brooklyn. Benchmark was one of two Brooklyn eateries with a NYC RW menu, so we gave it a try.. Great food, extraordinary service. The dining room space was a little tight - usually they use an outdoor heated patio but it was too cold. Otherwise, a wonderful dining experience."
    Dined on 3/5/2014
  • "We had a 8:30 reservation for Restaurant Week. We arrived on time and the hostess said if we wanted a table inside, it would be a 25 minute wait. They had my phone number, but never bothered to call. Our options were to wait for the table, sit at the bar, or sit at a table outside. No apology. We were going to sit at the bar when she told us they just replaced the propane tank for the heater so we sat outside. I ordered a glass of the tempranillo but was told they ran out (and the malbec too). We ordered the filet mignon, which consisted of 2 hacked up slabs of meat and and horseradish mashed potatoes, which were inedible. The creamed brussels sprouts that came with the dish were left off the plate. We will not be returning."
    Dined on 2/27/2014
  • "I know this is new york and we all live on top of each other, but sometimes it's just a little too much. The food we had was good, the filet and scallops were perfectly cooked, but the mash and the mac and cheese we're good but not great. The proteins are most important (read pricey) so maybe it doesn't matter that the sides could have been better. The real problem was the number of people packed into the dining room and the accompanying noise. They have a nice patio which probably deals with the overcrowding issue during the non-polar-vortex-season. Bottom line, if you want a perfectly cooked steak you're in luck at Benchmark, if you want to be able to talk to the person across the table from you, there may be a better option."
    Dined on 2/28/2014
  • "Bone in New York was so flavorful and the filet was tender and delicious. Both were cooked to perfection. Nice cozy ambiance. Great service."
    Dined on 3/1/2014
  • "We had Thanksgiving dinner here one year and sat outside (where they put the overflow in the winter) and it was great. There were heaters and we had no issues other than maybe being a tad chilly. My husband and I just ate here for restaurant week and although the food was GREAT, the dining experience was sub par largely due to space constrictions in the restaurant. They tried to seat us in the very middle of a long row of itty bitty tables. We would have been forced to bother other diners and make them get up for us to be seated. They really need to take out a couple of those tables so everyone doesn't have to be on top of each other. Even once seated, we were sitting inches from the people next to us. Very uncomfortable dining situation."
    Dined on 2/28/2014
  • "I left the hustle and bustle of Manhattan in search of something more quaint and less pretentious than the plethora of restaurants found in sub-Harlem Manhattan, then and I came across the Benchmark though NYC's restaurant week website. It was one of a handful of restaurants participating in this two week special event. However, to my surprise I was going to have to fork over more than I initially expected (Admittedly, I did get the most expensive item on the menu, but other options were a bit pricey). Nevertheless, this should not discourage anyone wanting to eat great excellently prepared food outside of Manhattan, with excellent service, and an extensive list of wines. This is maybe best reserved for a special occasion."
    Dined on 2/28/2014
  • "Benchmark continues to provide great good and friendly service in its nicely designed space. And with its participation in winter restaurant week, it's a great deal to savor it."
    Dined on 2/27/2014
  • "Great night. I ordered the Braised Beef Short Rib appetizer which was one of the best things I have ever tasted. She got the Seared Scallops. I am no scallop connoisseur but to me it tasted amazing. My date agreed and she knows her scallops For the main we both ordered the Filet Minion which was perfectly prepared. The addition of the horseradish potato puree was a perfect touch. My only minor complaint for the evening is that the addition of something like asparagus would have made it perfect. I am not much of a Dessert person but the Cookie Dow Eggroll was very unique and tasty. The atmosphere was vibrant without being load. The wait staff was attentive without being overbearing. Basically a perfect experience"
    Dined on 2/27/2014
  • "We dined here for restaurant week. The wine list is phenomenal and the food was just as good as something you'd find in Manhattan, only at a more reasonable price. We were really pleased with our experience and will definitely go back."
    Dined on 2/24/2014
  • "Went here the other night with a friend and had an absolutely fabulous dinner. Service was good and the food was great. I would recommend this place to all."
    Dined on 2/25/2014
  • "I decided to go during restaurant week and I must say my appetizer and my main course was superb. Seared Maine Diver Scallops- was WONDERFUL..very tasteful although very simplistic. Grass-fed Filet Mignon - I had my steak medium and boy oh boy was it good. I would def recommend you go and check it out and it's located in the best borough of all times "Brooklyn." The decor was really great but the seating is really tight inside of the restaurant but overall it's a place worth trying. Go for it"
    Dined on 2/25/2014
  • "I went with a friend on a Monday night during Restaurant Week. Our server helped us pick a lovely red wine, which turned out to be half price (a special Benchmark runs on Mondays). We sat outside in the heated tent and were very comfortable. Our food was delicious (scallop app, braised beef app, filet mignon entree, tune entree). Everything was seasoned just right. My dessert hit the spot (cookie dough egg roll), but my friend's was a bit too rich (chocolate ganache?). I would definitely recommend Benchmark and can't wait to go back."
    Dined on 2/24/2014
  • "My husband and I picked this spot for Restaurant Week because the menu looked interesting, it's in our neighborhood (more or less), and it served the RW menu on Sunday evening. The service was friendly and accommodating and the space was nice, but the food was not particularly exciting. The scallops and filet were nicely cooked and good overall, but our other dishes-- a short rib and a seared tuna-- were just so-so. Everything needed a bit more seasoning, especially the sides, and the tuna came with a side of black beans, which seemed like an odd pairing. The wine list, as advertised, is extensive and fairly well-chosen, but there didn't seem to be a sommelier on hand to help with wine selections."
    Dined on 2/23/2014
  • "Excellent service. I would recommend the Pork Chop and also the Duck entrée. Restaurant tends to be loud a times but no different then most in this area and Carroll Gardens. Enjoy! Enjoy! this well staffed restaurant."
    Dined on 2/22/2014
  • "A great find in this eclectic area of Brooklyn. Great food and service though a bit cramped, but not too tight for me and I am 6'5" and 240lbs. Really worth a try."
    Dined on 2/19/2014
  • "My experience here was Pleasant. Our server was very attentive, but he was only one there and it was lunch time we waited for about 30 minutes for food which i think is a bit unreasonable. The food itself, was yummy but nothing over the top. If you want to go to a quiet place with comfy seating and decent food, it's not the worst. For for all the Hype, I didn't get what people are going so crazy about."
    Dined on 2/21/2014
  • "This restaurant is very pretty, the decor is excellent. The food was good, especially the steak I ordered. The rest of the food was only good, but not excellent. I would definitely recommend this restaurant to friends, especially the steak."
    Dined on 2/19/2014
  • "The Benchmark is a place that isn't pretentious but has every right to be. The food has a common trait of being delicious and smart, always delivering a playful range of notes and tastes. The staff was attentive, warm, and helpful, making the experience of going there that much more pleasant. My wine and water were always topped off at the right time, and the polite remarks and patience they had when the restaurant was busy showed great demeanor on behalf of the establishment. I enjoy the low key but resourceful implication of the namesake built into the ambiance. The decor was easy on the eyes, never boring, and exuded a firm tone of class. It was my second time eating here and, after establishing the first was no fluke, I will be back"
    Dined on 2/17/2014
  • "We had a delicious meal. Steaks were cooked to perfection ! The sides were all unique, but totally yummy. The perfect birthday dinner to share with our son. Thank you!"
    Dined on 2/15/2014
  • "Definitely one of my favorite restaurants in Park Slope and food is phenomenal! Seared Foie Gras is scrumptious and so it's their burger, with home made catsup. All steaks are top grade and cooked to perfection. The executive chef Ryan Jaronik is outstanding! Wonderful atmosphere and cozy decor. A+"
    Dined on 2/11/2014
  • "Tuesday night..pretty slow...quiet dining. Great food. OMG..the foie gras-simply amazing. the mac n' cheese with pork in it...divine. And the Italian cherries in the manhattans...made for a perfect night!"
    Dined on 2/4/2014
  • "Just a lovely experience through and through. Something of a modern grotto feel, the decor is tasteful and understated, highlighting the historic locaton. The staff is attentive and charming. The only difficulties you might have are deciding what delicious menu selections to choose and making ti through the expansive wine list. Truly superb. Best to reserve in advance, and if you go on a busy night, ask for the atrium."
    Dined on 2/2/2014
  • "It is such a treat these days to be able to eat leisurely and have a conversation with whomever you are dining with. The food, the atmosphere and the service were great and our waitress Sophie was a delight. We spent a few hours having lunch, relaxing and talking and had an immensely enjoyable afternoon. The food was well spaced and very reasonably proportioned and priced."
    Dined on 1/30/2014
  • "Went there for Restaurant Week and was very pleasantly surprised. Great food."
    Dined on 7/26/2013
  • "The service and food were really good, and it's clean. what more can i say? Go try it out! You won't regret it!!"
    Dined on 1/24/2014