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Benchmark Restaurant
Benchmark Restaurant

Benchmark Restaurant Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.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
  • Diners' Choice WinnerOutdoor Dining
Diner Reviews
  • "The food, the wine, the ambiance, the service were all fantastic. Perfect for a romantic night with your better half."
    Dined on 7/13/2014
  • "I would take any one here I love that we can go in a date here n bring the kids n the waiters r so cool"
    Dined on 7/12/2014
  • "I made reservations here for a family celebration. We ordered the porterhouse, filet mingnon and the American Kobe. Everything was cooked to perfection, tender and super delicious. Sides were fantastic. The ambiance was lovely and the service was great - our server was friendly, knowledgable and have us the right amount of attention. Can't wait to come back."
    Dined on 7/1/2014
  • "stuck between 2 brownstones in Park Slope, this wonderful place (with gorgeous outdoor area which we enjoyed greatly) offers amazing food - some sophisticated and creative and some just plain good and fun to eat. Apparently Monday's all wine list is half off which made the bill at the end a bit more friendly. I hope to go there again and choose the items on the menu that I didn't get to this time... :)"
    Dined on 6/30/2014
  • "I've been trying to get to this restaurant and finally went. It's right off 5th Ave in Park Slope, I'm sure I passed it several times without even knowing. I love that they have an outdoor patio section. My Southern punch cocktail was so tasty that I wished I was down in New Orleans. The scallops and tuna were super fresh and the risotto was not hard like most places I've had it. I really enjoyed the atmosphere and will definitely be back for more. They even have a $1 oyster special."
    Dined on 6/29/2014
  • "Benchmark delivered! My friend and I are in our "eating simple food" phase and at Benchmark they cook steaks to perfection and accommodated our request for steamed spinach instead of the creamed version on the menu. I will go back."
    Dined on 6/28/2014
  • "Great steaks, great sides. great wine! Can't wait to go again!"
    Dined on 6/27/2014
  • "Solid meal from start to finish! Always love coming here!"
    Dined on 6/26/2014
  • "For sure my go to place in Park Slope for good food, lunch or dinner."
    Dined on 6/25/2014
  • "Terrific food, helpful but not intrusive service, pleasant outdoor setting. (The outdoor area is away from the street in what might have been a long driveway - renovation turned it into a lovely terrace-like space) As we were there early, it was quiet, a plus. Pricy but worth it, especially as part of it came home with us. (Steak and salmon, mushroom speatzle side. Recommend all) On the whole, pretty close to perfect. Looking forward to going back."
    Dined on 6/23/2014
  • "My boyfriend and I took our mothers here after a show in the city for a belated Mother's Day celebration (my mom lives out of town) and it was such a nice experience. It was 6pm so not too crowded--we sat inside. Our server was very friendly, engaging, and knowledgeable about the menu. The portions were smaller than I thought they would be, but it was the perfect amount of food and the presentation made me want to photograph it, not eat it. We had the trio of beef short ribs, grass-fed filet mignon, ahi-tuna, and kobe culotte steak--all were delicious! We will definitely be coming back."
    Dined on 6/21/2014
  • "Benchmark is amazing! So upset I live in Brooklyn my whole life & this is only the first time I've eaten here! The food was delicious, like savor every bit cuz you don't want the beautiful mix of flavors to leave your tastebuds good. The fig & burrata salad was oh my goodness, the wine suggestion perfectly complimented every bite, the bread&flavored butter (maybe paprika in there?) was great to sop up the balsamic &fig juices, the filet mignon was exactly what I'd been dreaming about for days before, the sea salt sprinkled on top was just right, the goat cheese potato puree was creamy&delicious, the creamed spinach tasted just like Mom made when I was a kid. A perfect bday dinner! Only thing I'd add is an A1 sauce option=) Will def be back!"
    Dined on 6/17/2014
  • "Right in the middle of Parks Slope, this restaurant is a gem. The ambience, staff, and food were all excellent."
    Dined on 6/14/2014
  • "I will not hesitate to recommend this restaurant. Very good food and friendly, pleasant and attentive service. The price of the entrees are reasonable. We chose this place because of its high rating and we don't disagree. It deserves it's rating and maybe even more."
    Dined on 6/14/2014
  • "Went on wednesday night, for the university dinner. Steaks were great! Service was good. Would deffinately go back ! "
    Dined on 6/4/2014
  • "Take place here love them ! They always go the extra mile ! Kobe Kobe ! And lobster soup wine prices r great and they do half bottle nights "
    Dined on 5/28/2014
  • "Went there for mothers day brunch. 45 minute wait despite reservations. Food was bland and cold. The server dripped something off of our plate from the kitchen all the way to the table. The hostesses were sweet but ineffective. Staff was friendly but clearly overwhelmed. Plus side they offered free drinks to compensate. But I will not return."
    Dined on 5/11/2014
  • "Restaurant overbooked. Took 1:30 to get our entrees. Inadequate shading from the sun. Food was cold. Overall one of the worst restaurant experiences I've had in Brooklyn. "
    Dined on 5/11/2014
  • "We had the 3 course and chose the Field Greens Salad, Asparagus Salad and Goats Milk Yogurt with Granola as starters--all were very good. Second course we had the Strawberry Stuffed French Toast, Lobster Omelette and Crab Cake Benedict--again, all very tasty, rich and filling. We really could have skipped the desert course, but what we were able to eat was great. Our waiter was fantastic--would recommend and go again."
    Dined on 5/11/2014
  • "Tucked away on a quiet block in Park Slope, this place is amazing for a night out with the kids, romantic dinner for two, or a group hang out. Service was quick. Servers didn't conceal the prices of items on the days special menu. Food was amazing and didn't take long to get to the table. I definitely will go back to this place."
    Dined on 5/9/2014
  • "The food is always great! You cannot go wrong with the Foi Gras, the dry-aged steak for two, and their mashed potates. We have a date night once a month and this is always where we want to go! The one thing I wouldn't get is the burger. He wanted to switch it up so he got the burger. He did not like it. They are know for the meats, stick with the steak and duck! You will not be disappointed."
    Dined on 5/3/2014
  • "We ran into this restaurant some years ago by chance and could not believe how good the food, service and ambiance were. Well recommended."
    Dined on 5/3/2014
  • "The food is excellent and the service is generally good. BUT they manage to do things that just don't sit well: WHY is there a $2 charge for a small bowl of steak sauce? Is that REALLY necessary? And even more annoyingly, WHY is there a $2 charge for a substitution? There are extra labor costs associated with not putting one side dish on a plate and using a different one? It's not like the place is cheap to begin with. It just makes one feel that they think we are suckers to be fleeced, a nickel or a dime at a time."
    Dined on 5/2/2014
  • "Really enjoyed my meal at benchmark. I had the Kobe steak and my girlfriend had the filet mignon. Both steaks were perfectly cooked and delicious. The foo gras and strawberry desserts were excellent as well. I would highly recommend this restaurant to anyone. "
    Dined on 4/26/2014
  • "Food was great. Service was outstanding. We were the last one in the restaurant and didn't feel rushed out. Would definately come back."
    Dined on 4/25/2014
  • "The staff was very friendly and accommodating. The menu is diverse. The food is excellent. "
    Dined on 4/25/2014
  • "Actually only I had a steak and others with me had fish. My steak was cooked exactly as ordered. The fish dishes were great(I did try them) and the wine list was full. You could order some expensive bottles but they had a great assortment of moderately priced wines. Side dishes were right on the money and everyone left full. A couple even were too full to finish and took doggy bags home. We will be back with food and service like this, you feel so welcome."
    Dined on 4/24/2014
  • "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
  • "Excellent steak! Good sized portion, with good service. Definitely worth the trip down!"
    Dined on 4/1/2014
  • "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
  • "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