Benchmark Restaurant
Benchmark Restaurant

Benchmark Restaurant

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.benchmarkrestaurant.com/
  • Phone: 7189657040
  • 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: Steak, Contemporary American
  • 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 7189657040

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 WinnerOutdoor Dining
  • Diners' Choice WinnerRomantic
  • Diners' Choice WinnerContemporary American
Benchmark Restaurant reviews from OpenTable diners
93 reviews since June 22, 2014
Overall Rating4.2
  • Food4.2
    Service4.1
  • Ambiance4.2
    Noise LevelModerate
94% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
great for outdoor dining (69)neighborhood gem (62)romantic (46)special occasion (43)fit for foodies (40)notable wine list (26)great for brunch (19)good for groups (18)great for lunch (10)late-night find (5)kid-friendly (4)hot spot (2)scenic view (2)vibrant bar scene (1)Show More
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 10/17/2014
    Amazing food. The steak was cooked perfectly. The dessert and service was where Benchmark won me over. Service was fantastic and the cookie dough egg roll is to die for.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Amazing steak house!!
    ILeonard
    Dined on 10/11/2014
    Me and my husband are in love with the food. Had a few hiccups though.. the waitress was new and messed up the orders. The soup I got was not hot and the main course the same..
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Just right
    satisfiedVIP
    Dined on 10/11/2014
    We come to Park Slope around twice a year and were fortunate to have found Benchmark. Cordial, knowledgeable service, excellent food (and pleasingly presented), suitable quantity, seating not so close to other tables to become part of their party, comfortable environment. All the way around a very pleasant evening, after a long drive to Brooklyn.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Was not aware of this restaurant
    LoveToEatOut
    Dined on 10/10/2014
    I was not aware this restaurant existed. My husband got this as a gift certificate for his 50th birthday. We were pleasantly surprised. We thought the food was outstanding. I had the duck which was cooked to perfection. My husband had the double cut pork chop which was served with the beautiful chopped apple dressing. We each had the salad (that we should've shared) and then we shared the fois gras, which was very creamy and full of flavor. It's nice to know you don't have to go out of Brooklyn to get Manhattan type food. Will be back and we will bring some of our foodie friends.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • solid
    newyorker
    Dined on 9/24/2014
    My expectations were very high after reading that the steaks were better than Peter Luger's....I did think it was very good and wonderful as a neighborhood place that I will visit again. A very nice atmosphere inside- smaller than I expected but cozy and very comfortable and wonderful outdoor seating. The lighting and ambiance were very nice and I'll return when in the mood for a good steak. The dry aged New York Strip was delicious, but maybe not actually better than Peter Luger....but very very good and certainly better than any other steak in the neighborhood.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Delicious food, great setting
    LiveToEat
    Dined on 9/23/2014
    We thoroughly enjoyed our meal at this restaurant- the steak was delicious and so were the sides. They have an amazing wine list as well, and the decor is lovely. Our waiter was very helpful as well. It was a bit chilly on the evening we went but it would have been lovely to sit out in the courtyard had it been warm enough.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • DonnaVIP
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    This is such a wonderful Park Slope restaurant. We ate outside in the courtyard. It was glorious. The food was delicious. The steaks were amazing as well as all the extras. And the setting outdoors was perfect. It was such an enjoyable,special and truly memorable evening. My guests are already planning to return with others.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, late-night find, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wonderful place
    BJeff121
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    Chose this place for dinner at the last minute to celebrate a special occasion. We decided to sit outside, which kind of looks like an alley, but is well lit and has a canvas draped overhead to provide shade. It's a nice area, very cozy ambiance, great for date night, gatherings or a family dinner. I liked that people were dressed slightly above casual, because it added to the upscale feel of things, while still keeping the environment casual. The food and drinks were very tasty and well presented. The waitress was extremely knowledgeable when we asked for meal suggestions. This place is a great find if you are looking for something in Brooklyn with a classy feel, great quality food and not too pricey.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • BenchMark...
    DinerMcEaterVIP
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    ...great Park Slope dining experience...will return
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Park Slope find!!
    jboyeeeeeeee
    Dined on 8/20/2014
    This was definitely a find of epic proportions. Not related to the size of the dishes which are normally sized and plenty adequate, but in terms of the quality of food and service in this less-known Park Slope establishment. By far the best outdoor dinning space I have come across. We had the American Kobe steak, the Fillet, and Brussels sprouts w/ panchetta to split. The Kobe was delish, cooked perfectly and came with goat cheese creamed potatoes. The fillet was over cooked, so they get a star docked from food for that. (Seriously who get's a fillet well done with no juices?). All in all a splendid night and a great find. We will be returning. Oh, btw, the wine list is great. Sadly no sangria though.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great experience!
    SuperNova
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    My boyfriend and I went here for restaurant week and will be going back. Food was great and service was friendly. We added the cheese plate to what we ordered and they gave us large portions and paired it nicely with cherries and nuts. Great outdoor space with lots of room and open late. Overall wonderful experience and we're wxcited I try their full menu.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, late-night find
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent service and food
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 8/14/2014
    Ryan, Jayson and the talented team continue to deliver at Benchmark. We have been there on many occasions (Easter Lunch, Xmas-eve dinners, even hosted our wedding reception dinner there) and have NEVER been disappointed. Your palette and wallet will not regret the taste and ambience of Benchmark.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Hidden Gem
    nyc1234
    Dined on 8/14/2014
    A lovely restaurant, tucked away in the Park Slope neighbourhood. Some interesting cocktails - try 'The Rye 'N Gosling's'!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • EXcellent, creative food
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/14/2014
    I had an absolutely delicious meal - other than the halibut being just a bit overcooked and dry, it was pretty close to perfect. Quiet outdoor table, brilliant and inventive menu. I went here for restaurant week and Benchmark exceeded my expectations
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Don't judge a book by it cover
    TIP03
    Dined on 8/10/2014
    Service was so so from our main waiter but we got better service from the other wait staff. Also he keep saying something about the price every time we ask about something on the menu. If I couldn't afford it I would have stay home.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Pleased Foodie
    ACLTrini
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    Enjoyed everything! The dessert was rich and decadent....the eggroll pastry dessert and the chocolate ganuche type of dessert and the ice cream....we all scream for ice cream was divine! The chilled pea soup and the marinated steak salad was a lovely start and the entrees were pretty good....the halibut could have been more seasoned with lemon and cracked pepper. The wine list was impressive....the blanc de blancs was liquid gold and cabernet tickled my senses! Overall experience was great. I will definitely go back!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Second time is as good as the first
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 8/7/2014
    Our second time here and the reason we came back was just evident by how good the food is and their cocktail drinks. We will definitely be back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Restaurant Week
    BrooklynFoodie
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    My girlfriend and i tried this place for date night during restaurant week. The outdoor seating is nice with good ambiance. I was a little hard to read the wine list but that isnt a complaint. I ordered the bbq pork app and she got the pea soup with mint and lobster. Both were great. My fillet minon was cooked perfectly and the truffle mashed potatoes were a nice touch. The halibut was also tasty. Great find. We will be back.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Get Your Beef On
    Mauymauy
    Dined on 7/29/2014
    Dinner was delicious. We had the American Kobe, filet mignon and bone-in rib eye. all was fabulous. I think the consensus was the American Kobe but we were happy with it all. We would definitely go back.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 7/29/2014
    So glad to learn of this find on restaurant week as for park slope. Best steak I have had in years . Will return and try fish dish.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Restaurant Week Homerun
    EMC2
    Dined on 7/29/2014
    No restaurant in Park Slope does a better Restaurant Week dinner than Benchmark. Terrific food, service and a beautiful outdoor patio.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • nice
    nicey
    Dined on 7/27/2014
    I selected benchmark specifically because my prior experience there was a good one. I didn't want anything too fancy. And this was just that. My partner and I had a good dining experience. Thank you for that.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • date night
    foodie
    Dined on 7/27/2014
    Saw this restaurant on site for nyc restaurant week and decided to try it. Food and ambiance were great. Would definitely recommend
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Amazing apps, good entrees
    BklynMe
    Dined on 7/25/2014
    We had 3 of the apps; scallops, foie gras, & the spicy lobster salad. The scallops were perfectly cooked. A nice crisp to the outside edges with an inside that simply melted on your tongue. The foie gras was delicious! I could see where some people might find it a little sweet but for me it was perfect; the creamy fat texture with the sweetness of the caramel & then the welcome crunch from the nuts. So damn good! Duck was very good. Rib eye was ok. Bread pudding dessert was yummy. Our sides were disappointing. Roasted potatoes w/ habanero salsa; the potatoes were perfectly cooked & good but habenero salsa was honestly just a pureè plopped on top. Spicy without much flavor. Brussel sprouts with very tasty but 2 big a bite. Drunks were meh.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, neighborhood gem, hot spot, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Pleasantly surprised
    GourmandeVIP
    Dined on 7/25/2014
    I live in Park Slope and had passed by this restaurant several times without ever visiting. But I was looking for a local restaurant that was participating in NYC Restaurant Week, and this was one of the few in the neighborhood. I was pleasantly surprised at the nice atmosphere (we ate outside) and the good food. My husband and I both ordered the filet mignon and it was perfectly cooked, and a generous serving. We will definitely be back. Service was a bit slow, but I give them a pass because of the busy Restaurant Week atmosphere.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great experience
    Ilovefood
    Dined on 7/24/2014
    Staff was very friendly and welcoming. My friend and I had the restaurant week menu, and the food was unbelievable.. I can't wait to come back and try the regular menu. Everything was great from beginning to end.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A great find but be prepared
    LesleyB
    Dined on 7/24/2014
    The food was great (although my Kobe steak was overcooked and I hate to send good back but I had to), the waiter "J" wasn't very attentive however he had a lot of tables that were outside. We had to ask the runner for bread but it was amazing. It was great ambiance which made the 1 hour wait for dinner not so bad. I also had a kentucy bourbon barrel ale which was amazing and that went well with the sea scallops. This was a mixed review but will definitely give it another go. PS I went for the restaurant week menu but ordered from off of the main menu.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good food and good service
    sabs
    Dined on 7/24/2014
    Dined here for restaurant week. Thought the food was creative and solid. I had the chilled pea lobster soup, the filet mignon, and the panna cotta. The soup could have had a little more cream to make for a more rounded flavor, but it was refreshing. The highlight of the filet mignon for me was the mashed potatoes and onion rings. The panna cotta was too heavy for me, but I enjoyed the homemade butter scotch ice cream. I found our waitress to be extremely pleasant and attentive. Definitely a great local spot for a romantic and/or steak dinner.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Restaurant Week
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 7/23/2014
    I went with a friend to try this restaurant during NYC Restaurant Week. We dined outside. The food was good.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OUTSTANDING!
    Citygirl523
    Dined on 7/21/2014
    I cannot say enough about Benchmark. It is truly a hidden gem in Park Slope. We only ate appetizers, so I need to go back and experience the full menu, but the scallops and the trio of braised beef were SUPERB! For dessert we shared the cookie dough egg roll - OMG. I am drooling as I write this review. LOVE LOVE LOVE this place and WILL GO BACK ASAP. The waiter was on point with every recommendation.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Will definitely be back-
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 7/18/2014
    The seared scallop was cooked perfectly even though the risotto was a little oily; the rice a little hard. The steaks were excellent. We enjoyed the NY Strip and the filet. Both were flavorful, tender with a delicious crust on the outside.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great Little Spot for Date Night.
    JKuz
    Dined on 7/13/2014
    The food, the wine, the ambiance, the service were all fantastic. Perfect for a romantic night with your better half.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Best p slope spot
    ChicVIP
    Dined on 7/12/2014
    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
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Perfect dinner
    BkMaratea
    Dined on 7/1/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • great food in the mid of the hood
    nomi
    Dined on 6/30/2014
    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... :)
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2005
    Dined on 6/29/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great for Steak
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005VIP
    Dined on 6/28/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Very Good
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 6/27/2014
    Great steaks, great sides. great wine! Can't wait to go again!
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    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Consistently Great!
    OpenTableVIPVIP
    Dined on 6/26/2014
    Solid meal from start to finish! Always love coming here!
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    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • True neighbourhood gem
    ViggaVIP
    Dined on 6/25/2014
    For sure my go to place in Park Slope for good food, lunch or dinner.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.