Benihana - New York
Benihana - New York

Benihana - New York

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.benihana.com/locations/newyorkwest-ny-we
  • Phone: (212) 581-0930
  • Hours of Operation:
    Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:30 am - 4:00 pm, Saturday - Sunday: 12:00 pm - 3:00 pm

    Dinner: Monday - Thursday: 4:00 pm - 11:00 pm, Friday: 4:00 pm - 12:00 am, Saturday: 3:00 pm - 12:00 am, Sunday: 3:00 pm - 11:00 pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Carte Blanche,Diners Club,Discover,JCB,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Sushi, Japanese
  • Executive Chef: Toshiya Nemoto
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Full Bar, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, Wine

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Between 5th and 6th Ave
  • Public Transit: F Train ( 57 street stop)

  • Parking: Street Parking
  • Parking Details: Street parking & Discount central parking garage available next door.(51 W56th street)

A word from Benihana - New York
Welcome to Benihana and a dining experience unlike any other! If you’ve never been to Benihana before, let us tell you what you can expect: Our guests are seated at communal tables in groups of eight to ten, where your personal chef will perform the ancient art of Teppanyaki. Watch as we slice and dice, preparing a meal that will dazzle your eyes as well taste buds, whether you choose mouth-watering steak, tender chicken or succulent seafood.



Or you can visit our sushi lounge where a talented sushi chef will prepare the freshest sashimi, maki and signature sushi rolls with the same flair that made Benihana a legend in Japanese cuisine. Smaller tables and more intimate seating is available in the lounge or bar on a first-come, first serve basis, whether you’re looking to enjoy one of our delicious Benihana Teppanyaki entrées or our amazing selection of sushi!
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Benihana - New York reviews from OpenTable diners
340 reviews since July 30, 2014
Overall Rating3.8
  • Food4
    Service3.6
  • Ambiance3.7
    Noise LevelEnergetic
81% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
good for groups (252)special occasion (165)kid-friendly (139)great for lunch (64)fit for foodies (61)hot spot (56)late-night find (43)romantic (40)neighborhood gem (30)vibrant bar scene (28)great for outdoor dining (18)great for brunch (13)scenic view (13)notable wine list (10)Show More
  • It was ok.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 11/23/2014
    I usually have a great experience with Benihana's. I might have just had a bad table. The folks we shared a table with weren't too lively so it brought down my groups spirit when we attempted to become lively and other groups wouldn't.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, kid-friendly, late-night find, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Food was great but our chef did not entertain
    WaiLee
    Dined on 11/22/2014
    I went on a Saturday night. I had made a reservation for 8:45pm and got seated by 9:05pm which is pretty good compared to the hour plus wait times I have seen from other reviews. The food was great, especially the Filet Mignon. Our chef could cook but he barely tried to entertain us with any tricks. Maybe he was new. I was able to see some of the tricks the neighboring table's chef performed and he was great, so I guess chef entertainment is hit or miss depending on which chef you get.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, kid-friendly, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • This place has surpassed my expectations. Great
    Jessica1921
    Dined on 11/21/2014
    I had an amazing time. The staff is really attentive. The chef was captivating. I will definitely tell others of this restaurant.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, hot spot, kid-friendly, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • There is no point in making a reservation!
    GodlessTurtle
    Dined on 11/21/2014
    Reservation or not, be prepared to wait 40 minutes for your table. I don't think Beninaha understands how reservations work.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • No good
    Gemeats
    Dined on 11/19/2014
    Bad service. Bad food. Bad atmosphere. I would never come back here
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • .The cheapening o fBenihana
    SadderVIP
    Dined on 11/19/2014
    The quality of the food continues to deteriorate. The steak and the onions lacked flavor. The mustard and ginger sauces were very watery. The manager said nothing has changed, but the staff confirmed the changes. I first went to Benihana in 1962, and it was terrific. it is said to see the changes obviously to save costs.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Love the food but, waiting on cook takes too long!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 11/19/2014
    We arrived on time for our 12:15 reservation, however, didn't start eating till almost 1:15pm. While this is one of my favorite restaurants, It's impossible to have a good lunch here under an hour and 1/2 ... We were here over 2 hours..
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Hit or Miss
    OpenTable Diner Since 2003
    Dined on 11/18/2014
    The food was a little dry. Benihana is hit or miss. If you have a good chef, it can be great but there are some chefs who don't cook as well. I still go but I never know how it will turn out.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Needs some work
    Bugsy2Babs
    Dined on 11/16/2014
    The restaurant sat us 1 hr. 20 minutes late for our reservation and we had 2 children. No understanding why they cannot control their reservations. The dining room was too smoky and you left smelling like HIBACHI. Completely understandable since they do cook the food in front of you, but I have been to other hibachi's with higher ceilings and better ventilation. The chef was talented and entertained the children and the food was tasty and cooked to the guest liking. They do go out of their way to make it an enjoyable experience. Just needs work on the reservation system and get better customer service. The hostess had no control, neither did management.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, kid-friendly
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Generally
    OrnaVIP
    Dined on 11/15/2014
    Our hibachi chef, Romeo, was amazing. Otherwise, everyone from the host to the event planner to the server was dreadful. Basic customer service and fluency in English should be requisites. Only went because my friend wanted a bday dinner there - never again.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Boring Chef
    royg
    Dined on 11/15/2014
    Everything was outstanding except that the cook looked like he hated is job.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, kid-friendly, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Not up to par
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 11/15/2014
    Our family frequents a small habachi restaurant outside the city on a regular basis and the kids love the hilarious antics of the chefs. We schedule a birthday party in the city for our son at Benihana and the experience didn't live up to its reputation. The chef was boring and seemed lazy and hungover. It also took him a VERY long time to cook the food while the kids were starving. We will be going back to our regular small neighborhood place instead next time.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • excellente food and services given
    juan
    Dined on 11/14/2014
    The service was great and quick.Food delicious.Chef with great personality.Waitress was aware of all parties in the table.Food taste great.I will recommended it to my friend.Great place to go maybe more joyfull as a group.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Localcustomer
    Dined on 11/14/2014
    We had a great time, the chef was very entertaining and the food was very tasty. If u r not a big eater u can only share a plate and order u r own portion of rice. Benihanna Trio and the Envy sushi deelish.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, kid-friendly, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A japanese steakhouse...
    Mimac
    Dined on 11/13/2014
    We had long experience with Benihana but today the restaurants have changed that much... The quality of food has lowered The service is now guaranteed by people from all nations but Japan... Too bad! Benihana is today surfing on a wave, good for them but they should try to come back to their origin that made them successful: ambiance, good food, asiatic
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  • The best!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 11/13/2014
    Nice place! Nice taste! Very fun! Chef was the best!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • not fit for a date
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008VIP
    Dined on 11/11/2014
    It was too loud and although it was many couples; the space was overcrowded, inturn not enough room to eat. The service was slow and I will likely not return!
    Special Features:
    good for groups
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • great time
    Purpleblossom
    Dined on 11/11/2014
    The restaurant was great. Had an awesome time watching all the amazing tricks as the chef was cooking in front of us.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, kid-friendly, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Hibachi meets Disney
    Dbyounger
    Dined on 11/8/2014
    It's a fun place to take kids for a birthday party. That's what we did. Otherwise, I would never go there. I couldn't believe how crowded it was. The food was fine and the kids had fun. Not a place for foodies or a relaxing night out
    Special Features:
    good for groups, kid-friendly, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Terrible
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 11/8/2014
    They were completely overbooked about 75 people waiting in the restaurant for a reservation they had made, we waited 45 minutes after our designated time and went across the street to Uncle Jack's steakhouse-which was very good. If you want to actually have a set time to eat don't go there, if you don't mind waiting 2 hours like the people at the bar next to us were this is your place.
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  • my first time
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 11/8/2014
    i took my girlfriend out to the restaurant for her birthday. it was our first time going into Benihana, let alone a hibachi restaurant. i loved it and would definitely come back again very soon. thank you so for the experience and i definitely look forward to coming back with a big party of people. you guys are awesome!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, late-night find, neighborhood gem, romantic, scenic view, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Terrible service!
    MissyNYC
    Dined on 11/8/2014
    We had a reservation for 5pm with our 3 kids and were told at check-in that it would be a wait. We waited 15 minutes and went up to the desk, and were told that it could be up to another hour!! We also ran into friends and they also were told to wait with a reservation. Our kids were really hungry so we left. The other family ended up waiting for over an hour. The woman behind the desk said to us "sometimes people take a lot longer to leave their tables so we usually have a wait even with a reservation". How can an established restaurant not be able to handle reservations?? I would never recommend Benihana to anyone. A one-hour plus wait time with a reservation is simply bad customer service and poor management.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, kid-friendly
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Good food
    Goodfood
    Dined on 11/7/2014
    Food is cooked fresh and hot in front of you nice atmosphere food made the way you want
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • benihana ny
    melliace
    Dined on 11/7/2014
    Benihana is great to go in a group,definitely not the place for a romantic date as it can get rather noisy . Kids love it,mines thought it was fun. Excellent and quick service and the food is good too.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Dooz
    Dined on 11/7/2014
    It was a great place to bring clients and be tourists.. I was bringing my clients and we had 8 people at the table and it assured us that no other random people would be placed with us. Good food, and drink, and its cliche but entertaining if you dont take yourself too seriously.
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • First Time
    Chelly
    Dined on 11/4/2014
    The over all place was great...it was my first time there celebrating my 13 year anniversary and i didn't know what to expect. I didn't know that we were going to sit at the table with total strangers but was and is a great opportunity to meet others..The waiter seemed a bit agitated at times and seemed as if she was tossing things down instead of placing them on the table. The food was very fulfilling and tasted great, I had to take the remainder of it home. Even though i didn't get great waiter service the cook was excellent and I would recommend Benihana to others. As a matter of fact I will return with a few friends on a just because night out. Thank you!
    Special Features:
    good for groups
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • unimpressed
    UnimpressedVIP
    Dined on 11/4/2014
    From the minute we walked in - it didnt go very well. Food was cold and nothing to write home about ... won't be going back
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • My kids love Benihana
    IenjoyeatingoutVIP
    Dined on 11/4/2014
    The food preparation show is a little tired for me, but entertaining for them. The food is tasty with many good options for a healthier meal.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, kid-friendly
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Easy for a Group
    JLshopVIP
    Dined on 11/3/2014
    We came here as a last minute choice since we had a 7-person group and knew we all liked Hibachi. The Hibachi chef was fantastic, but the service was lagging. Initially we sat and received drinks right away which was great, but then it took a long time to get a chef to start grilling and once he did, no one came back for drink orders or with the appetizer we ordered. The Hibachi chef was fantastic! Great job with our food, entertaining, and felt terrible about the service we received. He kept asking for servers, so I would not blame him for any of the trouble. The food is pretty good, not super tasty.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, kid-friendly, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Long wait even with reservation
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 11/1/2014
    We arrived at 1030 pm for a reservation of 11 pm. We finally got seated at midnight. The chef we had did not do the usual fire volcano or the tossing food into peoples mouths. I know that sounds funny but I have been to many hibachi restaurants and that seems to be custom. The "chicken rice" cost 7.50 dollars more and this was not mentioned to us when ordering our hibachi dinners. Otherwise you choice was plain white rice. Usually we get fried rice with egg in it regardless at no extra cost. The "scorpion bowl" we had was a blue JUICE. There was absolutely no alcohol in it. I was worried it would hit me later but not at all. Overall way overpriced and not worth the wait, time or money.
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    good for groups
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Family Tradition
    hank2u
    Dined on 11/1/2014
    For the last 15 years, when visiting New York City my family always plan at meal at Benihana. Besides the delicious food choices, the entertainment provided by the chef is exceptional.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, late-night find, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good food and great atmosphere!!!!!
    Foodiegirl
    Dined on 10/31/2014
    Been there two a year for at least twenty years. Bring on the next twenty!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, kid-friendly, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Mediocre
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 10/30/2014
    The marked exceptional service and quality of food has disappeared. Our waitress was notably disinterested in our party of two. We asked for water when she first took our order, we didn't receive it until the fourth course. When she brought it, my date's water had a greasy film floating on top. ... like the glass was not properly cleaned! The chef's mustard sauce was watery with very little flavor. The fish had a pungent smell and was left on the plate. The only reason we gave this experience 3 stars was our chef TRIED his best to entertain us which is the primary reason to visit Benihana's. Take a probiotic before dining here, your digestive track will thank you!
    Special Features:
    good for groups
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • the food was great
    Nini1
    Dined on 10/30/2014
    Very bad service I made reservations I did not get seated until a hour or more after my reservations
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • amazing!
    HibachiLuvr
    Dined on 10/30/2014
    It is a must for a wonderful first time experience. It was my France's birthday and we had such a great time. I can see why it's always packed and need reservations! The chefs are so amazing and they interact with you while cooking .
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, hot spot, kid-friendly, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • not worth it
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 10/30/2014
    The service was terrible, waitress took the wrong order and food was mediocre.
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • yummy food not the best service
    mh47VIP
    Dined on 10/29/2014
    We had reservations and we still had to wait 40 min for our table! They were not good about bringing water either and did not warn us that rice cost $4 extra they just said "and with rice right?". But the food is yummy and you get a ton of food!
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 10/29/2014
    cook was great tossing food and keeping everyone engaged -- service was bad -- had to wait for reservation, table too small and staff appeared lackadaisical until i asked for manager. for a surprise birthday cake, they couldnt keep the table number straight and came to ask about it, spoiling the surprise. it was fun but mediocre, yet we managed to have a good time. good for kids because they cook in front of you -- food is good but not outstanding -- reason for dining is the experience of watching the chef.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, kid-friendly
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great
    Greatfoodnyc
    Dined on 10/27/2014
    I loved it here. The food and chef was amazing. Everything was so good.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great for groups
    Eric
    Dined on 10/27/2014
    If you love Japanese food than this is a good place to try. Good is great. Servers are awesome. The chefs are friendly and fun. The only thing weird is if you are not going in a group that is very big you will end up sitting down with people that you don't know. It is nice if you like to meet new people.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.