Benjamin Restaurant & Bar
Benjamin Restaurant & Bar

Benjamin Restaurant & Bar

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.benjaminny.com/
  • Phone: 2128890750
  • Hours of Operation:
    Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:30am - 5:00pm, Saturday - Sunday: 4:00pm - 5:00pm; Dinner: Sunday - Thursday: 5:00pm -12:00am, Friday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 1:00am; Brunch: Saturday - Sunday: 11:00am - 3:45pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Contemporary American
  • Executive Chef: Marty Markovitz
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Delivery, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Catering: Benjamin Catering has been in-house caterers for many of the premium event spaces in the city. We offer drop off platters to full service catering. Great event planners available for your every need. There is no catering company in NYC who can match our quality for the price.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: 33rd street
  • Parking: Public Lot
A word from Benjamin Restaurant & Bar
Classic American Bistro located in Murray Hill. Eclectic & upbeat with daily specials, great service & all set in a relaxing atmosphere.
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Benjamin Restaurant & Bar reviews from OpenTable diners
39 reviews since May 26, 2014
Overall Rating3.8
  • Food3.9
    Service3.8
  • Ambiance3.3
    Noise LevelModerate
76% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
neighborhood gem (25)fit for foodies (11)great for lunch (11)great for brunch (9)late-night find (7)romantic (5)good for groups (5)kid-friendly (3)vibrant bar scene (3)hot spot (2)Show More
  • Not as good as it use to be
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 9/21/2014
    The service had changed and so has the food. Just not what it use to be have to go find another place to go to
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Perfect movie and dinner spot
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006VIP
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    Food is excellent. Relaxing meal before or after kips bay amc.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great service and delicious food!
    WaryoneVIP
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    Waitress Melissa was, as always, friendly, cordial, and very helpful making sure that I ordered a meal free of any food or seasonings on my long, food allergy list. She consulted with the chef so I was able to enjoy a delicious " daily special" of scallops served on soba noodles and veggies. While waiting for the meal to arrive, I had a freshly made iced tea; not easy to find in these pre-fab days, and some of their very good-subtlety flavored and not overly sweet-cornbread.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • always amazing!
    LorraineVIP
    Dined on 9/18/2014
    we are always surpised by how great the food and service is at this low-key, real neighborhood gem
    Special Features:
    good for groups, late-night find, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Good food, but slow
    sweetnnuttycandyVIP
    Dined on 9/15/2014
    The food and service were great, but it was pretty slow.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, late-night find, neighborhood gem, romantic
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Can't recommend
    RickVIP
    Dined on 9/15/2014
    This may be a nice neighborhood bar with food, but it wasn't what I was looking for. First, the seats are uncomfortable. The menu wasn't great - the best looking thing I saw was tilapia (that should tell you something). It was mushy, and smothered in a gooey glop that was like salsa from Taco Bell. The waiter was pleasant. That's about the best I can say.
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  • Great service, good American food
    kellyVIP
    Dined on 9/10/2014
    Conveniently located in Murray Hill, this casual restaurant has a diverse selection of apps and entrees from seafood to steak to salads. Jordan, our waiter, provided us with such a nice and warm service. We enjoyed having the duck quesadilla and seafood entrees. Highly recommended.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • wonderful food!
    Likegoodfoodquietplace
    Dined on 9/4/2014
    First visit -- needed quiet table, which wasn't a problem at 3 pm. Food was excellent. I figure it might be noisy later with busy bar and tables, but I don't know that for sure (there isn't visible insulation). I strongly suggest that the restaurant add shades because the sun is strong and blinding. Having said all this (yes, add carpeting to decrease the noise level, and blinds/curtains), the food was so good!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good Value with Groupon
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    The food was very good,however, I don't know that I would return for Saturday evening "dining". The atmosphere leaves something to be desired. Would return for lunch.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Delicious Food in Great Locale
    elester
    Dined on 8/20/2014
    Benjamin Restaurant & Bar offers a warm and inviting ambience and quite a varied menu full of appetizing options. It is a great place to enjoy a lovely meal and an environment conducive to conversations.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Nice!
    DeeLee
    Dined on 8/11/2014
    Enjoyed dining here! A nice little spot to enjoy some good food.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Dope spot
    MeechGold87
    Dined on 7/15/2014
    Great environment. Super attentive staff. And they didn't treat me different even though I used a LivingSocial coupon. I frequently do use resources such as the aforementioned and Groupon and to my surprise they welcomed it and explained how the promotion worked. I would def recommend you go and bring friends. They thank you later.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Casual dining at its best
    kellyVIP
    Dined on 6/21/2014
    Benjamin's is a wonderful, casual restaurant located in Murray Hill that serves a gamut of American fare. The highlight of Benjamin's is our server who was very helpful in suggestions, personable and kind, even though it was very busy on a Saturday night. All of his recommendations were very good. We will be back!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, late-night find, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • BAD A.C.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008VIP
    Dined on 6/16/2014
    THE ONLY COMPLAINT IS THAT THE AIR CONDITIONING WAS NOT GOOD. IT IS HARD TO ENJOY YOUR FOOD IF YOUR AND SWEATING AND UNCOMFORTABLE
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • bobnyVIP
    Dined on 6/15/2014
    Good local restaurant with consistently good basic food.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great Food!
    nycexplorer
    Dined on 6/14/2014
    The food was very good and well prepared. The restaurant was like 95% full but seemed a little understaffed. The manager was very friendly and visible! It was actually our first wedding anniversary and wanted to tell the waitress but she seemed so busy, we did not want to bother her.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Best in Kip's Bay
    WallStreetLawyerVIP
    Dined on 5/31/2014
    The food is always excellent, the service is first rate, the prices won't leave anyone worrying about having enough for cab fare afterwards. This is my favorite place to go post-movies from the AMC.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 22 ratings-only reviews submitted since May 26, 2014
    • Overall Rating3.7
    • Food3.9
    • Ambiance3.3
    • Service3.8
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 87 reviews are from the Benjamin Restaurant & Bar reviews archive.
  • Not so much...
    WFGal
    Dined on 5/17/2014
    A friend was visiting from LA and I wanted to try something new that I had not heard of or been to. Well, I now know why I had not heard of Benjamin. It looks great online and even when you see if from outside. But the staff all seemed very junior and not committed to their jobs. The food was underpar - tasted like I could have made it myself at home. We both had two variations of salad with shrimp, both were basic and bland. The crab cake starter we shared also bland and again something I could have made myself and probably would have been better. Limited wine by the glass menu too. I am never going back there...boring and not very yummy!
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  • Great place for a great meal
    WallStreetLawyerVIP
    Dined on 5/16/2014
    Excellent food, attentive service, reasonable prices.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great for brunch!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 3/23/2014
    Took my parents and some friends here for Sunday brunch. It was the perfect ambiance - quiet and cozy - so we could hear each other talk. The food was delish! Service was a little slow, but we didn't mind.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Unusually disappointed
    Foodie
    Dined on 3/13/2014
    Ive had great steak here. This was not up to your usual standard. Meat a little tough. Ordered the steak for two medium as wife likes medium well and my son and i like medium rare. Probably came out more medium well than medium.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good neighborhood spot for
    Dennyboy
    Dined on 2/1/2014
    Good neighborhood spot for before or after a movie.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • A NYC Favorite
    upstatedownstate
    Dined on 1/19/2014
    Great matzoh ball soup. Sunday night pasta special a steal.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Positive Experience
    Spencer
    Dined on 12/31/2013
    I came here for a New Years Eve dinner with another couple and had a pleasant experience. We arrived twenty minutes early so we offered to sit at the bar while they prepared our table, but the table ready for us so we sat down and looked over the menu. I ordered the sirloin steak which was well seasoned and cooked to my satisfaction. The mashed potatoes, carrots and squash were also good. I ordered a Guinness from the drink menu, but the server said they were all out and suggested another beer that paired very well with the steak. Everybody left satisfied. The restaurant had a nice atmosphere. Thumbs up.
    Special Features:
    late-night find, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • A real find
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 12/31/2013
    This restaurant was a real surprise. The seating was spaced far enough apart that you didn't hear everyone's conversation. The food was great, lot's of choice, fresh, served good and hot. The staff are friendly and very efficient. I would recommend The Benjamin to anyone going to that neighborhood.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, late-night find, neighborhood gem, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Best neighborhood place
    Peng9608
    Dined on 12/30/2013
    It's the best place to catch whatever you are tasting. The steak is my personal favorite. Give it a try. You will not be disappointed.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Greagt dining experience
    Tony
    Dined on 12/6/2013
    We thoroughly enjoyed our dinnig at Benjamin's.the weather was dreadful but the spirit and atmosphere inside was more than pleasant. The menu choices are vast, the price is right and the service was perfect. Oh yes, the food was terrifc. See you next time.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, great for lunch, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • One and done.
    Beanlover216
    Dined on 12/5/2013
    The restaurant was not for me. The service was pleasant enough. The location was great as I was going to the movies across the street. My friend's burger was good and so were her sweet potato fries. My crab cake was fair and the onion rings were battered so heavily one could not get the taste of the onion. Seemed like a good neighborhood place. I just don't live in the neighborhood.
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  • Perfect.
    Sarita
    Dined on 11/18/2013
    The food was divine. It was so full of flavor. Can't wait to return.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, late-night find, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • We have been here previously
    Carmel2VIP
    Dined on 11/11/2013
    We have been here previously and always enjoyed the good. Last night our appetizer was terrible and my entree was at best mediocre. I won't return
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  • Good for a burger after the movies
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009VIP
    Dined on 11/9/2013
    Certainly not fine dining by a long stretch, but if you're looking to grab a burger after sering a movie at the Kips Bay theater, this place works.
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Very Pleasant Experience
    RayTVIP
    Dined on 11/8/2013
    Food is good we had a very efficient and attentive waiter. They also have some very good deals, early dining discounts and an occasional Amazon Local deal.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • WE LIKE FOOD. NICE PRICE FOR
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008VIP
    Dined on 9/4/2013
    WE LIKE FOOD. NICE PRICE FOR HAPPY HOUR. MY ONLY COMPLAINT WAS THEY COULD SERVE A MUCH BETTER WINE FOR HH. MY GROUP AND I ALL DRINK WINE.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Food not great
    Franceso
    Dined on 8/19/2013
    We were disappointed with the preparation of our dishes. Each course was somewhere in quality between a cafeteria and a restaurant. We went there because of the positive revues hoping that this bar could also deliver good food. No. It was the quality you would expect from TGIF. Too bad. We won't be going back. Our waiter, however, was excellent.
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  • Not as good as last time.
    DesignerDinerVIP
    Dined on 8/14/2013
    Met friends and was very disappointed with food, which seems to be going downhill at Benjamin. Food wasn't good, it wasn't bad-- just mediocre. Safest bet was meatloaf-- our scallops and duck dishes were just so-so. We'll look for somewhere else to meet.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Good Food!
    RACHELNYC
    Dined on 7/26/2013
    The food was delicious! I had the shrimp noodles with butter, garlic and wine sauce. Best i've ever tasted.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • What's That Smell?
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 7/25/2013
    I Invited A Friend Out For Dinner So We Could Talk And Get A Little Closer. As We Entered The Restaurant, We Were Greeted By A Man Who Smelled So Bad! He Stunk Up The Entire Place! I Was Sooooo Embarrassed Because This Was My Friend's First Time There! Mr. Stinky Sat Us To Our Table And Thank God He Never Came Back! Hygiene Is Very Imortant! Especially When You Work In A Restaurant Near Food! We Asked For A Pitcher With Ice And Water And We Were Told Your Restaurant Has Only 2 And Couldn't Give Us One! WOW!!!!!!
    Special Features:
    late-night find
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great neighborhood gem. Perfect
    FoodloverVIP
    Dined on 6/14/2013
    Great neighborhood gem. Perfect for when you are you to movies across the street. Try the pork chops.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Benjamin Restaurant
    Wendy
    Dined on 6/10/2013
    The food was mediocre; edible, but not terrific. Our server was attentive. But I arrived earlier than my 2 luncheon partners. The restaurant was not crowded. I asked the manager if he had a table in the enclosed porch. He apologized that he didn't, so I settled for a table in a dark part of the restaurant. By the time our 2nd party arrived, we realized the restaurant was nearly empty, so we asked to be seated in the enclosed porch, where it was much lighter and brighter and more pleasant, in general.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Solid
    BigginsVIP
    Dined on 5/8/2013
    This place is solid and continues to deliver good food with good service.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.