Benjamin Restaurant & Bar
603 Second Avenue
New York, NY 10016Neighborhood:
Contemporary AmericanPrice: $30 and under
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.
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.Continued
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Benjamin Restaurant & Bar reviews from OpenTable diners
38 reviews since June 27, 2014
- Ambiance3.6Noise LevelModerate
neighborhood gem (26)great for lunch (14)great for brunch (12)fit for foodies (11)good for groups (8)late-night find (8)kid-friendly (7)romantic (6)vibrant bar scene (6)hot spot (4)great for outdoor dining (1)notable wine list (1)Show More
- Not as good as it use to beFoodie528Dined on 9/21/2014The service had changed and so has the food. Just not what it use to be have to go find another place to go to
- Perfect movie and dinner spotOpenTable Diner Since 2006VIPDined on 9/20/2014Food is excellent. Relaxing meal before or after kips bay amc.Special Features:
- Great service and delicious food!WaryoneVIPDined on 9/19/2014Waitress 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:I would recommend this to a friend.
- always amazing!LorraineVIPDined on 9/18/2014we are always surpised by how great the food and service is at this low-key, real neighborhood gemSpecial Features:
- Good food, but slowsweetnnuttycandyVIPDined on 9/15/2014The food and service were great, but it was pretty slow.Special Features:
- Can't recommendRickVIPDined on 9/15/2014This 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.
- Great service, good American foodkellyVIPDined on 9/10/2014Conveniently 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:
- wonderful food!LikegoodfoodquietplaceDined on 9/4/2014First 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:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Good Value with GrouponOpenTable Diner Since 2006Dined on 8/30/2014The 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:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Delicious Food in Great LocaleelesterDined on 8/20/2014Benjamin 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:
- Nice!DeeLeeDined on 8/11/2014Enjoyed dining here! A nice little spot to enjoy some good food.Special Features:
- Outstanding!terribleDined on 8/1/2014This is my favorite restaurant. Huge portions, and excellent service. Everything from the menu tastes great! Nothing to complain about. Must visit!Special Features:
- Dope spotMeechGold87Dined on 7/15/2014Great 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:I would recommend this to a friend.
- BenjaminsRealNYersReviewsVIPDined on 7/3/2014A nice neighborhood spot. Close to the movie theater - great for pre or post movie dining. Reasonable prices. Quality. Great Service.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- The following 92 reviews are from the Benjamin Restaurant & Bar reviews archive.
- Casual dining at its bestkellyVIPDined on 6/21/2014Benjamin'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:
- BAD A.C.OpenTable Diner Since 2008VIPDined on 6/16/2014THE ONLY COMPLAINT IS THAT THE AIR CONDITIONING WAS NOT GOOD. IT IS HARD TO ENJOY YOUR FOOD IF YOUR AND SWEATING AND UNCOMFORTABLESpecial Features:
- bobnyVIPDined on 6/15/2014Good local restaurant with consistently good basic food.Special Features:
- Great Food!nycexplorerDined on 6/14/2014The 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:
- Best in Kip's BayWallStreetLawyerVIPDined on 5/31/2014The 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:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Not so much...WFGalDined on 5/17/2014A 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!
- Great place for a great mealWallStreetLawyerVIPDined on 5/16/2014Excellent food, attentive service, reasonable prices.Special Features:
- Great for brunch!sbauerlDined on 3/23/2014Took 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:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Unusually disappointedFoodieDined on 3/13/2014Ive 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:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Good neighborhood spot forDennyboyDined on 2/1/2014Good neighborhood spot for before or after a movie.Special Features:
- A NYC FavoriteupstatedownstateDined on 1/19/2014Great matzoh ball soup. Sunday night pasta special a steal.Special Features:
- Positive ExperienceSpencerDined on 12/31/2013I 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:
- A real findOpenTable Diner Since 2009Dined on 12/31/2013This 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:
- Best neighborhood placePeng9608Dined on 12/30/2013It'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:
- Greagt dining experienceTonyDined on 12/6/2013We 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:I would recommend this to a friend.
- One and done.Beanlover216Dined on 12/5/2013The 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.
- Perfect.SaritaDined on 11/18/2013The food was divine. It was so full of flavor. Can't wait to return.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- We have been here previouslyCarmel2VIPDined on 11/11/2013We 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
- Good for a burger after the moviesOpenTable Diner Since 2009VIPDined on 11/9/2013Certainly 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.I would recommend this to a friend.
- Very Pleasant ExperienceRayTVIPDined on 11/8/2013Food 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:
- WE LIKE FOOD. NICE PRICE FOROpenTable Diner Since 2008VIPDined on 9/4/2013WE 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:
- Food not greatFrancesoDined on 8/19/2013We 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.
- Not as good as last time.DesignerDinerVIPDined on 8/14/2013Met 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:
- Good Food!RACHELNYCDined on 7/26/2013The food was delicious! I had the shrimp noodles with butter, garlic and wine sauce. Best i've ever tasted.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- What's That Smell?OpenTable Diner Since 2011Dined on 7/25/2013I 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:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Great neighborhood gem. PerfectFoodloverVIPDined on 6/14/2013Great neighborhood gem. Perfect for when you are you to movies across the street. Try the pork chops.Special Features: