Benoit Restaurant and Bar
60 West 55th Street
New York, NY 10019Neighborhood:
FrenchPrice: $31 to $50
Benoit Restaurant and Bar
- Dining Style: Casual Elegant
- Website: http://benoitny.com/
- Phone: (646) 943-7373
- Hours of Operation:
Monday - Saturday: 11:45 am - 3:30 pm
Monday - Sunday: 5:30 - 11 pm
Sunday: 11:30 am - 3:30 pm
- Payment Options: AMEX,Diners Club,Discover,JCB,MasterCard,Visa
- Cuisine: French
- Executive Chef: Philippe Bertineau
- Dress Code: Casual Dress
- Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
- Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Chef's Table, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Late Night, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
- Catering: Pâtisserie-à-Porter
Our Pâtisserie-à-Porter program invites guests to order French tarts and pâtisseries handmade by Benoit's pastry chef.
We have a selection of classic desserts available year-round, as well as a selection of seasonal tarts and cakes that use the best available produce.
Each dessert is exquisitely made to serve 6 to 8 people - from $30.
Call 646.943.7373 to order.
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A word from Benoit Restaurant and Bar
Benoit New York is the third member of Alain Ducasse’s Benoit family – which also includes the bistro in Paris since 1912, Benoit Tokyo and Le Comptoir de Benoit in Osaka. Benoit New York echoes the original bistro in Paris and represents an opportunity for Chef Ducasse to recreate a unique bistro experience within a dynamic urban environment while still preserving the tradition of Benoit Paris. The restaurant & bar offer a menu of classic French bistro cuisine at lunch, dinner, and Sunday brunch.Continued
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Benoit Restaurant and Bar reviews from OpenTable diners
244 reviews since July 23, 2014
- Ambiance4.2Noise LevelModerate
fit for foodies (115)special occasion (80)great for lunch (76)romantic (75)neighborhood gem (75)notable wine list (68)great for brunch (41)good for groups (40)late-night find (17)vibrant bar scene (15)hot spot (10)kid-friendly (7)great for outdoor dining (5)scenic view (2)Show More
- Benoit and LamineemmetDined on 11/15/2014We visit NYC 4 to 5 times a year and every visit we make at least two visits to Benoit. Many of the other nights we will stop at their great bar for the world's best Irish coffee. Benoit has been great since it opened and easily the best value in the Ducasse collection. We have eaten at all his restaurants and this one is our favorite. While not the same experience as Monte Carlo, London or Paris, it is just about a perfect night. Wonderful decor and ambience, excellent wine list, exciting and delicious food and a staff that does exactly what they should. Since Lamine Diene has been GM, they have gotten even better. No better value in the city and a guaranteed special night.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Excellent dinner, service a bit sluggishHoundduetVIPDined on 11/14/2014We had a party of six, and the food was wonderful as always. Server was very friendly but disappeared for long periods of time, leading us to believe there was a shortage of wait staff that evening. No complaints other than that. Truffles were in season, always good, and our server was thoughtful to remind us of the cost per shaving, something that restaurants occasionally neglect to do.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Unfortunate Experience But Highly RecommendedWebsterDined on 11/14/2014This is a very nice French restaurant with an excellent menu. Our appetizer was a special of the night, pan roasted foie gras which we both were impressed with. For the main course we had the Chatham Cod with glazed endives and oranges, which was perfectly prepared and presented, plus the roasted quail with foie gras stuffing with green savoy cabbage and chestnuts which came in a sophisticated presentation. Both dishes were excellent. Desserts were superb. Here's why Benoit did not receive a 5 star rating - but also why I would recommend them. Our "choice of three" Hors de Oeuvres never arrived and, because of a lack of attention to our table, we could not get our server's attention to let her know. After we finished the appetizer, our dinners arrived which were delicious. We then let the server know of the oversight and ordered dessert which we waited for over 30 minutes. The Service Manager arrived with our dessert with many apologies, blaming himself for the delay. The better part of the story was that when the manager arrived with the desserts, he acknowledged that we had a poor experience, apologized profusely, comped a good portion of the meal and gave us some delicious cookies to enjoy the next day. Allthough we had some issues, it is a class restaurant that agrees that we had a bad experience and attempts to "make it right". Many kudos to Benoit for that and we will certainly go back.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- French cuisine Lives!dehillerinVIPDined on 11/14/2014Do you suffer from a deficiency of Paris? Or a favorite restaurant in the France of your dreams? Get yourself over to Benoit. We ordered quenelles, a classic dish and OMG !!! Fabulous. Where else in NY? They pamper you with gougeres first and a sweet present as you go. The Sancerre ( by the glass) was excellent. I am coming back.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Why does Alaine Ducasse have so many stars?GeneVIPDined on 11/13/2014Quenelles du brochet are my wife's favorite French food. When our favorite source L'Absinthe closed I googled quenelles and found Benoit which I had'nt heard of before. Learning that this was an Alaine Ducasse restaurant had our hopes up. The texture of my 'Pate en croute' was like a piece of plastic and the 'croute' was dried out and crumbley. My wife's quenelles were burned on top and were inedible. My quail stuffed with foie gras was equally off putting with a fatty flavor. My favorite desert is tart tartin but curiously Benoit only serves it for two persons. My wife is not a fan of tartin, sadly none for me. Overall a disappointing experience.This is our third such experience in a Ducasse restaurant and I suggest that he should spend more time in the kitchen and less time setting up second rate restaurants.
- ScottDined on 11/13/2014Outstanding steak tartar which is a treat when and come to NYC and so much better than the Bar at the Modern which previously had the best. Excellent service and a quiet envioronment. I was very well treated as a single woman and enjoyed a memorable dinner.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Like being in PariseatressDined on 11/12/2014Delicious food...wonderful real French food...when did I last see an endive gratin on a menu? Softly bitter endive wrapped in ham enrobed in a Gruyere bechamel sauce...not for every day but a few times come fall and winter, it's a must. With a crisp green salad dressed with oil, vinegar and salt to contrast with the buttery gratin. Plump mussels steamed in white wine and garlic and parsley...traditional, beautifully prepared. Warm gougeres offered with the aperitif. Service kind, professional, charming. Good wine, excellent champagne. Two and a half hours passed as a minute at a celebratory lunch. So worth it.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Always a favorite for midtown LunchcharlyradVIPDined on 11/11/2014Great place for a luncheon meeting. Nice venue, great service, good food and privacy at a reasonable price. I keep on coming back as it never dissappoints!Special Features:
- HaggisDined on 11/10/2014If you enjoy Classic French bistro food it is easy to ignore the very noisy crowds. This is one of the few places in NYC where one can order quenelles regularly.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Paris in NYCLive4foodVIPDined on 11/10/2014Alain Ducasse has recreated the french Bistro perfectly with Bistro Benoit in NYC. The quality of the food, preparation, and presentation was excellent. the service was helpful, and appropriately attentive. I will go back......Special Features:
- Arlingtonolrea1Arlingtonolrea1Dined on 11/8/2014Food was outstanding; decor warm and inviting. Did not like being seated by kitchen entrance. Neighboring table disliked location to point of making big fuss & up & moving after they surveyed what other tables were empty. Example of rude/distracting entitlement out of control. Management should not assume that as "first-timers" we are insignificant. Since there were other empty tables, management would have scored big points had they asked when seating us if the table was o.k. or if we would prefer another one.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Good but too expensivecgilwhDined on 11/7/2014Stay away if you can't have dairy. In a country were restaurants have come to accommodate all sorts of dietary restrictions, this place is disappointingly unflexible. They seem to be offended by the mere suggestion of cooking something without butter.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Pre Theatre DisappointmentindiedineVIPDined on 11/7/2014Pre theatre dining at Benoit was a nerve wracking experience. We arrived at 6:15, told the server that we had an 8 pm curtain, and were assured that there would be no problem. We ordered by 6:30 and were still awaiting our main course at 7:25. The manager apologized for the delay, which was never explained, and brought us boxes of macarons as a parting gift. But honestly, we would have just preferred not to have to bolt our food in 15 minutes. We will not be back again to tempt fate.
- picky6VIPDined on 11/6/2014A very pleasant Paris Bistro in our midst. Located near City Center and Carnegie Hall. Wonderful before a performance. The kitchen is dependable and nothing takes to long to come to the table. Service staff is knowledgeable about the menu.....a pleasant surprise in New York...Special Features:
- Always ExcellentAMR510Dined on 11/4/2014We've gone to Benoit for many special occasions, and are always impressed with the high quality of the food and the caring attention of the staff. This was the first time we went for a late dinner following a concert. Although we were the last table dining, there was absolutely no pressure to leave.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Excelent!JPMalletDined on 11/4/2014Great place, great food, great service! The chicken and de duck, that we tried were excellent!Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- OpenTable Diner Since 2009VIPDined on 11/1/2014We enjoyed our dinner at Benoit. It is a very handsome restaurant with French ambiance, and the food was good and nicely presented. It offers a very nice pre-theater menu. We thought the tables were a little too close together, and at the beginning of our dinner we, four senior citizens, found it too noisy. As the theater crowd left, the noise level decreased. We would dine there again, but only at a later hour.I would recommend this to a friend.
- Every item was perfectuegdswVIPDined on 11/1/2014We had mini appetizers. Wow: leeks, codfish, fried oysters -- all ooh la la. Then the pate de foix gras was unbelievable, unmatched. Terrine was lovely, and the stuffed quail was to die for. Quail can be iffy because they are so small and usually overdone. But not this one. This one was tender, juicy and on top of a little cabbage and some super stuffing and a wonderful grape sauce in wine. Went to heaven from the food, but we had to enjoy the mille feuille, which was so top notch.Special Features:
- I would go againsonnetVIPDined on 11/1/2014Exceptional, friendly service, great bistro food, convenient to theatre and shopping and museums.
- KittyVIPDined on 10/31/2014I have business lunches here often and everyone is always impressed with the food. I love the warm chicken salad. The prix fix lunch is also good, although I don't recall that it was offered this time. Everything was great. The only thing was the waitress forgot to bring the coffee, charged us for it and didn't apologize.Special Features:
- Best French in MidtownMrRadleyDined on 10/30/2014Don't bother going to any other French place in midtown. This is bar none the best place I've been for service, ambiance, and most importantly FOOD! Upside Down cheese soufflé? Bluefish tender enough that it literally melted on my tongue? A reasonably priced excellent wine list (enough French gems to choose from to skip the California selections...)? Forget everything else in the neighborhood. Benoit is the only place you need to go.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- OutstandingGeeleeceeVIPDined on 10/29/2014The food was fantastic -- portions were much larger than I expected, and prepared perfectly. Great service, attentive but not hovering, timely -- and they knew not to rush the table where people we're eating at different speeds! Cannot wait to go backSpecial Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Traditional french cuisineNYLuxDined on 10/29/2014I have gone many times and it's always great. Love the foie de veau, crenelles, the foie gras is to die and the leek tart appetizer is heaven. All the traditional dishes are at their best here. There is a great bar area before the restaurant that is cozy and elegant, and you can get something to eat during the day there if it's off lunch time, which is good to know in that location. You can actually get real French drinks like Pastis, Pernaud. Service is good and not overwhelming. The room is animated but the sound somehow is controlled, you can actually talk to everyone on the table without getting hoarse from the competition of those annoying screeching diners that fill other restaurants but are thankfully absent here.Special Features:
- Best chocolate ice creamOpenTable Diner Since 2007VIPDined on 10/26/2014they make their ice cream and it is fabulous My main course was cassoulet. It was the traditional dish. I think it needs to be altered for today's diners, who prefer less fat.
- Best roast chickenJR47Dined on 10/24/2014Very accomodating staff. I always get a warm welcome and never feel rushed.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Not that specialBlueDevilDined on 10/24/2014We stopped being impressed with Benoit after the appetizers. The gougeres were delicious, as was the butternut squash soup and cheese souffle. After that, the entrees were a let down; the hanger steak and the pomme frite were ok, the duck breast was nothing special, the dessert just ok, and the coffee was weak. Next time, we'll chose another restaurant.
- Excellent dining experienceKfromMTLDined on 10/23/2014I love the atmosphere of this restaurant. It is like a European bistro, but without the attitude. It is definitely a place to go if you like classic French dishes. To start we had seasonal appetizers, risotto with white truffles and Florida crab claws. Both were good, but the real stars were the main courses, steamed sea bream for my wife and foie gras stuffed quail for me. They were both delicious. To top it off we had an unbelievable tarte tatin for dessert. Note that they say it is for 2 people but it is enough for 4! Service was friendly and efficient. The sommelier recommended a reasonably price white Cote du Rhone that went well with all of our dishes. It is something that we would never have considered if left to choose ourselves.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Like Paris in NYCJimmySlobVIPDined on 10/22/2014Benoit is like its Paris counterpart on West 55th in Manhattan. The decor, the food, the wine, the service are tops. The host and hostess were very welcoming (not very much like in Paris). We had a charcuterie platter to start, my wife had cod and I had a Cobb salad, all very generous portions and delicious. Interesting white wine, a viognier blend, and perfect with the food. Fresh bread. All in all, a really great treat.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- TOTAL DISAPPOINTMENTDisappointed33VIPDined on 10/17/2014Benoit used to be a fair place to eat, now is one of the worse choices in NYC. It's a commercial place, only for profits. It's far from acceptable their watery soaps, their terrible Steak au Poivre, the fish tasteless, a terrible place to eat.Special Features:
- UnderwhelmingOpenTable Diner Since 2013Dined on 10/16/2014We picked it for a pre-theatre dinner. It was my second time in this restaurant. The first time made a much better impression, that's why I decided to return. Now I deeply regret that we didn't pick another place, and there're so many to choose from in the area. My fish was undercooked, I had to send it back, only had the same pieces heated up to the edible temperature. I thought for the high level of the restaurant, I would get a new meal cooked to perfection. Regardless of this mishap, what you get is a tiny amount of very average food for a lot of money. If not for a good service, this dinner would have been a complete fiasco. Both, my friend and I have decided that we'd not be coming back.Special Features:
- mikeyclimbVIPDined on 10/14/2014never had dinner here always lunch after a local haircut. Elegant, very French bistro. Much nicer than the Paris Benoit. Also less expensive. Prix fixed menus for lunch quite reasonable. Snails with a glass of sancerre, scallops with trumpet mushrooms. Service friendly and professional. Probably good for a first date.Special Features:
- ServiceTotoVIPDined on 10/13/2014It was past 10 p.m. close to closing time. We were given a small table too close to next table. Finally the diners of next table left and I moved to sit next to my wife. The restaurant was practically empty at this point. Busboy or waiter comes over and forced me to move to my original seat. He said the next table was reserved which turned out to be untrue. I must have been to this place at least 30 times but they don't know who you are. Guess they don't care. Anyway we told them we weren't coming back.Special Features:
- 2nd time here, food disappointingTJGIntlVIPDined on 10/13/2014I'll never go back. Too many wonderful restaurants in NYC to patronise this one.
- Excellent French CuisineGoldRiverGirlVIPDined on 10/6/2014This restaurant is the perfect blend of French Haute Cuisine and bistro food. We started with the pate en croute, which was very good. I loved the pistachios, but my husband prefers smooth, mousse-like pates. He was pleased, therefore, with his pate-stuffed roasted quail. My coq au vin was the best I've ever eaten. Both dishes included roasted vegetables that were unusually tender and flavorful. The wine list was excellent. The only weak spot was the dessert: a pecan tart that seemed dry. The pastry crust had a nice vanilla flavor, however, and the pecans were plentiful and fresh. The prices are reasonable considering the quality. I highly recommend Benoit.Special Features:
- OpenTable Diner Since 2006VIPDined on 10/6/2014The first sign that things were amiss was the bread--not soft and fresh but reheated and cold. The cassoulet was disappointing; most of the meats were only lard. The wines by the glass included some decent selections. But with so many good bistros in Manhattan, there would appear to be no reason to dine here even though the service was attentive.
- Expat75Dined on 10/4/2014True and honest to the standards of traditional French cuisine. Superb execution. To be closed to perfection just a better bread.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Good French Restaurant in New YorkOpenTable Diner Since 2011Dined on 10/3/2014If you like French gourmet cuisine this is a good restaurant in New York. The food is excellent especially the French Onion soup. The service is a little unusual with several servers attending to you at various times but it was a good experience overall. Rather expensive but to be expected of a French restaurant in Manhattan.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Say goodbye to Atkins!MehitabelVIPDined on 10/2/2014The homemade bread and pastries here are to die for, as are the freshly chef-prepared classic French favorites. I had the escargot, pate de campagne (from a recipe from the 1800's), and the duck. Hubby stayed the course with salad, a hangar steak frites and dessert. Amazing and worth every penny. You won't leave hungry.Special Features:
- IrishEyes100Dined on 9/28/2014Delicious! We enjoyed our pre-theatre 2 course meal tremendously. Both of us had salmon and they accommodated my request for no bacon on mine. The vegetables included petite Brussels sprouts in a great sauce. Drinks were expensive but I would definitely return soon. Eileen H.Special Features:
- Best French restaurant in NYCOpenTable Diner Since 2010VIPDined on 9/28/2014Benoit New York is almost like eating in Paris. Without the trouble of getting on the airplane! We all always have a great time when we eat here!Special Features: