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.
Multiple dates available7-9:30pm Every Wednesday. Free to play. Teams of 4 recommended. 1st place $40 off bill. 2nd place $20 off bill.
- Surfaces sanitized between seatings
- Common areas deep cleaned daily
- Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
- Extra space between tables
- Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
- Proof of vaccination required to dine indoors
Steak + Eggs
12oz New York Strip, Two Eggs, Breakfast Potatoes, Toast
Seared Diver Scallops
Truffled Risotto, Crisp Prosciutto, Kabocha Squash
Brussels Sprouts "Esquitos"
Pimenton Aioli, Cotija, Lime
We used the outdoor seating in the courtyard at Benchmark. This was our first time eating at a restaurant since the pandemic, even eating outdoors. The Benchmark outdoor space is very nice - it’s large so the tables are spaced well apart, which makes it feel safe as well as quiet. There’s a “roof” overhead and I think they have a heater blowing into the space. It was mild, in the upper 50’s, and we were comfortable. The food was wonderful. One of us had NY strip steak and I had salmon, and both were prepared well and delicious. We ordered sautéed spinach and Brussels sprouts and spaetzle, and everything was so good. We felt it was a perfect choice for our first restaurant meal.
Outside dining was nice. Food, wine and cocktails were great. Aidan’s service was wonderful. Definitely recommended!
Great service and staff! Always a pleasure to go there with my family.
Amazing food, wonderful ambiance, outstanding service!
Food was excellent, and our waiter was also excellent. I was however very disappointed with the hostess regarding vaccination verification!
She basically chased me across the restaurant yelling “ I need to see your proof of vaccination.” I live in NJ, and we use the Docket app for proof of vaccination. My wife and 85 year old mother were already seated at our table while I was parking the car. I said to the hostess that I have been fully vaccinated and would show the app when I get settled in as I could not remember my password and had to go through the password reset.
Having to do this while standing in the middle of the restaraunt was embarrassing before I was finally allowed to join my family and reset the password and show her the app!
This should have been handled better rather than being embarassed by the hostess.
I understand she was doing her job, and I support both COVID vaccinations and looking out for my family and fellow members of society. This just should have been handled better, or I should have picked an easier password to remember! Ugh!
Food was delicious and the steaks were cooked exactly as order. Friendly and quick service.
Great experience on a very busy Sunday morning brunch. All staff were very attentive and the food was great. There were 7 of us and all food was served together & hot. The Lobster Cobb salad was excellent.
We love Benchmark for all our special occasions. When you asked for a steak cooked 'medium' it actually comes out medium 👌
A great evening as usual. Food is fantastic, service is wonderful and pleasant and atmosphere is delightful.
This used to be a pretty good restaurant, but now seems much more like a good gastro pub.
The courtyard seating is way better than the street seating.
I found hostess disconcerting…wanting us to sit in the less desirable street seating, telling me they don’t have sparking water, only seltzer or club soda and immediately walking away. She was also very sarcastic when I pointed out to her she walked away.
The wait staff were good
We won’t be going back
Food was good — but expensive. Service was poor. Had to ask for oir check more thsn 3 times. Hostess was nice.
Friendly & accommodating service served in cute (&safe) outdoor setting, off the street with twinkling lights. Very good rib-eye & salmon.
Food was great. 4 of us , had scallops, duck hamburger and steak
Wow what a lovely spot a bit off the beaten path. Service could not have been friendlier or attentive. Nice variety of options on the menu, and my scallops were delicious.
Excellent food and really friendly service! Even gave us a birthday dessert on the house!
Food was excellent. Server was polite and friendly. I was surprised with such a well done appetizers and dinner that the dessert selections weren’t really there. Other than that the meal was spot on and would definitely go again. I also forgot to mention the cocktails were excellent.
We discovered Benchmark by looking for a place with outdoor dining and we truly enjoy the outdoor dining here. The food is always good and each time we come we bring new friends and they always like it too. Not too noisy so we can chat, good service, great food, overall we are very happy every time we have come.
It was our wedding anniversary and last nite of Restaurant week
We usually go to Benchmark and we got free champagne
and a nice meal of steak
It was also day after rained out Central Park mega event
so we looked forward to nice evening
The steak was amazing! I really enjoyed the dinner with my husband.
Friendly service but food was certainly not great! This place needs an urgent menu refresh and new chef. Shame, cause it’s in a good spot with plenty of outdoor seating but the inside space is quite dreary….
Benchmark has been one of our favorite restaurant in Brooklyn. Not only the service & staff are wonderfully pleasant, they have a nice selection of wines and cocktails that will complement the delicious entree you desired. Enjoy!
We went for brunch, and the food was excellent all around. A very relaxed atmosphere and good service. Good outdoor space.
Ordered the chicken BALT, the chicken had a strange texture , probably not fresh.
Pedestrian service. A long wait for food. The food was terrible.
Delicious food and generous portions! Vegetarian friendly
Comfortable outdoor dining with option for indoor seating. Delicious steaks, interesting appetizers, appreciated the Restaurant Week option (outstanding value for $ 39).
Benchmark used to have a great brunch but the food was really bad, and it was the same dish my friend and I used to order all the time. We were ignored by the
Food was amazing, the scallops and steak were perfectly cooked. An excellent wine selection and very warm staff.
Love Benchmark, such a hidden gem! Perfect for date nights or special events. Cant wait to go back
This restaurant never disappoints!! food is soo delish and the $39 pre fix restaurant week menu is a steal!! the crab stuffed filet sole was amazing !!
Great steak, excellent fries, lovely setting, Restaurant Week prices, what's not to like?
Couple of dishes excellent. One dodo. One bad—dessert. Ambiance nicer outside.
We hadn't been to the Benchmark in quite awhile, but went for an early dinner during Restaurant Week.
The experience was PERFECT. Food staff: so friendly ambiance: polished Brooklyn brick.
We couldn't have picked a better place!
Kendra is great, really excellent service
Food is great, too
The menu was well balance. Offered meat but also seafood. I enjoyed the freshness of the peach burrito salad.
Asked for the steak and veal chop to me medium rare, came out burnt and cooked through.
Benchmark was AWESOME! A great spot to stop for a quick bite and great drink. Highly recommend the Cheesesteak Empanadas!
Excellent food, service is a little behind. The steak and seafood options were cooked perfectly, well seasoned and definitely quality. The chef apparently forgot one of the entrees but they brought out the other 5 dinners ahead. They did bring out a comp dessert since they overhead it was one of our guest's birthday which was a nice touch. Will definitely go back though.
This is one of my go to restaurants in the neighborhood. This evening we were lucky and had the indoor dining room to ourselves and it was super nice. They have had to pare down the menu, understandably, as we recover from the pandemic, but the food was excellent and the service was spot on.
Got there moments before opening (one of the party has a 7 pm bedtime) but we’re seated and had our cocktails in hand almost immediately. Service was friendly and personal. Steaks and vegetarian entrees well prepared. Thoroughly enjoyable evening.
Benchmark Restaurant is rated 4.5 stars by 1194 OpenTable diners.
Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.