Benchmark Restaurant

4.4
1184 Reviews
$31 to $50
Contemporary American
Located in the heart of Brooklyn's Park Slope, Benchmark Restaurant features a New American menu focused on pasture-raised animals and locally-grown produce. Executive Chef Ryan Jaronik has created a diverse menu that melds the traditional and the contemporary with global influences. Featured is a section of à la carte steaks and chops offering up to five different cuts, including a 24oz Bone-in Ribeye and an 10oz Filet Mignon. Other favorites include Seared Foie Gras, Seared Diver Scallops and Philly Cheese Steak Empanadas.

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.

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    May 19 - Aug 25, 2021

    7-9:30 pm, Every Wednesday. Free to play. Teams of 4 recommended. 1st Place = $40 off your tab, 2nd Place= $20 off your tab, 3rd Place= A shot of Fireball.
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vipFoodieHead
New York Area
35 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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 !!

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vipJeff
New York Area
72 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great steak, excellent fries, lovely setting, Restaurant Week prices, what's not to like?

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Kkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkk
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall4food4service3ambience3

Couple of dishes excellent. One dodo. One bad—dessert. Ambiance nicer outside.

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smhdt
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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!

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MarkS
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Kendra is great, really excellent service
Food is great, too

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AngelicaD
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on July 23, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

The menu was well balance. Offered meat but also seafood. I enjoyed the freshness of the peach burrito salad.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on July 18, 2021
Overall1food2service3ambience2

Asked for the steak and veal chop to me medium rare, came out burnt and cooked through.

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NicoleZ
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on July 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Benchmark was AWESOME! A great spot to stop for a quick bite and great drink. Highly recommend the Cheesesteak Empanadas!

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stephenb
New York Area
35 reviews
Dined on July 15, 2021
Overall4food5service3ambience3

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.

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Hume
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on July 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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.

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ElaineC
New York Area
1 review
Dined on July 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

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.

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vipTopTaster
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on July 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I absolutely love coming here. The food is perfect, the service is great and booking a reservation is super easy. 5 out of 5 stars every visit.

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vipglennn
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on June 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Benchmark has consistently great food and service.

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lisag
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on June 20, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Not enough vegetable side options

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vipCorinney
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on June 20, 2021
Overall3food2service3ambience5

Unfortunately the food wasn't very good. I ordered a medium rare ribeye steak that was overcooked. Our cocktails were alright, appetizer was bland and needed salt. The staff was nice and no wait for tables.

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SpicyNYC
New York Area
26 reviews
Dined on June 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This place is great. I love the outdoor set-up and the food is always great. Definitely come here. It never disappoints.

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JillianA
New York Area
1 review
Dined on June 20, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience4

Food was just ok. Wine was meh..service was lacking but we expected as much on father’s day.. outside area was nice and spaced out though.

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viptruthteller
New England
41 reviews
Dined on June 19, 2021
Overall3food4service3ambience4

Food was well-prepared and reasonably priced. Wine pouring we’re very generous and staff were pleasant.
Service left something to be desired, perhaps attributed to very recent post-COVID opening.
If you’re looking for a restaurant that’s not a cookie cutter, I’d give it a try. You won’t be disappointed.

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Paul
New York Area
1 review
Dined on June 18, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience5

You must try the veal wellington! A novel and absolutely scrumptious dish.

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JohnV
New York Area
13 reviews
Dined on June 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our go to place for special occasions. Always a great experience.

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RaySlope
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on June 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding as always. Bone in rib eye never disappoints.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on June 9, 2021
Overall3food3service2ambience2

Took my wife for our 2 year wedding anniversary. Overall ok. But definitely not the same as it was. I would usually rate this a 5 plus. Not anymore.

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vipNigel
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on June 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Professional
Friendly
Smart
Great food and drink
Awesome Gimlet
Lots of pride and charisma!
They have pride

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ESS177
New York Area
20 reviews
Dined on June 5, 2021
Overall3food4service5ambience3

The meat and sides (creamed spinach, etc.) were excellent - the meat report is according to my carnivore husband. However, unlike many meat-centric restaurants, there were really no great (or even pretty good) options for non-meat eaters. So, if you are all carnivores, this is the place for you, but not so much for the rest of us. I also thought there was way too much ice (and too little alcohol) in the otherwise tasty cocktails. Once he came, the waiter was excellent, and the food was delivered almost too fast!

It's a small thing, but there was also a large group getting together for a birthday party. As they waited (around 20 minutes) for everyone to get there, they stood around their two tables and chatted. Since this is a kind of narrow space and they were across from us, it was quite intrusive - the host should have asked them to be seated or wait inside or elsewhere.

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vipJLDOC
New York Area
20 reviews
Dined on June 5, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Good indoor/outdoor options - great food. Service a bit slow and fragmented but friendly and otherwise attentive.

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CathyF
New York Area
1 review
Dined on June 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful atmosphere, delicious food and excellent service

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StephB
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on May 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I’ve been to Benchmark several times and last night didn’t disappoint! The food & service was great!

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villager
New York Area
1 review
Dined on May 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Brunch on first day of Memorial Day weekend, cool, dreary day. Benchmark offered delicious comfort food, low prices, and professional and efficient service. Have been eating at this restaurant for ~5 years and the staff are exceptional.

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vipMichael
New York Area
20 reviews
Dined on May 29, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience4

The food was great and matched by great service by the wait staff.

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SpicyNYC
New York Area
27 reviews
Dined on May 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

I love this place. I have come here multiple times and I feel it somehow got better during this unfortunately COVID pandemic. In the winter they had a large outdoor tent which was warm. Now that it is Spring/Summer, they took the sides off the large tent and kept the roof. It is breezy and comfortable. I came here with a friend for brunch at 2:30 pm. The kitchen closes at 3 pm, but we were able to hang out during the lull between lunch and dinner. Their staff are always so kind and friendly. Their food is delicious. I am slowly working my way through the menu and everything has been great!

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vipFoodieGuy
New York Area
19 reviews
Dined on May 20, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Food was good but a bit bland and under-seasoned for my taste. They used to have a spicy ketchup for their burgers which they have unfortunately discontinued. Their burger was good but not at all as tasty as they used to be (which was superlative).

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ginnyg
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on May 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Good food, attentive service - staff was very accommodating!

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vipSarah
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined on May 16, 2021
Overall2food3service2ambience4

Our meal took 2 hours and 15 minutes and the restaurant said it was due to ordering appetizers, but I'm not really sure this was the case, that seems a little bit strange. It was my son's birthday and the 1st and 2nd course were so spaced out they didn't even have time to bring him the piece of cake because he had an appointment to get to. They also didn't check in about the cake to see if we wanted to it and just brought us the check when we said we were out of time. The food was good, we've been going a long time, but the service is typically not that great, like with yesterday.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on May 16, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience4

The food service was very slow. We waited an hour for our food to arrive and when it did they had forgotten to put the poached egg on my plate (it was brunch for Pete’s sake) and the cheesy potatoes were uncooked! They were unpalatable and nobody at the table could eat them. Never going back and definitely do not recommend it to anyone.

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PaHa
1 review
Dined on May 16, 2021
Overall3food4service4ambience4

Took over an hour for our food to come after ordering.

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EmilyA
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on May 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our new favorite spot! Food and service excellent! Special night!

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JillianB
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on May 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely amazing experience! Food, service, and ambiance was all incredible. We will certainly be back!

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OnjaliqueT
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on May 14, 2021
Overall2food1service1ambience2

This restaurant was a disappointment! The menu presented on open table was far from what they offered at the restaurant. Then the waiter informed us of an additional two items that weren’t available. The waiter was not welcoming and had an eerie / nonchalant attitude. The food was tasteless requiring table salt and pepper. The drinks were mediocre. Will not return or recommend.

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ToddW
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on May 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of my go to spots. Consistently excellent food. Friendly service. Good wine list. A+

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JohnC
New York Area
1 review
Dined on May 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The Benchmark has been our eatery of choice for many years. The day I heard captain Beefheart trickling over the speakers, I knew I was hooked.

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Benchmark Restaurant is rated 4.4 stars by 1184 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.

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