Benchmark Restaurant

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$31 to $50
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Contemporary American
Located in the heart of Brooklyn's Park Slope, Benchmark features a New American menu focused on pasture-raised animals and locally-grown produce. 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 11oz Filet Mignon. Other favorites include Duck Confit Salad with Frisée, Lardons and a Poached Egg and a Trio of Beef Shortribs.

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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viphappywife
New England
88 reviews
Dined on March 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Another fantastic dinner at Benchmark! The lobster cocktail is amazing, the scallops delicious, and the wine list (especially at 50% off on Mondays) is creative. Looking forward to returning soon.

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vipBobby
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall3food5service2ambience3

Had a late dinner with friends after a nearby concert and though the food was great, the service left little to be desired. The waitress made it a point to let us know we had about 10 minutes to get our order in before the kitchen closed and that dessert was completely out of the question. That was before we even had a chance to sit. I dont understand why the restaurant would allow such late reservations 10:45, if its employees are only going to make customers feel bad for arriving at that hour. Perhaps they would prefer if you closed at an earlier hour. Needless to say, after having suggested benchmark as the perfect place I was embarrassed and will most likely never return and I’ll be sure to remove benchmark from my list of recommendations.

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vipKarenSI
New York Area
24 reviews
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

we always love dining here.. great people, atmosphere, and the best steak !!

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lenM
1 review
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Food and service was fine but the coffee was abominable. Ambience was comfortable
and appealing but for brunch..GOT TO FIX THE COFFEE.

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Foodfun
Phoenix
4 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Restaurant was spot on in everything that is important, food, service and ambiance. We were there for brunch and all greatly enjoyed.

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JennaL
1 review
Dined on February 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food. Beautiful location. Very kind and helpful service! Will absolutely be back.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great time

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5food1service1ambience5

The server was not conscious of the menu or any value in being an employee of this restaurant. I had to send back my Steak and it still came back with the wrong temperature. I will return to give this restaurant a second chance. Hopefully not the same service!

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall2food2service5ambience2

The food wasn’t to my liking but the drinks were good.Beautiful place they just to work on they food.

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MsrikaK
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience5

The food was pretty good and the service wasn’t bad. Overall I would dine in again.

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SteveS
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great spot, did fixes menu for Vday, everything was exquisite highly recommend. 100 for a 3 course meal so a little steep but everything was excellent

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KodyWittaK
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on February 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I made a reservation and was going to be late so I called and was very pleased with the phone call. When we got there we were seated right away and both employees were very nice. It was very slow and we were attended to very professionally. The food was amazing. We got the bone in ribeye and something else that I forget, but it was all awesome!

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vipLuba
New York Area
30 reviews
Dined on February 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great as always. Felt a little louder than usual, but we thoroughly enjoyed ourselves. Did not order form the Restaurant Week menu, but went with the usuals - steak, salads, sides. Bread pudding makes an excellent dessert.

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vipLauren510
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on February 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderfully cozy spot with incredible food and great wine list!

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vipRoselaw
New York Area
21 reviews
Dined on February 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My cousin and I came here for Restaurant Week lunch and were very pleased. The food was delicious and the portions were generous. Very polite, pleasant staff. We'll definitely be back.

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DmitryY
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on February 4, 2020
Overall4food5service3ambience5

Always love coming here. My girlfriend and I took my mom here for Restaurant Week. We decided to come early to beat the traffic that we expected. The food was great as always. I had the burrata salad and then the filet mignon for dinner. While the food was great, the service left a lot to be desired. It seemed as if our server had their head elsewhere as we had to repeat ourselves multiple times and still didn't get the right order.

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vipLAM7
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a great experience at Benchmark. The staff was great, they checked to make sure we were ok and recommended delicious food. I highly recommend the strawberry cream donuts.

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EMC2
New York Area
14 reviews
Dined on January 31, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Benchmark continues to offer one of the best NYC Restaurant Week deals around, with a $42 three-course pre fixe with tempting choices. Our filet mignon was cooked perfectly, with a nice crust on the outside and a cool center. Definitely take advantage of Restaurant Week to try this long-running neighborhood standout.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on January 30, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience5

We took advantage oh Restaurant Week to spend some time together.

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BROOKLYNA
Chicago
1 review
Dined on January 27, 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience3

The food was average, the wine was very good. My date and I were waiting for bread for 20 minutes also.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on January 26, 2020
Overall3food4service2ambience3

Good food. Not great service. My cappucino was not even warm and I had to send it back. The waitress barely checked in and kept mis hearing what we were saying. Food was good but not as special as the price makes you think it should be.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on January 26, 2020
Overall2food1service1ambience3

Came for restaurant week, and for a Sunday brunch in nyc the place was surprisingly not that busy. When we were seated, I noticed that 90% of the other tables had already received there meals and were close to finishing. Our server was aloof and unfriendly. It took over an hour to receive our first course, and then the second course come out immediately afterwards. The donuts were already a bit stale and the whipped cream had melted. The lobster bisque was cold and we had to ask for it to be heated. The third course came out and was just underwhelming for the price (which only one of us ordered from restaurant week and the other ordered off menu - no difference in the prices). The mashed potatoes (for brunch is weird menu item) tasted like boxed instant mashed potatoes with some butter added- not good. The creamed spinach was not very good either. Short ribs Benedict was just ok. We won’t be coming back.

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AniyraBelle
Philadelphia
5 reviews
Dined on January 26, 2020
Overall3food4service2ambience3

The server was not very attentive.

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Jon2020
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on January 25, 2020
Overall2food2service2ambience2

We found the one place in Brooklyn that serves a listless, lackluster brunch—and everyone but us seemed to know it. I would have left immediately upon finding an empty dining room with unwashed (lipstick-covered) coffee cups on the tables and a "musty basement" scent pervading the space, but that would have meant leaving with a hungry and cranky wife far from home. Instead we had a cursory meal and wrote it off as a mercifully brief learning experience. I was curious whether their dinner service would be any different, but I'm not about to find out for myself.

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DaninNY
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on January 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing service and life altering good food. Definitely go for the steaks and chops, cooked with perfect execution.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on January 20, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Came for my wedding anniversary for the second time in a row and the steaks were outstanding again!! This place has awesome food!! I need to start going here more often. I plan to take relatives from out of town here when they ask for steak.

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RichardM
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on January 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and service-we had a nice relaxing afternoon brunch in a space that is tucked away behind the main street-always a pleasure to escape fro the street noise to enjoy a meal. we had great service and the food was spectacular!

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HeidiF
New York Area
1 review
Dined on January 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food. Good brunch spot. A bit noisier than I would like, butt worth it.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience2

Booked a table for indoors. They put us outdoors by the door which when opened was very cold . Service not the best, we waited 20 minutes for them to bring out dessert. Very expensive price fixed New Year’s Eve meal definitely not worth it.

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SoniaM
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The servers there are very courteous and attentive. Great food!

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Lori
New York Area
19 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was lovely - we have been here on NYE several times and have never been disappointed!

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Estelle
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on December 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I had suggested to my friends to have brunch at Benchmark since I had been there before and loved it. The menu is extensive. We were six people and each one of us totally enjoyed the brunch. I would, and have, recommended Benchmark Restaurant. Thank you for a very enjoyable brunch.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
45 reviews
Dined on December 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great brunch! Everything was just right, Stephanie was an excellent server. Food was delicious, looking forward to coming back

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Table service was excellent

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on December 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best steak, great ambiance, good value

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vipRobW
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on December 24, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience4

More than solid. Tasty meals and attentive staff. Very enjoyable.

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JoshV
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on December 8, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, great service, overall a great restaurant

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vipReyna
Philadelphia
23 reviews
Dined on December 6, 2019
Overall3food4service3ambience4

I enjoyed my appetizer foie grasse. My entree rib eye was ok. It was charred and medium rare which was cook the way I want it, however it’s not prime grade.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on November 28, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Brought 7 for thanksgiving meal. For a 2019 menu in Brooklyn, a surprising and disappointing lack of non-pork & non-dairy options or ability to substitute.

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vipMelissaH
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always great food!

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Benchmark Restaurant is rated 4.5 stars by 1082 OpenTable diners.

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