Benchmark Restaurant

4.5
1152 Reviews
$31 to $50
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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    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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vipSarah
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined a day ago
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 a day ago
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 a day ago
Overall3food4service4ambience4

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

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EmilyA
New York Area
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

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vipJillianB
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
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 3 days ago
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 4 days ago
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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vipsoptay
New York Area
45 reviews
Dined on May 9, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Friendly and attentive staff. Good food with emphasis on steaks and chops.

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

Food and service was great. Less stress mother's day brunch.

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ACH2f
New York Area
35 reviews
Dined on May 7, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience5

It was great to be back after more than a year away. The outdoor seating was very comfortable with great spacing and a heater. Service was good and the meat-eaters (the target of this restaurant) commented on the high, if not higher, quality of the meats. The meatless selections were great (asparagus) to good (vegetable 'chop'). We look forward to returning.

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Mactheknife
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on May 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Had a great meal in the dining tent. Wait staff was courteous and attentive. The food was great—scallops and pork chops cooked to perfection 😍.

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JonB
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on May 2, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience1

We got seated rather quickly, and that was where it all went downhill. Waiter approached us 10 minutes later asking if we were ready.. and we didn't even get a menu. 10 minutes later he brought us a menu.. and we waited. 10 minutes later we just walked out. Waste of 30 minutes.

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stms
New York Area
18 reviews
Dined on May 1, 2021
Overall4food5service3ambience5

Good was excellent. Waitress slightly inattentive but once we were able to get her attention she did respond

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vipSpicyNYC
New York Area
25 reviews
Dined on April 30, 2021
Overall5food4service4ambience4

We love coming here. Great outdoor set-up all through COVID. The food is delicious. If you go, get the brussel sprouts side. DELICIOUS. Will be back again!

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on April 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great service staff! Very kind and attentive! Hats off to the chef for the avocado toast, and kale & quinoa salad!!!! Yum!!!! Nice Peach Bellini! Fav for brunch/lunch.

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vipbobc7had
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on April 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My wife and i enjoyed some fabulous hamburgers while more daughter enjoyed an excellent filet mignon. We look forward to returning

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vipHungryGal
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on April 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food and the loveliest server ever. What a pleasure!

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vipTara
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on April 23, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience2

I don’t even know where to begin. The waiter hated working there. When we asked the waiter about a few dishes, he discouraged us from ordering them right away. We chose the fondue appetizer and it was horrible. Just some raw fruits and veggies on a platter. Very basic and no flavor whatsoever. If you are a vegetarian, there are no great options. We then proceeded to order the lobster and dumplings and stuffed Sole. Both dishes we immediately spit out after the first bite. The seafood tasted frozen, old and bland. We were extremely disappointed with our meals. We paid our check and I went home to prepare ourselves dinner. I don’t remember the last time we ate food this horrible. I have had food at a Long Island diner that tasted better than the food that was served here. The Brussels sprouts were soggy and greasy. Risotto was bland and no flavor. Not one great dish! I prefer the Brussels sprouts from Bare Burger, a fast food joint! Don’t waste your time and money!

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KyeY
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on April 18, 2021
Overall3food4service4ambience3

Great brunch spot and options for our family of four. We sat in the Loki bar area and it was spacious and noise level reasonable so we didn’t feel like we were ruining other people’s meal with our kids’ noise.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
19 reviews
Dined on April 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Birthday celebration

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on April 13, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Had an amazing time at benchmark . Staff extremely polite and welcoming .food was great . Not much choices on menu Bt wth the selection we made it was good
Best Brussels sprouts hands down! A must try
Overall no complaints
Will visit again .

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vipMikeY
Chicago
35 reviews
Dined on April 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

outstanding brunch menu - food was awesome and service was great...

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OpenTable Diner
Portland
2 reviews
Dined on April 10, 2021
Overall2food2service1ambience2

Food: We ordered Fondue (cheese came out clumpy and watery), Wings (no flavor), Burrata Salad & the Brussels sprouts (were actually the best). Dinner - schnitzel sandwich (fries were good!) Lamb Shank, lobster dumplings (no flavor to either - the lamb was tough and there were 5 tiny dumplings, not filling enough to be a main)

Service: Our waitress had the worst attitude. I think she could tell we were taken aback by her and was better towards the end of the meal.

Atmosphere: The inside of the bar/restaurant smelled like stale cigarettes, it was overpowering. The outside back tent was decent. It wasn’t loud or crowded.

Unpleasant service coupled with a mediocre meal made the whole experience a 2/10

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on April 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was amazing.

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SandyS
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on April 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything perfect!

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vipHappy
New York Area
19 reviews
Dined on April 4, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience4

The food & service was excellent. We started with the kale salad which was a nice size for the three of us. Very tasty & not overdressed. Then one of us had the crabmeat stuffed filet of sole - sauce was light & flavorful. The two of us shared the 24 oz. ribeye - cooked as ordered. It was delicious & was sliced so that we could share. We also shared the cod with mussels in a light broth, very flavorful. We ordered 3 sides - creamed turnips, mashed potatoes & the brussels sprouts - all delicious.

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DiningForOne
New York Area
17 reviews
Dined on April 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Easter Sunday Brunch

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vipOpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
14 reviews
Dined on April 3, 2021
Overall2food2service5ambience5

The lobster dumpling sounded so interesting and fun and it tasted like canned soup with wet dough balls . The . The veal was tasting like pork . So I’m
Not sure if they thought I wasn’t sophisticated enough to know the difference.

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vipIlsa
New York Area
26 reviews
Dined on April 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our meal at Benchmark on Thursday was the best restaurant experience I have had in over a year. All three of us had NY strip steaks, done perfectly, and tastier than my last at Peter Luger. The diver scallops appetizer and creamed spinach, pureed potatoes, and turnips with pearl onions sides were superb. The dessert, which apparently shifts all the time and is not on the menu, was amazing: chocolate lava cake with caramel ice cream and something they called a chocolate chip egg roll that was like a deep fried cannoli. My mouth is watering as I write. Will be back to Benchmark again.

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vipmemcd
New York Area
56 reviews
Dined on March 27, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

So nice to eat out again!!! Benchmark was the perfect spot for our first night out since the cold weather set in. Somewhat more expensive than I expected, buy good food and great service made it a great night out.

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vipTopTaster
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on March 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I absolutely love this place. Our waiter was amazing, the food was amazing, the drinks was amazing. Everything was perfect.

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vipEllieG
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on March 25, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Our server Jason was fantastic -- personable, fast, considerate, informative... he made our evening extra enjoyable. The food was great as well and their patio/corridor is a nice change from eating along the street. This is a hidden gem!

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OpenTable Diner
Birmingham
1 review
Dined on March 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Great experience, delicious food! Very nice wait staff too

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JaneenS
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on March 21, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience4

We had a lovely brunch/lunch with friends in the outdoor tent. Delicious food, and friendly staff.

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on March 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The staff were exceptional! They have a great selection of steak. I enjoyed the ambiance the most.

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Freddy
New York Area
1 review
Dined on March 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service and amazing food.

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vipJGP18
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on March 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, great service and a really lovely setting with their tent and safe spacing.

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JaneenS
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on March 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was a lovely evening eating Al Fresco. So happy we decided at the last minute to go there.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on March 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food

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Benchmark Restaurant is rated 4.5 stars by 1152 OpenTable diners.

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