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Benchmark Restaurant

4.6
4.6
1268 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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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 8 times today
Experiences are available.

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Cuisines

    Contemporary American, Steakhouse

  • Hours of operation

    Brunch Sat, Sun 11:00 am–3:00 pm Dinner Mon–Thu, Sun 5:00 pm–9:00 pm Fri, Sat 5:00 pm–10:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (718) 965-7040

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Contactless Payment, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Executive chef

    Ryan Jaronik

  • Catering

    Bring the delicious farm-to-table, New American experience to your home, office or event space. Please inquire with our Events department, 718-965-7040.

  • Private party facilities

    Benchmark Restaurant is centrally located in Brooklyn's bustling Park Slope neighborhood. The restaurant features an intimate, rustic interior enhanced by warm exposed brick and arched windows. Benchmark also has a spacious outdoor garden that seats up to 52 guests. Executive Chef Ryan Jaronik's New American menu features diverse cuisine that melds the traditional and the contemporary with global influences. Your event can feature a family-style or coursed menu paired with excellent wines, craft beers or artisanal cocktails. The restaurant hosts semi-private events and private buyouts for up to 100 guests.

  • Private party contact

    Benchmark Events: (718) 965-7040

  • Neighborhood

    Park Slope

  • Cross street

    5th ave.

  • Parking details

    Street parking and public lot.

  • Public transit

    Take R to Union Street or F to 4th Avenue/9th Street.

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Experiences

  • Trivia.

    Multiple dates available
    7-9:30pm Every Wednesday. Free to play. Teams of 4 recommended. 1st place $40 off bill. 2nd place $20 off bill.

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What 1,268 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.6
4.6 based on recent ratings
  • 4.6Food
  • 4.7Service
  • 4.4Ambience
  • 4.3Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Brooklyn

    Outdoor Dining

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  1. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Super friendly staff. Quick service . Delicious Food
  2. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    15 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on June 20, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience3
    Excellent food! Great service.
  3. BG

    BobG

    New York Area

    5 reviews

    4.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on June 19, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience3
    The brunch menu includes pancakes, French toast, and eggs, as well as typical lunch items. The service and the food were excellent. This is our fifth time having Saturday or Sunday brunch, and the food and the service were always good.
  4. m

    memcd

    New York Area

    61 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    61 reviews

    Dined on June 18, 2022

    overall3food3service3ambience5
    We are frequent patrons of Benchmark and have always enjoyed our dining experiences. However, this time was different. The food varied from delicious to dried out. The service was slow, but that was understandable because they had a large party and service has been slow everywhere lately. The killer was the surcharge on the bill for using a credit card without any notice or warning. it will be a long time before we return to Benchmark and only if they change the surcharge policy.
  5. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 17, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience4
    The food here was great. Amazing steak. It took a little long to take our order but overall we really liked it. Beautiful outdoor tent seating area. We will be going back.
  6. TC

    TinaCrownHeights

    New York Area

    17 reviews

    5.0

    17 reviews

    Dined on June 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Outstanding service, and food was delicious. Great for a special birthday lunch for my friend.
  7. MG

    MidtownGirl

    New York Area

    12 reviews

    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on June 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Absolutely perfect for a long dinner with good friends. We loved the food, drink, and service, but especially the spacious private and well-ventilated outdoor dining area.
  8. CH

    CHRISO

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 7, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great service and perfectly cooked steaks! Loved it.
  9. A

    Alfiechip

    New York Area

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 7, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Went here for our wedding lunch. David was amazing!
  10. K

    Kashfia

    New York Area

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on June 6, 2022

    overall5food5service3ambience4
    One of our favorites spots!! Food is always great! Always get the scallops (without the prosciutto). We always sit inside so it’s very quiet. Over all great food and experience!
  11. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 2, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We had such a lovely dinner at Benchmark. We ate outside, where there was an overhead covering and the tables were spaced out in a very comfortable way. The food was absolutely delicious (we got the porterhouse and Brussels sprouts) and cooked perfectly. Our waiter was so kind and brought us a cookie dough egg roll for our celebration (it was warm, tasty comfort in dessert form). It was a truly wonderful dining experience.
  12. SN

    SpicyNYC

    New York Area

    37 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    37 reviews

    Dined on May 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience3
    I love this restaurant! I've come here many times and it is always a great experience. The food is delicious. I love sitting in their outdoor tent area. I've been for brunch and dinner and both are great. They should be shifting over to their summer menu soon and I am excited for their new cocktail list. They had a watermelon lemonade vodka drink and I miss it!! Hope it comes back. :)
  13. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Salt Lake City

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Easy to reserve, tucked in a beautiful area & nice neighborhood, great service, nice ambiance, perfect for our business meal w/ clients. Order the Caesar salad as a starter, House made freshly baked croutons—best ever! Filet medium rare was cooked to perfection. Brussel sprouts were also the best I’ve ever had. We will be back!
  14. A

    Ajlnyc1

    New York Area

    15 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on May 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    As always a memorable evening at Benchmark. Started with a delicious appetizer: seared scallops over a truffle risotto and then filet mignon that was cooked to absolute perfection. The welcoming and attentive service just added to the great evening. Excellent all around!
  15. G

    Gabriella

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I don't know what was better, the food or the service. I went to celebrate my anniversary there, and they greeted us the champagne on the house to celebrate! Such a kind and thoughtful touch. I got the duck and it was cooked to perfection. My fiancé got the steak and it was so tender and juicy. Drinks were amazing as well. I loved this spot, for sure will be coming back soon! Highly recommend if you are looking for a cozy date night, or even some drinks with friends.
  16. CT

    CourtneyT

    New York Area

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 13, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience3
    Very attentive and thoughtful servers. Food was very good. Will definitely return.
  17. LE

    LEONM

    New York Area

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Very, peaceful, great food and great service
  18. RH

    RyanH

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    The steaks were cooked to perfection. The flavor was also wonderful. The tent dining is a bit under the mark as far as decor. But did not bother me whatsoever. We will definitely go back!
  19. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    25 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    25 reviews

    Dined on May 10, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience3
    The food was very good. A pleasant surprise on my first visit
  20. A

    Ajlnyc1

    New York Area

    16 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on May 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great steaks served in a lovely yet casual atmosphere. Forget those big- name steakhouses and treat yourself to Benchmark’s fare. You won’t be disappointed.
  21. MF

    MichaelF

    New York Area

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 8, 2022

    overall2food4service1ambience3
    We were seated at the outdoor dining area, the waiter looks tired and having attitude issue. It was our first time, and it will be the last time. BAD experience!!
  22. KL

    KayL

    New York Area

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 8, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience4
    Really great food. Perfectly cooked steaks and a nice staff. I'd visit again
  23. LZ

    LanaZ

    New York Area

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on May 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Took my mother to Benchmark for Mother’s Day , she loved the beet and burrata salad and ox tail sandwich (and it’s hard to please my mother )) , so all in all she was pleased with my choice and Mother’s Day was a success for once . Great ambiance and noise level low enough to have a conversation
  24. JV

    JackieV

    New York Area

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on May 7, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We ate in the heated tent and it was very comfortable and cozy. Great food. Great wine. They also let us take our time which was very nice.
  25. BH

    BrianH

    Richmond

    8 reviews

    4.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on April 24, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    Great brunch. Loved the empanadas and Brussels Sprouts.
  26. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on April 22, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    We are regulars at Benchmark. They were busy last night and service was slow - from getting menus, drinks and entrees. Waiter was apologetic and comp’ed kids Shirley temples. Food wasn’t typical standard - still tasty but salmon was a bit over done and missing creme fraiche with dollop of roe. Steaks were good (not great like usual). Veggie chop good but a bit sadly presented.
  27. MC

    MetalCupcake

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent service! The quality and taste of the food and drinks was absolutely great. For apps we ordered the beet and goat cheese salad, lobster bisque, scallops. For mains we had the filet mignon, NY strip steak with the Brussel sprout esquites and potato purée. I would love to go back again for a special occasion.
  28. WO

    WilliamO

    New York Area

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on April 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food is excellent, The Service is Great and the servers are Friendly and attentive. I’ve been there twice and I plan to go again
  29. G

    Glopez30

    New England

    14 reviews

    4.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on April 16, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience5
    We visited Benchmark for brunch and enjoyed decent food. We ordered two appetizers. The steak and cheese empanadas were flavorful and crispy. The king crab hush puppies were a little bland. Our sandwiches did not disappoint. The oxtail meat was spiced just right. The BLAT’s chicken was moist and delicious. The items on the menu that we wouldn’t order again were the drinks. The flavors weren’t crisp enough, and almost seemed watered down. Overall, while we might come back, we’ll try other restaurants in the area first.
  30. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 15, 2022

    overall3food3service1ambience3
    The food was ‘meh’..the drink I had was awful and the service was lackluster at best, a corpse would have shown more emotion than the server we had!
  31. IR

    IsabelR

    New York Area

    4 reviews

    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on April 15, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    First time here - enjoyed eating in the tent area outdoors. Food was lovely; service was really excellent - friendly and welcoming, without being cloying. We had a steak dish, a duck dish, and a fish dish - and all of us were very happy with our meals.
  32. PM

    PatriciaM

    New York Area

    22 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    22 reviews

    Dined on April 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This was our first time at Benchmark and we enjoyed a lovely Brunch in the Carriage House. Everyone was very welcoming and the food was outstanding.
  33. AJ

    AandJ

    New York Area

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on April 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    What an amazing experience! My dad had come from out of town to visit our baby for the first time. We decided on benchmark to celebrate him seeing our baby and his birthday that had passed being in Florida. They really went out of their way to make it such a calm and wonderful experience for us. The food was incredible, very attentive service, quiet, we got wet burgers, Brussels, crab stuff sole and we had two amazing desserts. We love it all! 10/10 will go back and recommend
  34. SE

    SusanE

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 3, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food and service were excellent. They have such great heating outside that we were all comfortable with our coats off even though it was a chilly night. Don't miss the scallop appetizer, the kale Greek salad or the porterhouse. The dessert choices, though delicious, could have been better0there were only 2 choices.
  35. KH

    KH2022

    New York Area

    3 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on April 1, 2022

    overall2food2service4ambience4
    The only critique is the portion was too small for the duck breast. $33 for 2 small very pieces barely filled me up. I felt ripped off.
  36. EB

    EliB

    Miami

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 26, 2022

    overall2food2service2ambience2
    An average Brooklyn place, meaning that its a fair choice, but it's promoted as an outstanding experience. I love Brooklyn, but it can get a little to overboard when it comes to "hyping" a place.
  37. a

    anniedoodle

    Chicago

    18 reviews

    4.0

    18 reviews

    Dined on March 24, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Great food, cozy location, really attentive service.
  38. D

    Dsnwriter

    New York Area

    12 reviews

    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on March 16, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience4
    Great food overall—steaks are tremendous. Spaetzle was abit tough and dry. Wine selection good and salad great. Would def come back.
  39. MN

    MyNickname

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 13, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience3
    The waiter was especially accommodating, and I am eager to try out the other selections on the menu.
  40. l

    love2eatnyc

    New York Area

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on March 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The team at Benchmark was super accommodating and really made our birthday celebration memorable. The food and drinks came out in a timely manner and everything was super tasty.

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Physical distancing

    • Extra space between tables
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace

FAQs

Benchmark Restaurant is rated 4.6 stars by 1268 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 8 times today
Experiences are available.
Google Map for Benchmark Restaurant

339A Second St. Brooklyn, NY 11215

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Cross street

    5th ave.

  • Neighborhood

    Park Slope

  • Hours of operation

    Brunch Sat, Sun 11:00 am–3:00 pm Dinner Mon–Thu, Sun 5:00 pm–9:00 pm Fri, Sat 5:00 pm–10:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    Contemporary American, Steakhouse

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Parking details

    Street parking and public lot.

  • Public transit

    Take R to Union Street or F to 4th Avenue/9th Street.

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Contactless Payment, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive chef

    Ryan Jaronik

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

  • Phone number

    (718) 965-7040

  • Catering

    Bring the delicious farm-to-table, New American experience to your home, office or event space. Please inquire with our Events department, 718-965-7040.

  • Private party facilities

    Benchmark Restaurant is centrally located in Brooklyn's bustling Park Slope neighborhood. The restaurant features an intimate, rustic interior enhanced by warm exposed brick and arched windows. Benchmark also has a spacious outdoor garden that seats up to 52 guests. Executive Chef Ryan Jaronik's New American menu features diverse cuisine that melds the traditional and the contemporary with global influences. Your event can feature a family-style or coursed menu paired with excellent wines, craft beers or artisanal cocktails. The restaurant hosts semi-private events and private buyouts for up to 100 guests.

  • Private party contact

    Benchmark Events: (718) 965-7040

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