Benchmark Restaurant

4.7
1120 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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vipMikeY
Chicago
33 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was amazing.

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

Everything perfect!

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vipHAPPY
New York Area
17 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
13 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
24 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
55 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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TopTaster
New York Area
4 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
6 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
8 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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Freddy
1 review
Dined on March 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service and amazing food.

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
1 review
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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vipJGP18
New York Area
8 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
9 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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MichelleB
1 review
Dined on March 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The open tent was heated and so comfortable. Service and food were excellent. I recommend without any hesitations, and would love to go back again soon!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on March 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was amazing, and I mean everything we ate. The scallops, smoked lamb shanks, lobster and dumplings. And you can’t forget about the delicious drinks. We didn’t have dessert because we were in a rush but they did give us a glass of Prosecco each for our anniversary.

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efranz
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on February 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Benchmark is a solid fine dining choice during the Covid pandemic. We ordered from their alpine inspired dinner menu and each main and side dish was divine. We had a 16 oz boneless ribeye that just melted in the mouth and wonderful French onion soup, but our favorite things were the side dishes of Brussles Sprouts “esquitos” and turnip & pearl onion gratin. The outdoor courtyard space allows for ample room between diners, fresh air circulation and is wonderfully heated for an all-around great experience. It almost felt normal again. We'll be back again (and again).

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Kendra made our evening such a success with her great service. As always our steaks were perfectly prepared by the chef and we couldn’t have been more satisfied with our entire meal from start to finish.
Another great evening at Benchmark!!!

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Anna
1 review
Dined on February 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

SO yummy! And the options for brunch were a perfect mix of unique and classic.
I had the lemon ricotta pancakes and just WOW.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food & service! Would definitely recommend this place!

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vipMarkS
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined on February 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was outstanding, as always!
Our wait staff team, David and Kendra, were even better than Outstanding!

An excellent experience from every angle!

Mark

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vipmichaelcairl
New York Area
22 reviews
Dined on February 19, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Fine meal and terrific server!

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Always pleasant and the food is delicious. I highly recommend dining here.

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NickM
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Highs: French onion soup, ribeye steak, cocktails, our waiter.
Lows: The diver scallop app was fine, but paled in comparison to the rest of the food/drinks.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on February 13, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience1

We went for Valentines Day and nothing was done to be romantic! There was a foul odor throughout the entire meal. We ordered the ribeye steaks and it was nearly all fat and extra salty. The creamed spinach was not creamy at all and tasteless. Do not anticipate going back. Next time I'm in park slope will be at burgers and beers. Do not throw away your hard earned money at this place.

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Kathleen
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on February 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had chosen to go to another restaurant but turns out their seating only allows for 2 people. We immediately looked for open reservations and Benchmark had the perfect availability. We weren’t aware they opened up indoor dining so I chose outdoor but it’s perfectly covered that you don’t really feel like your outdoor. Beautifully decorated. Our waiter was extremely welcoming and friendly. We did bring our 4 year old and our 3 month old. Not sure if it’s kid friendly but they didn’t seem to mind. We went for brunch and the food was amazing. Will most likely come back again for brunch.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
17 reviews
Dined on February 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful! Excellent food and efficient service. Unfortunately we had no time for dessert due to the 10pm NYC curfew.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on February 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent!

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vipSpicyNYC
New York Area
23 reviews
Dined on February 6, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

This place is great. They have a huge heated tent and their tables are very spaced out. I feel very comfortable eating here during this pandemic. The fact that they take reservations for all times of day (brunch included) is amazing. Their menu has changed a bit and I think for the better. I enjoy every meal I have here. Will be back!

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vipbt10011
New York Area
123 reviews
Dined on February 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

No longer just the steakhouse this menu had lots of options for non-steak eaters. The most interesting pierogies I've ever had, filled with spinach and artichokes they were more like empanadas, with caramelized onions, sour cream and horseradish. Definitely worth eating. It was fun to have fondu, but the fruits and vegetables were not as successful for dipping because the cheese was a little bit on the thin side and the vegetables and fruit did not absorb enough of it. It was better with the bread and especially towards the bottom of the pot when it really thickened. The smoked leg of lamb on cheese polenta was another dish that was definitely worth eating. It was a nice large opening on the 10th and the tables were very well spaced so it felt really safe to eat here. I would definitely recommend.

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TiagoM
London
5 reviews
Dined on January 24, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

A great place in Park Slope. They have a covered outdoor space properly heated that allows you to confortably eat by those times the restaurants are close.

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Devon
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on January 23, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Exceptional food, the outdoor space was spacious and airy yet cozy & warm. Highly recommend!

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ORfoodie
Portland
1 review
Dined on January 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Benchmark has heaters and a covered outdoor space - it was the perfect space for my friend and I to enjoy an outdoor meal in the winter. Not only that, the food was delicious and comforting, and the wait staff were extremely cheery.

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vipchristopherb
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on January 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent
David is a great asset to the operation

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vipMichaelM
New York Area
16 reviews
Dined on January 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very nice staff and the food is amazing. Sadly I did not take pictures even though the food was picture worthy...

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Meriwether
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on January 3, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Fantastic service, delicious food.

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Gabby
New York Area
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I initially gave the extremely negative review below. The restaurant reached out and apologized. Given how respectful and apologetic they were, I change my rating.

I made a reservation weeks in advance and they gave our table away. With our only option being waiting another 30-20mins, but that estimated wait time was even a guarantee. The waiter who tried to “assist” us told he wasn’t sure about the wait time. Incompetent.

Why give the option for reservations, if you do not honor them? Isn’t that restaurant management 101.

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Benchmark Restaurant is rated 4.7 stars by 1120 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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