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About Benchmark Restaurant

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.

339A Second St.
Brooklyn, NY 11215
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Dining Style:
Casual Elegant

Cuisines:
Contemporary American, Steakhouse

Hours of Operation:
Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11 am - 3 pm,

Brunch: Saturday - Sunday: 10 am - 3 pm;

Dinner: Sunday - Monday: 5 pm - 10 pm, Tuesday - Thursday: 5 pm - 11 pm, Friday - Saturday: 5 pm - 12 am

Cross Street:
5th ave.

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$31 to $50

Payment Options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(718) 965-7040

Website:
http://www.benchmarkrestaurant.com/

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.

Parking Details:
Street parking and public lot.

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

Executive Chef:
Ryan Jaronik

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.

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

Additional:
Bar Dining, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Benchmark Restaurant Ratings and Reviews

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4.4

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4.4

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4.3

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4.0

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90% would recommend it to a friend

Good for a Date (11)
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Good for Birthdays (7)
Good for Anniversaries (7)
Fit for Foodies (7)
Cozy (6)
Romantic (6)
Notable Wine List (5)
Casual (5)
Great for Outdoor Dining (5)
Business Meals (4)
Creative Cuisine (4)
Good for Groups (4)
Sunday Lunch (4)
Worth the Drive (4)
Authentic (2)
Great for Brunch (2)
Great for Lunch (2)
Paleo Friendly (2)
Tasting Menu (2)
Late-night Find (1)
Bar Seating (1)
Fun (1)
Handcrafted Cocktails (1)
Happy Hour (1)
Healthy (1)
Hot Spot (1)
Comfort Food (1)
Live Music (1)
Local Ingredients (1)
Pre/post Theatre (1)
Quick Bite (1)
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·Dined 4 days ago

Although we did have a reservation we were made to wait 15 minutes for our table. I understand scheduling is hard (we both used to work in the industry), however, during that time we could have been sold nice cocktails, were any kind of menu provided. Too bad... The server seemed a little bit overwhelmed.
Food was very good as usual. Don’t go there if you’re a vegetarian since their forte is (delicious) meat :D

Tags: Great for Brunch, Great for Lunch, Cozy
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 (New York Area)·Dined 4 days ago

Great food and great service. This was exactly what we were looking for before heading out to the Barclays Center

Tags: Special Occasion, Business Meals, Neighborhood Gem, Good for a Date, Handcrafted Cocktails, Cozy, Notable Wine List
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·Dined on December 3, 2017

On a whim My wife and I decide to go go for dinner. The night prior a friend boasted about this place he had gone to the night prior. I called and made reservations. While in route to the restaurant there was a brief delay in our travel , which made is run behind schedule. At that point My wife called and informed them of the issue. Very promptly the gave us a other time . That was the start of a great evening. The wait staff not only gave the specials of the day bit she was very knowledgeable about the wine list and her recommendations were spot on. We enjoyed the entire meal from start to finish. We enjoyed the the entire experience overall.Our friends and family are aware of the new "SPOT" to be . Please be advised we will be seeing you very very soon. P.S. we are looking for somewhere to jave christmas and New Years dinner....

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Quick Bite, Tapas, Good for Birthdays, Good for a Date, Cozy, Fit for Foodies, Romantic, Live Music, Hot Spot, Great for Lunch, Good for Groups, Special Occasion, Business Meals, Great for Outdoor Dining, Great for Brunch, Authentic, Paleo Friendly, Pre/post Theatre, Fun, Good for Anniversaries, Casual, Comfort Food, Sunday Lunch, Late-night Find, Neighborhood Gem, Worth the Drive
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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 3, 2017

Everything was Delicious !!

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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 18, 2017

Always a pleasant meal - very good food and a low-key comfortable setting. Everything we have had, from great burgers, properly seared tuna, and spicy lobster salad, to especially outrageously good/crisp fries was excellently prepared and tasty. Staff are lovely and over the years, we've always left with a smile on our faces.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 10, 2017

The food was delicious and the service was attentive and friendly. We certainly enjoyed our apps, entree and yummy dessert.

Tags: Sunday Lunch, Cozy, Happy Hour, Good for a Date
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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 20, 2017

We had a wonderful meal in a lovely laid back setting. Our bottle of house Tempranillo was delicious and paired beautifully with out steaks which were cooked to perfection. All the sides (mashed potatoes with goat cheese and spinach, fries and tomato/onion salad) were delicious. Very nice wait staff. The chocolate trio dessert was also wonderful and well balanced...not overly sweet! Considering we had such as full meal for two we were pleased by the bill ($140). Definitely recommended!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for a Date, Special Occasion
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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 17, 2017

Really lovely neighborhood gem with excellent food and service.

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·Dined on October 13, 2017

Not sure why people are giving outstanding ratings on food that is really just good or above average. My wife’s salmon dish with potatoes was good. The salmon was cooked well...medium rare...but underseasoned and unaccompanied by anything that really stood out. We pan roast potatoes and onions at home that are better seasoned than those on her dish. My filet was also underseasoned, although cooked perfectly (medium rare). The highlights were the apps (lobster bisque and lobster salad).
The menu is very dated...feels like going out to dinner in 2001. People should not be giving this five stars. With all the options in and around park slope, unfortunately we won’t be coming back.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 7, 2017

My wife and I were out for a quiet Saturday night dinner, and Benchmark was the perfect place! The ambiance was comfortable, with simple elegance—votive candles and sweet little flowers arrangements perfectly decorated the tables. The service was excellent, our servers went above and beyond to make sure we enjoyed a good dining experience. The food was delicious, my wife enjoyed a very fresh heirloom tomato salad, while I enjoyed the lobster bisque, and then we both had the Kobe steak, really a quality meal. We’d highly recommend Benchmark for a date night or even a special occasion.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 29, 2017

Absolut worst waiter ever. Had no clue on ingredients and when made aware of a food allergy answered "you should be fine" and never checked with the kitchen... also never came back to refill drinks and switched up orders... in addition the food wasn't that good. My medium well steak was overly well.... not coming back

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·Dined on September 19, 2017

Ordered the NY strip, as I usually find this more tender than the marbled rib eye...disappointed because it was tough in texture, although tasty. Delicious potato/goat cheese purée! One waitress for 10 tables; a bit slow. Outdoor dining has inherent issues, but certainly turned off by bugs on my plate.

Tags: Good for a Date
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 (New York Area)·Dined on September 18, 2017

We went to Benchmark for a birthday celebration. The best thing about this place is the space. Unlike other restaurants in this area you aren't packed in here like sardines. The seats are comfy and there is room to actually enjoy a fairly private meal.
The servers were very attentive and made a special birthday dessert complete with a candle.
The food was excellent. We had the steak and tuna both cooked expertly and not overdone. Only complaint was the portions could have been more hefty.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem, Creative Cuisine, Good for Anniversaries
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 (New York Area)·Dined on September 17, 2017

Food was very good. Scallops are a must! Service was great. Would visit again

Tags: Romantic
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 (New York Area)·Dined on September 16, 2017

What a wonderful experience in every way! Came for our 24th anniversary dinner (I had noted anniversary as the reason for our visit) and were greeted with a complementary glass of prosecco. Everything about the meal was perfect. The food was delicious. Standouts were the steak (bone-in strip), mashed potatoes, and the to die for desserts. The service was attentive, the atmosphere elegant and soothing (we opted to sit inside). I literally cannot wait to go back.

Tags: Good for a Date, Fit for Foodies, Notable Wine List, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Birthdays, Great for Outdoor Dining, Worth the Drive, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Toronto)·Dined on September 2, 2017

Food was superb! The lobster salad with banana guacamole was outstanding. It sounds strange and I was talked into it by our waiter and I'm glad he did, it was refreshing and the flavours well balanced with lots of lobster!

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 (New York Area)·Dined on August 27, 2017

We had a nice time at Benchmark. We sat outside but it was getting cool as the sun went down so we moved inside. I enjoyed the scallops starter but wish they offered a full portion size! The scallops were small (but tasty and cooked perfectly) and the risotto was very good as well. My husband had the salmon and fingerling potatoes with chorizo and fennel which he shared with me. I'd order that for sure next time! My only complaint was that I didn't like the lobster bisque. We will be back though as their seasonal menus change.

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Romantic
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 (New York Area)·Dined on August 27, 2017

The restaurant seemed short-staffed, so service was pretty slow. The main courses were not as good as it usually is at that restaurant, but appetizers were delicious. Overall, still an enjoyable time.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on August 25, 2017

Excellent service, delicious food, yummy cocktails.... can't wait to go back!

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·Dined on August 20, 2017

Very pleAsed with the second dinner I've eaten here. Both times juicy perfectly cooked different types of steaks with a delicious lobster salad appetizer and side dish was mac and cheese! So worth it! Most satisfying and a very healthy dinner!

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Business Meals, Good for Groups, Casual, Sunday Lunch, Good for a Date, Neighborhood Gem
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·Dined on August 20, 2017

Fantastic evening. Porterhouse cooked perfectly rare. Great ribs app on spec for the night. Solid wines. Felt like we got great value for everything. Would go back.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on August 15, 2017

we went out for my mom birthday and ordered prefix, the food was tasty, the service is great its just inside interior was plain but they have nice outdoor seatings

Tags: Tasting Menu, Bar Seating
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·Dined on August 13, 2017

The atmosphere was good and the service was great. The issue was that there were many flies around to the point that my daughter and I were swatting a lot and asking for more napkins to cover our glasses and any plates that we were not using right that moment. Although the food taste great, that put a damper on the experience. The seared scallops were amazing.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Quiet Conversation, Good for a Date, Great for Outdoor Dining
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 (New York Area)·Dined on August 13, 2017

Great food,excellent wine,nice atmosphere.The scallops appetizer was delicious so is a steak.

Tags: Good for Groups, Great for Outdoor Dining
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on August 13, 2017

Best foie gras ever- yum!!
Lovely place for a date- delicious food.
Worth spending a little more than other neighborhood places for the quality of the food

Tags: Worth the Drive, Great for Outdoor Dining, Creative Cuisine, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays, Romantic, Good for a Date, Fit for Foodies
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·Dined on August 12, 2017

I went here for restaurant week with my sister and cousin and we had a wonderful time! We had the $42 prefix menu and all got the filet mignon which was excellent! My favorite appetizer was the scallops and the desert was the cookie dough egg rolls!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Notable Wine List
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 (New York Area)·Dined on August 10, 2017

We went restaurant week. Food was very good, service excellent and very friendly. I would definitely go back.

Tags: Great for Lunch, Great for Outdoor Dining, Casual
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 (New York Area)·Dined on August 8, 2017

Came to celebrate my birthday. Phenomenal - food, service, food. Everything from our seared scallops to the spicy lobster to filet mignon (prepared perfectly) to delectable, creative dessert egg roll...simply delicious. I don't have one negative thing to say. Our server made my daughter feel included despite the fact that she was the only kid in the entire restaurant. She even tried a few new foods.
Even though we can during Restaurant Week, the main menu options were more than reasonably priced. Always a winner!
We can't wait to come back!

Tags: Good for a Date, Authentic, Romantic, Pre/post Theatre, Special Occasion, Notable Wine List, Great for Outdoor Dining, Cozy, Good for Anniversaries, Kid-friendly, Neighborhood Gem, Quiet Conversation, Good for Birthdays, Creative Cuisine, Business Meals
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 (New York Area)·Dined on August 6, 2017

Restaurant week menu ! Delicious peach/burrata salad , filet mignon w/truffle potato puree & mouse cake...wow! My husband's ribeye was a bit too fatty.
Outdoor space could use a little decor upgrade
Many kids, vocal and some loose at 6PM Sunday dinner, but what did we expect in Park Slope!

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
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 (New York Area)·Dined on August 4, 2017

This is my second time eating at Benchmark and I enjoyed it. It was fantastic, those ribs?! Oh my goodness! They were SO good, I wanted to order some to go. And our waiter was so patient, even suggested a wine to complement our meal (it was perfect). That caramel gelatto? SUPER GOOD.

Anyway, I'll be making Benchmark my go-to for Friday lunches with my girls. Thanks!

Tags: Good for a Date, Afternoon Coffee, Tasting Menu, Healthy, Notable Wine List, Authentic, Great for Lunch, Great for Brunch
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 (New York Area)·Dined on August 2, 2017

Our experience tonight definitely ranks as the worst service I've ever experienced at a restaurant. We waited for 2 hours for our entrees without a single person coming to our table to talk to us. About halfway through the wait, another server asked if we wanted another drink and having been trying to flag down someone for awhile we enthusiastically took him up. From that moment on the rest of the meal was awkward and it was obvious the two servers were disagreeing or confused about who was serving us. Instead of either of the servers or management addressing the issue, everyone decided the best option was to not talk to us and avoid eye contact the rest of the evening no matter what. When our entrees finally arrived they were long dead - having sat under the heat lamp for probably an hour or more. Then after asking for our check, our dessert arrived about 30 min later...still no one coming to talk to us or even checking on us really (except one very awkward exchange right after our entrees arrived with our original server, we looked at each other puzzled when he left the table). Even though the manager comped the meal, it took tracking him down on our own to even talk to him. We asked to speak to the manager three times - three times!! Without a doubt and with absolutely zero exaggeration, this was the worst service and most awkward/bizarre dining experience we've ever experienced.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on July 31, 2017

Fantastic food - beautiful filet mignon. The servers are friendly and efficient. Great for any event/get together/date, etc.

Tags: Great for Lunch, Good for Groups, Authentic, Good for a Date, Great for Outdoor Dining, Seasonal, Good for Birthdays, Neighborhood Gem
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 (New York Area)·Dined on July 30, 2017

Loved Benchmark. Decided to take my friend here for restaurant week. First off the staff is amazing. Our waiter was so nice and caring we actually exchanged numbers for when i come back next time! Food was great, but their menu is a little limited, i def recommend looking at it before you get there. I had their dinner and it was very good. American food tends to be tasteless but their food was very flavorful and seasoned. Bartender is great too! He spikes our drinks nicely. Very cozy environment, def a nice date night place. I am coming back next time for brunch!

Tags: Fun, Special Occasion, Romantic, Sunday Lunch
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 (New York Area)·Dined on July 30, 2017

My husband and I enjoyed our end-of-vacation dinner here last Saturday. The steaks (mine, the culotte/skirt) were so tasty and grilled exactly to taste (medium rare). My appetizer duck confit salad was delicious and proportioned well to pair with the main dish.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Authentic, Good for Birthdays
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·Dined on July 29, 2017

The food and drinks were wonderful but it was the service that was exceptional!!

Tags: Late-night Find, Creative Cuisine, Paleo Friendly, Romantic
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 (New York Area)·Dined on July 28, 2017

I've dined at Benchmark plenty of times over the past 5 years, and even during restaurant week. Never a disappointment!

Tags: Scenic View
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 (New York Area)·Dined on July 27, 2017

The service & the food here were excellent. I came here for NYC Restaurant Week & was pleasantly surprised. I was seated promptly. When I asked about a particular wine I had not tasted before the waiter offered to have my wife & I taste it before buying a glass. It turned out to be excellent. Nice place for for a quiet couples dinner. The music could have been a tad lower in volume though.

Tags: Disabled Access, Gluten Free Options
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 (New York Area)·Dined on July 26, 2017

Lovely dining experience, however, although the wait staff was conscientious, they seemed understaffed so our wait seemed longer than we would have liked

Tags: Special Occasion, Great for Lunch
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 (New York Area)·Dined on July 26, 2017

I loved our waitress, even though it was her 3rd day there she was witty, charming, knowledgeable and had a genuine spirit. The food was well prepared - not over/undercooked. It was a little nippy inside - they have 2 air conditioners blowing at once so we opted to sit outside. Overall, I would come back wither with friends or a date.

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Cozy, Romantic, Healthy, Good for Groups, Authentic, Good for a Date, Quiet Conversation, Creative Cuisine, Neighborhood Gem
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·Dined on July 25, 2017

I tried this restaurant to celebrate my daughter's birthday because it was on NYC restaurant week, and I'm delighted I did. Great ambience, good food (the scallops literally melted in my mouth), a kickass bartender and great service. Nice outdoor dining and a lovely dining room. My only complaint is I wish it were closer to my apartment!

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Notable Wine List, Great for Outdoor Dining, Special Occasion
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