Benchmark Restaurant

4.6
908 reviews
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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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New York Area
8 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 3food 5service 5ambience 5

Steak is always good. It’s our neighborhood “go to “ when we want a steak.
The bathroom was out of order so we went to their bar next door. A nuisance but not a game changer.

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OT
1 review
Dined on January 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great for a date guys

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OT
New York Area
26 reviews
Dined on January 10, 2019
Overall 2food 1service 3ambience 3

Great ambient but horrible horrible foos.
If that place doesnt change chief they will be cllsed very very soon

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KL
Atlanta
7 reviews
Dined on January 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fabulous service and good food.

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AF
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on January 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Our first dining out for 2019 and the staff at Benchmark made it a memorable one. We will be back.

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OT
1 review
Dined on January 1, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Great food for NYE.

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L
New York Area
13 reviews
Dined on January 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great option anytime but especially New Year's Eve

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RG
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on January 1, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

Went for New Year's Eve pre-fix dinner and the food was fabulous. The staff were attentive, friendly and accommodating. The only negative was that the bathroom was out of order and we had to made a dash to the bathroom at their sister bar in the pouring rain. Otherwise the food and place was great and definitely worth the money for a holiday dinner out.

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h
New York Area
1 review
Dined on December 30, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 1ambience 4

Not worth it.
This is a lovely space and I have had good meals here. This time my food and my guest’s food were cold. My guest said the steak had a funny taste. The waiter was always apologizing in a very strange and unapologetic way. The drinks were super expensive. I would not go back so fast but I will give them another chance someday in case it was an off night.

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OT
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on December 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food, service, and atmosphere plus it is easy to get to from Barclays Center. The steaks are excellent. We all tried different cuts. Sides are awesome — highly recommend the creamed spinach, potato purée and brussel sprouts. The short rib appetizer is a must have. Desserts were great too, especially the strawberry shortcake. Try Benchmark — you won’t be disappointed!

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JL
1 review
Dined on December 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The steak was done perfectly, the scallops appetizer was beyond incredible, the froie Grois is my personal favorite and the Brussels sprouts well done and incredible. For quality and price point I have yet to find a rival eatery. Compliments to the chefs that made my night an unbelievable and most memorable event

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N
New York Area
35 reviews
Dined on December 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Although Chef Ryan was not cooking the evening we were there, we noted that he did come in. We are very familiar with Benchmark cuisine and that night was no exception. Food was fantastic and delicious. Our wait person was the perfect blend of friendly and knowledgeable. Drinks were perfect too!!! They always are. The wine selection is broad both in types of wine and costs. Perfect! I just wish we lived in Brooklyn, this would be our restaurant...and that's saying something as we are pretty particular people with varying tastes. Wonderful!

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M
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on December 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best food and menu in Brooklyn. Great service too. I’ve gone there for special occasions and just dinner out and have always loved it.

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C
Miami
3 reviews
Dined on December 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Christmas Eve dinner. Was delicious and lovely.

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M
1 review
Dined on December 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had a beautiful time for our Christmas eve lunch and it was nice our waiter David was very good and would highly recommend

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on December 23, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Very interesting location with a large heated tent on the front courtyard area that leads into a charming carriage house type interior dining room. Service was attentive and knowledgeable and the brunch menu was wonderful. Much more varied and interesting than the usual pancakes and egg menus. Note that the donut hole dessert is not little munchkins, but are actually bigger than most full size donuts! Very delicious though.

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B
New York Area
1 review
Dined on December 21, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

The staff was very welcoming and accommodating. We were celebrating a friend's 79th birthday. Portions were hearty, and the food was good. I especially enjoyed the scallops appetizer and lobster salad appetizer - I am not a big meat eater, but that's what we chose for entrees in deference to our guest of honor. Nice selection of steaks. A little less salt all around would have improved most dishes.

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E
1 review
Dined on December 19, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food is fantastic and the service is excellent. They also have an awesome playlist, which is great for conversation as well!

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on December 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great service and amazing cuisine!

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LF
1 review
Dined on December 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Selected Benchmark for a team lunch and was not disappointed! We really enjoyed the food. I especially loved the cobb salad. I would 100% return or place an order if they deliver!

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PO
1 review
Dined on December 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This place is such a gem. Keep up the great service and food. This is fast becoming my regular weekly spot.

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H
New York Area
1 review
Dined on December 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great Experience and Great Service Highly Recommended!!!

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OT
Atlantic City
2 reviews
Dined on December 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Pleasantly impressed! Tucked away just off the sidewalks, the first seating area is in an outdoor tent that was warm and brightly lit. Attached to its main and indoor dining room, it all works very well. Cozy inside and out. The food was PERFECT. the price is extremely affordable and portions are perfectly balanced with all Benchmark has to offer.

A must visit in Brooklyn and all of NYC.

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DM
New York Area
78 reviews
Dined on November 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Benchmark great as always - see note to manger below:

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LP
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 25, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 4

Great brunch spot

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JJ
1 review
Dined on November 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our server was a master at his craft. Intimate atmosphere good for conversation.

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S
Pittsburgh
10 reviews
Dined on November 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and the best service I have had in quite a while. Benchmark is a neighborhood gem that is worth the trip.

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DY
Orlando
1 review
Dined on November 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing Thanksgiving Dinner. Two years in a row. Never disappoints.

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AM
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on November 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Went to Benchmark for Thanksgiving and it was wonderful. The sous vide turkey was so delicious. The menu had enough choices for those in our group that wanted something different. The staff was friendly and attentive. The whole experience was very festive and I would not hesitate to return again.

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D
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on November 22, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 3

Overall, disappointing Thanksgiving prix fixe menu.

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MB
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on November 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Beautiful space with great food and outstanding service. My favorite place for a special meal.

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JW
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on November 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My only regret was not finding this place years earlier! First visit- food was awesome....still craving more seared foie gras !

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LB
1 review
Dined on November 18, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

went there for brunch with a friend and the food and service were AMAZING. I wish i had the waiters name becasue he was fabulous, attentive and so friendly. I had the Lemon Ricotta Pancakes which were so tasty,,
Bloody Mary was delicious.. Always consistent..

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NY
New York Area
47 reviews
Dined on November 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Third time I have been to Benchmark and it never fails. The food is always good, the service is as well and I always enjoy my meal there. It is off the main avenue, but not off in the food area. The only problem I have with the restaurant is that I want to eat more than I could ever do as almost every dish sounds great to me. And each one I try is always good.

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JH
1 review
Dined on November 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great steaks and sides. Fish and chicken also great. Something for everyone. A bit light on the salads and veggies. Lovely wine list and full bar. Fabulous tucked in outdoor dining even in bad weather.

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MB
1 review
Dined on November 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I enjoy having brunch with friends here. Service rocks! Drinks are to die for! Really enjoyed the Bloody Mary. The ambience is so lovely.

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e
New York Area
29 reviews
Dined on November 4, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

So, far have been there for a yummy meat and bourbon dinner and a delicious and abundant brunch. Our party of 6, all with different palates, had plenty to choose from. Their outdoor, semi-heated tent was perfect for this crisp autumn day. Big portions. We left happy and full.

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V
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on November 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

An authentic old world restaurant nestled in heart of trendy Park Slope, a great place to go! We were a group of 6 with a toddler, could not have been more welcomed at the door when we arrived- it was Saturday no less, and quite busy. The waiter was attentive and simply gracious , the food was delicious- menu for every palate and the timing was perfect between courses. A great place for all occasions, I will definitely come again when I am in town!

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d
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2018
Overall 3food 5service 3ambience 3

The restaurant was uncomfortably warm. Our server was nice but a rather ditzy, and forgot drinks, and some side dishes. We also told her it was a celebration for two birthdays, but even though the table next to us received deserts with candles, our deserts were bare. Other than the loud, extremely warm atmosphere (they really need to do something to help absorb some of the sound), and forgetful server, the food was delicious. Our steaks were cooked perfectly and the sides quite tasty. The deserts were adequate, even though the pancake used for the strawberry shortcake was completely burnt. All in all, I might consider going again, but only for the food. The rest left much to be desired, and I definitely would not take out of town guest. They too liked the food but were disappointed in everything else. I’m sorry, but I have an issue when the server brings all the cocktails but says you’ll have to wait for the club soda because the bartender is backed up, when I can see him standing around doing nothing. Seriously, it’s a club soda!

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AP
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on November 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I cannot recommend this restaurant highly enough! Great service with perfect melt in your mouth steak that doesn't break the bank accompanied by wonderful wine.

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