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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

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.4

service

4.3

ambience

4.2

value

4.2

Noise

Moderate

87% would recommend it to a friend

Good for a Date (18)
Neighborhood Gem (18)
Romantic (15)
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Cozy (15)
Good for Anniversaries (13)
Casual (12)
Special Occasion (12)
Quiet Conversation (10)
Good for Birthdays (9)
Fit for Foodies (8)
Great for Outdoor Dining (6)
Good for Groups (6)
Great for Lunch (5)
Sunday Lunch (5)
Business Meals (5)
Comfort Food (4)
Happy Hour (4)
Late-night Find (4)
Notable Wine List (4)
Worth the Drive (4)
Creative Cuisine (3)
Healthy (3)
Paleo Friendly (3)
Authentic (2)
Kid-friendly (2)
Handcrafted Cocktails (2)
Local Ingredients (2)
Organic (2)
Seasonal (2)
Tasting Menu (2)
Great for Brunch (2)
Afternoon Coffee (1)
Bar Seating (1)
Good Vegetarian Options (1)
Fun (1)
Hot Spot (1)
Live Music (1)
People Watching (1)
Pre/post Theatre (1)
Quick Bite (1)
Tapas (1)
Vegan (1)
Disabled Access (1)
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 (New York Area)·Dined 3 days ago

It was over price for crappy food not worth it I been to restaurants and spent 3/400 on dinner but was well worth it
U get Wut u pay for but these people is one of the worst
I would never go back or send anyone there #neveragain
Only reason I went I seen good reviews but those people are liars 🤦🏽‍♂️

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 (San Francisco)·Dined 3 days ago

Overall pretty good. The crab appetizer tasted “fishy” so it went back unfinished but the duck entree was delicious! Really good wine list. I’d dine here again.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries
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 (New York Area)·Dined 7 days ago

We went for my husband's birthday and found the service to be very rushed and unimpressive.
It was not the level of service we have experienced in the past.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on February 10, 2018

We had dinner here with visiting family this past weekend. The service was very slow and very spotty. Never did get my hot tea after dinner. The food was mostly good to great. The beet / burrata salad was delicious and all the meat options that my fellow dinners ordered looked fantastic. I had the acorn squash and quinoa dish and that was not tasty or pleasurable to eat at all. We've been here a few times over the past 4-6 years, and the service is not usually stellar but usually much better. And this place is not for vegetarians.

Tags: Good for a Date, Paleo Friendly, Happy Hour
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·Dined on February 10, 2018

Food was exquisite but the setting, ambience, service and noise levels were well below the expectations we had of such an expensive restaurant.

The entrance was surprising for a restaurant of this price point - a white marquis with outside tables. The real restaurant was at the end of the marquis. The table kept on shaking and the server seemed annoyed by us asking to fix it. The waiters were rushing us - they kept trying to take away our plates when we were not yet done. This happened four times.

Service overall was below par

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 (New York Area)·Dined on February 8, 2018

I went there for my birthday last week and it was a wonderful experience. great food and the staff went out of their way to accommodate us. Great music also. thank you!

Tags: Kid-friendly, Romantic, Cozy
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 (New York Area)·Dined on February 7, 2018

The restaurant was cozy and quiet. The food, especially the fillet minion, was very good.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Casual, Romantic
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 (New York Area)·Dined on February 6, 2018

I went for restaurant week and it was amazing!!! Had the beet salad, quinoa squash with mashed potatoes & veggies & the pecan bread pudding with bourbon gelato. One of the best meals of my life!! I will definitely be coming back!

Tags: Good for a Date, Good for Birthdays, Late-night Find, Quiet Conversation, Good Vegetarian Options, Seasonal, Neighborhood Gem, Fit for Foodies, Cozy, Romantic, Healthy, Organic, Vegan, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion
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 (New York Area)·Dined on February 6, 2018

Understated elegance , attentive and friendly service, artisinal cuisine.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Great for Outdoor Dining
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 (New York Area)·Dined on February 5, 2018

We went during the restaurant week and found the food to be average at best. The only thing memorable was there were not many people there so the service was excellent. We won't be returning.

Tags: Casual
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on February 4, 2018

Nice place, small and intimate and bit on the pricy side. The food was good but average , not good enough to justify the prices.
We where a little rushed in the end because it was getting late, but still it was a Saturday night and shortly after we left and we’re standing outside chatting the waitress left even if there still where still other patrons still in the restaurant.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on February 3, 2018

Disappointing from the tiny drink at the bar, no ambience, all the way to very average food (good steak) and service.
While it's not quite terrible yet, there are many better choices.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on February 1, 2018

Always wanted to try this restaurant. So did so during Restsurant week.
Lovely space, great menu.
My only criticism is that none of our food arrived hot. It had obviously been plated much earlier. The sauce had set and everything was barely warm.
But maybe that’s what you get when you order “Restaurant Week” menu

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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 28, 2018

Took advantage of restaurant week, also to celebrate birthday since we recently move to a block away. The best foods were the foi gras, ribeye steak, cod, short rib and scallops. The desserts were excellent that finishes up a great meal and evening.

Tags: Good for Groups, Sunday Lunch, Good for Anniversaries, Romantic, Fit for Foodies, Great for Outdoor Dining, Authentic, Good for Birthdays, Casual, Local Ingredients, Cozy, Neighborhood Gem, Good for a Date
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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 27, 2018

LOVE LOVE LOVE this restaurant. Food was delicious. Had the spicy lobster salad as an appetizer -so delicious! For dinner we had the ribeye and the salmon with wild mushroom and creamed spinach; fantastic tasting dishes. Dessert you have to go with the bread pudding; it was out of this world good.

Tags: Tasting Menu, Romantic, Quiet Conversation, Good for a Date, Casual
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 (New Orleans)·Dined on January 26, 2018

You couldn't ask for much more. Three of us went for dinner after a movie and were all very pleased with our experience.

Tags: Worth the Drive
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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 26, 2018

This was our first time here and we loved it. Our waiter was attentive and thorough. The food was incredible. Even the music (a playlist) was great. Highly recommend.

Tags: Late-night Find, Casual, Cozy, Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Good for Groups, Romantic, Good for Anniversaries
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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 26, 2018

We live close by and have been wanting to try Benchmark for a long time, so we had lunch there during Restaurant Week. It was delightful! It's a comfortable and interesting space and our server was charming and very attentive. My ginormous burger was delicious, as were the fries. My husband's short rib was also beautifully done, tender and flavorful. The desserts, especially the sweet egg roll, were creative and scrumptious. We will definitely return for dinner soon!

Tags: Sunday Lunch, Good for Birthdays, Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date, Seasonal, Neighborhood Gem
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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 25, 2018

The food is really delicious and cooked well to order. However, on this occasion I had to send my burger back because it was overcooked & dry. The replacement was delicious! MUSIC IS ALWAYS WAY WAY WAY WAY TOO LOUD and the staff has an attitude about lowering the volume. No one EVER picks up the phone. Service is friendly, but not very professional. In general, Benchmark is a terrific addition to the neighborhood. The room is comfortable & relaxing.

Tags: Business Meals
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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 23, 2018

Great service, excellent food. Went with my daughter for Restaurant Week and we had a great time!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Bar Seating, Casual, Special Occasion, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Anniversaries
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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 20, 2018

Consistently very good.

There are no other good steak places in my neighborhood , Benchmark should be the benchmark for what good steak is and what it should cost. I can't get past the 11 oz Filet and I usually have a rib eye or a strip, maybe next time!! Brussels are great and the hand cut fries simple and ridiculously good. This will become a regular spot for us!

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Neighborhood Gem, Casual
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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 20, 2018

My girlfriend and I were having our parents meet for the first time and it couldn't have gone any better. Ambiance and service were great and the food was even better! I recommend the foie gras and scallops appetizers and for dinner go with the Ribeye! Only thing they can improve is getting there system to accept gift cards a bit better!

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Fit for Foodies, Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date, Romantic, Special Occasion
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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 5, 2018

Stout cocktails, great food and service. The seared foie gras was perfect and the wet aged bone in ribeye was done really well with a nice crusty sear without being overdone!

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on January 3, 2018

David- the afternoon waiter is always friendly and accommodating! I LOVE LOVE LOVE the burger on brioche with the AMAZING AMAZING AMAZING homemade french fries.

Have been going there for years- specifically for the burger + fries!

Tags: Great for Lunch, Neighborhood Gem
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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 1, 2018

Food was great. Service was mediocre; I’ve experienced friendlier servers there. But still an overall pleasant and enjoyable experience.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Good for a Date, Notable Wine List, Good for Anniversaries, Romantic
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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 1, 2018

My boyfriend and I had really high expectations coming in. While the ambience and lighting was wonderful and romantic, our waitress was rather unpleasant with a haughty air. The impact was that this made us feel less than welcome. The food was underwhelming and tasteless; our dessert of "strawberry shortcake" was leftover French toast with whipped cream and unripe strawberries on top. The prices do not match the quality of service or food.

Tags: Afternoon Coffee, Kid-friendly, Romantic
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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 1, 2018

I went to Benchmark for traditional Brunch on New Years Day with my husband and 2 sons. The menu is interesting with both breakfast and lunch offerings. Service was excellent, the food was very good and we will definitely return

Tags: Organic, Great for Outdoor Dining, Local Ingredients, Creative Cuisine
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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 31, 2017

We have been to Benchmark before for dinner as well as New Year's Eve dinner - the price is extremely reasonable, especially given how many choices are provided (more than the usual 3 at most places). The only issue (which wasn't an issue for us but probably impacted the owners of the restaurant) is that due to the frigid temps, they didn't seem to be able to use their heated extension tent (as they have in the past) so the number of covers/table turnover was probably a lot less than on prior New Year's Eves when that area was usable. It probably was impossible to keep the tent area warm enough for dining comfort and/or would have been cost-prohibitive from a profitability standpoint. I think the fact that they made this decision (the correct one in my opinion and those dining with me) is another reason that my group will be back here again - the owners didn't sacrifice their service or their clients in order to make a buck. A true neighborhood gem that is still a pretty well-kept secret!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Cozy, Worth the Drive, Good for Birthdays, Good for Groups, Neighborhood Gem, Romantic
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on December 30, 2017

Food is always great! Perfect place to bring out of town friends - they were super impressed!

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 30, 2017

Benchmark is a great restaurant. My son and I really enjoyed our meal. He wanted steak and I am a vegetarian. I found the options to be plenty.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 9, 2017

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 on December 9, 2017

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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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 2, 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 2, 2017

Everything was Delicious !!

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vip
 (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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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on November 16, 2017

We had a really terrific meal here for our anniversary. The service was exceptional and the food was really tasty. When I go out for dinner, I like to be able to speak with the person across the table from me. I know I'm not asking much. Well, Benchmark really made that happen. It got a bit noisy as we were finishing because a large group was coming in but the room was very cozy. Can't wait to return.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Disabled Access
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on November 9, 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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vip
 (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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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on October 17, 2017

Really lovely neighborhood gem with excellent food and service.

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 (St. Louis)·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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