Benchmark Restaurant

4.6
1137 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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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on April 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great service staff! Very kind and attentive! Hats off to the chef for the avocado toast, and kale & quinoa salad!!!! Yum!!!! Nice Peach Bellini! Fav for brunch/lunch.

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vipbobc7had
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on April 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My wife and i enjoyed some fabulous hamburgers while more daughter enjoyed an excellent filet mignon. We look forward to returning

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vipHungryGal
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on April 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food and the loveliest server ever. What a pleasure!

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vipTara
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on April 23, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience2

I don’t even know where to begin. The waiter hated working there. When we asked the waiter about a few dishes, he discouraged us from ordering them right away. We chose the fondue appetizer and it was horrible. Just some raw fruits and veggies on a platter. Very basic and no flavor whatsoever. If you are a vegetarian, there are no great options. We then proceeded to order the lobster and dumplings and stuffed Sole. Both dishes we immediately spit out after the first bite. The seafood tasted frozen, old and bland. We were extremely disappointed with our meals. We paid our check and I went home to prepare ourselves dinner. I don’t remember the last time we ate food this horrible. I have had food at a Long Island diner that tasted better than the food that was served here. The Brussels sprouts were soggy and greasy. Risotto was bland and no flavor. Not one great dish! I prefer the Brussels sprouts from Bare Burger, a fast food joint! Don’t waste your time and money!

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KyeY
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on April 18, 2021
Overall3food4service4ambience3

Great brunch spot and options for our family of four. We sat in the Loki bar area and it was spacious and noise level reasonable so we didn’t feel like we were ruining other people’s meal with our kids’ noise.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
19 reviews
Dined on April 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Birthday celebration

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on April 13, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Had an amazing time at benchmark . Staff extremely polite and welcoming .food was great . Not much choices on menu Bt wth the selection we made it was good
Best Brussels sprouts hands down! A must try
Overall no complaints
Will visit again .

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vipMikeY
Chicago
35 reviews
Dined on April 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

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OpenTable Diner
Portland
2 reviews
Dined on April 10, 2021
Overall2food2service1ambience2

Food: We ordered Fondue (cheese came out clumpy and watery), Wings (no flavor), Burrata Salad & the Brussels sprouts (were actually the best). Dinner - schnitzel sandwich (fries were good!) Lamb Shank, lobster dumplings (no flavor to either - the lamb was tough and there were 5 tiny dumplings, not filling enough to be a main)

Service: Our waitress had the worst attitude. I think she could tell we were taken aback by her and was better towards the end of the meal.

Atmosphere: The inside of the bar/restaurant smelled like stale cigarettes, it was overpowering. The outside back tent was decent. It wasn’t loud or crowded.

Unpleasant service coupled with a mediocre meal made the whole experience a 2/10

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on April 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was amazing.

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

Everything perfect!

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vipHappy
New York Area
19 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
14 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
25 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
56 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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vipTopTaster
New York Area
5 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
20 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
25 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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Benchmark Restaurant is rated 4.6 stars by 1137 OpenTable diners.

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