Benihana - New York

3.9
3351 reviews
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Welcome to Benihana and a dining experience unlike any other! Our guests are seated at communal tables in groups, where your personal chef will perform the ancient art of Teppanyaki. Watch as we slice and dice, preparing a meal that will dazzle your eyes as well taste buds, whether you choose mouth-watering steak, tender chicken or succulent seafood. Enjoy one of the best shows in NYC at the original Benihana. Start with drinks and sushi at our first floor contemporary sushi and cocktail bar, great for after-work drinks and meeting friends. Or, go to our second-floor dining room where your personal chef will dazzle your eyes as well as your taste buds. See what made Benihana the legend that it is today. Looking to host an event or private party? Our private dining rooms are always a crowd pleaser. Call for more details and price options. An 18% service charge is added to all guest checks for parties of eight or more.
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JD
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I would like to go again ASAP. Next time I'll brinf more people

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LJ
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 1food 5service 1ambience 1

We waited an hr to be seated then another hr for someone to take our order at the table

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DL
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 1

I have been coming here since I was a child, and I must say this was the most unpleasant experience I have ever had. They crammed the tables with 5 couples at a time, my fiance couldn't even sit at the table properly and eat her food she had to bring her plate/bowl to her lap becuase there was no space. The waitress tried her best to be attentive but could not because she was serving multiple tables at the same time. We didn't even get my chicken and shrimp appetizers with our entrees. Worst experience by far at this restaurant.

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KM
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Looking to experience something new, this is the place to be.

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EB
New York Area
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 2food 1service 2ambience 3

Was not at all asked if any of us had food allergies. We are selves made it known and they still ended up cooking my steak with shrimp

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RL
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 3food 5service 1ambience 1

It was too packed. Seating guest 10 a table instead of 8 like the usual. I barely had any space to eat. The server and the chef didn’t ask if anyone was allergic to seafood. They almost killed my boyfriend. Then the server came and pressed my boyfriend for a tip !

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 1

Overall ok. My boyfriend and I had a 8:45pm reservation made 2 weeks prior and we got there at 8:40pm and were told to wait 20 minutes. We anxiously awaited listening to the hosts screaming out people names (smh). We then were called an hour later after standing and not even asked if we would like a drink while waiting . After sitting down we waited another 25 minutes or so for the chef and waiter to arrive . Hot mess!! The chef was boring and timid and barely spoke aside from the generic jokes the Benihana’s chefs make. I really expected more since I spoke this place up to my boyfriend for months before his first time going . My first time was great compare to this! Maybe because it was Valentine’s Day but it should have been more organized ! There is no reason why we should have waited an hour and 25 minutes from a reservation made two weeks in advance ! Never again for a special occasion. The food and drinks as always were great and the waiter even though busy did his best so kudos to him!! 👏🏽

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SB
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was great, experience was nice. Definitely would go back

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ZG
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Ramon was a amazing Chef I will request him every time me and my partner enjoyed the meal the show and the jokes were great !

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OT
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 1food 3service 5ambience 1

Packed 12 people into the table. No one was even able to get up without the person next to them standing up as well. I had to hold the plate in my hands to be able to eat. Pretty much like being on a packed subway car

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OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

The food is delicious, was a bit too crowded at the table , tables should be more bigger , didn’t really have good space to close to other people . Very fast service as soon as you done eating they kicking you out . But overall it was good

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ES
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

The only thing I would suggest is for them to stop cramming people at these tables. A couple and their child left our table because the restaurant tried putting 11 adults and a child at one table.

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H
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 3

It was good food, but our chef was less energetic than ones we’ve had in the past. It was CROWDED with long wait times for getting started, even though we were at our table.

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OT
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 4

Very crowded at table. I basically had to hold my plate and eat but other than that great experience, great place, great food.

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Detroit
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 2ambience 3

The hostess took forever to seat us even though we had a reservation and the hibachi waiter was rude.

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KP
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I love this place the food is amazing the value for New York City is excellent! It was my birthday so I had the $30 birthday coupon which was a great gift from them to me highly recommend this place to anyone

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OT
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 5

A1. Great show with Milton and grest meal!

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OT
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

My friend Birthday

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M
London
2 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 2

Different clientele to say Orlando & London. Young and non communicative. Chefs don’t interact with you . I am comparing to the other Benihana restaurants I have been to many times.

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

Although we had to wait a bit from our reservation time to get seated. The service was exceptional, Romeo the chef was very polite, professional, and funny KUDOS to him ! Thank you Benihana’s for a great birthday dinner. My family and I loved it.

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S
New York Area
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 3food 2service 5ambience 3

You do not go to Benihana for the food. You go for the show. It's a nice place to bring the kids, particularly if they have not yet hit their teen years. Nearly every table had more than two children. The staff is friendly and efficient. Watching the food being prepared is fun. And the little tricks, like flicking the shrimp tails into the chef's hat or igniting an onion volcano delights the little ones. But the food is overcooked. Medium rare stack is more like medium. I shudder to think what well done would look like. It's a tad pricey (dinner for four with no drinks and no extras, like the fried rice, came out to almost $150 with the tip). It's good for at least one visit. I don't know if I'd go back, however.

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KM
New York Area
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 1food 1service 2ambience 3

Worst Hibachi restaurant I've ever eaten at and most expensive too. Filet mignon was not very good and the woman sitting next to me took one bite of her lobster and asked the manager to take it back. Chef was also amateurish dropping his utensils repeatedly. Food was also spaced much more than usual for hibachi. There are too many other options in NYC to waste your money here

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EG
London
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Nice experience for the kids especially, food was ok, I felt that the chef was a little bit robotic in what he was doing, lacked genuine joy and fun and could have made it much more enjoyable with some more tricks and smiles/fun.

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OT
1 review
Dined on February 10, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 2ambience 4

Went to Benihana to celebrate my birthday. We were squeezed into a table seemingly meant for 6 however there were 9 people at the table! We did not receive our salads and the soup arrived right before the entree was served. The chef did not perform any tricks and rushed through the entire meal. I usually have a good experience here but this time it was subpar at best.

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T
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 3ambience 3

Reservations are not taken on time.
Location is extremely busy, so the staff is a little unorganized. Lots of children. The chefs were not especially good Hibachi Chefs.

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CB
1 review
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Fun birthday celebration with excellent service! The singing made it extra special!

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ID
1 review
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

The food was very salty. Not much flavor. I think it was the chef.

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LW
1 review
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 4

The chef and customer knew each other therefore the customers he knew was served more food.

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

Nous connaissions déjà ce restaurant et avons emmené nos enfants pour l anniversaire du plus grand.
Très déçus par l accueil au niveau réservation, jeune femme désagréable et mal élevée, sympa au niveau de l animation, viande trop cuite. Pas sure d y retourner de si tôt !!!

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NY
New York Area
19 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 2

Not sure why but I thought the scene would be a bit more sophisticated. It was the total opposite. Nothing stood out, the food was edible and the ambiance was loud and cafeteria like. It was ok, the hibachi chef was trying to be entertaining. They did accommodate food allergies which was a plus. Probably wouldn’t go back again.

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M
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was My Sisters Bday and dinner n service, food and all was amazing!!!

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Amazing as usual! If you're searching for a fusion experience, that's the perfect restaurant! Highly appreciated!

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EA
1 review
Dined on February 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was my first time at the Benihana in NYC. The location was nice. I will say the cook did not really put on a show as what I am used to in other instances. Overall the food was perfect just wish to have had a better performance from the chef. Maybe he was tired.

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The kids love it

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PR
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 3, 2019
Overall 1food 3service 2ambience 1

Benihana experience was horrible. Although we had a reservation for 08:30p.m. they only called us at 09:05 p.m.. It was very loud and dinning room was full of smoke. They sat 9 people on a table of 8 and the table next to ours sat 10 people instead of 8. Horrible experience.

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J
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on February 3, 2019
Overall 1food 5service 1ambience 1

This was the worst experience of my life. They sat is over an hour late, we were served 20 minutes later, I spend a ton of money on a show that was 3 hours after our reservations we had to miss, they tried to fit way too many people at our table, the man behind me threatened me Bc his chair was on my sweater, no one did a thing, he threatened to kill me by the way, nothing was comped no apology was served. I have been going to Benihana my entire life, since the day before camp every birthday, every mother’s and Father’s Day. It is my FAVORITE restaurant. I will NEVER go to your establishment again and you owe me $100 for missing my show.

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DA
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 3, 2019
Overall 1food 4service 1ambience 1

We waited an hour for our reservation. It was my father's birthday and the crowds were ridiculous. Clearly, everyone else with reservations seemed to have been waiting forever and people were really mad. Not the most relaxing and enjoyable way to spend your Saturday evening. The food was good but just a warning - barely any vegetarian options. I came out starving. Also, be prepared to sit at a table with other parties. After our dinner, the general manager approached us with someone else's bill that didn't include a tip, asking if it's ours. Ridiculous! Do yourself a favor and drive out to their Long Island location if you can. Much more of an enjoyable experience.

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 2, 2019
Overall 1food 4service 3ambience 2

Had to wait over an hour for our table in a packed bar and we had a reservation. Very poor service.

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KI
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on February 2, 2019
Overall 1food 2service 1ambience 1

The service was terrible. The restaurant was too hot (better ventilation needed). We waited at our table for at least 20 minutes before we were greeted. It really was an unpleasant experience, sadly.

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OK
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 2, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

It was my first experience. I should’ve went to red lobster.

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