Benihana - New York

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Welcome to Benihana New York City, 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 as your taste buds, whether you choose mouth-watering steak, tender chicken or succulent seafood. You can also enjoy sushi prepared by a talented sushi chef and indulge in a specialty cocktail. The restaurant includes a full bar with sushi lounge, great for after-work drinks and meeting friends. Guests looking to celebrate a special occasion can dine in our elegant private dining rooms. Located in the heart of Manhattan, see what made Benihana New York 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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OT
1 review
Dined 6 hours ago
Overall2food5service2ambience3

It took us about 2 hours just to get our food, the lady was very kind but food took way to long, we came in at 2 and didn’t get our food till about 3:45, food was amazing but just way too long.

OT
New York Area
35 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall5food4service3ambience3

Awesome for 2 families

OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience3

My birthday. Daniel was amazing

BG
New York Area
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall2food2service4ambience3

Very underwhelming. I've always heard of the place and wanted to go. Finally did and was not very impressed. The chef was boring and didn't really entertain. Fried rice was an extra so was noodles. I'm accustom to those being part of your meal. overall so so.

ST
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall3food5service3ambience1

It’s a nice experience, the food was really tasty but it was very loud.

a
New York Area
29 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Terrible customer service. Cold room. Noisy. Smelly

OT
1 review
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was great just felt a little tight at the table

OT
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall1food4service1ambience3

We waited an entire hour to be seated even though we had rsvps. We had to send our drinks back because there was no alcohol in them. The staff came back to confirm several times and seemed bothered when my sister noted she had a food allergy.

OT
1 review
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall2food3service1ambience2

I had to wait two hours even with a reservation. Once we were seated the service was slow as well.

OT
1 review
Dined on October 31, 2019
Overall2food2service2ambience1

Our experience was rushed. I spent $70 on a meal that I had to box up and take home; chairs were up on the tables before we even left and they didn’t even sing happy birthday to me and my guest as it was both of our birthdays! Waiter was curt, almost rude which made the experience draining.

OT
Toronto
3 reviews
Dined on October 30, 2019
Overall1food1service3ambience2

The chef that we had deserve a 0/5 if possible. He started off with the “show” and everything seemed alright until he started serving the food. Guests who ONLY paid for noodles received chicken AND shrimp. Whereas I paid 33.50 for a spoonful of chicken and steak for the “Rocky’s Special”. When he realized his mistake he didn’t bother fixing it as most of the food was already given to guests that didn’t bother eating the food in the end and it ended up getting thrown out. No apologies for the mix up in our orders as well as he walked away. I was disappointed because the food was either overly seasoned or not seasoned at all.
When we asked for a little more food because I just paid 33.50 for a quarter plate of food for an adult, the manager approached us with an attitude. She walked up to us, place her hands on the table and just looked at us. I looked back confused as she never mentioned who she was and neither did she bother to mention why she approached us. Finally my friend started the conversation with a hello, as we didn’t know what to say, and she said something along the lines of, “So what’s the problem here?” There wasn’t a problem besides the guests sitting next to me getting TWO PLATEFUL of entrees they didn’t even order and WON’T have to pay for, whereas I paid for a full plate of entrees and got little to nothing? We explained the mix up and just asked for maybe a little more food and she told us that we got our serving- 1/4 lb of the steak and 1/4 of the chicken. I’m not entirely sure what most people would consider a 1/4 lb, but I’m sure 4 measly pieces of chicken and an unasked for mushroom doesn’t equal 1/4 lb of chicken. When we tried to explain that we didn’t even touch most of the food before she got here, she asked us to pay an extra $20 for a few extra pieces of chicken. I would be lying if I said I wasn’t upset because I’m essentially paying for another party’s food.

NB
Cambridge
5 reviews
Dined on October 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of my favourite restaurants in the world! Great for celebrations.

W
1 review
Dined on October 27, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Food is fresh And well done, I like the family oriented ambiance the most .the cooking is also fun / entertaining.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 25, 2019
Overall3food5service3ambience5

We had Devin as our cook and he was excellent. However, the waiter was not good. You were forced to ask him for any type of drink.

AG
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on October 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

First time there ever and I enjoyed myself; the food was amazing, the chef was very entertaining. I felt like a kid in a candy shop watching the chef doing his tricks lol.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 24, 2019
Overall1food1service2ambience2

Overpriced mediocre food, salmon was tasteless and medium rare even though I had asked for it to be cooked well done, chicken teriyaki had no taste at all, tight hibachi table (I had to move so that the chef could get to his table), room was like a classroom with no decor. Staff was friendly and that’s the only positive thing about our date night. Typical overpriced tourist trap.

R
New York Area
40 reviews
Dined on October 24, 2019
Overall2food2service2ambience2

I made a reservation for 12:45 for the hibachi table but when we got there I was told that we had to wait because of a big tour party. We were offered to sit downstairs at the regular table. So we too. The table and we waited almost 45 minutes to get to food and once we got it well let’s says that I’m not going back.

OT
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on October 23, 2019
Overall1food4service1ambience2

Checked in 10 minutes early, Which was for nothing because I didn’t get seated for 30min & it took a whole hour to finally get drinks & salad.. Now add the time it takes to cook the food!!! Smfh...

A
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 23, 2019
Overall3food2service2ambience3

Soup was cold, and everything we ordered was unbelievably salty. Service was a little slow and it took a long time to order/receive drinks.

OT
1 review
Dined on October 23, 2019
Overall1food1service1ambience2

Staffs are super rude!!! The cook was so dry and Boring to be a hibachi cook!! Over all very disappointing experience!!

AS
1 review
Dined on October 21, 2019
Overall2food3service1ambience2

The chef was not that good at all. He was a a dark skin Indian looking old man. All he did was cook the food and left. This is my fourth time here and this was by far the worst experience of all. He wasn’t really interactive with the guest at the table and did not make an enjoyable experience for the two kids at our table and we had two birthdays at the table and no one sang happy birthday or gave a ice cream. There was table behind us who had a great interactive chef. I won’t be back at this location!!

BK
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on October 20, 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience3

Although the cooking "stunts" are a little stale and perhaps need to be updated -- overall, Benihana remains a great family dining experience. There's something to enjoy for all ages and all palettes.

OT
1 review
Dined on October 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My boyfriend and I went for my birthday, and although it was quite busy, we were seated within 15 mins after our scheduled reservation. Everyone was very nice and helpful, not to mention the amazing food. Overall we had a great time and plan to make this a more frequent trip. Thank you!

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 19, 2019
Overall1food3service1ambience1

Grill didn’t work, so they cooked our food on another grill. Did not get a hibachi experience. Waiter screwed up multiple orders, multiple times. Very slow service besides. Asked for the usual Polaroid at the end and they just ignored us. Offered a measly 15% off for the trouble. Friends said it was the worst dining experience they’ve ever had.

OT
1 review
Dined on October 19, 2019
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Overwhelmingly overcrowded. Floors were dirty and sticky. Crowd was unruly and the service team was way over their heads. You’re seated with random strangers and too close to other tables. Can’t even hear one another speak. Room was filled with belligerent patrons. Bill was ridiculously high. Save your time, money and energy. Go elsewhere.

MA
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 19, 2019
Overall3food4service2ambience3

We had a reservation for 7 pm, but we got seated at 7:30. The rest was great!

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 19, 2019
Overall1food1service3ambience2

The food was off, especially the fried rice and the mustered sauce in particular

A
1 review
Dined on October 18, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great Staff!!! So pleasant and kind and upbeat!! Food was great!!

MS
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on October 17, 2019
Overall4food5service3ambience4

Good food and would go back. My issue is that I booked through open table. I came to Benihana and checked in at front desk. Gave my name. The lady checked me in. Then 15 minutes later while I’m sitting in Benihana they call to ask if I’m coming. I say I’m already here. The next day I get email saying sorry I did not make it but let them know in the future. I again had to say but I was there.

J
Detroit
17 reviews
Dined on October 16, 2019
Overall3food4service3ambience2

Benihana food is always delicious but even with a reservation we were kept waiting for a bit. Main complaint is that the portions are small. Normally as a small woman I expect to not come close to finishing my food at hibachi. I imagine any man would still be hungry. For the cost we should be getting more veggies and 2 full shrimp from apps, and the noodles.

SA
1 review
Dined on October 15, 2019
Overall3food2service3ambience4

The main course has to be sourced better. The restaurant is mostly good but the steak and salmon lacked luster.

MS
1 review
Dined on October 15, 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience2

If you haven't gone it's worth it to go once for the experience. That's what you are paying for. Seats are tight and in a group of strangers and its loud. Super expensive for okay food. For a show its kind of cute I guess for a meal I'd pick takeout.

SN
San Francisco
10 reviews
Dined on October 13, 2019
Overall2food3service2ambience2

We made a reservation for 6:30 pm but didn’t get seated until 7:15pm!! There were so many angry people arguing with hostess about their reservations. No apologies, but keep promising everyone that they were next on the list.
Service was slow. There were 11 people at the table that was clearly designed for 8. We were cramped. I have been to Benihana many times in my state, California, but this one in New York is the worst!
Strongly not recommend this place!

NC
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on October 13, 2019
Overall2food3service1ambience4

The receptionist told us that we had to wait (50minutes)because our party was 5 minutes late

N
1 review
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall1food3service3ambience1

Very noisy, too full, made us wait for more than 30 m and we had reservation, tables to tight, not what expected compared to other benihama, bad experience

OT
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall2food2service2ambience2

Waited an hour to be sited despite having reservations. The food was fair. I’ve had better Japanese food.

S
1 review
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Me and my boy friend had so much fun and the food was awesome.... they only thing is that we felt a little rushed, maybe because it was crowed.

A
Miami
2 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall4food5service3ambience3

If you make a reservation, expect to be seated 20-30 minutes after the actual reservation time

M
New York Area
43 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Probably the worst meal we have ever experienced in any restaurant! We were celebrating my twins’ 10 th birthday. We were 5 people seated practically on top of each other. The food was almost inedible, each course served before dirty dishes from previous course were removed. In the middle of trying to swallow the main course, with all the dirty dishes on the table, they came with icecream for the twins with a candle in each one . And fresh dishes for the next seating stacked in front of us! Never have I experienced such an outrage in a restaurant!

OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on October 11, 2019
Overall3food2service3ambience3

Atteso più di persone che sono entrate senza prenotazione. Durante l’attesa birra sofferta , calda e 8,17$. Disorganizzato il bar.
Atmosfera carina al piano superiore durante la preparations e della cena, commensali non colloquiali, filetto costoso e di scarsa qualità.

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