Benoit Restaurant and Wine Bar
In New York, guests enjoy a warm and authentic experience and a menu filled with traditional bistro dishes with a modern flair. In 2016, the restaurant underwent a renovation, bringing a contemporary New York City touch to the classic French restaurant.
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Valentine's Day Special Menus & More
Join Benoit this Valentine's Day for a romantic 5 course dinner for $105 per person. This will be the only menu served. Please see the menu on OpenTable or visit www.benoitny.com.
Thursday, February 14, 2019
My husband and I chose Benoit for our pre-Met Opera dinner because of its location near the University Club. The service was excellent. The attentive staff were aware we needed to be on our way by 7:00 and made sure we were still able to enjoy a leisurely dinner. We ordered three hors d'oeuvres, the egg mayo (a creamy, simple take on a deviled egg) and the sea bream crudo and rabbit porchetta, both with delicate, herb-flavored sauces. I opted for the quenelles de brochet as my main course. I was surprised when our waiter recommended that I not order an appetizer because the quenelles portion was substantial. He was absolutely right and I was grateful. The quenelles were feather light with a surprise interior. Delicious. My husband had beautiful small oysters as an appetizer. His calf liver (foie de veau) was perfectly medium rare as requested. By the time we left at 7:00 the restaurant was quite full with a lively buzz but not too noisy.
An elegant reliably upscale and not pretentious restaurant.
Great food, great service..the experience was really amazing, brought us to Paris for 1 night.
Thank you Benoit
Our second visit; our first was memorable so decided to go for brunch. We were not disappointed. Service excellent. Food perfectly cooked and presented. Onion soup fabulous - and enough for two - or merely get soup and salad. Chicken was moist, flavorful.
Benoit is one of our favorite post Carnegie Hall Concert restaurants. The dinner rush is winding down when we arrive. Full menu available. Relaxed atmosphere. Really like the traditional roasted chicken with frites, steak au poivre, excellent pate. Great bread. Good baba au rhum. Strong wine list. A fine way to top off a good concert.
I have been to this restaurant twice in the last 6 months. First time was excellent, this time was not. The wine list is excellent and the sommelier did a nice job selecting a burgundy for the meal. Service was outstanding and we were will cared for. My sweetbreads were not great and the truffle addition was with truffles that were no longer fragrant, so disappointing. My guest had chicken, which they thought was outstanding, and the table side preparation was a nice touch. Also, one diner had the duck, which was excellent, if a modest portion. Appetizers were wonderful, while desert was OK (the crème Brule was overly sweet). At this price point I expect excellence across the board. Perhaps an off night.
Very good French bistro food, but the service was slow. One of our party had to ask for milk for her tea three times.
Do yourself a favor and go to another restaurant. First, the portions are very small. Second the waiters could not even accurately describe the dish. I had the "cookpot" which, as it turns out, was not a pot at all but rather 2 tablespoons of ground meat and about 1/2 of a potato in a bowl. Laughable for the cost. I did not even think i had the right dish based on the descriptions from 3 different waiters. Then, to top it off, the restaurant was not busy and for no apparent reason they put other diners immediately to our sides when the entire restaurant was close to empty. It made private conversations next to impossible. Lastly i gave the restaurant the opportunity to address these issues privately but received no response.
Delicious and authentic French food, and I'd definitely go back. Unfortunately the service was also French, and the waiter was so pompous that we were literally laughing. He was annoyed we didn't order enough to drink during a midday business lunch, and made us feel almost unworthy of being there. Still, the food was delicious.
Unusually [we have dined at Benoit several times, mainly at lunchtime, but several times in the evening] this evening was quite unfortunate. They were shortstaffed in the kitchen, I believe, so everyone was rushing around. Our water glasses were rarely filled up and we had to ask a number of times. Our hits d’oeuvres were absolutely delicious but our second course just never arrived and, again, our wine and water was not refilled for a long time. After one and a half hours I complained to the maître d’ and then our second course magically arrived. Unfortunately, our second course was burned! Again, most unusual for this restaurant. We were told by the waiter as they cleared the table that we would not be charged. Then, our main courses arrived and, again, were very overcooked. My calves liver was like shoe leather!. Again, the waiter came over and agreed that it was terribly cooked and offered to replace it. At this stage, we had been there over two hours and I decided we really wanted to go home. We asked for our check. I have to say that I would not have left a poor review except that, at that moment, my friend who was celebrating his birthday, was brought the most ridiculous and pathetic dessert as a so-called treat! A tiny scoop of ice cream with a small piece of chocolate and a candle! We all looked at it with incredulity.
I left a good tip as usual (the staff can’t be blamed when the kitchen cannot cope) but, as we left, we were asked, yet again, how our meal was and when we told them it had been unusually poor, we were simply told that there had been problems in the kitchen.
All in all, a most disappointing experience in a restaurant that has the name of a great chef. Had we not had some lovely meals there prior to this evening, we would never return.
Always good. Food is excellent, comfortable atmosphere. Really like it for lunch - either business or social. The prix fixe lunch menu is a great value.
Food and service were great. Unfortunately we were next to two women who each were on their cell phones the entire time. They never spoke to each other just on the phone.
I’d love to return but not until they discourage cell phone use at the table
Alain Ducasse's casual NY bistro is worthy of his name. Special cocktails were interesting and well done, food (including my wife's quenelles de crochet and my sweetbreads, as well as first courses) excellent renditions of classics. The black truffle shaved over my sweetbreads was visually impressive, but not tasty enough to be worth the supplement Good selection of wines by the glass and carafe. Atmosphere overall sufficiently French for NYC... Overall, a place to return to.
I was disappointed with the NYE menu. It did not reflect the true French gastronomic taste and we felt it had been put together a bit haphazardly. The flavors were too strong to really appreciate the wine pairings. Although the restaurant specified the one special menu we were surprised to observe that other tables could order à la carte . Maybe we would have better enjoyed our meal. The positive side: the waitstaff was truly dedicated and congenial and the DJ and music were very nice.
We had a nice french dinner with family!!! Recomended after theater.. its close by and super cozy
We loved Benoit. It reminded us of many of the restaurants at which we have dined in France. Everyone we encountered was from France (or a French territory such as Corsica).The food was excellent and the service was superb. The sommelier was very helpful in selecting wine by the glass to pair beautifully with our starters and main courses. It was our 51st Anniversary and we were not disappointed.
Delicious but I felt the service was just average. Had to request water twice.
This was my second time dinning here and like my first experience the food was extremely bland. Not well seasoned at all. If I return for a 3rd time it would be to sit in the bar area nursing a glass of wine while I wait for my date...then proceed to dine elsewhere.
Truly outstanding French bistro with modern twists. I had an amazing cocktail, perfect duck, and creative cod with spicy tomato sauce. Wife had amazing spicy shrimp, octopus, and cheese plate. First time, and we will be back.
Very stuffy and pretentious without any of the vibrancy of a true french bistro or numerous restaurants in NYC. Food is at best average.
Christmas celebration with niece and nephew
Food, service and ambiance are out of this world. A not to be missed restaurant in NYC for any occasion or ,"just because"! We had a 3 hour lunch, catching up with old friends and were not rushed at all. It is expensive, but it is excellent value and not to be missed
Wow ! Took a shot in the dark with this restaurant and it was fabulous! Just what I had hope for in a Christmas Day meal!!! Will come here again !
Wonderful venue for a special Christmas lunch.
Nous avons eu l'impression d'espace de quelques heures de se retrouver dans un restaurant gastronomique typique parisien tout était délicieux et raffiné. Nous avons passé le réveillon de Noël pour un menu à 95 $ qui est franchement un rapport qualité prix très correct le service a la française avec explication des plat en français Nous avons apprécié.
Merci Monsieur Ducasse
Benoit's Christmas Eve dinner for a party of 6 was an outstanding event. Not sure what to praise first. The food of course, excellently presented and cooked impeccably. The wine list is amazing. You will need help negotiating it. Thomas, the sommelier, seemed solely concerned with what would serve our taste. We enjoyed a pricey white burgundy to start followed by what was probably the lowest price red on the list. Both were amazing matches for the food, greatly enhancing our pleasure. Our worldly-wise, cosmopolitan guests were from London (UK) and they were dazzled by the decor and level of service.
Benoit is not a restaurant for bargain hunters but if you are looking for sophisticated dining combined with excellent but unfussy service this is a place to go.
Not bad but not superlative either. It's bland for French. Tartare could use a bit more finer cut. The pate needs more pate spice. The martinis were perfect. Not much value but good for an experience and for dates.
Ordered the Cod fish with mango & passion fruit sauce, the fish was cooked to perfection but the sauce was bad, didn’t like it. If you order the Tarte Tatin keep in mind its big, it serves 4 and not the best.
A special get-together family dinner for Australian travellers. Service was exceptional and food very delicious. It is expensive for a family of 6, but we all felt we had a very good night in a delightful restaurant.
Benoit keeps getting better and better. The food, the service, the room. Every staff member was efficient and pleasant. They seem to be as proud to work there as we were to enjoy our meal. The roast chicken is world class. The tarte tatin is to die for. The wines are superb and you are helped in your choice by a expert with a smile. Go and enjoy!
Consistently tasty bistro fare presented exceptionally well.
Food was excellent. Staff was a little too available. Could have receded into the background a bit more. You get what you pay for. Fantastic meal at a commensurate price.
We had dinner here this week and thoroughly enjoyed our meal. The food was delicious and the service was professional, friendly and informed. We would recommend this restaurant for a special occasion as it is pricey. We plan on coming here again when we are in the city next time.
Food is reliably good, although they have a less varied menu than before. Vegetarian selections are very limited. Service is always friendly, but it was pretty slow this Wednesday. Restaurant was relatively full, but restaurant seemed a bit short-staffed.
I enjoyed the food, service and ambience which all led to a good time
The food came out Luke warm, my liver was very tasty but not temperature hot. The roasted chicken was dry and had no flavor. We were a party of 6 and everyone felt it was just an ok meal. We were very disappointed.