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Ben & Jack's Steakhouse
Posted by SLR on 02/26/2006
We ate at this restaurant on 2-24-06. The meal started with a Bombay martini at the bar which was superb. Escorted to the dining area where we received excellent seating and service throughout the entire meal. For an appetizer we enjoyed oysters on the half shell. They were fresh, clean and delicious. We shared the Porterhouse for 2. Arrived on a sizzling hot plate done to perfection. Had a bottle of Joseph Phelps 2002 Insignia which was perfect with the meal. Expensive but well worth it. My husband loved the house steak sauce. Believe me, the steak did not need any additional flavors. We had german potatoes and creamed spinach. Both were an excellent compliment to the steak. Dessert was cheesecake and a mound of fresh whipped cream which could have been a dessert by itself. Can't say enough about the food or service. It may be pricey but this is a top shelf Manhattan Steakhouse. We have eaten at several steakhouses in the area and this is by far the BEST. We are recommending it to our family and friends. Definitely going back soon.
Posted by Rick the restaurant reviewer on 01/25/2006
I have eaten in Ben and Jack Steakhouse at least 10 times, and it is by far the best steak around. I lived in New York City for 19 years, and it blows all the other topline steakhouse places away. I have sent at least 10 to 12 people there. Each person came back with rave reviews. The staff is attentive, very friendly and knowlegable. The owners themselves are working waiters. Where have you ever seen that? If you like steak or seafood. IT IS A MUST TRY plus the appetizers and sides are second to none. Keep it up Ben and Jack, you have me as a regular. Everybody else is second fiddle.
Posted by JimH on 01/17/2006
I ate dinner here on 1/14/06 and it was excellent. We had the steak for two which was more than enough for three or four. The tomatoes, fresh mozzarella and basil were tremendous as an appetizer. We also had the cottage fries and onion rings. I wasn't so crazy about the cottage fries, but that's just a personal preference. The desert of fresh schlag and pecan pie was delicious. The staff was extremely attentive and was always availble for anything we needed.
Posted by phizers on 01/13/2006
Ok this place is great! The best steak in town yep! Even better then peter lugers! Maybe because they just opened up and are buying some of the best cuts of meat, we'll see how long that lasts for ... i hope a long time. The only thing i didnt like was my drink. I still will go back love the steak but i wont order anymore cocktails. Unless im sitting by the bartender and could see him pour my drink.
Posted by Greg on 12/31/2005
The steak was unbelievable. Luger's is great, but this had the convenience of Manhattan without the attitude and poor service of Wolfgang's. Pleasant atmosphere, excellent service, fantastic steak. Can't wait to go back!
Posted by gmyachtsman on 12/11/2005
After reading Marian Burros' review from the NY Times (from October), I tried to convince my family not to go to Ben & Jack's. We went today in the early evening anyway. We were all very glad we did. The steak for two, more than enough for three, was delicious. And I mean really, really good. Like at Peter Lugers in Brooklyn. The tomato and onion salad was quite good with the traditional Luger type sauce and delicious with the blue cheese dressing (though the tomatos could have been a little riper, they tasted fine). The spinach was really better than most creamed spinach -- it was much more spinachy. And the german potatoes like hash browns were very tasty served in an extremely hot plate. Many of the plates themselves were very hot. We were split on the onion rings -- maybe a little greasy. The waiters were nice, as was the maitre'd, though admittedly it was not very crowded. It was a great change from Wolfgangs which is so noisy. We enjoyed the relative quiet. We sampled the Schlag (whipped cream) which was thick and sweet -- a lot like what you'd find in a charlotte russe. Very tasty. Later the maitre'd insisted we take a slice of cheese cake home to try. The waiter has said it was ricotta which we hadn't wanted, but it turned out to be delicious traditional cheese cake. One thing I noticed timewise was that they did not seem to start to cook the steak before we finished the appetizers. So we had a break in between which we actually really needed after the tomato and onion salad and chilled onion rolls. By far the best value and right up there with the steak in deliciousness was the slab bacon that you can order with the appetizers for $2.50 each. The slices are huge and fabulous and should not be missed.
Posted by St8kLvR on 12/03/2005
I've eaten at most of NYC's top steakhouses and was excited to see how well the former Lugerites had replicated the formula. The steak itself was very good. Beyond that, I have to say I was quite disappointed on many levels. The decor is subpar. It's a cross between cruise ship and cheesy catering hall motife -- not sure what they were going for. The meal started with unfresh bread. The waiter apologized and said he'd bring fresh bread right away. 45 minutes later, after no bread arrived, he said "we get our bread deliveries on Monday so you can't expect it to be fresh" (we were dining on a Sunday night). That aside, the waiters were generally friendly but below what you would expect for those prices. One scooped the fat from the serving dish onto the steak (as is done in Luger's and we expected) after explicity being asked not to. His comment -- "Come on, it's good for you". They also had no idea how big the steaks were and were not able to tell us about the various cuts.