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Posted by Dani V on 02/15/2006
Unless you are wanting to really test your patience & you have time to kill, I wouldn't suggest you ordering anything to go. So, your food is ready when you arrive...but it takes 15 mins for them to get your ticket & change. Then, just when you think you are about to leave- you check your bag & it has no sauce, of all things, for your shimp tempura.
Posted by TR on 10/26/2005
After eating at Benihana once every one-two weeks for a half a year, this place is going downhill rather quickly. It was very good for the only hibachi steakhouse in NYC when I first started dining there. The last few times I've been, they use hardly no soy sauce at all for anything, leaving the food plain tasting. Even the fried rice so little soy sauce on it, it tasted like garlic instead of fried rice. The service is also getting slower. Allot yourself at least 1hr. 15 min. to eat here.
Posted by Ross on 10/25/2005
I don't know what happened to Benihana. They closed the restaurant on EAST 56th, then they changed the menu at the one on West 56th. Upon the menu change, there was of course price increases. In addition, some of the past favorites were left off. Things such as the steamed vegetables steamed right in front of you while the plastic "bubble" covering the vegetables grew bigger and bigger. Also, the sprouts were removed from the menu. Portions at Benihana have gradually gotten smaller and smaller over the years while the prices have risen. Maybe they should spend a little less on advertising every time Hideki Matsui steps to the plate for the Yankees (on the radio broadcast of Yankee games, each time Matsui gets up there is a 15 second add for Benihana read by the announcer), and then they would be able to put some money into the upkeep of the restaurant. On a positive note, the Chicken Fried Rice at Benihana is the best of ANY Chicken Fried Rice I have EVER had in my life, and it is ALWAYS worth a trip, just for that. Just thought I would write this to warn people who haven't been to Benihana in New York City for a while!
Posted by Big Mizax on 10/19/2005
I went here once for a Birthday and will never return. Look if you've got kids and want to see show then by all means do your thizzle and dine at Benihana's but if you're looking for good Japanese food minus the flying shrimp and show at your table then hit up Nobu, Ninja or Koi because my friend's for the high prices this just not that great.
Posted by Jill on 10/14/2005
Not the best hibachi I've had in my life, but the food was very good and we got a lot of it. Our chef was fantastic and funny, and definitely made the meal very enjoyable. Service was fantastic and everyone at my table had a good time. Would definitely go back!
Posted by Anonymous on 09/23/2005
I love the atmosphere at Benihana's. I went for the first time for my birthday in January. Awesome experience with my family. I went for a second time yesterday with my fiance and had the same waiter at the same table. He is such an animated guy and makes you laugh throughout the time he is cooking for you. He is one of the few that are performers. Drinks are tasty, with complimentary tiki cups to take home. The only problem I have is the additional use of salt and the burnt smell you clothes have when you leave form the grill.
Posted by The Islander on 10/30/2004
Whenever we go to Benihana, we are looking forward not only to having good food but to seeing the chef's performance. Food is always good. But you can not always expect good entertainment. Sometimes the chef who serves you is not a good entertainer. He just cooks without doing anything.