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Posted by mgp on 07/06/2008
We went to the restaurant on the 4th of July. The steaks we very good. The restaurant was missing ambiance. It' s a high end steak house, but it's lacking personality. The filet mignon was good and the New York strip was excellent. The fish was just okay.
Posted by Anonymous on 06/20/2008
Benjamin's is currently the best steakhouse in NY. Far, far better atmosphere and service than Wolfgang's. Far better location and attitude than Luger's. The porterhouse is as good as both places. Get the porterhouse for two, the mushrooms and a bottle of cabernet. You will not have a better dining experience in NYC.
Posted by Diana P. on 06/04/2008
I'm always weary of steakhouses for two reasons: 1. They never cook my steak properly and 2. Their wait staff is often snooty and catches an attitude when I ask for my steak to be cooked the way I want it when it comes out over-cooked! Benjamin Steakhouse is one of the few places that got my order right the first time. Not only that, but my waiter was polite and attentive. The restaurant is beautiful, to boot. Excellent food, excellent service. I highly recommend this place if you like your steak well done...literally or otherwise.
Posted by Willis80 on 05/19/2008
Very nice staff and good service BUT the steak was nothing special. I could name at least 5 steakhouses with better meat. As a positive, the staff is great. Our "medium" steak arrived bascially raw (purple in the middle), didn't have much flavor, and the appetizers were all sub par. Wasn't worth an average of over $100 per person. I won't be back.
Posted by Steak Lover on 04/14/2008
My husband and I went here for our anniversary. When we told them we were celebrating a special occasion, they sat us in a gorgeous huge round booth for just the two of us. The service was fantastic, the waiter helped us pick a perfect wine (an Mondavi Cabernet) and didn't even try up-selling us. The appetizers were delicious. We split a lobster cocktail and each had a slice of bacon. The bacon blew Lugers and Wolfgangs out of the water. Then the steak came (porterhouse for 2). It looked amazing, it was cooked to the perfect temperature, and it was utterly tasteless. Not even gobs of salt and pepper could save it. Needless to say we were really disappointed. Everything else about the place was superb, from greeting to service to ambience. Too bad the steaks were so tasteless. Really made us wonder if the chef tasted his own food.
Posted by Mike LoPiano on 04/11/2008
Went into Benjamins with high expectations based on recent reviews and the fact that it is new. Left feeling somewhat cheated in that it barely measured up to more seasoned Steakhouses. The atmosphere is nice and the food and service was ok, but when I leave a steakhouse, I want to feel like I do after a Thanksgiving dinner. Here, I think the servings could be much larger, especially in light of the prices paid. The seafood appetizer was sparce for a table of four, with little more than 1 shrimp, clam, etc for each. Asked the waiter to bring enough to feed four and he simply brought individual servings out on platter which he then redisturbuted to each of us. Didnt see the point to that as there was nothing left once he served each of us. Steak dinner was tasty and on par, but the side dishes again where sparce with little more than a spoonful of each to satisfy us. Felt more like a tasting experience than a true compliment to our steaks. Things picked up in the dessert menu but oddly enough, after enjoying a true steak dinner, there is little room left for dessert. Overall, if you are truly in need of a steak dinner and are willing to pay comparable prices, you will do well to go elsewhere.
Posted by Anonymous on 03/05/2008
Easily the best steakhouse in the city. While extremely pricey, it is absolutely worth it. Simply unbeatable service, taste and quality. Consistent every time on down to the freshness of the amazing onion rolls. The staff is top notch and Benjamin is seemingly always there to shake your hand and make sure everything is to your liking. I go to Benjamins whenever i need to indulge in all the best. Amazing for business lunches and dinners as well as for impressing significant others. Hands down, the best.