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Posted by Craig Brown on 04/18/2007
I travel to NYC from Chicago twice a month for business and I always bring my clients here. Besides the food being excellent, the service is always on top of their feet making a memorable impression. Highly suggest the porterhouse and if you do not eat steak, as some of my clients are vegetarians, their seafood selection is impressive, offering more than the typical top NY steakhouse. I can honestly say, the crowd is nice - mixed, business account patrons like myself, to couples, to singles, to families. I read about this place in the papers and can see why they are geting great reviews in all areas. Make sure to come with an apetite since the portions are hefty.
Posted by Joe Wall Street on 04/11/2007
The place is gorgeous but unfortunately the meat was fatty. I had a filet which was charred on the ouside eventhough I ordered it medium rare. The waiter would get lost eventhough the place was empty on a Thursday night (not even a holiday week).
Posted by Brey on 04/03/2007
Went with my husband and another couple the other night visiting from out of town. I have been several times and never disappointed in the level of food and service. Ben, the owner is always great and seats us with a smile. Syill trying to find out their secret to cooking the best steak I have ever had. The steak for 2 is nicley seared on the outside but cooked to perfection and right shade of pink! We sat next to some big movie producer who was filming with WIll Smith that day. Many people recognized him and we overheard him saying this was the best steak he also has ever had. Don't know why there is always one bad apple who writes a bad review on menupages. But trust me, I have never been disappointed with Benjamins and have tried almost everything on the menu. Its my first choice destination when entertaining guests from out of town to experince a "REAL" authentice delicious steak house. Go for yourself and decide.
Posted by Anon on 03/31/2007
My wife and I ate here on a Friday night and I wondered why there were so many empty tables on perhaps the busiest day of the week. Soon we understood exactly why this was the case. The salads to begin with were nothing special, I wasn't impressed with the wine list and the bread was probably the pooresbread I have ever eaten at a steak house in my life. Next came the great dissapointment.....dinner. My wife ordered the filet mignon and I ordered the lobster tails. When the filet mignon arrived, my wife, who never complains about anything, sent her meat back because it was a tiny circle of filet surrounded by fatty pieces.....A real subpfilet mignon. It's a wonder how they had the nerve to serve it altogether, especially for a steak house. The lobster tails weren't bad, but unfortunately we waited to eat most of it and it turned pretty rubbery. Ten minutes later the waiter tells us that they hope we don't mind but that they butterflied a new filet so it would cook faster. What they brought to us didn't resemble a filet mignon at all. Not to mention that the meat didn't taste like a filet at all and my wife basically at none of it. They asked us if everything was alright a few times, we basically said no, but I didn't want to start trouble as this was our Anniversary dinner. They offered after dinner drinks "on the house" and I told them that we both didn' t feel like any liquor at that point. So we ordered coffee and cappuccino. Guess what, both coffees where watered down as if they had no idea how to brew coffee. The waiter apologized by saying that he must have given us decaf. I didn't understand that one. With regard to the side dishes, the creamed spinache was o.k. but the baked potatoe was not. The only thing that was a liittle good was the tiramisu dessert which was very unimpressive especially given the fact that most steak houses serve big desserts.
Posted by Danish Frank on 03/29/2007
Totally enjoyed my porterhouse there! First, the staff was so nice and friendly. They recommended a great wine and dishes for me and my girlfriend, who is a bit of a food snob. The dishes came promptly and was the perfect temperature and tasted amazing. She was also more than impressed and has been back since then with her girlfriends. The steak for 2 was so tender and very flavorful. Nothing like this in Denmark, I know, but my NY girlfriend has been to every steak restaurant in Manhattan and said this was the best steak she has ever had. Also, highly recommend desserts, lobster bisque, salmon and crab cakes. Overall, I rank this as one of the best restaurants, not just best steak house!
Posted by Anonymous on 03/17/2007
Fortunately, I wasn't paying. We ordered the "steak for 3", medium rare, with a few sides. It was nicely pink on the inside but charcoaled black on the outside. We ended up slicing the top off our steak. Plus, what cut was it? Not sure. The sides - were sides. It's a nice space & good service. NYC offers to many good alternatives. They have to step it up.
Posted by foodpro on 03/10/2007
Although another Luger knock - off, the atomosphere is infinitly better. The steaks were great and was the service. My only criticisms are the sides are way overpriced (about $2 - $4 higher than Ben & Jack's and Wolfgangs), the drinks could be more generous for the price. All in all, worth a visit.