Old-School Charm at Benjamin Steakhouse

Old-School Charm at Benjamin Steakhouse

I must admit, when I was asked to attend a work event this past Tuesday at Benjamin Steakhouse, I was pretty excited. I’d eaten at the restaurant a few years ago and was eagerly anticipating a return trip. And, let me say, I was not disappointed.

The Midtown East eatery opened up shop in 2006, and it is one of a handful of NYC restaurants that appears to effortlessly pair comfort with elegance—from the large, cozy fireplace in the main dining room, to the expertly arranged table settings and dark wood embellishments (a staple of any good steakhouse). The extensive menu includes several seafood options, plus plenty of potatoes, veggies and desserts; but, of course, the pièce de résistance is the restaurant’s varied selection of steaks and chops (think New York Sirloin, Rib Eye, Filet Mignon, Rack of Lamb, and Double Thick, Extra Heavy Veal Chops), which I got to sample, along with succulent sliders.

At the restaurant, only the best USDA prime beef is used and every cut is dry-aged in specially handcrafted aging boxes, chilled to the precise temperature and humidity level, for a minimum of 28 days. The result? Much-talked-about, melt-in-your-mouth steaks coveted by die-hard New Yorkers and visitors alike. Even lauded as “One of the Top Steakhouses in New York City” by Zagat in 2011, the restaurant survey guide is still showing the establishment love, earning 27 (Food), 25 (Décor) and 26 (Service) this past fall.

With a great menu, ample space and an inviting fireplace, Benjamin Steakhouse lends itself to romance, and lovebirds looking for Valentine’s Day plans should definitely consider dining at the restaurant February 14, when it will serve a special three-course, prix fixe dinner, including a champagne toast. A limited a la carte menu will also be available and word has it rose petals will be decorate the tables—further extending the amorous atmosphere. To view the Valentine’s Day menu, click here.The restaurant also has a location in Westchester, NY.

Benjamin’s sister restaurant, The Sea Fire Grill, will also serve a special Valentine’s Day menu, viewable here.

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