Benjamin Steak House
52 East 41st Street, (212) 297-9177
Benjamin Steak House is open seven days a week serving breakfast, lunch and dinner. The restaurant features full bars on two levels, and offers private room and party menus. For complete menus, photo gallery and more, visit www.benjaminsteakhouse.com
By Nancy Walman
After more than 20 years at that venerable institution, Peter Luger’s Steakhouse in Brooklyn, chef Arturo McLeod joined forces with fellow Luger alumna, Benjamin Prelvukaj to launch Benjamin Steak House. Benjamin has become a landmark in its own right. Located one block from historic Grand Central terminal, Benjamin Steak House mirrors the opulence and grandeur of that magnificent station. Housed on the main floor of the century-old Chemist Club building, which is now home to the Dylan Hotel.
General Manager Victor Dedushaj
A great dining experience begins with the front of the house and Benjamin Steak House is fortunate to have enlisted the services of Victor Dedushaj, who is as warm, knowledgeable and professional as it gets.
In addition to the elegant and spacious main dining room and superb service, the big draw is the steaks: Six cuts of dry-aged beef are available: from 16-ounce porterhouses to top sirloins to juicy and tender rib eyes to succulent filet mignon. Every steak is grilled to perfection, using the best USDA prime beef. Any cut can be served family style for two to four people. The restaurant also offers steak for 10, which includes every cut on the menu as well as chateaubriand, costs $1,111. Lobsters are also spectacular as is lump crab and succulent sliced tomatoes & onion salad.
Don’t miss the German-style potatoes, cream-less creamed spinach and an over-the-top hot fudge sundae with loads of whip cream. Benjamin has an extensive wine list, with selections from Italy, France, California, Australia, New Zealand, Spain, Chile and Argentina as well as a fine selection by the glass and 1/2 bottle. The two bars (one on the main floor and one on the mezzanine) serve high-end cocktails featuring top-shelf liquors. The wooden bar on the second floor is the centerpiece to the section and a great place to watch the action below. Set back from the balustrade, the bar, with its low lighting, is also the perfect spot for a private drink with your date. High ceilings, large white columns, brass chandeliers, a 10-foot fireplace and dark wood paneling dominate the 5,000-square-foot, bi-level dining space. The main dining room, with its rich leather banquettes and large bar, seats 120; the upstairs lounge, which is available for private parties, seats 46. Whether it’s a business lunch, a romantic rendezvous or a boisterous family dinner, Benjamin Steak House is sure to please even the most jaded food connoisseur. Benjamin Steak House gets “The Walman Award” as the city’s most dependably excellent steak house and rates A Major on the Walman Report.
The Fabulous Signature Porterhouse
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