Last night was my 2nd experience at Benjamin's, and it was even better than I remembered. So much so that I figured I would write a brief review. First off, let me just say that the ever looming question of ""what's the best steakhouse in NY"" will never be answered unanimously; there are too many variables to consider. That said, I've been to what's considered New York?s top steakhouses and Benjamin ranks right up there at the very top. For me, a steakhouse or any restaurant for that matter needs to deliver on ALL fronts, not just the steak. To those who hale Peter Lugers as the mecca of all steakhouses, I won't argue that they are serving some of the best steak around. However, when you factor in the entire experience, hence my ALL comment they come up way short. If sitting next to some tourist from Kansas, wearing a tank-top and jeans is your idea of a great night out, then I can understand the love of Lugers. Benjamin on the other hand serves steak that's as good as Lugers if not better. The porterhouse for 2 was cooked to perfection, it has a great crust and you can tell the meat has been aged, great flavor. The layout is fantastic (slip the hostess a 20 and ask for a corner table next to the fireplace) they know how to take care of people here, unlike the gruff service elsewhere. The bacon is a must; the sides are fantastic, as was desert. My only slight complaint would be their wine-list. It seems to cater to California and can be somewhat limited. It's more than adequate though and I'm sure their sommelier will be adding to it in the future, hint hint.
Pros: Steak, space, ..steak