Located in the land marked and newly redesigned hotel, The Evelyn, the Art Deco-inspired dining room evokes a grandeur harkening back to the gilded ago of old New-York. The design, cuisine, and service at Benno all aim to create a sense of elegance and refinement, but also fun and celebration.
The most obvious take away from my experience at Benno was the high level of service. Each team member's knowledge and attention to detail was exemplary. The cocktails (in particularly their version of a rum punch) was great, as was the pasta course and the pear dessert. The pork chop was ok, and a little underwhelming since the rest of the course and transition dishes were so amazing and complex.
I would recommend Benno to entertain friends but not necessarily as a romantic spot; the noise level was distracting at times, which was surprising as the visual ambiance and service level of Benno is one of sophisticated and intelligent fine dining. I will be back.
Simply wonderful!! Super delicious cuisine in a comforting atmosphere.
Impeccable in every way. Outstanding food; not a false note in anything we ate. Quiet, sophisticated ambience but relaxed rather than stuffy. Expensive but worth it!
The food, in general, is very uneven, so your dining experience will vary depending on what you order.
For example, the duck entree was delicious but the lamb was initially salty enough to be inedible and had to be sent back to the kitchen. On a second try, the lamb was still over salted but could be eaten. Also, none of the accompaniments on the lamb plate tasted good. The lemon cheesecake dessert was just okay and the dessert selection is quite limited. The wine list is way overpriced, with the retail prices of the few wines under $75 marked up by almost 400%. A corkage charge of $85 per bottle is abnormally high. The interior of Benno is very severe, dated and not welcoming. For a restaurant that received such a favorable rating from The New York Times, we were very disappointed and the meal cost about $350, with a $90 bottle of wine. Many other restaurants at a three star level offer better food, a better environment and a much better value for what you get.
entrance from outside and inside unwelcoming
very expensive for mediocre food
Great setting, vibe and at times extraordinary food. Wonderful champagne, very good wine. Quiet, striking in its refinement; a charming space, great for memorable meals with people you care about. We'll be back.
The food was satisfactory, but overall I was disappointed in the dining experience.
It was a delight to eat at Benno. The food was delicious and beautifully presented. Service was incredible! It was the perfect place to celebrate my husband’s birthday.
Spectacular restaurant, food and service were exceptional. The wine program is also excellent. Very inspired pairings
The food was perhaps slightly more interesting and challenging than it was delicious. Neither of the desserts was sweet, oddly. Portions on the small side but sufficient. Service excellent. I have preferred other restaurants at the (high) price point.
Heavenly food, glorious room, impeccable service. what else do you need?
A very special restaurant, especially for those special occasions. We loved the concept of pre-fixed (only) dinners and the choice between 3,4 or 5 courses. The menu was so exciting, it was difficult to choose what to have - the excellent wait staff were so helpful. A delightful surprise were all the extras throughout the dinner - tastings to further tempt you - including a wonderful sorbet and the caramels as a farewell treat. The food was excellent and so much more interesting than other restaurants. The babka dessert is sensational!
Excellent restaurant, with unobtrusive but extremely attentive and helpful service. All dishes where outstanding, with a possible exception of mains (duck, skate) that were just very good. We also had dishes with abalone, lobster and sea urchin spaghetti (a standout even in the otherwise very strong field). Usually not into deserts, but mine, the pear-themed one, was remarkable.
Wine glasses merit a separate praise. We had a bottle of Soave Classico (very nice, still two-digits, a price range not very well represented at Benno), served in Riedel Chardonnay Sommelier series glasses. They were sublime, and really enhanced the wine-drinking experience
Long wait between courses. Most dishes too salty. Fish over cooked. Anticipated a higher level of cuisine. Decor dark and not very attractive. Would not ho back
Fantastic dining experience! Delicious food, incredible pasta, cooked to perfection. Wonderful service
Went for a birthday dinner. Impeccable service from start to finish and food was divine. Enjoyed tremendously - will be a staple in NYC Michelin-calibre dining soon - hope to be back soon.
Very sharp looking restaurant in the Evelyn Hotel. Lovely greeting upon arrival. Tables close but not uncomfortably so. Sound levels are vibrant but not disturbing. 3,4,5 course prix-fixe...not cheap. A Main and a desert are 2 mandatory selections ( Should lose that since it limits choices). Beef Tatare with speck, black truffles and hazelnut was rather bland. Garganelli Verdi ( veal, porcini ragu) was excellent. Bacon wrapped Monkfish w cabbage, bean, onion broth is outstanding. Deserts are very good. Wine list is heavily Italian but also nicely varied. Generally very pricy but there are some decent bottles at reasonable price points. Service is professional, efficient, accommodating.
Benno lived up to my high expectations. The ambiance, service and, above all, the food, were superlative.
the wait staff were extremely helpful, knowledgeable, the sommelier thorough, the physical setting very conducive to enjoying a truly remarkable dining experience at a price that I found quite reasonable considering what was provided.
Lovely in every respect and extremely accommodating. Just what fine dining should be
Everything and everyone soooooo nice, all with a simple elegance This is a spot that the NYT got right. Food, service, wine advice , all exemplary
An absolutely remarkable meal -- beautiful food, perfectly prepared, with warm service in a relaxed and elegant room. Come here to celebrate or just to enjoy the intimacy afforded by outstanding hospitality and classic cooking of the highest level
We made a reservation at Benno's based on a glowing review in the Times and we were disappointed almost all around. The service was attentive, and the staff was very accommodating when we got caught in traffic from NJ.
The ambiance is what it is..a restaurant in a converted hotel lobby. No table cloths is something I expect in a diner, but not a "restaurant". The bread was excellent, and the balance of the meal was mediocre. The cuddled egg had some off-putting spice/flavor in it. My husband's lamb was tough, and served rare instead of medium as my husband requested. My duck breast was stringy. The deserts were basically OK, but...if I track to Manhattan from NJ I will rather go to Gabriel Kreuther where over the years we never had a mediocre meal! Always exceptional!
Sorry, but cannot recommend
We were disappointed by the bland flavor of the food. Was the chef out at our the night? I ordered the lobster appetizer which was the biggest disappointment of the dinner. The Dover sole we shared was ok with the green source, but can't compare what I had anytime before. The special rum cake dessert was so strong that I did not eat it. Even my boyfriend thought it was too strong too. I booked this restaurant after reading things online, but the food is such a let down. We have been to many good ones in town, certainly not Benno. Their chef should really seriously consider to change the details of each dish or execute it right.
I was very excited to try Benno. My drink was made incorrectly...had to send it back. The food was sub-par, bordering on nasty. The service was average. Everything was a miss. Advice: don’t do it...way better places to dine in Manhattan.
Confident, assured cooking. Not the trendiest place but not everywhere has to be.
We had high expectations but in the end were disappointed. The food was undeniably good but a bit precious, as was the service. The staff could not have been nicer or more polished, but the wait between courses excessive (despite us being at a relatively late seating), and there was a slightly frantic sense with the army of runners, waiters, etc., the room pleasant enough but a bit sterile. The coddled egg was fine but nothing special, the terrine fine but mundane, the smoked trout with caviar excellent, the duck fine but nothing special, the lamb fine but nothing special, the pear desert delicious (especially the pâte feuilletée which was extraordinarily delicate), the cheese selection sadly mundane. We really wanted to like this restaurant, but know several at a similar price point with superior cuisine, and ambiance. It was so close, yet so far.
Ambiance is perfection. We loved the room, the decor is really stunning. the wait staff is attentive, engaging and devoted to making sure you are happy. We thought the food was very good, the smoked trout and lamb chop with merguez sausage delicious. The Babka chocolate creation was one of the finest desserts we have had, satisfies visually and taste. Other items were fine but not that special such as beet salad or terrine of foie gras.
We thought the bar scene looked inviting and the Evelyn Hotel lobby was a delightful bonus. We will be back to this place many times again.
We came for the food and were not disappointed. It was all delicious, with all sorts of wonderful flavors going on at once. The service was friendly, professional, and unobtrusive. A great dining experience.
Benno was fabulous. We were welcomed when we arrived, even though we were early. The menu was not huge but with great options, and the food was beautiful to look at and tasted delicious. All the people who worked there knew a lot about every aspect of the restaurant and were friendly without being intrusive. We can’t wait to return.
The food was delicious. The service was impeccable. The price was substantial. The sommelier recommended a wine above the price range we gave him, but it truly was a superb wine.
Very impressed, very happy, I really enjoyed every moment
High level of service, attractive downtown feel. Menu interesting but execution off in some courses. Amuse bouche of sardine? A bold punch at start of meal. Very small portions, delicious coddled egg, over seasoned beef tartare, tough duck and desserts oddly lacking sugar. Really wanted to love it. At these prices and this level of fine precision dining, every course should be consistently excellent.
Beautiful setting. Food was pretentious. Service spotty
Reliable and known food exceptionally made. Well trained and professional staff. Good service particularly noticeable. Keep up the good work!
Benno is a terrific addition to the N.Y. fine dining scene. At once true fine dining and yet a more downtown vibe that will appeal to all. The cuisine is sophisticated Mediterranean without being overly fussy. This doesn’t mean there isn’t for technique but that the result is extremely pleasing and need not be discussed but simply enjoyed. There is also a knowledgeable wine staff and very good wine list. This is already Michelin star worthy and will only improve as it settles in. We will return often so saying it is special occasion worthy is only to indicate its high quality.
Our first time at Benno — fabulous food and excellent service, the perfect place to celebrate a special occasion!
Spectacular meal. Lovely service. Very special.
Food and service good but my guest and I found table d'hote difficult to deal with. With no a la carte, we were obliged to eat more than we really wanted (even tho we took just 3 of the 4 options and no desert), and the meal took too long. Also the dining room was very noisy.
Very good service and food. However, a bit pricey for the ambiance.
I wanted to like our meals so bad, but everything was just meh. It was OK. Very one note and not one thing would i want to eat again. But at this level of dining and spending what we did, I’d rather go to Del Posto, Maialino, spend a bit more for eleven madison. Honestly, I’d rather have Taco Bell. Also it was our anniversary and besides writing that on our plates we didn’t get a glass of Prosecco or anything on the house. Just not the level of service we are used to for nice restaurants in nyc. This place won’t last.