60 W. 55th St, New York, NY | Directions 1001940.762552 -73.977229
Neighborhoods: Midtown Center, Midtown
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CHRISTMAS EVE & DAY Three-course menu, $60 per person, $28 for children under 12, A la carte available, December 24 & 25, Noon-11pm ------------------------------------------------------------------------- NEW YEAR'S EVE Five-course menu (including midnight toast), $125 per person, A la carte available before 8:30pm, December 31 // AFTERPARTY All-night French onion soup & champagne special, Music by special guest DJ, 1-6am, January 1
Next stop... Paris! – My friend and I came in for dinner and got seated at a booth in the back of the restaurant. It seemed rather quiet at first (for a Wednesday night at 8pm), but the dining room slowly filled up and was pretty busy during the second half of our meal.
I had the salmon appetizer, which consisted of a salmon tartare, and marinated salmon with mimosa condiments. The dish was light and refreshing, and was a great summer starter. For my main course, I had the skate wing meuniere with capers, lemon, tomatoes, and brown butter. The skate was perfectly cooked – slightly brown and crisp on the outside, while the meat stayed moist and succulent. It was delightful. The tangy-ness of the capers and acidity from the lemon also helped cut into the rich and buttery flavors of the skate.
For dessert, our server recommended we share the classic tarte tatin. It came with crème fraiche and we also ordered an additional side of vanilla ice cream. The apple compote was sweet and delicious, and proved as a great ending to our meal.
Had one of the best Salmon – Puff Pastry Crusted Salmon was awesome. All the staffs were very friendly and had a nice lunch with my freinds. Very good ambience. Everybody liked it.
French attitude and its not a good thing. – Many of my colleagues and I go to the bar at Benoit for a drink after work and recently 2 of Benoit’s event planners came to our office to introduce us to their private dining / restaurant. They gave us drink coupons and a gift card to use and thanked us for our time. We thought this is great – we already go all the time. On one of our random trips we decided to use the drink coupons, 4 people had 9 glasses of wine and we tried using 4 coupons. Needless to say the waiter and manager told us that we could only use 2 coupons per table (please note there is no disclaimer anywhere on this coupon). Upon further discussion w/ the manager – Nicholas who was rude, confrontational and completely unprofessional… we left having to pay for 7 glasses of wine and vow never to go back again. Not only did they lose our business but one of our entire corporation. There is a reason this place gets bad reviews
Excellent! – I have never walked into a restaurant and been welcomed so warmly. My wife and I were walking along Fifth and decided to give Benoit a try. We had read the reviews, but we thought why-not, because "paid " critics are not always right. We had the most amazing time. The food was excellent. The service was attentive. The maitre d' came over and wanted to be sure we were okay. He also brought over the chef Sebastian so we could give our compliments.
GREAT FOOD & GREAT SERVICE – I believe Benoit is the best brasserie in NY. I have been there for lunch, dinner & even Thanksgiving. Every meal has been delicious. The staff is amazing - they are nice, attentive & they do not rush you out. I'm not a big spender - I work in the neighborhood and I go for the $28 prix fixe 3 course lunch. The maitre d' Fabrice always remembers me and he always ensures that I have a great time.
Excellent French Food and Great Service! – I took my girlfriend here for a nice dinner. We had the roasted chicken for 2 with french fries. The meal was excellent. The waiters were extremely attentive, unintrusively cleaning up every crumb that fell while bringing out our food and a very efficient fashion. Even when we sent back our desert order, the mixup was dealt with gracefully and the problem was corrected. I highly recommend this place. We'll be going back again.
AWFUL – We went to this New York version of Benoit, mostly because of our fondness for its Paris counterpart. I knew it was going to be different as soon as we sat down . Service was brusque and perfunctory. We didn't expect 4-star attentiveness, but the menus were practically thrown at us. I had the pea soup, which was good, and then tried the $1 egg mayo, also decent. But the waiters were clearing our plates even before we finished. We literally had to hang on to them or they would have been whisked away. For my main course, I ordered the casoulet. When I asked the waiter what was in it, he mumbled, "some vegetables." I found that odd, so I asked what kind of vegetables. He thought long and hard, and then excused himself. He came back with more authority, "some meat, sausage, beans, and mixed vegetables." I was skeptical, but ordered it anyway. It came in a glazed bowl that might was well have just come out of a kiln. It was so hot, the bowl was almost glowing. Of course, it only had beans and meat -- and no other vegetable. I tried a bite and immediately burned by tongue. I waited 5, 10, 20 minutes and I still couldn't take the temperature. The dish is immersed in a half-inch of liquid fat, it wasn't going to cool down any time soon. After half and hour, I had lost my appetite. I told our waiter that the dish is much too hot to consume, and the kitchen should really wait until it's consumable before serving it. He just shrugged. We asked for the check.
From start to finish, it took us one hour. Talk about rushing the service.
This place is a mess. They should shut their doors and get their act together first. I'm not a prissy diner, but I have a better time at my local diner.
And frankly, Benoit in Paris has lost some of its luster, too.
Bland food, trying service – Bland bistro food, and unexciting menu.. Service staff was trying hard to make the experience better..
Alain Ducasse's authentically styled brasserie, done the way only a Frenchman can. – In Short
The art nouveau era lives on in this offshoot of Alain Ducasse's Paris restaurant of the same name with its tulip lamps, red banquettes, brass rails, tile floor and oak-topped tables with a stripe of zinc down the middle. Serving classic brasserie fare like duck foie gras confit with toasted brioche; onion soup gratinee; cassoulet; and chocolate soufflé, it's an authentic challenger to Keith McNally's popular bistros (Pastis, Balthazar). If he were alive, Toulouse-Lautrec surely would have loved it.
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