Benny John’s Bar & Grill overall score: 83
My wife and I came here as guests of the restaurant. They just opened last week, and they’re the same ownership team behind Atto Prime and Tudor City Steakhouse. Check out my Ride & Review video first, then read on.
We had the porterhouse for two. It was pretty great. Excellent crust, perfectly overcooked, and it was very tender. It was a bit mild on the dry aged flavor, and that’s why I took a point.
Choice of Cuts & Quality Available: 9
There’s a good selection of prime cuts here all day long, and everything is aged in-house.
Portion Size & Plating: 8
The plating here is 100% standard steakhouse style, and the portions are all big enough to share when it comes to sides, and most apps and desserts.
Prices have gone up significantly lately in the city, especially for beef. But this place is keeping it pretty friendly compared to others I’ve seen in the area that have really jacked up their prices. A steak for two is still under $120, and most single cuts are under $60.
The bar here is beautiful, but they only serve wine and wine style cocktails, as they are still waiting for their liquor license.
Specials and Other Meats: 9
There were no real specials read to us, but they did have lamb, chicken, and this absolutely delicious, tender and mild “Serious NY Veal Chop” on the menu. We loved it – 9/10.
Apps, Sides & Desserts: 8
Excellent oysters Rockefeller, creamed spinach and truffle creamed corn. I highly recommend all of these.
For the desserts, I say stick with the creme brulee. The others were good, but not up to par with that one. The cheesecake was a close second, but it ate a slight bit salty. Great creamy texture though.
Seafood Selection: 8
Based on what I had (the oysters) this place is legit for seafood. I’d have to go back and try more to really level this section up though.
Service is impeccable here. Nobody does it quite like these lifelong steakhouse and restaurant industry professionals. Great focaccia and toasty table bread too.
They definitely made the best of this narrow space, which, I think, used to be a sort of mini-market, perhaps Japanese. It looked familiar to my wife and I when we were there. Great job on the renovation, and I think the outdoor seating area is going to be awesome.
I can’t wait to go back and try more steaks!
BENNY JOHN’S BAR & GRILL
8 E 48th St
New York, NY 10017