new american cuisine in the heart of park slope, brooklyn
Located in the heart of Brooklyn's Park Slope neighborhood, Benchmark Restaurant features a New American menu focused on pasture-raised animals and locally-grown produce. Executive Chef Ryan Jaronik has created a diverse menu that melds the traditional and the contemporary with global influences. There is a featured section of à la carte steaks and chops offering up to five different cuts, including a 24oz Bone-in Ribeye. Discover the menu here.
Between the 1920s and 1940s, the space that now occupies Benchmark was used as an icehouse and major way station for goods that arrived on the banks of the Gowanus Canal. These items were transported from the canal through a series of underground tunnels, several of which converged on the northwest corner of 5th Avenue and 2nd Street. Directly behind the building was a small railway that transported coal from 4th Avenue to the same location, which served as a distribution point for the Borough of Brooklyn.
A benchmark refers to a surveyor's mark used as a reference point in tidal elevations and surveys. During the excavation of the site and viewing old blueprints, several of these marks were found, along with surveyors' and architects' tools, some of which are displayed on the restaurant's walls. Today,building upon the location's history, the restaurant's naturally rustic interior is enhanced by warm exposed brick, arched windows and spacious garden seating. For directions and contact information, click here.