Despite already having had an early dinner at 5pm, I was coaxed to have my second dinner of the evening at Benjamin Steakhouse. I vowed not to eat too much because, well, having a second dinner isn’t really part of my diet plan.  But with the menu in front of me, my appetite returned once again.

Walking in to the restaurant, it was completely packed with businessmen and women who had just gotten off work and were continuing their business meetings.  An atmosphere of a place where deals get made and where successes are celebrated.

My accomplice and I sat down and drooled over the menu.  Obviously at a steak house we must order steak, but we first started off with the Jumbo Shrimp Cocktail.  Though the description clearly states “jumbo,” I was still thrown by their size!  And the sauce was smooth yet with a kick of spiciness.

For entrees, we ordered the New York Sirloin Steak – served to us still sizzling on the platter and cooked juicily – and the Chilean Sea Bass, which was cooked so tenderly that it barely needed any additional sauces and garnishes.  For sides, we were curious by the German potato, which was a cross between french fries and hash browns, and to feign being healthy, a side of crunchy asparagus.

Though stuffed, I can never resist dessert and indulged in the rich crème brûlée, stealing occasional bites of my friend’s tangy key lime pie with a dollop of fluffy whipped cream.  A great ending to a delicious meal!

Everything was served timely and efficiently, and we lingered for a bit in hopes that someone would roll us out of the restaurant since we were too stuffed to move.  Nearing the end, we thought we were going to be presented with the check, but instead were notified that a few gentlemen at a nearby table were offering us drinks.  Naturally, we wandered over and chatted with our table neighbors.  It turns out one gentleman was a wine distributor and was treating his clients from another famous New York restaurant out for a post-holiday celebration.  We sampled some great Antinori wines and chatted with our new friends.

They coincidentally knew Victor Dedushaj, GM -Events Coordinator, and Benjamin Prelvukaj, owner and co-founderof Benjamin Steakhouse and robustly exchanged hugs and handshakes, and we were delighted to meet the faces behind the successful restaurant.  It was a lovely evening and a decadent meal, and though it was my second dinner of the night it will not soon be forgotten.

If you’re dying to try out Benjamin’s, they are having a special Valentine’s Day menu for all you special love birds out there, so take a gander at the menu below.  If you’re anything like me and are too impatient to wait, make your reservations today.


About Benjamin Steakhouse

Benjamin Steakhouse is conveniently located just one block from the historic Grand Central station, and boasts a unique dining room that mirrors the opulence and grandeur of that magnificent landmark. Brass chandeliers, cozy leather banquettes, soaring ceilings and a 10-foot, roaring fireplace lend to a swanky Old Hollywood feel: one can almost picture Frank Sinatra and Sammy Davis Jr. sipping a martini as the wait staff caters to their every culinary whim.

Benjamin Steakhouse also offers an extensive menu that is sure to please. For steak lovers, Chef McLeod prepares juicy cuts of dry-aged beef, from 36-ounce Porterhouses to juicy, tender Ribeyes and succulent filet mignon. Those with a more aquatic taste may feast on rich and buttery Chilean Sea Bass, or our extravagant seafood platters, including fresh oysters on the half shell, jumbo shrimp, half-lobsters and juicy lump crabmeat. Chef McLeod also whips up flavorful new takes to steak-house classics, such as lightly-breaded crab cakes, sizzling Canadian bacon, and his signature “Creamless” Creamed Spinach.

Since its 2006 opening, Benjamin Steakhouse has enjoyed culinary acclaim in outlets such as the Zagat and Michelin food guides. They were recently added into Tom Horan’s America’s Top Ten Club for 2010’s Top Ten Steakhouses as well as Haute Living’s Top Five Steakhouses in New York. Founders Benjamin Prelvukaj and Chef Arturo McLeod combined have over 30 years experience from the famed Peter Luger restaurant in Brooklyn, and Benjamin’s brings all of that glory right to the heart of NYC.

Benjamin Steakhouse has been hailed by such personalities as Reba McIntyre, Vin Diesel, Naomi Campbell, Seth Green, and SNL’s Ana Gasteyer as having some of the best steak New York City has to offer! Other guests include Hillary Duff, heavyweight champion Evander Holyfield, football legend and Dancing with the Stars contestant Warren Sapp, and Victoria’s Secret angels Jessica Hart and Kylie Bisutti. Even Peter Luger fanatic Donald Trump has called for an amazing Benjamin steak to go!

Just in time for Valentine’s Day, Benjamin Steakhouse has a special pre-fixe menu for all you lovebirds out there!  Or for those single folk, grab a friend and drown your sorrows in delicious meats.

“This exceptional dining experience will feature a special prix-fixe menu, including an array of mouth-watering dishes that are guaranteed to make your Valentine Swoon.  Upon arrival, couples will be offered a champagne toast, compliments of Benjamin and Chef McLeod. We recommend dining on the aphrodisiac Blue Point Oysters to start, followed by a juicy cut of dry-aged Porterhouse steak for two. Top off your meal with a rich and sultry chocolate mousse cake or fresh sweet berries topped with cream. Whatever your food choice may be, you and your Valentine will leave happy and satisfied.”

Check out the special Valentine’s Day menu below!

Benjamin Steakhouse

52 East 41st Street
New York, NY 10017




Valentines Champagne Toast


Blue Point Oysters
Half Dozen in Half Shells

Lump Crabmeat Crab Cakes
Pan Sautéed, Served with Crisp Frisee Leaves and Seafood Sauce

Shrimp Cocktail
Four extra Large Jumbo Shrimp with Arturo’s Cocktail Sauce

Baked Clams
Six Little Neck Clams, Baked with Herbed Bread Crumbs,
Garlic and Parsley

Mozzarella & Tomato Salad
Fresh Mozzarella paired with
Ripe Beefsteak Tomatoes and Basil

Seasonal Greens Salad
Salad of Seasonal Organic Mesclun Greens and Fresh Tomatoes



USDA Prime, Chef Selected, Dry Aged Porterhouse Steak
(Ordered in Pairs)

Filet of Chilean Sea Bass
Seasoned with a drizzle of extra virgin olive oil and lemon

USDA Prime Filet Mignon

Dry Aged USDA Prime Rib Eye Steak
Served on the Bone

Surf and Turf
Lobster Tail, Seasoned with a dash of spices,
paired with USDA Prime Filet Mignon


Choice of one per person

Asparagus – Mashed Potatoes
German Potatoes – Creamed Spinach – Cottage Fries
Onion Rings – Broccoli

Dessert of Choice
Freshly Brewed Coffee & Tea


$99.00 per person
Not including tax and gratuity