Benjamin Steakhouse in White Plains has definitely been making a big deal of its second birthday. All week, the eatery has been using Twitter (@BenjaminStk914) to send out $25 gift card offers and entice customers to come in for their great food and atmosphere.
It’s a great incentive, but you hardly need an excuse or special occasion to enjoy this restaurant; it embodies everything you could associate with a great steakhouse dinner. From the elegant decor, to the attentive staff and most important the food, Benjamin Steakhouse really does "a cut above the rest" as their tagline claims.
The eatery recently set out a tempting tasting menu of its best appetizers, entrees and desserts. The experience was delightful not only for the food, but also the lively company assembled.
A group which included New Rochelle radio personality Debbie Nigro, 914 Mom.com maven Brooke Stachrya and Wee Westchester editor Elizabeth Leach shared crab cakes, baked clams and Canadian bacon appetizers as well as the signature Benjamin’s salad. The maitre’d then brought out family-style servings of Benjamin’s best entrees: aged porterhouse steak, rack of lamb and Chilean sea bass along with home fries, creamed spinach and broccoli.
"I can't remember the last time I ate this well," said Stachrya as she waved over the maitre'd. "Give me bernaise sauce. I want to try the bernaise."
In between courses, Stachrya and Nigro kept the table laughing with funny stories and one-liners. The relaxed mood permeated the dining room as the waiters serenaded another table with birthday well-wishes.
Every dish drew well deserved compliments from the diners who sampled everything the attentive staff set before them and even taking foodie pics.
By the time the final course arrived, the satiated group had to rally, but managed to bravely press on to try the dessert selection which included a surprisingly delicate creme brulee, a rustic, fruit-filled carrot cake along with tried and true favorites like cheesecake and chocolate mousse cake.
Kris Ruby, who brought together the group and is marshalling the restaurant's birthday celebration, said the restaurant was a great Westchester spot for those who usually go into the city for great eating.
Previously the location of Mighty Joe Young’s on 610 W. Hartsdale Ave., Benjamin Steakhouse is definitely in experienced hands. Owners Benjamin Prelvukaj and Chef Arturo McLeod have operated the Manhattan location of Benjamin Steakhouse since 2006- prior to that they both worked with the famed Peter Luger Steak House. Benjamin in Manhattan has been praised by the likes of Michelin and Zagat, and written up in the New York Times and W Magazine. It seems they’ve taken the best of the big city and brought it right to their Westchester location.
The White Plains restaurant has an amply sized dining room – with seating for 200 guests- featuring coffered ceilings and maroon colored upholstery very similar to the city version, but with plenty of parking. Everything about the décor says steakhouse loud and clear without pretention or gimmickry.
In addition to dinner Tuesday-Thursday and Sunday, -10 p.m., Friday and Saturday, 4-11 p.m. Benjamin also serves a Sunday brunch from noon to 3:30 p.m.
Benjamin Steakhouse, 610 W. Hartsdale Ave, White Plains, NY. 914-428-6868.