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Posted by Bruce Bilmes and Susan Boyle on Friday, May 18, 2012 1:42 AM

Ben Bensons Steak
Ben Benson has announced that the steak restaurant in Midtown Manhattan that bears his name, which opened in 1982, will serve its last meals on Father's Day, Sunday, June 17th. In an interview with WCBS radio (which you can listen to here) he indicated that his lease expired and the landlord intended to raise his rent drastically, leaving him no choice other than to close. Mr. Benson leaves open the possibility that Ben Benson's may reopen in some form, somewhere, in the future.

We've been big fans of Ben Benson's since our first visit, not only for the top-notch steaks and terrific chopped salad (with anchovies, please), but also for the way in which the restaurant perfectly captures that NYC steakhouse vibe. It will be missed. In the review of Ben Benson's, Michael Stern says, "If you are looking for the best prime steak in New York, at a price to match, Ben Benson's is the place to go. Of course, hash browns and creamed spinach are swell; and do not ignore the first-class seafood and salads."


Wow, that makes me sad. We just had the opportunity in April to eat there for the first time, and as expected, had a top-notch meal with equally great service.
Posted by TnTinCT on Friday, May 18, 2012 11:19 AM

What I always wonder when a thriving business closes due to increased rent: Just who does the landlord expect *will* be able afford it??
Posted by Guy Olsen on Saturday, May 19, 2012 3:01 AM

That is a genuine shame. We have eaten there seveal times over the years. I am really glad that we had the opportunity to do so
Posted by wallhd on Monday, May 21, 2012 9:19 PM

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