When deprived of flavorful sustenance, the mouth will often retaliate by shouting your bank account number at sporting events or turning every sentence into a high-pitched jingle. Tame an unruly tongue with today's Groupon: for $29, you get dinner for two at Benjamin Restaurant & Bar (up to a $70.80 total value). Dinner includes the following:
- One garden or caesar salad (up to an $8.95 value)
- One appetizer (up to a $10.95 value)
- Two main courses (up to a $21.95 value each)
- One dessert (up to a $7 value)
Benjamin Restaurant & Bar's resident gastronomic gurus assemble a menu of classic American dishes bolstered by an upscale touch. Appetites snap to attention at first scent of the grilled mushroom trio's cremini, portobello, and shiitake stacked atop herbed polenta. Dollops of jalapeño tartar sauce spice up plates of crab cakes and juicy pieces of charred eggplant tag along with the grilled halibut on tableside trips showered with spicy plum salsa. Twirl fork tines around pasta dishes such as rigatoni with homemade sausage, while a handful of thin crust pizzas wait to slip between fingertips for carriage into trembling mouths. Chefs anoint the grilled pork chops with an apple-cranberry relish so that diners can feast of autumnal flavors without the hassle of shaking down squirrels foraging for their upcoming hibernation. Postmeal cool downs commence with desserts such as the Benjamin Affogato, which blankets a scoop of vanilla ice cream with an espresso shot to sneak into unsuspecting mouth and fraternize with sweet teeth.
A vintage-style storefront welcomes guests into the wood-laden dining room lined with burgundy leather booths and illuminated by large windows. Long mirrors and stained glass accents Benjamin's bar to resemble a welcoming waterhole from the 1920s that was ripped from its former home by time-traveling prohibitionists.
Benjamin Restaurant and Bar
Old-fashioned gold window lettering and a bright-red awning welcome diners and drinkers to the Murray Hill neighborhood bistro Benjamin Restaurant and Bar. Chefs fill plates with casual pub grub and more sophisticated entrees such as seafood, pasta, and steak during lunches, dinners, and weekend brunches. The large mirror behind the bar broadcasts reflections of friendly bartenders wrangling wines by the glass or the bottle and pouring frothy beers and cocktails. Low-top tables and booths fill the comfy dining room, and framed antique photos and artwork peer down upon customers from the cozy brown walls, whispering entree suggestions.