Last last month, word began circulating of a “secret” restaurant that had opened behind Park Slope’s Loki Lounge. It turns out that the restaurant, Benchmark, is a steakhouse, and that one of its owners is already talking smack about Peter Luger’s.
Ryan Jaronik, Benchmark’s chef and co-owner, told the Brooklyn Paper that “Luger’s is the old man’s steakhouse — simple, straightforward. We’re striving to be better than that.”
Jaronik, who used to work at Monkey Town and Chicago’s Gibson’s Steakhouse, didn’t say how, exactly, he’ll make his restaurant better than Luger’s — like Luger’s, Benchmark will have a room for dry-aging beef and curing homemade sausages — but did say that his menu will feature five cuts of steak, served a la carte.