In June 2018, Chef Jonathan Benno opened the eponymous Benno, a fine-dining restaurant located in the landmarked hotel, The Evelyn, the historic space—which dates back to 1905— that was meticulously restored by the award-winning Parts and Labor Design. Upon opening, Benno received a 3-Star review from The New York Times dining critic, Pete Wells and its first Michelin Star in The New York MICHELIN Guide 2020, being one of the eight new one-star establishments recognized that year.
After nearly two years of complete closure due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Benno returns with an emphasis on high quality fine-dining that celebrates French gastronomy with a focus on seafood. Benno serves as the more upscale and ambitious culinary partner to the chef’s newest concept, Bar Benno, within the same property, following a similar path inspired by French cuisine. While Bar Benno honors French bistronomy, Benno elevates and pushes the boundaries of French epicureanism. Bar Benno showcases casual, accessible gastronomy seven nights a week. Benno, open Tuesday through Saturday, honors the tenets of the fine-dining experience.
“Both Benno and Bar Benno have my name because they truly reflect my passion for French cuisine and seafood. These restaurants also represent my commitment to New York City, the city that I call home.” says chef Jonathan Benno.
The full menu is offered à la carte in the dining room and at the bar. The beverage program features upscale New York inspired cocktails and the wine list highlights small producers with responsible farming practices. A global bottle list with a heavy emphasis on France and Italy, offers a rotating by the glass program, including some elevated Coravin pours, aimed at complementing the cuisine.
The main dining room is defined by a dramatic 14’ diameter skylight from which hangs a multi-part Art Deco-inspired light fixture made of brass, serving as a sculptural element within the space. Custom furniture includes tables with brass and marble accents and deep blue leather seats with brass detailing, all of which contribute to an elevated dining experience. To the right is a 10-seat bar topped in dark honed marble and lined with plush custom bar stools. The stunning 30-seat Private Dining Room was the space most preserved during the renovation process, with original wood paneling, molding, and a fireplace that has been transformed into a hidden liquor display cabinet.