A new ‘Benchmark’ for Park Slope

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Brooklyn steak lovers — the secret is out: That hidden hush hush clubhouse behind Park Slope’s Loki Lounge is actually a top notch steakhouse.

Chef and co-owner Ryan Jaronik, a former kitchenmaster at Monkey Town in Williamsburg as well as Chicago’s famous Gibson’s Steakhouse, calls his new spot Benchmark — and he’s readying for a battle with the big boy.

“If you want a nice steak in Brooklyn, the only place to go is Peter Luger,” said Jaronik. “Luger’s is the old man’s steakhouse — simple, straightforward. We’re striving to be better than that.”

He’s also trying to cut into that other top sirloin in town, Morton’s of Chicago, which is doing well on Adams Street in Downtown Brooklyn.

Benchmark will feature a la carte steaks in five cuts — all for $30 or less. Other menu items include a seared Long Island duck breast with leg confit and chorizo stuffed chicken wings with hot celery giardiniera.

Vegetarians beware; this place is all about the meat.

And properly cared-for meat, at that; Jaronik is constructing an aging room for in-house dry-aged beef and cured homemade sausages.

Just like Peter Luger.

Benchmark [339A Second St. at Fifth Avenue in Park Slope, (718) 965-7040]. Open Sunday-Thursday, 5–11 pm; Friday-Saturday, 5 pm-midnight.

Updated 5:58 pm, March 17, 2010
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