Ben & Jack’s Steak House is opening a new Manhattan restaurant this summer in the heart of Midtown East at the EVEN Hotel at 221 E. 44th St. This is the second location for Ben & Jack’s which has a 10,000 square-foot restaurant at 255 Fifth Avenue.
In 2005, Ben & Jack’s opened their namesake restaurant at 44th street, a stone throw away from Grand Central Station by four longtime veterans from the iconic Peter Luger, Sparks and Manhattan Grille. The Sinanajs’ are excited to continue their legacy once again where it all started, at their historic flagship restaurant, which closed on December 31, as the building was being torn down. Their new upscale-casual 4,800 square footage restaurant has a guest capacity of 190, occupying space at the EVEN Hotel.
“Ben & Jack’s Steak House is bringing back what midtown has been missing for the past 4 years,” says Harry Sinanaj, President/Co-Owner. “219 E. 44th street was our original, flagship location. I stumbled across the space in May 2005 and knew it would be the perfect spot for us. We put our plan in action and opened our doors on July 11, 2005. We worked long hours for 33 days and successfully opened up the original Ben & Jacks Steak House. When we learned the building needed to be knocked down, we instantly started looking for a second location. It was really important for us to keep our employees, customers, and brand going. Now that the new building is up, we are proud to come back to our original location and can’t wait to work with our new neighbor, the Even Hotel.”
Rather than adapt with the times to find the next ‘big idea’ in food, Ben & Jack’s Steak House has stayed true to its roots by building a sustainable business. The family empire will continue their recipe for success with classic dishes prepared to perfection, without needless frills, prime dry-aged steaks, and delectable seafood that speaks for itself. Executive Chef Admir Alibasic will continue to push the boundaries of the simplicity of ingredients and enriched flavors, while putting a spin on the ordinary, to transform his dishes into works of art. The restaurant will also be adding some new menu items to their repertoire.
The restaurant’s design is modern, and stylish, defined by an urbane and inviting atmosphere with classic oak wood furnishings and business casual dress code, accompanied by predominantly male waiters, dressed in full white garb. Their menu draws inspiration from bold flavors, market-fresh ingredients, and an extensive wine list, which plunges deeply into the character and affinity of their menu. This beloved family owned establishment has already made a significant cultural impact on the steakhouse culinary genre, contributing to the resurgence and impact of the thriving NoMad neighborhood and above all, providing an all-around exceptional dining experience for those with big appetites.
The restaurant’s most popular items are:
1) Porterhouse for 2, 3, or 4 (USDA Prime, dry-aged in house)
2) Sesame Crusted Tuna
3) German Potatoes
4) Creamed Spinach (The secret behind Ben & Jack’s creamed spinach is there’s no
cream used in the making of it)
Ben & Jack’s estimates an average guest check of $79-85 per person. The restaurant will have 34 employees at the new location.