Benu – a phoenix worth a plane ride
If you are looking to be surprised in a culinary fashion, book a table at Benu at 22 Hawthorne Street, put on dressy attire, give $15 to the valet for your car and get ready for a fantastic succession of pleasantries. Try the tasting menu the amazing Chef Corey Lee has put together, otherwise be your own caretaker and customize your evening by selecting from the a la carte menu, served only on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays.
The space has a clean design, its unique contemporary air and elegance have been chosen in collaboration with NYC architect Richard Bloch, innovative a l m project, and minimal Blueoculus. The main purpose is to focus the diner’s attention on what’s being served on the plates rather than on art on the walls.
Benu placed in the Top 100 and named as one of the “10 restaurants worth a plane ride” (New York Times), Benu compensates though its absolutely breathtaking cuisine, its seamless service, and perfect wine pairings. The brightly lit and modern kitchen is visible through the glass wall, revealing white tiles and polished stainless steel, and white-coated chefs. The dining room has something of the devoutness of a teahouse, giving you the first tip as to what type of restaurant Benu is – one combining Asian ingredients and Western training, giving everything an unexpected, but delicious twist.
Corey opened this restaurant after 15 years of culinary experience in some of the most acclaimed restaurants, from England, France and the U.S. Benu, through its etymology (Phoenix bird in Egyptian), can be perceived as a statement of his growth, as a new episode in his life, a new life in the kitchen of the world. He found great support in the genuine talent of his helpers Yoon Ha, the Head Sommelier and candidate for The Court of Master Sommeliers assisted by another candidate for this prestigious award, Bobby Conroy. Sous Chef Brandon Rodgers, Pastry Sous Chef Christopher Bleidorn and international experienced Sous Chef Masaki Watanabe brought Benu 4 recognized stars, and serene evenings for those who stopped by to taste a mix of cultures. Enjoy!