Located in the heart of Brooklyn's Park Slope, Benchmark features a New American menu focused on pasture-raised animals and locally grown produce. Chef Ryan Jaronik has created a diverse menu that melds the traditional and the contemporary. A selection of à la carte steaks is featured in up to five different cuts, including a 24-ounce bone-in rib eye. Between the 1920s and '40s, the space was used as an icehouse and major way station for goods that arrived on the banks of the Gowanus Canal. While excavating, several "benchmarks" (surveyor's marks) were found, along with architects' tools. Some are displayed on the restaurant's walls. Warm exposed brick, arched windows and spacious garden seating enhance benchmark's rich history and naturally rustic interior.