For years we’ve relied on Benjy’s for consistent food in a pleasant setting. The recent reimagining of the Rice Village staple offers a more edgy, contemporary look, with pops of teal and green, bright yellow buffets, and wood and steel accents. Owner Benjy Levit has also entered the territory of shareable plates, with a menu now divided into small, medium, and large options. The great hit of the night, lamb bolognese, had the four of us wishing it came from the large category instead of the medium; think thick pappardelle pasta spiked with mint and pepper and Parmesan—terrific! We also all went for Chicken 3 Ways: a smear of foie gras with some hefty pieces, fried and spicy, along with brussels sprouts spiked with vinegar, peanuts, and sesame seeds. Baked oysters seemed rather ho-hum, despite their horseradish boost. However, we fork-fought over Mom’s Chocolate Cake, a fudge wonder with fudge pecan icing and vanilla ice cream. So much for sharing.
Cuisine: New American