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Situated at the crossroads of culture and commerce, The Benjamin’s Midtown East location makes for easy access to New York City’s top attractions–including Fifth Avenue restaurants and shops, Grand Central Terminal, MoMA, Saks Fifth Avenue, Rockefeller Center, St. Patrick’s Cathedral, and Bloomingdale’s, among others (see our New York attractions map.) It also offers close proximity to several Fortune 500 company headquarters, making it an ideal place to hold meetings and corporate events.

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NYC Taxi etiquette: Taxis are available when only the middle light is illuminated. Simply hold out your arm to flag down a taxi, and they should promptly pull over. Taxi drivers should be tipped between 15 – 20% of the fare total. Town Car Service Contact The Benjamin concierge at 212-715-2539 to arrange car service. Most car services will accept credit cards if arranged in advance. Expect to pay cash for fare. Airports LaGuardia Airport (LGA), approximately 25-30 minutes by taxi or town car service.

Yellow taxi provides metered fare (approximately $24-28) plus tolls & 20% tip. All taxis are required to accept credit cards.

John F. Kennedy (JFK), approximately 30-45 minutes by taxi or town car service.

By taxi – Yellow taxi rate is $45 plus tolls & 20% tip. All taxis are required to accept credit cards.

By train – AirTrain service is available for $5 from JFK to Jamaica Station with access to the Long Island Railroad (LIRR). Direct trains from LIRR to Penn Station are approximately $12 (20 minutes). Visit MTA LIRR for schedules and fares. Yellow taxi service is available from Penn to The Benjamin. Inform your driver you are going to Midtown Manhattan, the corner of 50th Street and Lexington at The Benjamin hotel.

Newark Liberty International (EWR), approximately 50 – 60 minutes by car or town car service.

By taxi – A New Jersey taxi dispatcher will provide a slip of paper with a flat rate ranging from $30 to $38 (toll and tip extra), based on your destination. New York yellow cabs aren’t permitted to pick up passengers at Newark. Taxi fare is approximately $70 – $75 total, including tolls and tip.

By train – AirTrain service is available from EWR to NJ Transit rail service for $5. NJ Transit service is available everyday between 5:01 a.m. – 1:50 a.m. (closed between 2 – 5 a.m.). Fare is $12.50 for a one-way ticket on the Northeast Corridor or North Jersey Coast Line service to New York Penn Station (approx. 25 minutes). Visit NJ Transit for schedules and fares.

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Grand Central Oyster Bar

A New York Institution, located in the bustling atmosphere of Grand Central. For over 100 years the Grand Central Oyster Bar has been serving the freshest oysters and seafood in New York City.

Reservations Recommended

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Close-up of oysters served at the Grand Central Oyster Bar. This venue is a short distance away from The Benjamin Hotel.
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Grand Central Oyster Bar

A New York Institution, located in the bustling atmosphere of Grand Central. For over 100 years the Grand Central Oyster Bar has been serving the freshest oysters and seafood in New York City.

Reservations Recommended

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Grand Central Market

Grand Central Market offers a European-style gourmet shopping experience steps from your train or subway ride home. Conveniently located between the Graybar Building and the 4/5/6 Subway lines on Lexington Avenue, the Market features 13 local vendors offering ingredients and prepared foods ready for your next meal at home, picnic in the park, or gift for you host.

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Close up of baguettes available at Grand Central Market. This marketplace is a short distance away from The Benjamin Hotel.
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Grand Central Market

Grand Central Market offers a European-style gourmet shopping experience steps from your train or subway ride home. Conveniently located between the Graybar Building and the 4/5/6 Subway lines on Lexington Avenue, the Market features 13 local vendors offering ingredients and prepared foods ready for your next meal at home, picnic in the park, or gift for you host.

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Sip Sak

Since opening in 2004, Chef Orhan Yegen has been serving both quality interpretations of Turkish classic dishes, all set in a casual bistro setting.

Reservations Recommended

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A baker rolling dough inside the Sip Sak bakery. This venue is a short distance away from The Benjamin Hotel.
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Sip Sak

Since opening in 2004, Chef Orhan Yegen has been serving both quality interpretations of Turkish classic dishes, all set in a casual bistro setting.

Reservations Recommended

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Pampano

Pampano Fine Dining – The award winning, fine dining room serves Chef Richard Sandoval’s sophisticated Coastal Mexican Cuisine in elegant, white-on-white surroundings inspired by the shores of Mexico. Pampano fine dining is perfect for cocktail receptions and seated dinners.

Reservations Recommended

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Zengo Chipotle Miso with Black Cod, served at Pampano. This venue is a short distance away from The Benjamin Hotel.
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Pampano

Pampano Fine Dining – The award winning, fine dining room serves Chef Richard Sandoval’s sophisticated Coastal Mexican Cuisine in elegant, white-on-white surroundings inspired by the shores of Mexico. Pampano fine dining is perfect for cocktail receptions and seated dinners.

Reservations Recommended

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Avra Estiatorio

From the moment you step through our doors you feel you’ve been transported to a Villa in Greece. You are surrounded in an authentic, cozy Mediterranean atmosphere. Experience an open kitchen with it’s magnificent fish display prepares the freshest selections right from the sea, including Mediterranean specialties such as Barbounia, Lithrini, and Fagri.

Reservations Recommended

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View into the Avra Estiatorio dining room. Warm lighting complements the trees that are growing between sections of this dining room.
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Avra Estiatorio

From the moment you step through our doors you feel you’ve been transported to a Villa in Greece. You are surrounded in an authentic, cozy Mediterranean atmosphere. Experience an open kitchen with it’s magnificent fish display prepares the freshest selections right from the sea, including Mediterranean specialties such as Barbounia, Lithrini, and Fagri.

Reservations Recommended

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Top Attractions

The LEGO Store

Visit the LEGO Store at Rockefeller Center for the largest selection of LEGO sets! Plus, shop the tallest Pick A Brick wall for a variety of LEGO bricks and elements to build anything you can imagine!

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The LEGO Store

Visit the LEGO Store at Rockefeller Center for the largest selection of LEGO sets! Plus, shop the tallest Pick A Brick wall for a variety of LEGO bricks and elements to build anything you can imagine!

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The Shop at NBC Studios

Located at the iconic Rockefeller Plaza, take home exclusive apparel, collectibles and more from your favorite NBC shows at The Shop NBC. Plus, experience other fun activities such as a photo opp at the iconic TODAY Show desk, and even get to witness live TV shoots and more!

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Marquee Sign for The Rainbow Room Observation Deck and NBC Studios. This venue is a short distance away from The Benjamin Hotel.
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The Shop at NBC Studios

Located at the iconic Rockefeller Plaza, take home exclusive apparel, collectibles and more from your favorite NBC shows at The Shop NBC. Plus, experience other fun activities such as a photo opp at the iconic TODAY Show desk, and even get to witness live TV shoots and more!

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American Girl Place New York

Spend a day making memories as you browse dolls, accessories, outfits, and best-selling fiction and advice books. Enjoy dining at the Cafe with rotating menus of kid-friendly fare for lunch, dinner, weekend brunch, and afternoon teas.

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American Girl Place New York

Spend a day making memories as you browse dolls, accessories, outfits, and best-selling fiction and advice books. Enjoy dining at the Cafe with rotating menus of kid-friendly fare for lunch, dinner, weekend brunch, and afternoon teas.

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FAO Schwarz

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FAO Schwarz

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New York City’s Diamond District

Located on 47th Street between Fifth and Sixth Avenues, the thoroughfare is a haggler’s paradise. And whether you’re motivated to purchase, comparison shop or just gawk, you’ll find plenty of sparkling wares on display—both loose diamonds and finished pieces—as well as artisans who can help you design your own setting for a stone.

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Two padded trays holding diamond rings. The Diamond District is a short distance away from The Benjamin Hotel.
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New York City’s Diamond District

Located on 47th Street between Fifth and Sixth Avenues, the thoroughfare is a haggler’s paradise. And whether you’re motivated to purchase, comparison shop or just gawk, you’ll find plenty of sparkling wares on display—both loose diamonds and finished pieces—as well as artisans who can help you design your own setting for a stone.

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Barneys

A sanctuary for the creative and stylistically discerning, Barneys nine-story flagship department store curates ready-to-wear, shoes, accessories, and beyond through the lenses of fashion and wit. Here, globally applauded designers sit alongside the freshest emerging talent. The effect is downtown soul with an unequivocally chic air.

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Fancy women's stilletto shoe, on display at Barney's. This venue is a short distance away from The Benjamin Hotel.
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Barneys

A sanctuary for the creative and stylistically discerning, Barneys nine-story flagship department store curates ready-to-wear, shoes, accessories, and beyond through the lenses of fashion and wit. Here, globally applauded designers sit alongside the freshest emerging talent. The effect is downtown soul with an unequivocally chic air.

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Bergdorf Goodman

At the corner of Fifth Avenue and 58th Street, with its majestic facade and scalloped roof, Manhattan’s most iconic department store stands grandly. Inside, plush chandelier-adorned foyers and luxuriously furnished rooms hold immensely coveted designer collections as well as an immaculate edit of style from contemporary talent. It’s a place where fashion is celebrated and shopping is a fairy tale.

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Bergdorf Goodman

At the corner of Fifth Avenue and 58th Street, with its majestic facade and scalloped roof, Manhattan’s most iconic department store stands grandly. Inside, plush chandelier-adorned foyers and luxuriously furnished rooms hold immensely coveted designer collections as well as an immaculate edit of style from contemporary talent. It’s a place where fashion is celebrated and shopping is a fairy tale.

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Bloomingdale’s

Bloomingdale’s is a luxury American department store chain. With exclusive merchandise, customized services, and alternative shopping venues, you will never not leave empty handed. Enjoy Bloomingdale’s famous Forty Carrots frozen yogurt during your shopping trip!

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Bloomingdale’s

Bloomingdale’s is a luxury American department store chain. With exclusive merchandise, customized services, and alternative shopping venues, you will never not leave empty handed. Enjoy Bloomingdale’s famous Forty Carrots frozen yogurt during your shopping trip!

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Saks Fifth Avenue

Saks Fifth Avenue is an iconic American luxury department store, with its main flagship store located on Fifth Avenue in New York City. Women’s, Men’s, Children’s and Home department can all be found at Saks.

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Saks Fifth Avenue

Saks Fifth Avenue is an iconic American luxury department store, with its main flagship store located on Fifth Avenue in New York City. Women’s, Men’s, Children’s and Home department can all be found at Saks.

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The New York Public Library

Discover the flagship building of The New York Public Library—one of the world’s great libraries. A magnificent example of the Beaux-Arts style of architecture, this library has symbolized the democratic ideal of free and open access to knowledge since it opened to the public in 1911. Today, the Stephen A. Schwarzman Building welcomes millions of visitors a year from across the world who find inspiration in its majestic public spaces, unparalleled research collections, and vibrant programs and exhibitions.

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The New York Public Library

Discover the flagship building of The New York Public Library—one of the world’s great libraries. A magnificent example of the Beaux-Arts style of architecture, this library has symbolized the democratic ideal of free and open access to knowledge since it opened to the public in 1911. Today, the Stephen A. Schwarzman Building welcomes millions of visitors a year from across the world who find inspiration in its majestic public spaces, unparalleled research collections, and vibrant programs and exhibitions.

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Central Park

Central Park, the heart of New York City is an urban park located between the Upper East Side and Upper West Side. Discover endless things to do in Central Park! Find activities, attractions, events, concerts, tours, sports, yoga, fitness classes, children’s activities, the Central Park Zoo and much more.

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Central Park

Central Park, the heart of New York City is an urban park located between the Upper East Side and Upper West Side. Discover endless things to do in Central Park! Find activities, attractions, events, concerts, tours, sports, yoga, fitness classes, children’s activities, the Central Park Zoo and much more.

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United Nations Headquarters

The United Nations is an international organization founded in 1945 with its headquarters in New York City. It is currently made up of 193 Member States. The mission and work of the United Nations are guided by the purposes and principles contained in its founding Charter.

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United Nations Headquarters

The United Nations is an international organization founded in 1945 with its headquarters in New York City. It is currently made up of 193 Member States. The mission and work of the United Nations are guided by the purposes and principles contained in its founding Charter.

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Museum of Modern Art

Commonly referred to as the MoMA, it has become an important institution developing and collecting modernist art, showing casing them through vibrant exhibitions. The MoMA  is widely regarded as one of the largest and most influential museums of modern art in the world.

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Two people standing together, looking at a green abstract painting that covers the entire gallery wall. MoMA is a short distance away from The Benjamin Hotel.
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Museum of Modern Art

Commonly referred to as the MoMA, it has become an important institution developing and collecting modernist art, showing casing them through vibrant exhibitions. The MoMA  is widely regarded as one of the largest and most influential museums of modern art in the world.

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Rockefeller – Top Of The Rock

With sweeping, unobstructed 360-degree views of New York City, the view from the Top of the Rock is entirely unforgettable. Take in the city views from three different viewing observation decks to take in a one of a kind experience.

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Rockefeller – Top Of The Rock

With sweeping, unobstructed 360-degree views of New York City, the view from the Top of the Rock is entirely unforgettable. Take in the city views from three different viewing observation decks to take in a one of a kind experience.

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Rockefeller Center Channel Gardens

Throughout the year, the Rockefeller Center Channel Gardens blooms in uniquely themed plant installations that transform with the seasons. From an ocean of Tulips to a Weeping Willow forest, The Channel Gardens brings refreshing surprises, you simply have to keep coming back.

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Rockefeller Center Channel Gardens

Throughout the year, the Rockefeller Center Channel Gardens blooms in uniquely themed plant installations that transform with the seasons. From an ocean of Tulips to a Weeping Willow forest, The Channel Gardens brings refreshing surprises, you simply have to keep coming back.

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St. Patrick’s Cathedral

St. Patrick’s Cathedral located on Fifth Avenue, has become a prominent landmark in New York City and one of the city’s most spectacular architectural sights. Built as a Neo-Gothic-style Catholic Cathedral, it is the Mother church of the Archdiocese of New York and the seat of the Archbishop. Services are held daily, and all visitors and worshipers alike are welcomed.

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St. Patrick’s Cathedral

St. Patrick’s Cathedral located on Fifth Avenue, has become a prominent landmark in New York City and one of the city’s most spectacular architectural sights. Built as a Neo-Gothic-style Catholic Cathedral, it is the Mother church of the Archdiocese of New York and the seat of the Archbishop. Services are held daily, and all visitors and worshipers alike are welcomed.

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