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WELCOME BACK TO BENIHANA!

At Benihana, our hooded Teppanyaki tables and robust make-up air continuously improve the air quality with fresh air circulating approximately 30 times per hour. By comparison, a typical restaurant circulates approximately only 8 times per hour.

Our restaurants are going above and beyond the local requirements to ensure your health and safety. Many of these steps were taken as we continued to serve you through our delivery and take-out menus, but now that we can open select dining rooms, we have enhanced our protocol even further to include:

  • Limiting the number of guests in the dining room per the guidelines
  • Screening employees for temperature and other health indications
  • Adhering to social distancing rules at all times
  • Requiring employees to wear masks and gloves
  • Providing guests with disposable menus / QR code menu options
  • Continuous cleaning and sanitization practices in place throughout the restaurant including tables, chairs, doors, check presenters, waiting area and restrooms
  • Peroxide-based sanitization of all surfaces after guests leave the table
  • Providing hand sanitizer to all guests and employees
  • Guests must wear masks prior to seating

Please click on the link below to make a reservation to join us for lunch or dinner. We can’t wait to celebrate with you and Create Great Guest Memories!®

 

HISTORY

THE BENIHANA STORY

Like any good story, the history of Benihana begins with the descendent of a samurai warrior and a small Tokyo coffee shop. Just after the war, Yunosuke Aoki (a samurai descendent and popular entertainer) decided to start a coffee shop with his wife, Katsu. Wanting to offer something different than other coffee shops in the area, Yunosuke Aoki rode his bike over 20 miles to purchase real sugar to serve in his shop.

With his seed money in place, Rocky took out a loan and used it to start America’s first Japanese teppanyaki restaurant on West 56th street. Named after his parents’ Tokyo coffee shop, Benihana opened in 1964, featuring an authentic Japanese farmhouse interior and food prepared on steel teppanyaki grills right in front of customers. His highly trained teppanyaki chefs delighted customers with intricate knife work and theatrics. Not to mention delicious food. But it wasn’t until legendary food critic Clementine Paddleford gave Benihana a rave review that the restaurant really took off, paying for itself in just six months.

Soon after, Rocky opened a second Benihana in New York and a third Benihana restaurant in Chicago. By 1972, there were six Benihana locations in the United States, with more opening every day. Sadly, Rocky Aoki died in 2008 at the age of 69. But, his legacy lives on with more than 70 Benihana restaurants in the United States, Caribbean, and Central and South America, and more than 100 million meals served.

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