Benjamin Steak House Evacuated Due to Smoke

By Ben Fractenberg on April 8, 2011 4:09pm | Updated on April 8, 2011 4:18pm

Benjamin Steak House was evacuated after a small fire broke out.
Benjamin Steak House was evacuated after a small fire broke out.
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By Ben Fractenberg and Michael Ventura

DNAinfo Staff

MIDTOWN — Benjamin Steak House was evacuated Friday afternoon after smoke was seen coming out of a duct, fire officials said.

A manager at the restaurant said it was unclear what caused the smoke, but said there was no serious damage to the restaurant.

They expected to reopen the restaurant in time for dinner, said the manager, who asked not to be identified.

The ritzy eatery in the Dylan Hotel, which is at 52 West 41st St. near Grand Central Terminal, was founded by chefs from Peter Lugar.

It bills itself as a "Manhattan Mecca for steak connoisseurs," according to its website. Filet mignon goes for $41.95.

The call came into the FDNY at roughly 2:46 p.m., the FDNY said. It was brought under control an hour later, officials at the scene said.

The hotel was not evacuated, fire officials said.

East 41st Street between Park and Madison avenues was temporarily closed as firefighters responded to the restaurant.

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