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  • K. Vail May 31, 2006 03:01 PM
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Any reviews of the Capital Grille?

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  1. Have not been to the one in NY, but have been in Philly, Minneapolis and I think one other city. (work and not my choice on any)

    The one in Philly is the best I have been too, but I figure that is just luck.

    Decent food, but nothing great.

    In NY I feel you have much better options.

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    1. re: ChrisZ

      The balsamic rubbed steak was to die for. I have to go back for it again.

    2. here is a repost of my review from a few weeks back
      While I have not been to this particular outpost of Capital Grille chain , I have been to the one on Newbury Street in Boston. If your experience is similar to mine, this will not bode well for you. I started with the garden salad with the Parmesan peppercorn dressing, a mistake as it barely rises above the level of a good diner. Being a follower of steak tartar, I found their version of the classic marred by the inclusion of hard boiled egg; which was not only unwelcome but also sulfurous and overcooked. Finally, we come to the raison d’etre of the place, the steak. I had the 24oz porterhouse, and while it was cooked to the correct temperature, medium rare; it lacked the appropriate sear. Worse though, was the quality of the meat, it lacked a good beefy flavor and instead had an oddly sweet soy sauce like taste. As for side dishes, we had gratin potatoes, which were good, but unremarkable. In a city with so many good steakhouses, it would be a shame to waste a meal at this unremarkable chain resaurant, especially with new and interesting local offerings opening hourly, as it seems. If you are looking for a more classic steakhouse vibe I would go with Keens. If you are more adventurous Craftsteak or Quality Meats. If you or members of your party are committed to capital grille, good luck.

      1. I've not been in NY, but in DC and Miami, if I had to go to a steak house, I generally preferred to go there.

        1. It's not a Chowhound favorite, as is no chain. I went there a few months ago and had a great dining experience. The quality of the meat is excellent, side dishes very good, desserts perhaps less than memorable. We also enjoyed friendly and very professional service. It's one of the few Manhattan restaurants (with the exception of the very top tier), where you'll have a large table and some space to yourselves. However, it does get busy and is pretty lively and noisy when full.

          Prices are very standard for NY steakhouse dinners.

          Another plus is its setting - I think it's called the Trylon Towers, designed by Philip Johnson. Dramatic, unique space, that lends to the feeling that this is a special dining experience. There may be better steak houses in NY, but this is among the best.

          1. The Capital Grille is very good, not great. They have a formula that works in most secondary and tertiary cities. I've eaten in the NYC outpost and it was fine. In NYC there are better options. If you do go, get the calamari appetizer.

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            1. re: RICKO

              I would agree. I've been to the one in Atlanta (medium rare ended up as medium well...but I got that fixed, but was starting my meal when others were finishing) and the beef is good.

              I was invited to the grand opening party at the NYC outpost, and indeed the space is pretty cool. The meat they served was good, the shrimp was very good and the Stoli Dolies (stoli vodka infused pineapple) were off the hook.

              Alas, it is a very good restaurant in a city filled with excellent steakhouses. Better options abound.

            2. In that neighborhood though, the smarter choice is Ben and Jacks. I've been to Capital Grille a few times for work-related lunches. I love steak and my general rule is to get great quality meat and do as little to it as possible. First time I went I sneered at the idea of the weird-sounding rubs and sauces and got a plain rib eye. It was ok but as others have mentioned, their meat isn't the most flavorful. Next time I went I had a sirloin and was persuaded by someone whose taste I trust to have it with the Kona coffee rub and shallot butter. They were right - shockingly it worked, and it was actually pretty good.

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              1. re: jimk

                Ben and Jacks has the best porterhouse in Manhattan, no question about it. The more people who try it, the more they agree. The bacon is the best anywhere including the steakhouse on a downward spiral in brooklyn!

              2. i got a ribeye encrusted with a pepper mix. awesome flavor on meat, excellent meal over all. excellent service. yest there are other steak houses ..but you are guaranteed a great meal here.

                1. I think most of the other posts are correct in that, as a chain, TCG is a decent steakhouse, and in some cities, perhaps the best. In NYC, I would look elsewhere. I have been to TCG's in Atlanta, Boston, Philly, Tampa, Washington, and New York. The crab and lobster cakes for an app are good and for a side, the potato chips and onion ring combo are good. Not all of their steaks are dry-aged...the NY strips usually are, BUT, I think they are USDA Choice and not Prime. For the best strip in NYC in my opinion, go to Sparks. Crowded on some nights but great strips. Absolutely best steakhouse wine list in town. Barely over retail prices on the steak. If you want to cross the river, try Peter Luger.

                  1. Hi Everyone, Since Capital Grille is a "chain" restaurant, please post about it on the General Topics board, where chains are discussed. Please, no more Capital Grille posts here. Thanks.

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                    1. I believe the Capital Grille in Manhattan is the worst steakhouse I have ever eaten in at any price. When you factor in the extraordinarily high prices, it is by far the worst steakhouse I have ever eaten in. The Zagat guide lists over 70 steakhouses in New York City and I, for my sins, have eaten in 32 of those on the list. None were even remotely as bad as Capital Grille. How this place survives with both Sparks and the Palm just around the corner is incomprehensible to me. The lamb chops were terrible and the steaks were no better. Tad's Steaks serves a better piece of meat with a little salad and a baked potato for a fraction of the cost. To be fair, the service was attentive and pleasant, the atmosphere was no worse than most steakhouses, the wine list was okay if not special and the pricing of wine and drinks was not unreasonable. Amazingly, the place, which is huge, was packed on a weeknight even though there are a dozen better (way better) steakhouses within a few minutes walk of this place.