Great Steaks in Northern Jersey?
We love steak, but haven't found any restaurants/pubs that sell us anything we'd go back a second time for!
Only one place, which is in Ocean, down the Jersey Shore, has some of the best beef we've ever had, and that's Main Street USA. Kick butt beef, grilled clams, etc. great.
Now, back to my request. Has anyone ever had the best steak they've ever eaten in NNJ? We avoid hotel restaurants, chains like Outback, which we think sucks, and Ruth's Chris isn't anything special.
Sooooo....where's the beef?
Thanks for your recommendations, fellow chowhound.
Even though this thread is from era of Bill Clinton's Presidency and I'm pretty sure the OP has solved her problem by now I will contribute the following to this discussion.
I'm not too familiar with the North Jersey Steak scene simply because after driving from Monmouth County to most places in Northern NJ it just seems silly not to drive the extra 10/15 into the city for exactly what I enjoy.
With that being said 2 places I use to enjoy going to were Steve's Sizzling Steaks in Carlstead and Sammy's Cider Mill in Medford(?).
Any comments from those of you familiar with these places? Fourunder?
**Edit** I should also state I live with in 10/15 mins of the Main St. USA the OP refers to. I can honestly say if that is the barometer of a good/great steak it is truly setting the bar rather low. While they serve a good grilled chunk of meat....it is certainly not a quality grade choice or select. Not that it's bad and I've enjoyed a few when in a pinch for my red meat fix.
Re Steve's Sizzling Steaks, we ate there last fall, and were not impressed. The place was cramped and crowded. The food was not bad, just fairly basic. While it might have some appeal if you have good memories of it, as it does have a sort of character to it that cannot just be created, it reminded me of a place whose best days are behind it.
Sammy's, in Mendham, is a place that brings back memories to me. It is still there, although I have not eaten there for at least 5 years.
My time(s) spent at Steve's is going back even further than this thread to the early 90's. I was in my early 20's and driving to Steve's was a big night out for a good Steak. It was just before my first experience at Peter Lugar's and what a truly GREAT steak experience is all about.
Steve's is an interesting place. Some people love it and some people are just "eh" or "so-so". Perhaps they sell the "sizzle" and not the "steak" -- LOL, OK, sorry, I couldn't help it.
Anyway, I've been there numerous times. It's not a top-tier steak house kind of steak, at least not the various cuts I've gotten. For me, it's a reliable, quality place to go for a nice steak that you can eat and enjoy. For others it might be great, and that's fine. I would never argue if someone loved the place. I've never had a problem going there if we are near the Meadowlands or something. It's been around a long time, is still very popular, etc. -- so they are doing something right for a good number of people.
Perhaps it used to be "more popular" or "more" something back in the day. I had dinner there about two months ago and it was good. I enjoyed it. Quality, reliable, basic, good steak.
A few other "popular" places -- although I wouldn't rate them near or above my "top 2" -- are Roots (locations in Morristown and Summit), Cliff's Steakhouse in Englewood Cliffs, the Strip House in Livingston, and Steakhouse 85 in New Brunswick.
I think Roots is "OK" but it seems to be popular, so enough people seem to like it. LOL. Cliff's is good, interesting, a 'try to be like Luger's' model, but with some nicer service, LOL. I like it when I am local.
Also, Fleming's in Edgewater.
I am a steak guy, I've lived in NNJ over 30 years, and I think I have been to every steak place there is, LOL. What does that mean? Nothing, my tastes, likes, etc. are mine and you may not like what I like. I don't count Outback, or the "chains" like that as real, hard-core steak houses.
That said, I'll give you my top two -- not in ranking order -- and then I'll follow up with a few more.
The River Palm. The original location is in Edgewater and of the 3 locations is the best IMO. It's more "crowded" and you will have to wait (if you go on a weekend), but for most, it's worth it. LOL. They have locations in Fair Lawn on Rt. 4W and in Mahwah, right off Rt. 17 and Rt. 202. Excellent steak. I've been to the other locations, and I like them, but there is something, more than one thing, about the original location.
The Assembly, in Englewood Cliffs. Long time favorite of many, popular, and yes, excellent steaks. This place too can be crowded and if you go on the weekends, yes, you will have to wait. But it is well worth it. I've been going here since they've opened, and I'll keep going. Not only are there excellent steaks, but the entire experience is excellent.
OK, after that...check out Capital Grille in Paramus (Garden State Plaza). If you like it, there's a Morton's in the Hackensack (Riverside Square).
Prime & Beyond -- yes, very good recommendation! Yes, very good place if you are looking for something "different" -- outside the normal, traditional steak place, steakhouse, etc. I've been going there from the beginning as I used to live around the corner. I was buying meat there from "Q" the butcher before he opened the restaurant.
One interesting thing about "Q" -- the butcher and (co) owner is that he offers both "dry" and "wet" aged meat.
The dry aged offerings are usually the bone-in cuts (Porterhouse, T-Bone, etc.) and the wet aged are the boneless cuts (filet mignon, NY strip, sirloin, etc.) -- but call or check the website to confirm and see what they are doing/offering currently.
I like the burger at Dinallo's, but I've never been a big fan of their steak. It's around the corner from my office and I go there often as it's convenient, close, quiet for a business lunch, etc. -- and a friend who is there all the time (a real regular) recommended I order the sliced NY strip when we met there for lunch. It was "good" but not to the point where'd I go there specifically for it, say above one of my top choices. However, I will certainly go there and try it again, and I'll see how it goes -- and thanks for the recommendation.
There are vast differences between steakhouses, especially the ones that age their own steaks. Then there is wet vs. dry aging.
A steak aficionado that I know and trust says that the Park Steakhouse in Park Ridge is #1 for dry aged steak, which is the best. They age 21 days. This is THE place for serious steak lovers.
I understand that the Palm Grill in Edgewater, NJ serves up a great steak but I have never been there -- but I understand its pricey. Real steakhouses in NJ are hard to find, I usually satisfy my primal urges in NY at Smith and Wollensky's or Peter Luger, where its worth it to blow 40 bucks on a peice of meat.
If you could consider Cedar Knolls/Morristown as Northern NJ, check out the Texas Steak Cantina (yeah, corny name, I know). Walk up to the counter, they will cut filet mignon to your exact weight specs (I usually have them cut me a 12 ounce) . Comes with a good salad bar, you definitely wont walk out hungry. The place gets really rowdy on weekends and on friday nights though.
re: Jason Perlow
It is called the River Palm, one in Edgewater and they own another restaurant with the same name in Teaneck or Tenafly, I am not sure. both are very good.
Perhaps they are a bit pricey, however, a nice big salad and potato are both included. The steaks are really great and the Porterhouse for two is really wonderful and rich.
re: Jason Perlow
Jay - FYI
It's SAGEBRUSH Steak Cantina (not "Texas")
38 Horsehill Road
Cedar Knolls, NJ
This is a really fun place, casual and good to go with kids. Not a "gourmet" steak experience, but good food at decent prices. Although it is crowded on Saturday nights, we've rarely had to wait on any other night. They have lots of flavors of margaritas, too (I like the frozen ones).
It's really more of a tex-mex than a steak house, with good fajitas, etc, but when Jason needs STEAK ASAP, it's the place we go for a fix. I like the garlic filet or the prime rib. Oh, and they'll get the doneness right to your order - if you order rare or med rare, you better want it bloody. It's the only place I order filet medium (rather than med rare).