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Steaks in Stamford

Curleyone Apr 18, 2005 11:39 AM

Having recently been underwhelmed by Bennett's and not feeling that Morton's was quite worth the high price, am seeking alternatives.


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    sabra RE: Curleyone Apr 18, 2005 12:03 PM

    Try Giovanni's on upper Long Ridge Road -- my husband is a big fan of their steaks.

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      Steve P. RE: sabra Apr 18, 2005 12:29 PM

      Giovanni's is good, but IMHO the dining atmosphere is better at Giovanni's II on the Stamford/Darien line.

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      adamclyde RE: Curleyone Apr 18, 2005 12:12 PM

      are you restricted to just Stamford? There are a few additional places within 20 minutes, just not sure if you need to stay in Stamford.

      In particular, I'm thinking of the Willet House in Port Chester, which I really like. But, don't know if that is outside your location range...

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        hungrylikeawolf RE: Curleyone Dec 12, 2006 08:55 PM

        Willet House is awesome

        1. jfood RE: Curleyone Dec 13, 2006 01:02 AM

          There is NO GOOD steak place in Fairfield County.

          My list of overpriced, overrated, lousy steak places include:

          - Morton's - just plain lousy. Why do people go back here. I stood in front of the kitchen watching them cook the steak, and they did not even look at the ticket to see the correct doneness. Waiter came over and said I need three filets. Three plopped on a plate. No care, no muss.
          - Bennet's - just grind it up and serve it with McD's speacial sauce. Back to the bball court please.
          - Giovanni's - gristle surrounded by bad meat. I guess you have to be up from Florida to think this place is any good.
          - Porterhouse in SONO - too many other good choices in the area to waste on second rate steak

          Maybe the other posters are right and i'll try Portchester. But don't waste your time or money on FFD county steak joints.

          I love too many otherplaces to put the steak establishment in the same category as "good" in my home town.

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            tgseaver RE: Curleyone Dec 13, 2006 12:14 PM

            I don't disagree with you on Bennets,Giovanni's or Porterhouse
            But Morton is just not that BAD,Overrated yea a little,Overpriced, They all are.That being said I have a place for you to try,It's Joseph's Steak house in Bridgeport.The owner is a former waiter at Lugars and It's right up there with all the great steak houses in NYC.

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              jfood RE: tgseaver Dec 13, 2006 10:56 PM

              Where the heck did you find Joseph's, just went to their website and think this may be winner (love the picture). It's a hefty little price tag so the expectations will be super high. Need to figure out how to get there on an expense account.

              BTW, new CEO of Mortons lives in New Canaan. I humbly disagree with you and still keep Morton;s in the "crap" category. Hoepfully new CEO can bring back the magic I remember from the original Mortons in Chi-town in the late 70's.

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                MommaJ RE: tgseaver Dec 14, 2006 06:18 PM

                We tried Joseph's once a couple of years ago and will never go back. Food was quite mediocre, atmosphere worse. It was a Sunday evening and the place was empty with staff that seemed to have no idea what they were doing there. The room is stark and unattractive. Steak no better than any of the other places mentioned here, and sides a lot worse. Nothing was cooked as ordered. Definitely not worth the trip from anywhere.

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                  tgseaver RE: MommaJ Dec 14, 2006 07:52 PM

                  I have either taken, sent or went with at least 50 people to Joseph's in the last 3 years,And other then a rare staff issue,Have not gotten the kind of bad feedback you had.Perhaps you should give it a another chance.

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                Johnleah RE: Curleyone Dec 13, 2006 11:07 PM

                Luger's is the ultimate steakhouse and a similar offshoot (owners are former Luger waiters) near my work in Murray Hill called Wolfgang's is not THAT far behind. Joseph's looks like a find!

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                  cteats RE: Curleyone Dec 14, 2006 02:46 PM

                  Although not Steak Houses in the usual sense, consider also one of the Brazilian rodizio's in Danbury, or Pantanal in Port Chester. They are very meaty experiences at a fraction of the price.

                  BTW, that Joseph's in Bridgeport looks worth checking out.

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                    Mopsik RE: Curleyone Dec 17, 2006 12:50 AM

                    In my opinion, Joseph's is just fair. I've heard that sentiment echoed by a number in my circle of friends. Sure, they've successfully replicated the Luger's steak sauce and the sliced tomatoes and onions, but the steaks weren't anything out of the ordinary.

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                      MADMIKE175 RE: Curleyone Dec 19, 2006 06:38 PM

                      So if all the Steak Houses in Southwestern CT suck...where do you all go?

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                        Fairfield Foodie RE: MADMIKE175 Dec 19, 2006 06:45 PM

                        Peter Luger's!!!

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                          MADMIKE175 RE: Fairfield Foodie Dec 19, 2006 07:20 PM

                          Can't argue that.

                          Anyone ever try Sparks Steakhouse in Midtown?

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                          jfood RE: MADMIKE175 Dec 19, 2006 10:08 PM

                          I travel enough to get steaks elsewhere. But when family wants a good steak I go Scott's corner market in Pound Ridge, crank up my weber and eat at my house. Some sweet potato wedges, a nice salad and Ben Benson Steak Sauce in a bottle.

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                            MADMIKE175 RE: jfood Dec 19, 2006 10:15 PM

                            That's generally what I do during the summer, grab a great steak and cook it up myself.

                            Luckily I travel quite a bit and generally can get a good steak anywhere. I will admit CT is a bit of a let down after having lived in Dallas for 4 years. However, I would submit that although it may be hit or miss, if you don't feel like going into the city...that Bennetts/Mortons and even Telluride on the right night one can get a decent steak.....just drink plenty of good wine first!

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                              jfood RE: MADMIKE175 Dec 20, 2006 12:54 AM

                              I agree that you probably need to be half in the bag to enjoy a steak at either of these places. Since I do not drink, there is no help that can get me over the line.

                              This month's Connecticut Magazine voted Mortons Best Steak in FFD county. Enough said.

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                          deliajl RE: Fairfield Foodie Apr 5, 2007 01:51 PM

                          OK, this will sound like it's coming from left field, but I had a steak at the Black Duck in Westport last week and it was delicious. It wasn't a great cut of beef, it wasn't a huge portion, but it was a cooked to order (medium rare), well-marbled, and delicately seasoned (salt, pepper only) NY strip that tasted great. Best of all it was priced right. Granted, there's no wine selection to speak of, and the ambiance (if you want to call it that) is lacking, but for a mid-week dinner on a budget, it fit the bill. Personally, I really like Fleming's, and wish there was one closer to Fairfield County than either NJ or RI.

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