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Interesting Steak Tartare

DoubleMan Aug 1, 2006 06:09 PM

After having a very tasty steak tartare at Chez Henri's bar, I'm determined to seek out the best tartare in the city. I've had a very good one at the Butcher Shop, although it's $19 price tag was insane, a pretty good one at Cafe D, and an interesting, if slightly pasty one at Oleana. Oleana's was "Turkish-style" (more a kibbeh than standard tartare because of the bulgur) and offered the most unusual blend of flavors.

I know that there must be more good ones out there, and I'd like to avoid the overpriced steakhouses.

Which ones have you enjoyed, and where can I find versions with flavors that go beyond the usual caper/onion additions?

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    Taralli Aug 1, 2006 06:20 PM

    I've had it at Petit Robert & Eastern Standard and liked both versions.

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      Bostonbob3 Aug 1, 2006 06:20 PM

      Haven't been there is some time, but I've always enjoyed the tartare at Bomboa. It's a little spicy, which I personally love.

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        KitchenAid Aug 1, 2006 06:57 PM

        I don't eat it but a friend always raves about the tartare at Brasserie Jo.

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        1. re: KitchenAid
          lipoff Aug 3, 2006 09:43 PM

          I agree, the steak tartare at Brassierie Jo was fantastic the last time I had it. Also the yook hwe (Korean raw beef) at Wu Chon House is quite good. Glad to hear all of these other suggestions for good reditions of steak tartare.

        2. Alcachofa Aug 1, 2006 07:05 PM

          No. 9 Park's steak tartare is different from Butcher Shop's, so you should venture there. Only available in the cafe/bar area. Probably around the same price as Butcher Shop's, but it's worth it.

          Prezza's steak tartare was the only disappointing thing I had there. Kinda lacked flavor.

          Eastern Standard take the "usual" formula, but presents it already "all mixed up". (Note, this was over a year ago, don't know if it has changed.)

          My introduction to steak tartare was at a steakhouse which rhymes with Thrill Grenty Twee, and I remember it being phenomenal, but that was like 8 years ago.

          I could have sworn I thought the tartare at Brassierie Jo's was ridiculously un-noteworthy. But that, too, was maybe 5 or 6 years ago.

          I've heard about Chez Henri's, and definitely need to make it there for that.

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          1. re: Alcachofa
            Taralli Aug 1, 2006 07:13 PM

            I wanted to laud TGT's, as it was 1 of my favs & what our crew always ordered w/martinis before hitting the Friday night gallery openings.

            1. re: Alcachofa
              DoubleMan Aug 1, 2006 07:16 PM

              I really like Chez Henri's. Not mind-blowing, but it was a large portion, came with manchego/baguette toasts and pickled onions, and had a decent heat level. $12 if I remember correctly. I'm planning to go back soon with my SO and make a dinner for two from a cubano and the tartare.

              1. re: Alcachofa
                Dax Aug 3, 2006 04:45 PM

                One of those you reference was still phenomenal two years ago.

              2. lissy Aug 1, 2006 07:08 PM

                I love the steak tartare at Butcher Shop (even for the price). It's my favorite in the city. Sibling Rivalry actually has an interesting version that has a Latin twist that is pretty good. I wasn't a fan of the Petit Robert one.

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                  DoubleMan Aug 1, 2006 07:19 PM

                  I'm not gonna lie, I'd pay $19 for the Butcher Shop's tartare again, but if it was $15 or less, I'd probably be there nightly. I really like the food there, but the prices still strike me as 15-20% too high.

                  1. re: DoubleMan
                    phatchris Aug 1, 2006 09:38 PM

                    I love the citrus tuna and salmon tartare at Lucca

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                  BJK Aug 1, 2006 09:42 PM

                  I also really like the steak tartare at Eastern Standard. I once had a terrific Asian-inspired steak tartare at Lumiere, though I don't see it on their menu online.


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                    Gabatta Aug 2, 2006 03:01 AM

                    I think the Capital Grille has an excellent tartare.

                    1. limster Aug 3, 2006 03:12 AM

                      What about the kitfo at Ethiopian places like Addis Red Sea?

                      Also might be worthwhile to ask about raw beef kibbeh at some of the better Lebanese places (Reef Cafe comes to mind).

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                        9lives Aug 3, 2006 04:00 PM

                        Steak tartare is 1 of my favorite dishes and I often make it at home..sometimes tradition..sometimes not

                        For a little different twist, try a Korean version. I go to Suishaya; not sure if they make the best in town but it's most convenient for me and very good.think soy and sesame flavoring.

                        1. applehome Aug 3, 2006 04:12 PM

                          Yes - definitely try the Korean version, Yukhoe (yu kwe). It's always fresh, cold and delicious at New Jang Su in Burlington.

                          1. sailormouth Aug 3, 2006 06:08 PM

                            I had the steak tartare at ES last night and while it was good, I found it a little boring as I really couldn't taste the meat that much, I preferred Brasserie Jo, which while spicy, still had that barbarian raw meat essence I was looking for. GRRRRR!

                            Does Clio have a steak tartare?

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                            1. re: sailormouth
                              9lives Aug 3, 2006 06:52 PM

                              don't know about Clio, but Uni does a kobe (waygu) raw beef dish.

                            2. tatamagouche Aug 5, 2006 12:21 AM

                              Limster's right, Addis's kitfo is awesome; I'm also in the pro-Brasserie-Jo camp, at least the last time I had it, which was admittedly a while back. In fact I thought it was the best in town, and I've had a lot of it. Abe & Louie's is bland and flabby.
                              Pigalle's is good too.

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