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Sep 1, 2006 07:19 AM

HELP ME!!! My husband's birthday..Jar or Ruths Chris?

Here's the deal..we've been to Jar a miillion times and love it, but want steak for his birthday. We will be joined by our beautiful 10 year old daughter, so we are in no need of a hip scene. We want AMAZING food, and a clubby (not club), comfortable setting. We have never tried Ruth's Chris. Any advice would be greatly appreciated. He is not only my husband, he's the love of my life. Thanks in advance.

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  1. I think you can cook a steak better at home. I recently had a taste of the filet at Piccolo in Venice and it was spectacular. laid back beach setting, spectacular italian food. and you can get a steak cooked better than you can do yourself.

    1. Ruth's Chris does a very good (but nowhere near amazing) steak, albeit drenched in butter unless you specify otherwise; however, I greatly prefer the flavor of the steaks at JAR--and the appetizers and sides are much better there, too. My favorite is probably the porterhouse but the Kansas and Ribeye are also delicious. Besides, which would your daughter prefer, the chocolate (or, sometimes, butterscotch!) pudding at JAR or the bread pudding at Ruth's Chris?

      1. i'm a ruth chris fan, but between the two, i'd have to go with suzanne tracht at jar.

        or the greatest b-day gift are steaks ordered from lobel's in nyc. my husband made a great b-day dinner and ordered two beautiful bone-in rib-eyes.

        1. Jar for sure, unless you are going just for the steak. Jar has a great atmosphere and the food is excellent. Ruth Chris is mediocre at best, and it is a chain---which never is top on my list for special occasions.

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          1. re: angmatt

            Ruth Chris is Mediocre - meaning you would rather eat at McDonald's? It may not be as good, yet your comments should be safeguarded. I like, yet do not love, RC, especially BH.
            I also like Jar, feel it is a better all-around dining experience including better food and variety of food, and a MUCH better wine list.
            Don't categorize all chains in similar fashion - Houstons is a chain, yet tito's tacos is not, yet comparing the two is not worth anyone's time.

            1. re: carter

              This is my opinion as you are entitled to yours. Ruths Chris is simply not my favorite steak house.

          2. why not try out mastro's? also, cut seems to be receiving rave reviews on CH.