I'm looking to buy high quality steak knives. I checked out Crate and Barrel's website and feel overwhelmed by the choices. Any recommendations? It doesn't have to be from Crate and Barrel.
I live in NYC and have access to many kitchen supply stores.
Any help would be much appreciated.
The most important criterion for steak knives is that they not be serrated. Serrated knives tear the meat, as opposed to slicing it. Start your search based on that, with the additional understanding that Laguiole is just the name of a town with lots of knife makers; many of them good, others not so much.
I don't know about the quality--I bought mine (serrated blades, faux-wood handles) at $10 a dozen at a restaurant supply place here in San Francisco. I don't get compliments on the way they look but they cope with meat just fine. If I were in NYC the first place I'd check would be Bowery Kitchenwares, in Chelsea Market.