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.
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.
I bought Laguiole at TJ Maxx for quite a reasonable price, the same ones that Restoration Hardware was selling. The keep their edges nicely and are very sharp.
Mine I got here in LA at Smart n' Final, a restaurant supply type store...that's going to be your best bet.
Don't give Crate and Barrell your money, go somewhere that caters to the restaurant business. You'll get more bang for you buck that way.
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.