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lyd Oct 24, 2006 03:43 AM

My boyfriend's birthday is coming up. Any suggestions on a place with good steaks? I'm willing to go expensive *IF* it's worth it.

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  1. jon RE: lyd Oct 24, 2006 01:44 PM

    i love the willett house in port chester. flames in bedford is ok but willett house is the best i think.

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      adamclyde RE: jon Oct 24, 2006 02:28 PM

      I agree. I really like the willett house. I haven't tried many steakhouses in this area, but I really like the food at this place. the sides and desserts aren't that special (though, admittedly, I haven't tried them all), but the steak is good.

      you'll pay NYC steakhouse prices, but you get NYC quality steak. go figure...

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      dolores RE: lyd Oct 24, 2006 02:33 PM

      I've been to Ruth's Chris and to Ye Olde Tollgate and I didn't have the bankroll to go further into Mo's, but The Willett House was juuuust right. Nice service, good steak, an excellent Manhattan and Quinn was the perfect waitperson.

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        tamerlanenj RE: lyd Oct 24, 2006 04:44 PM

        Didn't Mariano Rivera open up a steakhouse in Westchester?

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          laylag RE: tamerlanenj Oct 24, 2006 06:49 PM

          Yes, it's in New Rochelle. Haven't been nor heard if it's good.

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            Cheese Boy RE: laylag Oct 25, 2006 12:54 AM

            Mo's : http://www.mosnewyorkgrill.com/index....

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              tamerlanenj RE: Cheese Boy Oct 25, 2006 01:18 PM

              I would hope the menu would have some Panamanian influences, and not just be another cookie cutter steakhouse.

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                PlasticMoonRain RE: tamerlanenj Feb 25, 2007 07:13 PM

                I read a recent review of Mo's -- I think it was in Westchester magazine? -- and it completely tore the place apart.

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          laylag RE: lyd Oct 24, 2006 06:52 PM

          I'm not a fan of Willett house - or as we call it - Wallet House. Stuffy, uptight atmosphere. Food was good but not exceptional and it was all rather overpriced - even for an upscale steakhouse. Haven't been but hear good things about Tollgate.

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            dolores RE: lyd Oct 24, 2006 07:16 PM

            laylag, I find most steakhouses overpriced. Since this is NOT something I can't cook at home, I am loathe to shell out $35. for a steak (never MIND $88. for porterhouse for two) and when I do, I want a smashing drink and darned good service.

            Thinking back, I went for a late lunch/early dinner at Willett House, so I don't know if that made a difference. I don't remember but imagine that a potato or whatever was a la carte, which annoys me no end about steakhouses. Where is Manero's when I need them? I know, I know, they were awwwwful. Well, I liked them.

            Tollgate was okay, again as far as a steakhouse goes. If I remember correctly, the room was small, and the steak was like Luger's, on a plank and all that jazz.

            Ruth's Chris was what I'd call stuffy, pretentious and overpriced.

            I haven't been to Frank and Johnny's (is that the one in Rye?) or any other local steakhouse and I am awaiting a report on Mo's. I can't wait to hear why their P/H for 2 is worth $88.

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              tamerlanenj RE: dolores Oct 24, 2006 07:26 PM

              If the PH for two is like 50 ounces of steak, that's not too out of line. A steak for one at a steakhouse can definitely be $40.

              And the whole "I can cook steak at home" thing always makes me laugh. Where do you purhcase your USDA prime beef? Do you dry age it in your basement?

              The local speciality market has a tiny selection of USDA prime steaks, and they are $25 each and up. Seems like the restaurants have a quite reasonable markup.

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                tamerlanenj RE: tamerlanenj Oct 24, 2006 07:30 PM

                Nevermind. I just realized that even Peter Luger only charges $77

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              dolores RE: lyd Oct 24, 2006 08:37 PM

              It's 42 ounces.

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                tamerlanenj RE: lyd Oct 24, 2006 11:52 PM

                Yes, I would agree that $88 is overpriced for a 42 ounce portherhouse. Even the morton's in downtown Boston charges less.

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                  tgseaver RE: tamerlanenj Oct 25, 2006 01:31 PM

                  My vote is Frankie & Johnnies. Wife and I have been to at least 20 steakhouses in the tristate in the last 7 years and
                  love everything about Frankie & Johnnies. The steak is second
                  only to lugers,But I think everything else is the first class.
                  We recently took my inlaws(did not let them look at the menu ie sticker shock) and my Fater inlaw said "I can't make or buy a steak like this" Overpriced? Yea but they all are.

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                    dolores RE: tgseaver Oct 25, 2006 02:53 PM

                    Nice to know, tgseaver.

                    Guess I'll have to try them...theirs may be better than the steaks I can cook at home.

                    That was a............joke.

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                  karpen RE: lyd Feb 25, 2007 07:42 AM

                  My family ate at Willett House for the first time last night. We enjoyed it very much. Had the Porterhouse for 4, gorgonzola salad, a few sides, and an unbelievable Creme Brulee Cheesecake, a slice of which can easily feed two, Steak-wise, it was as good as I recall Peter Lugar to be (last visit 4 years ago). The sides were not quite as good as PL. Service was very good. Prepare to re-mortgage your house for this one !

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                    Kobe RE: lyd Feb 26, 2007 12:06 PM

                    Alba's in Port Chester

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