HOME > Chowhound > Manhattan >

Top Steak in NYC

netmover Nov 9, 2006 08:53 PM

Here's my 3 favorites which are yours?

1. Gallaghers

2. Sparks

3. Peter Luger's

  1. Click to Upload a photo (10 MB limit)
Delete
  1. c
    chow_gal RE: netmover Nov 9, 2006 08:57 PM

    Keen's

    1. b
      bobby06877 RE: netmover Nov 9, 2006 09:31 PM

      I am a fan of The Strip House

      1. m
        marleneca54 RE: netmover Nov 9, 2006 09:39 PM

        Sparks (best sirloin)
        Peter Luger's (best in NY)
        Keen's steakhouse

        1. Angelina RE: netmover Nov 9, 2006 09:49 PM

          Del Frisco's

          Sparks

          Morton's

          1. The Chowhound Team RE: netmover Nov 9, 2006 09:56 PM

            Folks-

            This is the Manhattan board, discussion of Peter Lugar in Brooklyn is off topic for this board.

            You may want to consider reposting this query on The Best Of board, which would cover all of the boroughs.

            Thanks.

            2 Replies
            1. re: The Chowhound Team
              netmover RE: The Chowhound Team Nov 9, 2006 10:11 PM

              ok sorry, you are absolutely correct! I hearby substitute my Peter Luger vote for Smith and Wollensky. Love that truffled mac n chz too!

              1. re: netmover
                s
                steakrules85 RE: netmover Jul 14, 2008 06:32 AM

                I called yesterday and they don't serve mac and cheese! I am so mad because I love mac n cheese and I see it it on the menu at every other location. Anyone know why NYC doesn't serve it?

            2. l
              lorenlpw1 RE: netmover Nov 13, 2006 01:40 AM

              I don't know why I love this topic and can opine for hours. Have to say, that I've been eating at NYC steakhouses for 20 years, and miss Christ Cella's the most...Favorites are:
              The Palm (only the original)
              Ben Bensons
              Wolfgang's (on a mellow night)

              Have to say the absolute worst or the new pretenders is Frankie Johnnie's garment district, atrocious at best.

              1. weinstein5 RE: netmover Nov 13, 2006 01:44 AM

                I am partial to the prime grill -

                1. t
                  tpigeon RE: netmover Nov 13, 2006 05:32 AM

                  Since you said top steak in NYC not steakhouse. My overwhelming favorite is the steak at Per Se. Easily the best steak I ever had.

                  6 Replies
                  1. re: tpigeon
                    k
                    Kanger RE: tpigeon Nov 13, 2006 03:56 PM

                    Can you elaborate further? I'd love to hear about it, just in case I ever make it there and am forced to choose ... what cut of meat? Anything unusual about the preparation?

                    1. re: Kanger
                      t
                      tpigeon RE: Kanger Dec 29, 2006 01:15 AM

                      it is Wyagu (austrialian version of kobe) the waiter told me they only get it about 5 times a year so I lucked out. You can't miss it btw, it is an extra $100 for a six ounce steak but it was amazing. BTW I am not a fan of Kobe steaks in general.

                      1. re: tpigeon
                        l
                        LVI RE: tpigeon Dec 29, 2006 01:14 PM

                        Actually, what you refer to is Wagyu beef, which is what Kobe is. Kobe refers to area in Japan (Kobe is the capital of Hyogo Prefecture). Wagyu is the type of cattle. Kobe Beef in the US is mislabled and is like the Bermuda Onion...IT NEVER GETS EXPORTED. So any place that tells you you are eating Kobe beef is incorrect. What they are serving you is "Kobe-style" beef.

                        1. re: LVI
                          v
                          vision20 RE: LVI Dec 29, 2006 01:53 PM

                          I think you need to revisit Kobe Beef. Wagyu has been imported from Japan again for the past couple of years. One place that does it very well is Megu's. If you still think Wagyu is the cheap US imitation, you've been missing out for quite some time.

                          1. re: vision20
                            l
                            LVI RE: vision20 Jan 10, 2007 11:25 AM

                            Not a question about visiting or re-visiting. My point is that 99.9% of Kobe beef is being mislabeled. It is "Kobe-Style", which for all arguments is simply (and as you pointed out, most delicious!) Wagyu beef. I know it is a matter of semantics but to label beef "Kobe" is wrong.

                            "Most Kobe Beef today is bred and raised in California and Australia. For example, Harris Ranch in California is contracted with beef producers in Kobe to breed and raise their cattle in California, where land and grain is relatively inexpensive. The cattle is raised and fed under the exacting specifications for Kobe Beef. When the cattle is almost ready for slaughter, it is shipped to Kobe, Japan, where its feeding is completed, and the cattle is slaughtered."

                          2. re: LVI
                            blackbookali RE: LVI Jan 9, 2007 10:44 PM

                            Kobe beef from Japan is now being imported to the US. There was a ban on it over a USDA concern about mad cow - the ban has been lifted.

                    2. t
                      Todd RE: netmover Nov 13, 2006 02:10 PM

                      Spark's

                      The Strip House

                      Del Frisco's

                      1. netmover RE: netmover Dec 6, 2006 06:52 PM

                        Any good Argentine or Nicaraguan steakhouse in NYC?

                        3 Replies
                        1. re: netmover
                          abu applesauce RE: netmover Dec 6, 2006 07:08 PM

                          Azul--Lower East Side--great Argentinian place. Do a search and look for BobMartinez review--he turned me to this place and I am ever grateful.

                          1. re: abu applesauce
                            Bob Martinez RE: abu applesauce Dec 6, 2006 07:43 PM

                            "Do a search and look for BobMartinez review--he turned me to this place and I am ever grateful."

                            Christmas is coming. A bottle of good brandy makes a lovely gift.

                            OK, I'm kidding. A good deed is it's own reward. :-)

                            1. re: abu applesauce
                              Bob Martinez RE: abu applesauce May 20, 2013 09:37 AM

                              I hate to be the bearer of bad news but Azul is not the good deal it one was. The steak for two, which was $36 back in 2006, is now $68.

                              Yes, I know meat prices have gone up but not many places have doubled what they charge.

                              I'm not saying it's unwarranted but there was some real sticker shock when we went back a couple of months ago. The steak was fine but when I'm paying twice as much I'm more critical. It was good, not great.

                          2. z
                            zar212 RE: netmover Dec 6, 2006 08:52 PM

                            Sparks and Strip House...by far!

                            2 Replies
                            1. re: zar212
                              g
                              globlamega RE: zar212 Dec 6, 2006 09:19 PM

                              I'm going to The Strip House on Dec 18th when I'm back in NY for the holidays, with a bunch of my high school buddies. Any recommendations as to what to order other than the traditional steakhouse fare?

                              1. re: globlamega
                                z
                                zar212 RE: globlamega Dec 7, 2006 04:36 PM

                                The lobster bisque is really good if you are into that. The cucumber and tomato salad, sounds a little boring, but is actually quite nice as well. Definitely going for the traditional strip ...most amazing salt "crust" and you cant have that with out the cream of spinach. I think the goose fat potatoes are no big deal..kinda like a big hash brown...opt for fries or sauteed mushrroms instead.

                            2. d
                              Desidero RE: netmover Dec 6, 2006 09:26 PM

                              The goose fat potatoes are a great side and the immense chocolate cake is terrific.

                              1 Reply
                              1. re: Desidero
                                g
                                globlamega RE: Desidero Dec 6, 2006 09:53 PM

                                Thanks, done deal. I'll try them both. I usually have to have a choc dessert after steak or heavily garlicked italian fare anyway.

                              2. s
                                sushiman RE: netmover Dec 6, 2006 09:46 PM

                                It really depends on the type of steak you want.

                                NY Strip-The original Palm.

                                Porterhouse-Wolfgang's downtown, otherwise go to Brooklyn.

                                Filet-Who cares? Actually a filet pan seared at the Palm is great.

                                Steak au Poivre-Raoul's

                                Steak Tartare-Balthazar

                                Skirt Steak-Landmarc

                                1. j
                                  Jenna28 RE: netmover Dec 6, 2006 09:58 PM

                                  I love steak - wish I could afford it right now...

                                  In my opinion:

                                  1) Palm Too - you can't beat a classic, I grew up here

                                  2) Frankie and Johnnies (garment district)- I had an absolutely fantastic steak there, I'm not sure what the person above had, but everything was great, including the salad and hash browns.

                                  3)Mark Joseph - its in a remote spot, but the steak for two was great.

                                  4) Steak tartare - Blue Ribbon bakery market - so good, with delicious homemade waffle chips...

                                  1. Withnail42 RE: netmover Dec 6, 2006 10:01 PM

                                    BLT (the original)

                                    Le Steak

                                    1. j
                                      Johnleah RE: netmover Dec 6, 2006 11:30 PM

                                      1. Luger's
                                      2. Gallagher's
                                      3. Sparks

                                      1. f
                                        FAL RE: netmover Dec 6, 2006 11:34 PM

                                        BEN AND JACK'S STEAK HOUSE
                                        WOLFGANG'S
                                        SPARKS
                                        I WOULD POST PL'S BUT I MIGHT UPSET THE CH TEAM.

                                        1. t
                                          tsiblis RE: netmover Dec 7, 2006 02:12 AM

                                          I'd go with The Knickerbocker on University as the porterhouse is fabulous (the steak for one is enough for 2), the side dishes are far better and more varied than at a traditional steak place and you have so many other choices on the menu.

                                          1 Reply
                                          1. re: tsiblis
                                            blackbookali RE: tsiblis Jun 17, 2010 11:12 PM

                                            Knickerbocker is a great steak and a great steak value, ive had better but paid LOADS more or had to make them myself

                                          2. tbear RE: netmover Dec 7, 2006 03:58 AM

                                            Keen's
                                            Palm Too
                                            Smith & Wollensky Grill

                                            Honorable mention:
                                            Hanger Steak @ Les Halles

                                            1. s
                                              snaporaz RE: netmover Dec 7, 2006 04:14 AM

                                              I second MarkJoseph. Much easier to get into than Luger's and you can't beat the bacon 'appetizer' and the porterhouse for 2-3. Unfortunately, as with most NY steakhouses, wine markups are appalling, but that's par for the course. Or go to Keen's and get the 'mutton' chop.

                                              1. s
                                                surfer dude RE: netmover Dec 7, 2006 08:22 PM

                                                Sparks has the best NY strip I've ever had.

                                                I hear Butcher Bros. is great too. Anyone been?

                                                Also Bull and Bear. Have heard great things.

                                                NYC is the best in the world for steak!!!

                                                1. j
                                                  jungirl RE: netmover Dec 8, 2006 07:05 AM

                                                  tad's. JUST KIDDING! has anyone been to craftsteak?

                                                  1. m
                                                    MichaelG RE: netmover Dec 8, 2006 10:28 PM

                                                    I've been to the one in Vegas. Not as good as Sparks or as fun as Keen's IMHO. We compared the grain and the grass fed beef, and grass won hands down!

                                                    1. e
                                                      Ernie RE: netmover Dec 9, 2006 12:13 AM

                                                      Sparks by a mile

                                                      1. b
                                                        Ben RE: netmover Dec 9, 2006 12:17 AM

                                                        Can't fault Sparks and Strip House as top choices. Here's another very good PL facsimile - Ben & Jack's on E44th St near 3rd Ave - almost good enough to make you forget the original....

                                                        1. netmover RE: netmover Dec 28, 2006 10:49 PM

                                                          Any good places that do not charge an arm and a leg? Good steak=great price formula in the NYC?

                                                          1 Reply
                                                          1. re: netmover
                                                            l
                                                            Lucia RE: netmover Dec 29, 2006 12:44 AM

                                                            This question comes up from time to time. Here's a recent post: http://www.chowhound.com/topics/35099...
                                                            My favorite affordable steak is at Azul Bistro.

                                                          2. h
                                                            heart2eat RE: netmover Dec 28, 2006 10:51 PM

                                                            Having tried all the top steak places in NYC (Peter Lugers, Keens, Palm, Sparks and so on...), without a doubt BLT Prime.

                                                            1. netmover RE: netmover Dec 29, 2006 01:10 PM

                                                              Where is this 'blue' bistro...and what's so good about it?

                                                              There has to be some decent affordable beef in the city that never sleeps, no? I am definately not looking for horse meat!!! Preferably graded 'Choice' and not 'Select' which can be dreadful at best unedible at worst...I am also very partial to steaks served with sauce, ala French or Greek etc. Sometimes the country speciffic restaurants have great inexpensive steaks on their menus that wouldn't make you think of them in a steak thread , but are most worthy of mention.

                                                              Taverna OPA, (Greek from FLA is about to open or maybe they already did? in NYC), has a phenomenal Ribeye in a Lemon sauce for just $18!!!

                                                              That would be an example of what I am in search of. Please dig down deep into your secret chowhound treasure chests!

                                                              1. t
                                                                tsiblis RE: netmover Dec 29, 2006 03:33 PM

                                                                We were a group of six last night at The Knickerbocker (which I posted about previously) and everyone was thrilled by their T-bone steak (the one for one is fine for two people). Many people don't think of The Knick as a steakhouse (it's much, much more), but that makes it better as it's versatile and the side dishes are delicious. Plus it's in the Village, takes (and honors) reservations. It's less pricey and less of an ordeal than most dedicated steak houses I've been - certainly as good or better.

                                                                1. fukhed RE: netmover Dec 30, 2006 12:53 AM

                                                                  Herewith is Fukhed's definitive NYC Steakhouse Guide:

                                                                  * - weak
                                                                  **- average
                                                                  *** - fine quality, recommended
                                                                  **** - Luger's

                                                                  Benjamin's - another in a long line of Luger's off-shoots they're currently serving the best Porterhouse in Manhattan. Very tasty creamed spinach & well=done hash brown potato all Luger's quality. Located on E41st (park/mad). (***1/2)

                                                                  Blair-Perrone on 2nd ave and about 47th-48th served a fine porterhouse and excellent bacon a few weeks ago. Impressive debut - will keep close tabs on this one. Another Luger's offshoot (***)

                                                                  Morton's - do not go to this chain garbage while in NY - go next time you're in a mall in Minnesota. (*)

                                                                  BLT Steak on E57th - one of the best steaks (Strip) i've had. fine atmosophere and very good tuna tartare. great hen of the woods mushrooms and potato sides are quality. (***)

                                                                  BLT Prime on E22nd was a dissapointment, but perhaps it was just that i went on a busy saturday nite. (**)

                                                                  Ben & Jacks on E44th - another luger off-shoot - good porterhouse - fatty bacon. interesting room. (**1/2)

                                                                  Capital Grille E42nd - against my grain to give a chain a good ranking, but despite NOT serving prime beef, this place delivers a quality steak (try the kona rub strip), fresh fish, and across the board goodness. the steak sandy at lunch is a good gouging. Best service in NYC for those that give a spit. (**1/2)

                                                                  Wolfgangs Park Ave - this german does it right. Luger's quality porterhouse and sides + gustivino tile ceiling, a nice touch. Lines are long at dinner. Strong player. Have not tried downtown yet. (***1/2)

                                                                  Smith & Wollensky - since this is the original, i'll give them a pass on their ongoing expansion. still a fine NY steakhouse with a grand wine list. Ribeye is the best cut - served cajun style. The grill is a good option - but no cheaper. (***)

                                                                  Gallagher's W52nd - if only the steak was as good as the vibe, decor, and general being of this NY institution. But why quibble - still a great time and a quality, if not stellar strip. I implore you to get the hamburger - perhaps the best in the city. (**1/2)

                                                                  Strip House- Excellent. High marks from top to bottom. Steak (porterhouse or Strip), fish, salads, drinks, decor, goose fat potato, etc. A consistent player that has not lost the eye of the tiger. (***1/2)

                                                                  Michael Jordan's Grand Central - this is not a sports bar, but a highly competent steak house owned by the same folks that own Strip House. Damn fine strip steak and sides - quality across the board in the most beautiful building in NYC. (***)

                                                                  Pietros E43rd - a bit down on its heels and showing its age. apparently the next generation has not taken over. its a shame because this is old skool NYC. I have given up on the steak and now order Italian here. (*1/2 for the Steak - ** for the Italian).

                                                                  Ruth's Chris - if this chain is still in NYC - avoid it like the plague - steak and everything else sucks. (ZERO Stars)

                                                                  Del Frisco's - OK, so this Texas transplant can serve up quality, but for some reason, i always feel like i'm being hustled here. Super pricey and just too Texas for my liking. (**1/2)

                                                                  Dylan Prime Tribeca - one of the best all-around steakhouses in the city - top notch food across the board - above average steak (***)

                                                                  Palm West 50th - good for a business lunch if your directly in the neighborhood, do not go out of your way. (**)

                                                                  Bobby Van's Park Ave 46th location - at one point, i believed that this was the best steahouse on the island - but over time, i've taken a more pessimistic view. They keep expanding - last count there were at least 3 of these in NYC, also - they are priced even beyond the most expensive of all steak houses - they've pushed the envelope on price -and i for one say NO.
                                                                  Overall quality and consistency remains high. (***)

                                                                  Craftsteak behind chelsea market - one of the biggest fraud's perpetrated on the NY steak fiend. they are ripping people off with this grass fed, corn fed, waygu several ways, etc nonesense. big money backers are gonna lose their dough. is this dump still open? none of that grand gritty taste that the best properly charred prime steak delivers. do not go and do not waste your hard earned money. you do not slow cook properly aged prime beef. (*)

                                                                  i'll go deeper on the above and add more in the future.

                                                                  - F'Hed

                                                                  3 Replies
                                                                  1. re: fukhed
                                                                    netmover RE: fukhed Dec 30, 2006 02:24 PM

                                                                    wow F'Hed...nice run down, thanks!

                                                                    I notice you didn't mention the old homestead when you ventured into Chelsea? Is it not worthy of mention, or have you not been (which I find unlikely with the impressive list above). Isn't OH the oldest in NYC? Or one of them anyhow?

                                                                    I would also be very interested in hearing about Steaks you recommend that are not from Steakhouse per se.

                                                                    And what's with Gallaghers? You seem to have a beef with the beef?

                                                                    Where does Sparks rank?

                                                                    Also, I am not sure I overstood your charred comment well. One of things I absolutely detest, is having that charred gritty taste ruining my perfectly good cut of beef. Usually, it means they're done on the griddle or flattop. I am down with the concept of cooking at high heats and sealing in the juices, but who wants that nasty 'charred' read 'burnt' taste throughout every bite of their bleeding prime beef.

                                                                    Thanks again for some excellent input!

                                                                    1. re: fukhed
                                                                      l
                                                                      llinza RE: fukhed Jan 2, 2007 09:05 PM

                                                                      Great rundown! What about Sparks or the Palm on 2nd Avenue?

                                                                      I'm looking for new (for us) Birthday steak place - we've been to Gallaghers, Strip, M.Jordan, Keens, BLT Prime. Husband was interested in Palm - but thinking that is better for a lunch these days.

                                                                      1. re: fukhed
                                                                        travelames RE: fukhed Jan 19, 2009 06:10 PM

                                                                        Thanks for sharing that comprehensive list.

                                                                        I went to Dylan Prime Thursday night with 4 friends... it was steak x 5. I had the rib-eye, medium-rare, charred with the foie gras butter chapeaux. The steak was cooked to perfection, and delicious. I have never finished a 14oz steak in a single sitting, but it was so tasty and juicy... too good to stop.

                                                                        For dessert, we ordered 2 of the Dylan Prime Chocolate “Porterhouse” for Two, which was Red Velvet “N.Y. Strip,” with a dark chocolate coat, Frozen Mousse “Filet,” with a milk chocolate coat and a White Chocolate Bone. It was huge! The 5 of us couldn't finish the 2 orders. This dessert not only looked good, but was delicious.

                                                                      2. s
                                                                        surfer dude RE: netmover Dec 31, 2006 02:32 AM

                                                                        What about Keens? I find it tops for ambiance, steak, and sides. For steak exclusively, I think Spark's is #1. Fukhed, your posting was impressively informative, but leaving out the two greatest steak houses in NYC shows a glimpse into your preponderance for smoking marijuana. Nothing wrong with that, but I just wanted to point out the obvious. Thanks.

                                                                        1 Reply
                                                                        1. re: surfer dude
                                                                          c
                                                                          candyismmm RE: surfer dude Jan 2, 2007 11:20 PM

                                                                          I'd think one would really have to like throwback type dinners to enjoy Keens. My dinner there was barely a notch up from Tads. You know it's a bad sign when they're serving those frozen dinner rolls you heat up. I found their steak to be overcooked and a tough piece of fatty supermarket grade meat. The sides were were very no thrills in my opinion. I was actuallly scared to eat my NY Strip because it had a dark reddish hue like you get with a very tough unedible piece of meat. I'd think this would appeal to someone looking for a very old fashioned meat and potatos type meal, but it doesn't justify the price or history of the place. I read reviews that made this sound like a can't miss steak, but we sent our meal back.

                                                                        2. fukhed RE: netmover Jan 4, 2007 12:48 AM

                                                                          Dear Hounds,

                                                                          * - weak
                                                                          **- average
                                                                          *** - fine quality, recommended
                                                                          **** - Luger's

                                                                          I decided not to review Sparks as i have not eaten there in 3 odd years. Last i was there, my sense was that they increased the size of the room so much that quality suffered. I will make it my business to get back over there for a re-evaluation.

                                                                          Keens is classic old school. I strongly recommend their roast beef hash and apple pandowdy in the pub. The Steak is good for sure, but i would caution against getting too attached. i had a one month run where i ate there at least 10 times and have not been back since. I'll give them (**) stars for the food and another * for the pipes on the ceiling and the pandowdy.

                                                                          Regarding my beef with Gallaghers - i have no beef but don't think that their beef stacks up with the best in the city. You gaze in awe at that wonderful steak locker up front and the
                                                                          care and effort they put into their dry aging -but the steak comes up short. as i posted earlier - their burger is perhaps the best in the city. To all the slavish mutts that can utter nothing but "Shake Shack, Shake Shack, Shake Shack" - go to W52nd, get the burger, and write me. By the way, if by chance you go to see a show at roseland, i stongly suggest drinking at G's beforehand. They'll give you a bowl of the finest housemade potato chips you'll find on this island. One final note, they've opened a Gallagher's in the American Airlines terminal at Newark Int. Airport (EWR) - what's that all about? How the flip can i cut into a sirloin with a plastic fork?

                                                                          Old Homestead - a young fukhed was burned with a subpar meal here 15 or so years ago and he never forgot it. Their longevity is clearly a plus and they deserve another crack - i'll give 'em one soon, tho not in the AC (Borgata) location.... (rating suspended for now)

                                                                          Frankie & Jonhnie's -how can 2 restaurants located a mere mile from one another offer such a different experience? The broadway location is an all-time classic that i do not frequent enough. Fine steak in perhaps the best steakhouse atmosphere in the city - upstairs, cramped, smokey (steak not cigs) - man i need to get back here in a hurry. On the other side of the ledger is their W37th st location - a dismal room both upstairs and down with food to match. Simply a losing affair that i'll tell you to avoid at all costs.
                                                                          W45th/Broadway - (***)
                                                                          W37th st - (*)
                                                                          Rye & Hoboken - no opinion

                                                                          keep eatin the red meat y'all.

                                                                          -F'hed

                                                                          1. g
                                                                            globlamega RE: netmover Jan 4, 2007 02:40 AM

                                                                            Went to Strip House on Dec 18th with my High Scool Buddies and liked it. Hillary Swank was two tables away (she sat next to me @ Madeo's once also...could she be stalking me??). Anyway, it was very good but very expensive, even for a steakhouse. NY strip $51 (ala carte like in all steakhouses but still). Anyway, the goose fat potatoes were very good, and all other sides were typical. Nothing blew me away except the meat, and the incredible HUGE choc cake at the end for dessert. The room was dark and sorta sexy with a mixed crowd and it was packed. We waited 35 min past our 8:30 reservation time. That pissed me off a little but overall it was very good. The tomato salad app had a very cool presentation (it was a tower type thing) and I stole some of my buddies shrimp cocktail and they were huge and the sauce was great. Thanks for all your recommendations as to what to order from my earlier post. Oh yeah, the fries were excellent.

                                                                            1. t
                                                                              tsiblis RE: netmover Jan 4, 2007 12:44 PM

                                                                              Doesn't anyone else go to The Knickerbocker for steaks? They're delicious, well priced - and the creamed spinach is excellent, as is everything.

                                                                              1 Reply
                                                                              1. re: tsiblis
                                                                                b
                                                                                binkis RE: tsiblis Jan 4, 2007 07:10 PM

                                                                                FWIW, binkis' run down of steakhouses:

                                                                                * - weak
                                                                                **- average
                                                                                *** - fine quality, recommended
                                                                                **** - Luger's

                                                                                Ben & Jack's (**1/2): A fine choice, but not particularly memorable. Nothing wrong with the meal, and the meat was quite good. But nothing to make it stand out either. Service was mediocre.

                                                                                Ben Benson's (*): Yeeks. The service was horrendous and the meat wasn't too much better. The place was absolutely jammed when we went, so perhaps a better experience could be had when it was slower. Perhaps.

                                                                                Del Frisco's (**): Fine, but uninteresting.

                                                                                Frankie & Johnnie's (***): I'm a big fan of this place. It's very different than the others - the meat that is - and you can't beat the old-school environment and the 60-year-old waiters in tuxes. Awesome experience.

                                                                                Keens (****): I've been three times and the meat is absolutely fantastic. Strip, Filet, Porterhouse - awesome! And the prime rib is the best in the city. (I don't like prime rib, but my dining partners love it.) The atmosphere is classic old-school and the service is always good. #1 go-to place in Manhattan.

                                                                                Palm (**1/2): A decent outpost with good meat where you know what you're gonna get. I've been 4 times, and 3 times the meat was terrific. One time it was a bit grisly. Sides are always good as are the desserts. They have the skinny onion rings, which would grant them an extra 1/2 star, but they also have bathroom attendants, which loses them a 1/2 star, so it's a wash.

                                                                                Sparks (*1/2): I went once and the steak was really unimpressive. The service wasn't much better. The atmosphere gains it an additional 1/2 star, but we did not enjoy the experience. I realize this is a minority opinion.

                                                                                Wolfgangs (***1/2): The best off-shoot I've been to. Doesn't come close to PL (which gets ****++++ in my book), but is a good substitute that's easier to eat at (credit cards, reservations, e tc.) The room is interesting, but I find it a bit claustrophobic with the low ceilings. Haven't been to the new location.

                                                                              2. netmover RE: netmover Jan 9, 2007 10:12 PM

                                                                                Any good Argentine steakhouses?

                                                                                1 Reply
                                                                                1. re: netmover
                                                                                  p
                                                                                  PhishFoodie RE: netmover Dec 16, 2007 08:10 PM

                                                                                  i went to and enjoyed Novocento years ago... no idea about it now, but i'm pretty sure it's still around. I know I liked it enough that I wanted to go back, but never made it.

                                                                                2. f
                                                                                  FoodieNY RE: netmover Jan 13, 2007 07:32 PM

                                                                                  My favorite is the Strip House! The steak is delicious, I won't eat steak anywhere else now!

                                                                                  1. f
                                                                                    FoodieNY RE: netmover Jan 13, 2007 07:32 PM

                                                                                    Azul is good for Argentinian...

                                                                                    1. n
                                                                                      NYCnowLA RE: netmover Jan 14, 2007 01:25 AM

                                                                                      IMHO, i think the best steak in the city is at Gotham Bar & Grill.

                                                                                      1. l
                                                                                        luveeting RE: netmover Jan 14, 2007 09:16 AM

                                                                                        I do love keen's, though i've had friends who do not share my feelings about this. gotham does rock, too.

                                                                                        1. netmover RE: netmover Nov 23, 2007 06:26 AM

                                                                                          Anything new out there?

                                                                                          1. netmover RE: netmover Nov 28, 2007 05:59 PM

                                                                                            S & W 's Truffled Mac & Cheeze rules the steakhouse side dish scene...

                                                                                            2 Replies
                                                                                            1. re: netmover
                                                                                              b
                                                                                              brookeSA RE: netmover Nov 29, 2007 07:49 AM

                                                                                              top 3- strip house, markjoseph, old homestead.
                                                                                              Question- has anybody tried Primehouse? It's a new steakhouse that opened up on Park Avenue and the 20s....

                                                                                              1. re: brookeSA
                                                                                                l
                                                                                                LVI RE: brookeSA Nov 29, 2007 09:22 AM

                                                                                                Buddy just went and said VERY hoohum...

                                                                                            2. eternalX RE: netmover Dec 16, 2007 06:44 PM

                                                                                              I've been to Sparks twice. The first time it was packed and we waited an hour past our reservation time to get a table. It wasn't a huge deal because we arrived a little late and were with friends and you could get a glass of wine without too much trouble in the bar.

                                                                                              Went last week for an 8:00 reservation and they still hadn't seated people for their 6:30 reservations. How is that possible to be THAT far off? On top of that, there was no way to even get close to the bar as the place was jammed wall to wall with people.

                                                                                              We left and despite the amazing steaks, would have a hard time finding a reason to go back. It reminds me of a Seinfeld episode on rental car companies. "You know how to TAKE the reservation, it's the giving the reservation where you need a little help" or something like that.

                                                                                              1. h
                                                                                                hungry329 RE: food_lover123 Jan 7, 2009 08:38 PM

                                                                                                As far as Argentinean Steak goes...I have been to Buenos Aires on East 6th about 15 times and love it. It isn't up there with Keens, The Palm, or Strip House...much cheaper, and pretty good. The salads are no good. The empanadas and chimichurri are wonderful. Try it out. Have a glass of Malbec...or a bottle. Steak with Garlic Fries.

                                                                                                1 Reply
                                                                                                1. re: hungry329
                                                                                                  w
                                                                                                  wonka RE: hungry329 Jan 8, 2009 07:05 AM

                                                                                                  I didn't see anyone refer to Robert's steakhouse....they have great steaks, and was rated #1, I believe form Time out mag.- you do have to get pass, looking at the women, and I don't know about taking Mom there.....lol.

                                                                                                2. j
                                                                                                  jdtanenb RE: netmover Jan 21, 2009 10:33 AM

                                                                                                  Wolfgangs has by far the best quality steak in the city.

                                                                                                  What's the deal with Craftsteak? Worth trying or overpriced?

                                                                                                  4 Replies
                                                                                                  1. re: jdtanenb
                                                                                                    s
                                                                                                    steakrules85 RE: jdtanenb Jan 21, 2009 11:44 AM

                                                                                                    Never been to Craftsteak but Craft is terrifico!

                                                                                                    1. re: jdtanenb
                                                                                                      netmover RE: jdtanenb Aug 23, 2009 11:06 AM

                                                                                                      That's good to know since they are coming to Miami Beach!

                                                                                                      1. re: jdtanenb
                                                                                                        netmover RE: jdtanenb Mar 23, 2010 08:48 AM

                                                                                                        Looks like ole Wolfgang bagged his plans for a SOBE satellite store! I must say I am bummed, but he probably made the right move since there are already about ten solid Steakhouses down here now!

                                                                                                        How is BLT? I was thinking of trying it, just not sure it's worth it.

                                                                                                        1. re: netmover
                                                                                                          a
                                                                                                          arisp RE: netmover Jun 19, 2010 09:43 PM

                                                                                                          BLT was great when I went a few months ago. I find that steaks are often hit or miss (I've had great and not great steaks at the same restaurant many times). I had the ribeye at BLT (Prime, I believe) and it was superb.

                                                                                                      2. netmover RE: netmover May 18, 2013 10:09 PM

                                                                                                        Any love out there for the Resto Stakeout Dude's joints?

                                                                                                        1. r
                                                                                                          rottyguy RE: netmover May 19, 2013 04:26 AM

                                                                                                          Again, I must insist that the boned in rib-eye at Quality Meats should be in ANY "best steak....NYC" list. You're missing out if you've not eaten this treasure.

                                                                                                          5 Replies
                                                                                                          1. re: rottyguy
                                                                                                            netmover RE: rottyguy May 20, 2013 08:47 AM

                                                                                                            Where is this Quality Meats U speak of?

                                                                                                            1. re: netmover
                                                                                                              r
                                                                                                              rottyguy RE: netmover May 20, 2013 08:58 AM

                                                                                                              57 W 58th St New York, NY 10019

                                                                                                              http://www.qualitymeatsnyc.com/

                                                                                                              1. re: netmover
                                                                                                                k
                                                                                                                kathryn RE: netmover May 20, 2013 09:03 AM

                                                                                                                http://www.qualitymeatsnyc.com/
                                                                                                                http://www.yelp.com/biz/quality-meats...
                                                                                                                http://www.opentable.com/quality-meats

                                                                                                                57 W. 58th St. near Sixth Ave.

                                                                                                                Google is your friend...

                                                                                                              2. re: rottyguy
                                                                                                                k
                                                                                                                kathryn RE: rottyguy May 20, 2013 09:05 AM

                                                                                                                My review is here:
                                                                                                                http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/778492

                                                                                                                My biggest issue that the steak itself wasn't flavorful.

                                                                                                                1. re: kathryn
                                                                                                                  r
                                                                                                                  rottyguy RE: kathryn May 20, 2013 04:35 PM

                                                                                                                  We'll have to agree to disagree. I found the ribeye to be plenty flavorful with each bite. A bit rich and nothing I could do with much frequency but I'm overdue and will look to get there in the next few weeks.

                                                                                                              3. k
                                                                                                                keving RE: netmover May 20, 2013 06:06 PM

                                                                                                                Strip House, Peter Lugar and Del Frisco's

                                                                                                                1. JoanN RE: netmover Feb 5, 2014 07:17 AM

                                                                                                                  Couldn't get into our usual favorite, Keen's, last night so came to this thread looking for an alternative. Had been to Strip House many years ago and wasn't thrilled with it, but didn't recall why, so decided to give it another try. The steaks were fine. But my friends didn't like the addition of couscous (was that what it was?) in their lobster bisque; the shrimp in the shrimp cocktail were so salty my friend couldn't eat it (they removed it from the bill); the creamed spinach was gluey (although the duck fat fries were terrific); but worst of all was that they started clearing the table, including unfinished sides, while one of us was still eating. We had to ask them twice not to do that. That would never have happened at Keen's. Strip House is now permanently off my list.

                                                                                                                  1. jrvedivici RE: netmover Feb 5, 2014 08:30 AM

                                                                                                                    1.) Ben and Jacks (5th Ave location while 44th is under construction)

                                                                                                                    2.) Old Homestead an old time favorite

                                                                                                                    3.) Keen's / Sparks

                                                                                                                    2 Replies
                                                                                                                    1. re: jrvedivici
                                                                                                                      f
                                                                                                                      foodwhisperer RE: jrvedivici Feb 11, 2014 08:26 PM

                                                                                                                      I was at the Apple Store right near Old Homestead, and it had looked like it was vacant, I think the sign wasn't even up. But I just googled it and nothing about it closing. I;m happy they didn't close,but it was quite a shock to think it did.
                                                                                                                      I like Wolfgang's

                                                                                                                      1. re: foodwhisperer
                                                                                                                        jrvedivici RE: foodwhisperer Feb 12, 2014 08:18 AM

                                                                                                                        Really? That would be a shock! I haven't been there in well over a year, but I use to love going there for dinner than over to the Vansevoort(?) Hotel Roof Top Bar afterward. That whole area has a great vibe during the spring and summer.

                                                                                                                        Now as my list indicates I spend more time at Ben and Jacks, the 5th Ave location. One block away is 230th 5th, which is a roof top bar/lounge. So this combination has become my new favorite go-to spots when I venture into the City. (although when I've posted about 230th 5th in other thread's it's gotten trashed, I still enjoy it)

                                                                                                                    2. netmover RE: netmover Feb 11, 2014 05:38 PM

                                                                                                                      Any opinions about Donahue's in the lower Upper East Side?

                                                                                                                      Show Hidden Posts