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Steak houses : Crafsteak, Ben and Jack's, Blair-Perrone, or Quality Meats?

Dandel Dec 30, 2006 07:19 PM

Hi All,

I am looking to take my wife to a steak house and am considering the above choices. Would appreciate any thoughts that you have on the above 4 steak houses.



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    tpigeon RE: Dandel Dec 30, 2006 07:57 PM

    I was unimpressed with Ben & Jacks. Never been to the other 2.

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      tbone RE: tpigeon Dec 31, 2006 02:10 AM

      Quality meats is good if you order correctly. Their rib steak is fantastic, but don't get the double rib chop for two as it is not really worth the premium. Also, they have a great steak tartar. If you decide upon Quality meats, make sure that you get a table on the main floor and not upstairs as it can be noisy up there due to the poorly executed minimalistic design of the restaurant. My wife recently went out to dinner with some friends and they wound up at the Porter house in the time warner/columbus circle building and she told me that they all enjoyed it, so maybe you should consider that as well.

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        Dandel RE: tbone Dec 31, 2006 06:37 PM

        the porter house in time warner sounds intriguing. thanks for the tip!

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          bobby06877 RE: Dandel Jan 2, 2007 08:54 PM

          I would skip Porter House for now. I recently wrote a review on my experience there. If you want to go for the atmosphere, service fine. I just would not go for the food, it is average at best. I have also posted about Blair and Perrone, which is better than Porter House, but not the best. I personally would recommend Strip House. The choices you listed are not generally considered the better places like Strip House, Keens or Sparks, which appear to be consensus favorites. (although I am not a big Sparks fan)

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          steakrules85 RE: tbone Dec 29, 2008 11:15 AM

          I am interested in the double rib chop. At 64 oz $110 bucks is a bargain to me. What exactly is it? Just two steaks served together or is really just one massive chop? Also, does it come to the table pre sliced?

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        jb2000 RE: Dandel Dec 31, 2006 02:21 AM

        do not go to ben and jacks...strip house is relly good...

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          kel RE: jb2000 Dec 31, 2006 11:54 PM

          Second that!

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            HWiley RE: kel Jan 1, 2007 02:36 AM

            Triple that! . . . and date friendly. Would have never ordered the truffle creamed spinach, but the B-friend ordered it. I tried a little, and couldn't believe how good and heavenly it was.

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          gutsofsteel RE: Dandel Dec 31, 2006 02:24 AM

          None of the above. Go to Wolfgang's or the Strip House or Keen's.

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            binkis RE: gutsofsteel Jan 2, 2007 08:08 PM

            KEENS!!!! Had the good fortune of eating there two nights in a row last week. Strip one night, Porterhouse the next. Best meat in the city save Lugers.

            I am not a fan of Sparks (with due respect to surfer dude below) and found B&Js to be perfectly fine, if unmemorable.

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            surfer dude RE: Dandel Dec 31, 2006 02:39 AM

            Sparks is the best in town, especially if you're into wine!

            1. julesj66 RE: Dandel Jan 2, 2007 11:33 PM

              From the original list posted I'd go with Ben & Jacks or Blaire Perrone (better ambiance). I had a meal at Craftsteak which I did enjoy very much but it was way overpriced in general. Aside from the list, I'd add Keens (just had a great meal & time here on New Years eve), and I always love Pietro's for steak or Italian.

              1. Dandel RE: Dandel Jan 6, 2007 03:13 PM

                It sounds like the unanimous opinion on Crafsteak is that it serves overpriced steaks. Also, it does not seem like anyone has a strong opinion on Quality meats.

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                  downtownstefanie RE: Dandel Jan 6, 2007 03:51 PM

                  strip house is fantastic

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                    surfer dude RE: Dandel Jan 7, 2007 02:28 AM

                    Thanks for the "due respect" binkis. Maybe it depends on what you order, and it has been a couple of years already. I had the strip steak (i.e. New York) - the outside was perfectly charred, the inside was pink just as ordered, and the flavor was everything I wanted and more.

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                      eameyer RE: Dandel Dec 29, 2008 11:20 AM

                      I'm pretty sure Blair Perrone is closed. Have you considered Primehouse or STK? More of a trendy vibe than an old time steakhouse...

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                        RCC RE: eameyer Dec 29, 2008 11:39 AM

                        I'm 100% sure that Blair Perrone is closed. For at least a year now.

                      2. baldwinwood RE: Dandel Dec 30, 2008 04:02 AM

                        Ben & Jacks and Quality meats are both a waste of good time and money.

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                          steakrules85 RE: baldwinwood Dec 30, 2008 04:57 AM

                          You are not the first person who had told me this. As many who read my constant posts about steakhouses knows, I am on a mission to try and review all of the top steakhouses the city has to offer and have made it through most. I still have not tried these two and will just for the heck of it. But I am just curious what you do not like about these two establishments? I went inside Quality Meats one day just to see what it was like and I didn't really like the "vibe" from downstairs. It was kinda cramped, however upstairs was a lot nicer. However, decor/atmosphere will always take a back seat to food for me.

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                            bronwen RE: steakrules85 Dec 30, 2008 09:04 AM

                            How about trying Delmonico's - after all it's been around for ages and the Delmonico steak is legendary

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