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Jan 24, 2007 06:51 AM

Craftsteak vs. "traditional" steakhouses

It's my birthday this week and I'm wondering where to go... my friends have reservations at Craftsteak (i love Top Chef!), knowing how picky I am about my steak, they are giving me liberty to make the final decision.

I'm like my steak traditional (strip, porterhouse, etc).... not into frou frou fancy steaks (Kobe, Wagyu etc aren't my thing) but I definitely enjoy a filet for special occasions.

Peter Luger's, is hands down my favorite steak... I know there are lots of critics that bash PL, but my daddy taught me the right way to order (jack on the rocks, onion&tomato app, steak for two (medium rare), homefries & a sundae), and the waiters have always been absolute princes to me... to be fair, i'm a pretty girl with a taste for steak & whiskey, which may explain the preferential treatment.

Smith & Wollensky, The Palm and Chas Rothman's are pretty good as well (points for a classier atmosphere). I hate chains, on principle, but I've had a great filet at Michael Jordans. I dislike Bryant & Cooper, but would recommend the filet at Brasserie 8 1/2.

I have yet to go to The Strip House, The Old Homestead, Keens, Angelo & Maxie's, Del Frisco, Sparks, etc.

Anyway, based on my preferences of steakhouses... any suggestions on whether I should stick with Craftsteak (& support my boy Tom Collichio) or choose a more "traditional" steakhouse?

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  1. I haven't been to CraftSteak, but have eaten at almost every other place mentioned and would suggest you try the Strip House for your Bday's the best of both worlds as they do an unbelievable "traditional'" ny strip in a sexy setting that would be good for a birthday celebration

    1. Well craftsteak is not traditional. It was also quite poor, in my experience and from most reports, last year. Colicchio claims to have addressed some of the problems, but I haven't yet heard any reliable reports about improvements. Right now, if you want to be confident of decent steak, I would stick with the old guard.

      1. If you like your steak "traditional", you will want to skip Craftsteak. They serve a lot of the "fancy" steak you are referring to and the food is just not that good. I would second the recommendation for Strip House, especially if you liked Michael Jordans since it is owned by the same family. They serve the best Filet Mignon I have ever had.However, you said you are a steak and whiskey girl which would put Keens in the running. They have a huge selection of single malt scotches. If you want a sexier atmosphere for your birthday, go to Strip House. If you want an old school steakhouse feel, go to Keens.

        1. +3 for the Strip House. Only substitute a piece of the chocolate cake for the sundae.

          1. If you like PL you must go to Wolfgangs. 33 and Park. Excellent traditional steaks with a great bar scene to match.