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ctnkb Mar 7, 2007 10:09 PM

I have 3 nights in Manhattan but 4 restaurants of interest. Can you help me eliminate one or even better; can you rate these four in order? Thanks!!!

BLT Steak
Rainbow Room Grill
Rosie O'Grady's

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    JJthebearNYC RE: ctnkb Mar 8, 2007 07:02 AM

    Keens - #1- my opinion, best "old school" steakhouse in NYC! Mutton chop...a must!

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      sam1 RE: ctnkb Mar 8, 2007 07:20 AM

      keens is a must for an old ny steakhouse...get the steak tartare for an appetizer.

      blt steak is good but i doubt you want to only eat at steakhouses. if you do, then quality meats or strip house are excellent choices. id suggest going to williamsburg across the water to peter lugers though...nothing beats it.

      rainbow room is cheesy. i go for business lunches and the food is always meh. for the money, go to a great place like veritas or bouley...you'll be much happier you did.

      rosie o gradys...please pass on that one

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        chow_gal RE: ctnkb Mar 8, 2007 07:27 AM

        Hmmm, not a very good list to begin with. Why don't you read the board for some other suggestions, or tell us what you are looking for so we can better guide?

        Rosie O'grady's. Mediocre, tourist faux pub. Pass.

        Rainbow Room - tacky, cliche, tourist trap

        Keen's - Very good steakhouse. Classic NY

        BLT - another steakhouse, more glamourous, but not as good as Keen's IMO.

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          JeremyEG RE: ctnkb Mar 8, 2007 08:13 AM

          You're talking about spending a good chunk of change on these places and for that amount, you can have AMAZING food in NYC. I would second chow__Gal's suggestions and look for some other options. If you can narrow it down by food or neighborhood, we can help you come up with some recs.

          Keen's is great though. Enjoy your trip!


          1. chamorrofoodie RE: ctnkb Mar 8, 2007 08:33 AM

            I would go to BLT Prime over BLT Steak.

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              psawce RE: ctnkb Mar 8, 2007 08:52 AM

              Keens is great. Discard Rosie O's and Raibow Room grill. Haven't been to BLT Steak so I can't comment on that.

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                psawce RE: ctnkb Mar 8, 2007 08:54 AM

                3 nights in Manhattan and nothing ethnic?

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                  Unpossible RE: ctnkb Mar 8, 2007 08:54 AM

                  Agree with everyone about Keens. Skip the rest.

                  1. via jon RE: ctnkb Mar 8, 2007 09:10 AM

                    Yes, totally drop Rainbow Room, overly priced for its tackiness.

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                      MMRuth RE: via jon Mar 8, 2007 09:13 AM

                      It can be fun to there for an overpriced but delicious cocktail - just for the view.

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                      RGR RE: ctnkb Mar 8, 2007 09:56 AM

                      ctnkb, In a previous post, you asked Hounds to rate their top 3 favorite steakhouses.


                      I read and participated on that thread. Rosie O'Grady was given a thumbs down, and nobody even mentioned the Rainbow Room Grill, obviously, for good reason. So that leaves just the other two, both of which most Hounds agree are good options. There were many other suggestions on that thread, so you might want to review those for your third choice.

                      You've also just posted a third request for help with steakhouses as well as for a "unique NY restaurant."


                      In my view, Keens is the answer on both counts, i.e., an excellent steakhouse that has been in its 36th St. location since 1885 and has unmatchable old NY ambiance.

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                        yeaux RE: ctnkb Mar 8, 2007 10:12 AM

                        BLT Prime is better than BLT Steak. The rest are not even on anyone's long list, except Keen's. The best steakhouse in NYC is Peter Luger's in Brooklyn, just over the Williamsburg bridge. Keen's is overrated. Try Sparks Steakhouse just off Madison.

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                          RGR RE: yeaux Mar 8, 2007 10:56 AM

                          I haven't been to either BLT, but from what I've read, many people think Prime is not nearly as good as Steak. But, then, you think Keens is overrated while many Hounds, including me, think it's excellent. Another case of "chacun a son gout." :-)

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                          ctnkb RE: ctnkb Mar 8, 2007 10:45 AM

                          BLT Prime is better than BLT Steak...why is that? Just food wise or atmosphere?

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