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shads Mar 9, 2007 08:35 AM

Hi...I will be in NYC next month for a few days and on one of the nights I would like to try one of these steakhouses. BLT Prime, Quality Meats or Porter House New York. I've been to Luger's ( outstanding ) but this time I'd like to try something new. If someone wants to suggest another place that's better than these three, I'm interested ! Thanks!

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    RGR Mar 9, 2007 09:25 AM

    I have not been to the three you've listed, but if you have never been to Keens, that would be my pick. Excellent food and unmatchable old NY ambiance.


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    1. re: RGR
      Andrew P. Mar 9, 2007 11:44 AM

      I agree. I love Keens, and it's perfect for visitors to NYC. Steaks, prime rib, and the famous mutton chop are all much-loved on this board. It's even better if you like Scotch after dinner (or before, or during) as they have a completely incredible Scotch menu as well.
      I've found the service there to be excellent and friendly too.

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        steve h. Mar 9, 2007 12:47 PM

        another vote for keens. beef is dry aged. scotch selection is the best in manhattan. the history, going back to the lamb's club, is mind boggling.

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          RGR Mar 9, 2007 12:57 PM

          Well, they have been in that location since 1885. Memorabilia filling the walls and all those rows of old clay smoking pipes suspended from the ceilings. And I love checking out the pipes belonging to famous people that are displayed in cases in the vestibule.

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            steve h. Mar 9, 2007 01:17 PM

            a seriously good food place... with history.

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              outside25 Mar 12, 2007 10:20 AM

              I'll throw my hat in the ring for Keens as well - I took my coworkers there last year, who are all big steak eaters and have tried Luger's, the Palm, etc. and even they admitted that it was a great place. Good martinis, too, and a good wine & scotch selection.

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        bobby06877 Mar 9, 2007 11:37 AM

        I would only go to Porter House if you want a nice view and atmosphere, I would not go for the food. BLT Prime was okay when I was lthere last but the meat had a surprising lack of flavor, it may have been an off night. I have not been to Quality Meats yet but I hear mixed reviews.

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          sam1 Mar 9, 2007 12:19 PM

          if you went to lugers (the best) and want something different...id say quality meats. keens is my second favorite but its very similar...especially as their porterhouse for 2 if only topped by lugers.

          quality meats is a modern take on a steakhouse...excellent service and very gluttonously amazing food. the corn creme brulee, gnocchi and cheese are must have side dishes. their rib steak is good but i find it a bit rough as its served on the bone...sometimes a little too fatty.

          1. steakman55 Mar 9, 2007 01:16 PM

            Try Sparks in midtown. Great history and their NY sirloin strip is best in town

            1. princeofpork Mar 9, 2007 03:49 PM

              I would go to Smith and Wollensky Grill. A very relaxed atmosphere and personally, my favorite steak in the city - The Bone In Cajun Rib Eye....fantastic

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                Gordognyc Mar 9, 2007 05:15 PM

                I have eaten at Quality Meats recently. It has got a very cool well designed dining room and the food and service are good. I prefer Keen's if you are looking for an old school steakhouse vibe and if you are looking for a more "modern" place I much prefer Strip House or even Dylan Prime.

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                  downtownstefanie Mar 12, 2007 10:23 AM

                  I'll 2nd Strip House. Consistently the best NY strip i've had and it's #1 my husband as well. Haven't been to BLT Prime, but went to BLT Steak and was underwhelmed with the steak, but loved the cheese popovers!

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                  yippee1999 Mar 12, 2007 11:11 AM

                  I've been to Peter Luger's as well as Smith & Wollensky. Both great. Been to Del Frisco's once, after work. Felt too much like an expense-account, after work place, but then, maybe I would have found the same to be true had I gone to ANY Midtown steakhouse on a weeknight.

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