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Best real steak in the late hours?

tanja Mar 23, 2007 04:34 PM

Hi all --

Anybody know where one can find a great, *real* steak (something like an aged 30 oz. bone-in ribeye, or similar) in the post-10/11 p.m. timeframe? I know of a lot of steak and eggs options, and of the skirt steaks at Bossa Nova, but I'd love some *real* steak options. Doesn't have to be a steak house, in the strictest sense, but a cut that one would be happy to serve. Preferably Hollywood/Beverly Hills, but willing to travel for a good piece of meat.


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  1. ipsedixit RE: tanja Mar 23, 2007 04:36 PM

    Best bet is probably Pacific Dining Car (two locations, downtown and Santa Monica)


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      David Kahn RE: ipsedixit Mar 23, 2007 04:49 PM

      Agree. Musso & Frank might work too, but I'm not sure how late they're open.

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        Griller141 RE: ipsedixit Mar 27, 2007 08:37 PM

        Pacific Dining Car is nothing special (despite the extreme prices) until it's 1 am. Then it's great. Probably because at that hour there is nothing else open and if you really want a huge steak after midnight anything is going to seem good. Maybe even at 11 pm. But not otherwise. Also, try finding Eggs Benedict or Sardou anywhere else on a weekday early morning. And don't ignore the wine list - one of the underrated gems in the City.

      2. DanaB RE: tanja Mar 23, 2007 04:52 PM

        I second the recommendation for Pacific Dining Car -- open 24 hours and they make a great steak.

        Another option closer to your Beverly Hills/Hollywood area is Lucques. They have a bar menu with a nice steak frites that is served later than their regular menu -- according to their website, the bar menu is available until 11.


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          David Kahn RE: DanaB Mar 23, 2007 05:25 PM

          I thought about suggesting the steak frites at Lucques too (cause it kicks ass) but it's more of a skirt steak, which doesn't really match the OP's desire for an "aged 30 oz. bone-in ribeye" very well. Tanja -- if you're flexible on that point, I agree completely with DanaB.

        2. rednyellow RE: tanja Mar 23, 2007 07:20 PM

          the Pacific Dining Car is a fantatic steak at any hour and they happen to be 24/7. Be sure and try their sausage and margaritas too. Their service is perfect also. Bring a full wallet.

          1. chica RE: tanja Mar 23, 2007 07:54 PM

            The Standard Sunset is 24/7. Scroll down the menu to find a NY steak and Argentine grilled steak from 5pm to 6am: http://standardhotel.com/downloads/hw...

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              ipsedixit RE: chica Mar 23, 2007 08:37 PM

              Have you tried the steak at the Standard Sunset? Is it any good?

              I've only been to the one in downtown and the steak I had there was vile. Curious whether if it is any different at their other location.

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                chica RE: ipsedixit Mar 23, 2007 09:28 PM

                No, I haven't tried the steak at either Standard, but just know it's on the menu. Sorry to hear about the bad experience. At the hours I've been to the Standards, I'm usually not up for heavy red meat, but sweets. The sandwiches and burgers at the Sunset are passable, but the service is lackluster. In any event, given that the rooftop scene upstairs at the Downtown location is bar none one of the best in the area, I'd still probably stick to the Standard Downtown.

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                  Griller141 RE: chica Mar 27, 2007 08:31 PM

                  Although I agree that the rooftop Downtown Standard has great minicheeseburger platters and other appetizer fare, I was unaware that they serve "real" meals, like a full on steak. Is this part of the rooftop scene or is there another restaurant in the place?

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                    chica RE: Griller141 Apr 16, 2007 09:03 PM

                    No..it's all a part of the lobby restaurant. The rooftop bar only serves drinks.

            2. chica RE: tanja Mar 23, 2007 09:49 PM

              I just remembered that Kate Mantilini's menu has steaks, ribs, filet mignon, etc.; the place closes at 12 am Mon-Thurs., but I definitely recall it staying open until 2 am Fri. and Sat. mornings.

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                Hackenbush RE: tanja Mar 23, 2007 10:01 PM

                I've had nothing but bad experiences at the Pacific Dining Car. I think if I was prepared to drive that far for a late steak, I'd drive a little farther and go to the Original Pantry. They're hit and miss but the P.D.C. for me is always a miss.

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                  rednyellow RE: Hackenbush Mar 27, 2007 06:50 PM

                  Thats too bad about your Pacific Dining Car experiences. I've been going for almost 20 years and have never had anything but a great steak or breakfast, good wines and cocktails and flawless service

                2. Hughlipton RE: tanja Mar 24, 2007 08:03 AM

                  Try the Original Pantry. No alcohol but some of th best cole slaw, sourdough bread and fries with a good steak.

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                    estone888 RE: Hughlipton Mar 24, 2007 10:00 AM

                    I would call it an "okay" steak, not even quite "good", the kind of steak you'd happily put some sort of strong flavored steak sauce on. Certainly reasonably priced, and I'm happy with it when it's what I want. But if you're looking for a "great" steak, the Original Pantry is not the place for it. Neither is Musso & Frank no matter how late it's open. The steaks there are better than at the Original Pantry, but still don't come close to "great."

                    I've also had mixed experiences at the Pacific Dining Car, but I think it's your best chance of getting a "great" steak late at night. Even when it's let me down it's been much higher quality than the Original Pantry and somewhat better than Musso & Franks.

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                    tanja RE: tanja Mar 27, 2007 01:43 PM

                    Thanks, everybody! I love all the ideas.


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                      CChow RE: tanja Mar 27, 2007 05:17 PM

                      I think the kitchen stays open pretty late at Dan Tana's, too. Great steaks there.

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                        Tom P RE: CChow Mar 27, 2007 05:29 PM

                        Dan Tana's for sure. The Dabney Coleman is the best steak in town.

                    2. justanotherpenguin RE: tanja Mar 27, 2007 07:10 PM

                      pacific dining car downtown. my dad spent a lot of time in the hospital across the street between 1990 & 1993. many late nights wound up at pacific dining car. always great food and service. also - i really like the "clubby" atmosphere. still go every few months, but i now prefer to grill my own ribeyes at home.

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                        maudies5 RE: justanotherpenguin Apr 16, 2007 09:42 PM

                        Paci.fic Dining Car, Santa Monica would be my choice if on the Westside

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