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The steakhouse that shows you raw cuts of meat?

steakrules85 Apr 14, 2007 09:13 PM

Which is the steakhouse that shows you all the different cuts before you ordeR? Is it Morton's?

  1. Vexorg Apr 16, 2007 02:22 PM

    The steakhouses on Princess cruise ships (depending on the ship, this can be either Tequila's or Sterling Steakhouse) do this too.

    1. ballulah Apr 16, 2007 12:25 PM

      Gallagher's on 52nd and Broadway has their massive meatlockers in the front of the restaurant and there are windows looking into it where you can theoretically choose your meat.

      1. jfood Apr 16, 2007 09:55 AM

        Yup Morton's as others have stated. Kinda hokey, but visitors from overseas love it when they go for the first time. My favorite scene is when they hold up a 3-8 pound lobster and it starts flapping away. Quite a funny scene sometimes.

        There used to be a steakplace in northern NJ (early 1970's) where you actually chose your steak out of a display case. I think it was called "what's your beef?" but I would not bet more than a couple of bucks on my memory.

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          steakrules85 Apr 16, 2007 12:01 PM

          Yeah I have heard about this place and it is still around. I wonder how it is. Have you tried it????????

          1. re: steakrules85
            mrslehrer Apr 18, 2007 11:54 AM

            I believe it's called "What's your beef?"
            It's in Rumson and I believe it is still there. People rave about it and I can remember my parents going there quite a bit when I was growing up in NJ.

            1. re: mrslehrer
              jfood Apr 18, 2007 12:23 PM

              Maybe they moved from northern NJ but the one i'm thinking of from the 70's was in Essex, Passaic or Bergen county.

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          chuck Apr 15, 2007 03:53 PM

          When I go to Morton's I usually just tell the waiter that I have seen it and don't need to see it again. I remember a place in New Jersey near Cherry Hill that would bring a cart around with the whole piece of meat. You could pick how much steak you wanted from the whole cut. They then weighed it and charged you by the pound.

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            Steve Green Apr 15, 2007 04:11 PM

            They used to do that at Phil Lehr's Steakery in the basement of the San Francisco Hilton. However, instead of bringing a cart around, you would step up to a "butcher counter", where the tux-clad butcher would cut off your chosen steak, with a band saw in the case of bone-in steaks (pay by the ounce). I miss that place.

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              Sharuf Apr 16, 2007 12:57 AM

              That was back in the sixties, wasn't it? And after the meat presentation ritual, the host would turn on his flashlight and lead you to your table.

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                Steve Green Apr 16, 2007 09:36 AM

                We were going there in the late 70s and 80s. I don't recall it being dark enough to require a flashlight, but I could be wrong. Unfortunately the Hilton closed them down in 1986, for a remodeling project that ended up lasting 4 years. They finally reopened, but apparently never recovered. The newly-added singing waiters probably didn't help.

            2. re: chuck
              chuck Apr 18, 2007 05:37 PM

              I think that the restaurant that I went to is this one.
              I live in Los Angeles but was at a class in New Jersey about 25 years ago so my memory is a little rusty.

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              budgetrick Apr 15, 2007 05:03 AM

              An odd practice, to be sure, but trumped by the additional custom of showing you uncooked side dishes, too. "... huh ... so THAT'S what a raw potato looks like ... and THAT'S what uncooked broccoli is ..."

              Maybe the Morton's clientele is drawn largely from space aliens and VERY naive diners. (That being said, very good steaks, in my experience. Lots better than what I usually find on my home planet ...)

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                ChinoWayne Apr 15, 2007 10:42 AM

                It's a bit of theater, but you can always tell your server you have seen that presentation many times and ask just to see the menu. I am drawn to Morton's by the New York Strip, a very flavorfull, tender, juicy piece of meat.

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                  steakrules85 Apr 15, 2007 12:18 PM

                  Yeah it seems kinda cool. Separates themselves in a way because nobody else really does it. Something different, but most steak lovers know the difference between each cut. Nonetheless, everyone likes to see their food before they eat it.

                2. re: budgetrick
                  mimolette Apr 15, 2007 12:48 PM

                  never been there, but wouldn't it be funny if some very "naive" diners act totally horrified when they present the different cuts?

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                    slacker Apr 18, 2007 05:47 PM

                    Or horrified at what uncooked brocolli looks like.

                    I've only been to the downtown L.A. Morton's and have never been presented with a view of the veggies before they're cooked, and have never seen it done there. I think the waiters would get a wtf look from the diners. Plus at lunch time, it's pretty much business diners, so there's no time for the strange show.

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                  ricky7 Apr 14, 2007 09:50 PM

                  yes it's Mortons.

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                  1. re: ricky7
                    theflytyr Apr 15, 2007 07:52 PM

                    Shula's Steakhouse also does it!

                    But Morton's was doing it first.

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