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Best Steak or Lamb Tartare in NYC?

Pigeage Jun 15, 2007 06:29 PM

Hi 'hounds - let the opinions fly - I haven't ordered it in a while and last was at Les Halles - a nice presentation where garnish is presented traditionally - 21 mixes it now at table I hear (they didn't used to!). Any other favorites? Raoul's used to do a nice one I didn't see it on their menu last visit . . . Yes, I know this is like a burger query - but I like some of your opinions a lot and hoping to hear from you!

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    zEli173 Jun 27, 2007 05:09 PM

    Blue Ribbon Bakery!

    (probably Blue Ribbon too but I haven't had it there)

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      tsiblis Jun 28, 2007 05:15 AM

      L'Express has a great one and I love the fries! I had it at Blue Ribbon - very good, but smaller and not as flavorful.

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      ESNY Jun 27, 2007 08:29 AM

      BLT steak and Del Friscos have two great versions.

      I didn't like the Artisanal version at all. Texture had a paste like consistency closer to steak mousse and it was too acidic.

      1. doona Jun 27, 2007 08:19 AM

        At WD-50, they have a hanger steak tartare thats pretty fun.

        BUT. For the best steak tartare I've had in awhile, try Caviar Russe on Madison and 54th.

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        1. re: doona
          doona Jun 27, 2007 12:54 PM

          Where is a place with LAMB tartare?

        2. Tom Steele Jun 16, 2007 12:29 PM

          I've never had better than the steak tartare at Les Halles (Park Ave. So.).

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            kobetobiko Jun 16, 2007 09:35 AM

            Two places that I had great experience with beef tartare - The Bar at The Modern and L'Atelier de Joel Robuchon. Both were a tad different from the traditional in terms of the spices and seasoning that they put into the tartare. The one at Robuchon was made with *real* kobe beef (not the so-called cheesy kobe beef around town) and had the melt-in-your-mouth texture.

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              cricri7 Jun 16, 2007 02:12 PM

              How much for steak tartare with Kobe beef at L'Atelier de Joel Robuchon? I am curious to know if you have to dip in your child's college fund to pay for it:)

              1. re: cricri7
                kobetobiko Jun 16, 2007 07:54 PM

                Hi cricri7,

                If I recall correctly, the steak tartare was around $36 or so, and the portion size was relatively small (which was typical for all the dishes at Robuchon), may be 1/4 of the steak tartare they serve in Les Halles.

                Fortunately, I am still in my 20's and single and have no kids, so child's college fund is not yet a concern ;)

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              cricri7 Jun 16, 2007 06:38 AM

              I had one at Le père Pinard in the Lower east side and it was good. It was not the best I have ever eaten, but it was more than decent. They make it at your table so you can have it made to your liking. If it is hot outside, you better sit on the outdoor terrace in the back because it gets really hot and noisy inside.

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                berna Jun 16, 2007 05:39 AM

                Had a great steak tartare last nite @ Chez Jacqueline in the village. It was a special so I'm not sure if its always available. Made tableside, we were asked how we like it(ie spicy, mustardy etc) and it was really good.

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                  JeremyEG Jun 15, 2007 08:23 PM

                  It's very good at Employees Only. Made tableside and with their homemade hot sauce.

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                    sam1 Jun 16, 2007 08:48 AM

                    this is the only thing i order at employees only. its very good.

                    with that in mind, my favorite by far was at keens. they'll let you order it in the main room though its on the bar menu. great fries too.

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