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Jun 22, 2007 06:14 AM

The best NYC steakhouse?

Looking for a place to take the boyf for a special 31st birthday. Last year I took him to Peter Luger's, which was good but we weren't blown away. I want to blow him away with a steakhouse. : ) Suggestions?


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  1. Peter Luger's IS the best steakhouse in NYC. Granted, the decor and atmosphere may leave something to be desired, but the steaks are the best you will find.

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    1. re: DavidT

      Peter Luger's decor and atmosphere are what make it the best steakhouse in NYC. In a blind taste test, I'm not sure it comes out on tops, but add in the decor, the atmosphere and the fact that you're dining under the Williamsburg Bridge and it's hard to beat.

      1. re: DavidT

        Well, he said that he's had better steaks, so...didn't hit the mark for us. Plus, I'd like to take him somewhere new this year.

        1. re: Jel212

          "Well, he said that he's had better steaks..."

          Where? I'm not saying he's wrong - just trying to calibrate his tastes.

          BTW, once you move away from Luger's, the consensus "best" choice, the opinions you get will be all over the place. There is no clear #2.

        2. re: DavidT

          I disagree. Great steaks, yes but I think there are better steak houses. I also disagree with your take on the atmosphere, I think it's exactly what sets Luger apart. To me it's a destination steakhouse more than a steak steakhouse if that makes any sense.

          I've been all over but my first choice is definitely The Palm. I'm surprised it hasn't gotten any airtime on this thread. Every once in a blue moon I'll get a steak there that's merely excellent but 90% of the time it's perfect. And if you haven't tried it before, order your steak "Pittsburg Style". Charred on the outside, rare/medium rare inside.

        3. I like Wolfgang's Park at 33rd. Wolfgang was the head waiter for Lugar's and now has his own place. I rank it right up there.

          1. I'm partial to Spark's Steakhouse. It's definitely in the upper tier for food, but the atmosphere screams manliness.

            For the blown away part, it has a notorious history:

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            1. re: GrillingGreg

              Strip House is very good and an enjoyable atmosphere for the both of you.

              1. re: clashfan

                I concur, Strip House is excellent. I'm a huge steak fan, and while Luger's is an institution as is Spark's, Strip House is right up there with their steaks.

                1. re: clashfan

                  Strip House when we went was quite sloppy, mixing up who ordered medium vs medium rare, and bringing out overly-salted steaks all around.

                2. re: GrillingGreg

                  Sparks in my opinion has slipped in recent years. I also think Wolfgang's is one of the worst of the Peter Luger imitators.

                  I'd give top honors in Manhattan to BLT Steak and Strip House.

                  1. Other than Luger, they're all basically the same.

                    1. I think Bobby Vans is highly underrated and elegant. Great waitstaff. They have multiple locations. I think Lugers is overrated. I do like Wolfgang's better. I also recently tried Benjamins--another Luger's style steak. Both Wolfgangs and Benjamins are better than Lugers, in my opinion.

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                      1. re: DAFoodSnob

                        I think you and I have exchanged this thought in the past, Bobby Van's is wonderful! The service and attention is unbeatable! The steaks are fabulous, as are other sides.
                        It is understated, not a scene. I recently lived in NYC for two years and this was our go to steakhouse, and we went often, very often, and never disappointed!

                        1. re: Jesdamala

                          I totally agree on Bobby Van's. It is my favorite by far since the passing of Christ Cella. What amazes me about Bobby Van's is the quality of their seafood as well. I had one of the best halibut dishes ever at one of the restaurants. The sides are excellent, service great and I like that it is more locals than anything else.