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Jul 10, 2007 01:29 PM

DeStefano's in Willamsburg

Has anyone tried this place out on Leonard St in Willamsburg yet. What are the prices like do they have a good wine list. Do they have a parking lot ?

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    1. i understand it is not cheap. expect $35 per steak

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      1. re: sfaok

        That's the rumor in the hood very $$$$. Do you think it is going to blow over ?

        1. re: FAL

          I've been by a couple of times, but have yet to go. I don't think its going to be an (instant) hit in the hood, here are my reasons:
          1. Lugars: If you live in W'burg, and you want steak, you know to go to Peter Lugars.
          2. $$$: I know for $35 bucks I can get a great steak in Manhattan, but in Williamsburg? It better be amazing.
          3. Business Attire: They ask that you be in business attire to dine there. Okay, I am not going to go in shorts, but a nice pair of jeans and polo shirt maybe, but not business attire. W'burg is not Wall St.

          If I were them, I would relax the dress code, add a gourmet burger to lure in people who don't want to spend so much $$$.

          Now all in all, I wish them the best of luck, but as it stands now, my Magic 8 Balls says "OUTLOOK HAZY"

      2. slightly expensive but definitely worth it. no parking lot, its an old neighborhood apartment building in the family for generations. check it out, its a taste of the old williamsburg

        1. it's delicious. The veal chop is the best I've had and the filet is fantastic. The restaurant has a very family run, at home feel. You feel like you're eating at a family member's house, not at a restaurant. It is pricey, but no pricier than a quality steak house, and it is well worth the money. It's definitely not a "chic/Williamsburg" place, but feels more like a family restaurant that's been there forever.

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          1. re: twolous196

            I know this post is a year old but I agree with twolous. I can attest to the greatness of the porterhouse for two. VERY good. Had the crab cakes as an app which were also quite good and unexpected. We had the sauteed spinach (they have this instead of the stodgy creamed variety which I appreciated). Someone mentions a dress code in this thread, and i am pretty sure that is not the case. There were business types when I was dining as well as casual 'hipster" types not dressed up and two older couples from the neighborhood not dressed up at all.

            They do a special $25 / 3 course prix fix on Tuesday's and Wednesday's (I believe) with a skirt steak and a couple other lower end meat options. The owner came by our table and chatted and explained that he wanted everyone in the neighborhood to be able to afford to come by and eat at his restaurant so he added this special on the slow nights. Really nice guy. I would go back to try that when I don't feel like splurging since it is a bit pricey overall. Wine list is good too but we had the house chianti and it was quite good. I would def. recommend this place to the traditional steak lover.

          2. DeStefano's does a homemade ricotta cheesecake that is OUTTA THIS WORLD! One of the best cheesecakes I've ever had: exceptionally fresh, sweet, moist-yet-crumbly cheese held within a buttery yet not-to-heavy crust. I've been back just to have this cheesecake and it totally hit the spot.

            I don't eat meat so I can't attest to the quality of the steak but my dining companions all said it was excellent and were very satisfied with their meals. The steaks were served without knives, and, when this was brought to the waitstaff's attention, the owner came over to the table and said, "Our meat is so tender that If you need a knife to cut through it, dinner's on me." Needless to say, we were the one's paying.

            Thumbs up-- check it out.