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Search for the Holy Grill- Prime Rib

guttergourmet Jul 26, 2007 02:14 PM

In my search for the best prime rib in Manhattan, I've recently had them at Wollensky's Grill and Keens Chop House. On the to do list is the original Palm and The Homestead. But Ben Benson's which I tried yesterday may be the front runner so far. Picture perfect and great hash browns to boot. Please don't mention Houston's. Maybe Morton's I'll try. Also had a great prime rib recently at Kreutz Market in Lockhart, Texas so I'm wondering how Hill Country's might compare as it's supposed to be modeled on Kreutz.

  1. guttergourmet Dec 8, 2008 12:37 PM

    Finally got to The Old Homestead. The shrimp cocktail are worth mentioning as they purport to be 5U-that's 5 shrimp per pound and I almost believed it-super-colossal! On to the main event-the prime rib was a thing of beauty-perfectly cooked medium rare and humongous. Here's the only criticism-there was virtually no fat as a result of which it was lacking a little in flavor complexity. It was obviously trimmed and while too much fat and gristle is a big no no, something was missing. It was great but still have to give the edge to Keens at #1 and Ben Benson's at #2. On deck: The Palm.

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    1. re: guttergourmet
      steakrules85 Dec 9, 2008 07:53 AM

      Glad u enjoyed OH guttergourmet. Like I said OH is still the best best piece of Prime Rib I have ever put to my tongue.

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      Nikitenka Sep 30, 2008 11:01 AM

      I have been on a similar quest and find Palm's to be hands down the most fantastic prime rib I have experienced. The only problem is they tend to sell out quickly, so if I am coming in late I typically call ahead and ask them to set a nice rare one aside for me and they always oblige. I love that place.
      Tried the prime rib last night at Post House and found it to be a letdown. It was rare but not very flavorful, extremely fatty and difficult to remove the fat - I felt like I was conducting surgery through the entire meal.

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        steakrules85 Jul 14, 2008 07:13 AM

        Had one fantastic amazingly huge and rare bone-in Empire cut Prime Rib at Old Homestead last week. Unbelievable.

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          guttergourmet Jul 14, 2008 07:47 AM

          On my list-but first I have to somehow pass up my favorite at Keen's to finally try the mutton chop.

          1. re: steakrules85
            steakrules85 Sep 30, 2008 10:16 AM

            Since gone to Keen's and while it came up just a tad short of Old Homestead's Prime Rib- It was AMAZING.

          2. chowdom Nov 20, 2007 07:19 AM

            Are all mentioned served on the bone?

            1. guttergourmet Nov 16, 2007 01:53 PM

              Went back to Keen's. Liked it even better this time. Gargantuan like out of the Flintstones. Next time gonna resist and finally get the mutton chop.

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              1. re: guttergourmet
                steve h. Nov 16, 2007 05:08 PM

                love the keens.
                deb and i always go for the porterhouse for two but when msg is hosting a big-time concert it's not always available. prime rib is my backup, always available. not too shabby.

                1. re: steve h.
                  kobetobiko Jul 14, 2008 07:23 AM

                  I third the prime rib at Keens. I believe it's dry-aged when it is not typical for prime rib, but it certainly rocks.

                  Fourseasons in another post mentioned that he enjoyed the prime rib at Lawry's at Beverley Hills better. I, on the other hand, like the ones at Keens.

              2. guttergourmet Aug 5, 2007 05:41 AM

                Prime rib at Hill Country was amazing.

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                1. re: guttergourmet
                  Delucacheesemonger Nov 17, 2007 08:03 PM

                  Got the moist ( fatty ) one and even with the requested end cut, was rare/medium rare. Perfect

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                  Simon Jul 27, 2007 08:57 PM

                  hi gg, i think Keens' is pretty good for prime rib (my gf's dad was wowed by it when we went there this spring)...when i went to Homestead ages ago i didn't order the PrimeRib, but wasn't impressed with the place overall in any case...i've not been to the Palm in NYC, but i thought the prime rib at the LA one was excellent...happy hunting...

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                  1. re: Simon
                    fsd1116 Jul 29, 2007 07:16 PM

                    An addendum to my prior post: I ate at Keen's last night and had the prime rib. It was terrific and huge! I can also recommend the mutton chop. It was delicious, too.

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                    addictedtolunch Jul 26, 2007 06:25 PM

                    Don't like Old Homestead for much, but was OK with their prime rib.

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                    1. re: addictedtolunch
                      fsd1116 Jul 26, 2007 07:34 PM

                      The Palm's prime rib is excellent. Hill Country's is very moist and tasty. However, the last time I got prime rib at HC it was half fat. I did not notice until I sat down, and I just cut the fat off. I probably should have said something becuase for $20+ a pound, it was unacceptable to have that much fat.

                      1. re: fsd1116
                        guttergourmet Jul 27, 2007 08:51 AM

                        Was it rare/medium rare?

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                          fsd1116 Jul 27, 2007 07:10 PM


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