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Best Steak Tartare

doona Aug 21, 2007 01:46 PM

Looking for a place that does it very European---- with the raw egg, different condiments that you can mix yourself.

Any suggestions?

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    sea97horse RE: doona Aug 21, 2007 02:34 PM

    Les Halles does a good one -- they wheel out the cart and prepare it to your specifications. It comes with frites and a salad, I think --

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      mrnyc RE: doona Aug 21, 2007 02:53 PM

      they mix it in front of you like that to your specifications at LES HALLES branches and at LE PERE PINARD on the les. i enjoy both versions equally.

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        liztish RE: mrnyc Aug 21, 2007 02:59 PM

        Yes, LOVE Le Pere Pinard on Lower East Side. Remember that Employees Only had a great one as well.

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        richmonder RE: doona Aug 21, 2007 03:33 PM

        Artisinal, Orsay, La Goulue all have good versions....

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          MMRuth RE: richmonder Aug 21, 2007 05:13 PM

          Agreed - though none of them make it at the table. Also, Orsay's can be hit or miss - sometimes v. good, sometimes "eh".

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            MMRuth RE: MMRuth Aug 21, 2007 05:35 PM


            Note - I corrected the address for La Goulue in Places, but it shows up incorrectly here - should be 746 Madison Ave.

            1057-59 Lexington Avenue, New York, NY 10021

            La Goulue
            746 Madison Ave, New York, NY 10065

            2 Park Avenue, New York, NY 10016

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              sam1 RE: MMRuth Aug 27, 2007 01:52 PM

              employees only makes it table side.

              also, keen's tartare is by far my favorite.

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              ESNY RE: richmonder Aug 22, 2007 06:24 AM

              I did not like Artisanal's steak tartare at all. It was way too processed, like beef mousse and it was way too acidic.

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              jsgjewels RE: doona Aug 22, 2007 07:47 AM

              Loved the steak tartare at Blue Ribbon, but no raw egg there. It came with homemade potato chips to scoop with.

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                captkenjeroo RE: jsgjewels Aug 25, 2007 09:29 PM

                Second the Blue Ribbon version. I also like the version at Dylan Prime, with a raw quail egg.

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                  fascfoo RE: jsgjewels Sep 11, 2007 09:19 AM

                  Third! for the Blue Ribbon Steak tartare. No egg, but meat quality has always been excellent. And the homemade chips are perfect to eat it with. A tall cold beer and the steak tartare there makes my mouth water instantly.

                2. LunasMom RE: doona Aug 26, 2007 07:05 PM

                  Has anyone had the steak tartare at the Petrossian? I have reservations there this Friday and was planning on having that as my entre.

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                    mc22 RE: doona Aug 27, 2007 01:40 PM

                    Surprisingly good steak tartare at Insieme last week... Perfect combination of flavors.

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                      jakew8 RE: mc22 Aug 27, 2007 03:10 PM

                      I also liked the tartare at Insieme. I didn't detect any egg in there but I could be wrong.

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                      dancingfrog RE: doona Aug 27, 2007 03:26 PM

                      Just had one at brasserie ruhlman, prepared table side. pretty good with best fries ever.

                      1. guttergourmet RE: doona Aug 27, 2007 06:01 PM

                        Fresh meat, mmmm----Bistro 60, Markt, Balthazar, Pere Pinard, Casamir, Artisanal, Les Halles, Blue Ribbon, Orsay

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                          bronwen RE: guttergourmet Sep 11, 2007 08:51 AM

                          I'll second Bistro 60 - a cute little restaurant too.

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                          felizglfr RE: doona Aug 28, 2007 11:54 AM

                          i had some at quality meats where it came with a raw quail egg and a couple of small paddles(capers, red onions, various spices) where you mix the condiments yourself. they came out pretty good.

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                            thursdayclubjason RE: felizglfr Aug 29, 2007 04:56 PM

                            I'm a massive fan of the steak tartare @ Casimir in the East Village. Happy eating!


                            103 Avenue B, New York, NY 10009

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                            babyblue RE: doona Sep 9, 2007 06:36 PM

                            Le Bilboquet

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                              UES Mayor RE: doona Sep 10, 2007 05:45 AM

                              After I read this I got in the mood for raw beef-so off I went first to the Modern Bar for cocktails, then for my favorite kind of beef tartare-YOOK HWE -found in every Korean restaurant_I had mine at Korea Palace on E 54th. It is all made the same way-strips of very lean thinly sliced beef strips seasoned lightly with spy, sesame, sugar, a touch of garlic and raw asian pears-the whole dish is served ice cold and they mix it at table for you with a raw egg and spicy but not overly hot Korean hot sauce(koo chujung)-Veryyyyyyyyyyyy delicious especially with Soju!!! Try it-you will like pewrhaps better than traditional dish.

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                                guttergourmet RE: UES Mayor Sep 10, 2007 07:58 AM

                                I agree!! In fact, that's where I always go (down the block from my office) for my yook hwe. The asian pear gives it some sweetness. The meat is cut a bit chunkier than traditional tartare.

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                                  sushiman RE: guttergourmet Sep 10, 2007 05:37 PM

                                  Blaue Gans gives you all the ingredients seperately to mix youself. It is not on the menu but has been a permanent special for months. Call ahead and check first

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                                  theonly RE: UES Mayor Nov 10, 2007 07:56 PM

                                  I can't wait to try this version asap!

                                3. guttergourmet RE: doona Jan 11, 2008 02:28 PM

                                  I just discovered a contender for best steak tartare. On the specials for lunch today at BLT Steak served with some American caviar. Instead of the incredible buttered grilled country bread that they give you with it, its even better on the gruyere popover. MMMMMMMMMMMMM.

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                                    kobe_88 RE: doona Feb 10, 2008 06:03 PM

                                    Paradou (meatpacking) is a great place for mixing yourself. they serve the beef at the center of a piece of black slate with the accompaniments in small piles around the outside. and there's a quail egg in a half-cracked shell on top of the beef. it looks like a painter's palette - very pretty! cute place too with a back garden.

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