Dylan Prime or Craftsteak?
I have a rezzy for 8pm tonight at Smith & Woll's. I am going with a good buddy for a sort of night on the town if you will, we are early 30's, male. After reading about the dark suit, overrated, overpriced, gray haired, pooor ambience at S&W I am having second thoughts.
DP or Craftsteak seems like it may be more in line with the tone we are going for, but accross this board, menupages, etc the reviews range wildly from disastrous to the best meal of my life.
Come on folks, can I just get a fair and honest take on these places? I ain't expecting the best meal of my life, and if we have to drop 2-3 bills, so be it. We want great steai, great atmosphere.
I think Craftsteak is great since Colicchio overhauled it and I highly recommend it. The food is great. I disagree that it is the meatpacking scene -- it's all the way over on 10th Avenue next to Del Posto and while it does have a younger, hipper feel than Del Posto (which arguably isn't saying much), the high ceilings, the large windows, and the general ambience of the place give it an elegance/airness that is not typical to the meatpacking restaurants further east. This summer the bar in front of the restaurant has been slow and has been a great place to go for a burger or to grab a steak and some of their delicious onion rings.
I used to work right by Smith & Wollensky and Sparks, and in my opinion, they are greatly overrated. The grill at S&W is not in the same league as the bar in the front of Craftsteak.
Honestly, I like Dylan Prime, but I don't think of it as a true "steakhouse". Its good, but its more like a good restaurant that "serves a lot of steak dishes".
Craftsteak is basically in the meatpacking district. Personally I hate that scene, but if that's your bag then so be it. Just expect B&T and cheesy, faux-glam crowd with over-the-top prices. I'm not saying its bad because they do cook up a fine meal, but personally I wasn't in to it.
Someone else suggested Striphouse and I have to second that. Striphouse IMHO serves the best steak in the city with the most unique and interesting atmosphere, in a reasonably cool area.
I find the food at Dylan Prime to be pretty terrible overall. The steak is, which at a steakhouse shoudl be excellent, is very mediocre. Things don't come out of the kitchen at the right temerature and the presentation is sloppy. I wouldn't eat here for free - I'd rather just make a steak myself.
The food at craftsteak ( I went after the overhaul) was quite tasty and the room is spacious and warm, but in my mind they have 2 great problems. First, they have priced themselves out of the market. They charge a 40% premium to any other steakhouse in this city - I have a problem paying $55 for a single steak. Their second problem in my mind, which may be different in others, is that to make everything tasty they just add a stick of butter. All of the sides and even the steaks are drenched with it. People will chime back that all steakhouses use copious amounts of butter, but imo, craftsteak (like their prices) simply takes it to another level.
I would stick to the consistent winners (luger, sparks, wolfgangs)