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If you HAD to pick a Steakhouse in/near the Theater District

Ora Sep 7, 2007 08:51 AM

Long story short, I won a bet with the BF. So he wants to pay off the bet when we go to see a Chorusline in a couple of weeks. As a life long NYer (he IS NOT so he doesn't get it, LOL), I usually avoid steakhouses in the theater district, but we will be short on time that evening. Porter House may be a squeeze time wise so I was thinking Ben Benson's, but any other ideas would be welcome.

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    fassforus RE: Ora Sep 7, 2007 08:53 AM

    I like Gallaghers

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      princeofpork RE: fassforus Sep 7, 2007 09:15 AM

      Uncle Jacks

    2. bigjeff RE: Ora Sep 7, 2007 09:35 AM

      marais is nice too, and you don't have to be kosher to eat there!

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        MatawanChick RE: bigjeff Sep 7, 2007 09:42 AM

        I agree. Gallaghers! ...

      2. bobjbkln RE: Ora Sep 7, 2007 11:00 AM

        Keen's is about 10 blocks away from the theater.

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          Ora RE: bobjbkln Sep 7, 2007 11:46 AM

          I love Keen's but we really need to be closer.

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          curiousgeo RE: Ora Sep 7, 2007 11:16 AM

          I'm with you about Ben Benson's, not too far a walk from the theater district either.

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            Ora RE: curiousgeo Sep 7, 2007 11:47 AM

            Have you been recently? I'd love to hear more. Any recos?

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              aurora50 RE: Ora Sep 7, 2007 11:49 AM

              I third(?) Gallagher's.

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                curiousgeo RE: Ora Sep 7, 2007 12:03 PM

                No not recently, but I recall a pretty extensive menu besides the usual beef offerings for anyone who didn't want red meat, crab cakes, fish, chicken, etc. Of course if I'm eating at a steakhouse, I'm there to eat steak. I believe they have a website where you could check their menu.

            2. rebloonin RE: Ora Sep 7, 2007 12:09 PM

              Bond 45. We had AMAZING service and they have a big bowl of chocolate chunks to grab on the way out! My BF had a steak and I had a huge crabcake. Both really yummy, not the bestest of the best.

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                LNG212 RE: rebloonin Sep 7, 2007 12:18 PM

                When last we ate at Bond 45, we loved the mozzarella platter antipasto for the table. It was really good.

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                  elizabeththinks RE: rebloonin Sep 7, 2007 02:52 PM

                  Not steak, but I shared an amazing veal chop there with my dad - it was huge and pounded out as thin as can be. I also second the mozz. platter!

                2. steakman55 RE: Ora Sep 7, 2007 02:01 PM

                  Frankie and Johnnie's right there in the district. Atmosphere of a 20's speakeasy and pretty good steaks

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                    jeanmarieok RE: steakman55 Sep 7, 2007 02:14 PM

                    I like Frankie and Johnnie's, too - not the very best steak I ever had, but consistantly good, and I love the atmosphere.

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                    stuartlafonda RE: Ora Sep 7, 2007 02:48 PM

                    Chimichurri Grill, 606 9th ave between 43 and 44. Not a traditional steakhouse but a really good place for a pre theatre dinner and a very good steak. The place is very small, nicely decorated with good service. Food is excellent with an Argentine twist. Good empanada's and fries. My wife enjoys the fish. Check out the menu on line.

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                      Loren RE: Ora Sep 7, 2007 05:12 PM

                      I like Del Frisco's and I think it's probably even closer to the theater (since it's on 49th Street) than Ben Benson's (which is on 52nd, I think)

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                        Ora RE: Loren Sep 19, 2007 04:06 PM

                        We've decided to go with Del Frisco's. Gosh I hope its good.

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                          cimui RE: Ora Sep 19, 2007 10:11 PM

                          It is. Great choice! The steak is excellent, certainly as good as Keen's. Never been to Gallagher's so I can't compare, unfortunately.

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                            Ora RE: cimui Sep 20, 2007 08:51 AM

                            What did you have that was great at Del Frisco's? I am thinking of ordering the 10oz prime rib as a combo w/the chateux potatoes, seems cost effective.

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                              Loren RE: Ora Sep 20, 2007 10:32 AM

                              Del Frisco's has a special "early bird" pre-fixe if you order before 6:30pm: for $39.95 you get a salad (probably mixed green or an iceberg wedge), 8oz filet mignon or salmon, 2 sides, and dessert! I think $40 is a real bargain for all this (especially when you see how expensive this place is). Plus you can always order some other stuff a la carte to share (e.g. onion rings or their excellent but VERY pricey crab cake). Since you'll probably be ordering before 6:30 to get to the show by 8pm, consider this option.

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                                Ora RE: Loren Sep 20, 2007 10:50 AM

                                I am totally upset--we couldn't get in Del Frisco's the day we wanted!! So now we're going to Ben Benson's!

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                                  Loren RE: Ora Sep 20, 2007 10:54 AM

                                  I suggest calling Del Frisco's back the day before you want to eat there and again day of to see if they've had any cancellations. Also, ask if they serve dinner at the bar. That might be a fun option if there are only going to be two of you.

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                                    curiousgeo RE: Ora Sep 20, 2007 11:12 AM

                                    I wouldn't sweat it too much. Although Ben Benson's is a second tier NY steakhouse compared to Spark's, Luger's, Keen's, etc., it's not the end of the world. I think you knew going in that by limiting yourself to a theater district steakhouse, you would have to settle for the best choice available.

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                                  SomeRandomIdiot RE: Ora Sep 20, 2007 11:41 AM

                                  i like the ribeye, the chateau potatoes and the crabcakes.

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                                    Ora RE: SomeRandomIdiot Sep 20, 2007 11:58 AM

                                    I totally forgot to consider Bobby Van's. Thoughts?

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                                    cimui RE: Ora Sep 20, 2007 02:13 PM

                                    I've had the ribeye and porterhouse, here. It's expensive, but think of it this way. You get enough food to feed you for two more meals. Three meals for $40 is a bargain. =)

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                                      Ora RE: cimui Sep 27, 2007 08:12 AM

                                      OK--Ben Benson's tonight it is--will report back.

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                              G3B RE: Ora Sep 8, 2007 06:22 AM

                              Palm's West for the lobster special is yummy. Steaks are good too. Have been to Bond 45 and not impressed, although I had fish when I was there and it was fine just not extremely good for what they charge.

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                                bob gaj RE: Ora Sep 19, 2007 05:24 PM

                                i know it's a chain, but i like del frisco's. i've been to mark joseph's and peter luger's..

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                                  rugburn RE: Ora Sep 20, 2007 09:02 AM

                                  Angus is good, and it's right on 44th or 45th in the middle of the theater district.

                                  Or, it's not really known for steak, but really good BBQ at Virgil's.

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                                    rugburn RE: Ora Sep 20, 2007 09:05 AM

                                    If you want a meat overdose, go to Churrascaria Plataforma, a Brazilian all you can eat meat place. Don't fill up on the amazing salad bar...their lamb is one of my favorites...it's meat, meat and more meat, but the salad bar is incredible, so have even gone there with a non-meat eater who loved it! W 49th St.


                                    1. kcijones001 RE: Ora Sep 27, 2007 08:14 AM

                                      Go to Victor's cafe. Cuban.

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