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What is a great, cheaper steakhouse in Manhattan?

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ams461 Nov 18, 2007 06:21 AM

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    Lucia Nov 18, 2007 07:23 AM

    Azul Bistro

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      liztish Nov 18, 2007 07:25 AM

      Bistro Le Steak on UES has a great steak, and prices are not bad either.

    2. LeahBaila Nov 19, 2007 05:40 AM

      The Bridge Cafe

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        ESNY Nov 19, 2007 06:45 AM

        All true "steakhouses" in Manhattan have similar pricing. Steaks are in the upper $30 - mid $40's range. There are a few like Angelo and Maxie's that are a few dollars cheaper but the steaks are mediocre there and not worth the cost. If you want steak at a cheaper place, I'd lean towards and Argentinian steakhouse or a french bistro. I've always had great steaks at Balthazar.

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          Simon Nov 23, 2007 09:10 PM

          Agreed. French bistro's are fine go-to options for cheaper-yet-delicious steaks. Balthazar is a great place, though easy enough to spend a steakhouse amount of money there depending on how many appetizers, oysters, desserts etc one is tempted to order along with the steak. The filet mignon at Lucien is excellent. I've also heard people recommend the bar steak served at Raoul's bar, though my last overall experience at Raoul's was not so good.

          Another option would be to go to Keens, my favorite in the whole city, and eat in the pub room (in between the bar and the main dining room), where they offer some less expensive options (e.g. a smaller cut of prime rib, etc)...

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            billtron Nov 25, 2007 12:52 PM

            Another great French brasserie for steak in Manhattan is Anthony Bourdain's Les Halles on Park at 29th I think. I had a tasty onglet there once.

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              Simon Nov 25, 2007 08:03 PM

              Have to dissent strongly...Anthony Bourdain has little if any involvement w/ Les Halles now...there may be some tasty steaks there once in a while, but the bad service, long waits even w/ reservations, and mediocre food have been mentioned here often...

        2. egit Nov 19, 2007 12:48 PM

          Agree with Lucia on Azul Bistro. They have another place called Industria Argentina in Tribeca which is essentially the same.

          Many decent bistros have a serviceable Steak Frites.

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            jenkc Nov 21, 2007 03:33 PM

            Have not been there in several years, but I once had a pleasurable date at Les Halles on Park Ave. South....and the date was pleasurable solely due to my hanger steak, not the company.
            Don't know of Novecento is still around, but that used to be a fun Argentinian joint.

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              drmoze Nov 24, 2007 05:42 PM

              I was going to suggest Tad's, but I was afraid someone might take me seriously! :)

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                fsd1116 Nov 25, 2007 06:50 PM

                Hey drmoze: when I was a kid, my friends and I would go to Tad's on 34th Street (and occasionally to the branch on 7th Ave and 47th St if we were feeling adventurous). We had some good times. The company was always great, as was Tad's "butter"-soaked garlic bread. As for the steaks... To address the topic at hand, I think I recall a post recommending the steak at El Quijote in the Chelsea Hotel.

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