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Dec 17, 2007 10:01 PM

Filet Mignon?

Okay, so I know there are tons of posts on here about steakhouses in New York - I've just looked through a whole lot of them, but I still require some help, please.

Looking for somewhere that serves quality filet mignon (keeping in mind it will need to be cooked medium-well), and hopefully serves in it the smaller size portions to take a friend whilst in NYC. I'm sure this is easy enough, but I don't eat meat.... Therein lies the problem. I can eat seafood, or will be happy enough going to a place which has great vegetable side dishes - as long as they don't give me grief for only ordering sides. Any suggestions?

Thanks in advance!

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  1. My brother loves the smaller filet Keens serves at lunch. We were there last week for lunch and he noted that he orders it for lunch whenever he is there b/c the portion doesn't kill him. they also have great shrimp, or dover sole if you are not up for the beef. they have a roasted chicken dish, but I have never tried it. the side dishes are delicious as well; escarole, creamed spinach, aspargus, and mashed potatoes are all safe bets.
    If you go, order the filet mignon / au poirvre - the sauce is to die for.

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    1. re: bosun

      Thank you for the suggestion. It will be for dinner, and I am a bit shocked at the price increase from lunch to dinner for the same cut of meat..... Any reason why there would be SO much difference? $29 for lunch and $48 for dinner - doesn't indicate any size difference on their website. I was hoping for around the $35 mark. Am I being unreasonable?

      1. re: abyss

        Hey, abyss,

        We have had the filet mignon at Keens, which is our favorite steakhouse. Though I've never had one at lunch, my husband and I recently ordered it at dinner, and it was big enough for us to share. So, considering the substantial difference in costs, I'm guessing there must be an equally substantial size difference from what is served at lunch.

        We have also had an excellent filet mignon at Wolfgang's, at the Park Av. & 33rd St., location. Again, it was big enough for the two of us to share and the cost, $37.95, is closer to your target. As is the case with other steakhouses, Wolfgang's has seafood on the menu as well as the usual vegetable sides though one thing they have that Keens does not is onion rings, and which happen to be sensational! Wolfgang's is cozy and comfortable. It's a landmarked space which includes an incredibly beautiful Gustavino ceiling.


        1. re: RGR

          I know you always recommend Keens and I will be going there in a few weeks. Just wondering which sides do you recommend??

          1. re: steakrules85

            My favorites are the creamed spinach, the haricots verts (French string beans), the carrots in brown butter, and the hash browns. Note: The mutton chop and the lamb chops come with a side. Best to ask what it is so that you don't duplicate.

            Enjoy and Bon Appetit!

      1. To each his own, but... medium well?

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        1. re: Alan Arden

          Hahaha.... yes, I knew that would get a few raised brows! Don't ask me, I don't eat red meat ;-)

          1. re: Alan Arden

            thanks for asking i did wonder too. but i have a friend who eats her burger well done. so i assume the same kind of person ?

          2. If your friend would like something different, try Rosa Mexicano. They have an excellent filet mignon and sausage kabob. I assume they will cook it medium well. Nyc is not like Japan where they have a ceremony before eating, but it is an insult to the cow. As for you there are plenty of other seafood and vegetable dishes.