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Birthday Steak Dinner - Westchester or NYC?

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JLH Jan 12, 2008 07:43 AM

We usually go to a steakhouse once a year for my birthday - we've been to Frankie and Johnnie's, Ruth's Chris, Mortons, Willett House and haven't been thrilled.

Wolfgang's in the city is a favorite, but I'd love to stay in Westchester this year. I've been following the steakhouse posts and would love an opinion. I'm considering X2O in Yonkers for the Cowboy steak, BLT Steak in White Plains or back to Manhattan.

Any advice?

Thanks!!

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    RawTunaFan Jan 18, 2008 01:54 PM

    If the BLT in WP is as good as it is in the city, the I would def. pick that. Or Sparks. I really like BLT's sides though -- the creamed spinach is my favorite!

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      steelydad Jan 18, 2008 08:48 AM

      Stay in Manhattan!!! B en Bensons, Sparks, the Palm, AJ Maxwells, Lugers in Brooklyn, Wofgangs, Ben and Jacks--- these are all reliably good trditional NY steakhouses. Have never had anything close in Westchester. Flames in Briacliff comes close, but the atmosphere is so depressing that it just does not seem worth it to pay 40$ for a steak in a dump.

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        arby1 Jan 18, 2008 08:15 AM

        Although I haven't been there in about 6 months, I am a fan of Ye Old Tollgate in Mamaroneck. It is a clone of Peter Luger's and specializes in the same Porterhouse steaks, sides etc. I imagine it's very much like Wolfgang's which is another Luger's clone. You won't find the same "scene" there as you will in a NYC restaurant, but the food is very good. I prefer it to the suburban chains (like Mortons).

        1. MikiLovesSugar Jan 17, 2008 03:49 PM

          Everyone must try the cowboy steak at X20! i thought it was incredible...

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            tada Jan 18, 2008 03:31 AM

            Completely agreed. It's better than most steaks that I've ever had.

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            Stamford Talk Jan 16, 2008 04:34 AM

            I tried Dunn's Loft in Stamford last night and the filet mignon was fubulous- quite buttery (that's how I describe smooth soft steak) and crisp tasty outside. Only 30 bucks, and the side you get with the steak was a good portion. It's small, has a sophisticated but comfy decor AND a pool table!
            It was way better than Luger's... nicer atmosphere... and Dunn's loft serves Luger's sauce, which is the best part of Luger's anyway!

            1. bosun Jan 15, 2008 08:40 AM

              Keens.

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                Kobe Jan 15, 2008 07:48 AM

                The Willet House in Port Chester is excellent or Crabtree Kittle House. If crossing the border into Connecticut is ok, try Bennet's in Stamford.

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                  Sam__Spade Jan 17, 2008 08:33 AM

                  Stay away from Bennett's. Pay less and get more at the best steakhouse in the country...Peter Luger's.

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                    jfood Jan 18, 2008 07:49 AM

                    Ditto Spades comment on Bennett's. Not worth the trip.

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                    NickM Jan 12, 2008 06:56 PM

                    Since you posed the question as, "Westchester or NYC," why not consider bypassing Manhattan and go straight to Peter Luger, for a truly great steak?

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                      dolores Jan 13, 2008 03:15 AM

                      Peter Luger would be my choice.

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                        unocal Jan 13, 2008 04:15 AM

                        i agree w/ peter luger's as well, and i'm not even a big steak fan. just for the atmosphere alone, since it's been there for like 110 years or something. the porterhouse for 2, a side of the creamed spinach, hash browns and a nice red wine and you're all set...don't forget the pecan pie w/ schlag, yummmm!

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                      vlb1215 Jan 12, 2008 05:40 PM

                      Try Moe's Ny Grill in New Rochelle. It's a great steakhouse owned by Mariano Rivera (NY Yankees).

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                        shanghaiknights Jan 12, 2008 12:49 PM

                        Manhattan is of course, the best. I recommend BLT, Del Friscos, or Sparks. The new BLT in WP is supposed to be good though. When is your birthday? The family is hosting a party there in a few weeks and can tell you how it went...don't know if that will be too late though.

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                          dolores Jan 12, 2008 10:49 AM

                          Don't know if they're still as excellent as they were years and years ago, but if they are, I would recommend Manhattan's steak houses. Westchester's contenders are all wannabees who pale in comparison.

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