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Best Manhattan Steakhouse

NYCfoodgirl Jan 24, 2008 01:20 PM

I want to treat my boyfriend to a steakhouse dinner for Valentine's Day, but I don't know which one to pick. We've already been to Peter Luger's and the Palm, so I want something different. Also, it would be great if there were fish options too -- I'm not much of a meat eater (hence the yearly treat for him.)

Thanks in advance --

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    NYCfoodgirl Jan 27, 2008 05:43 AM

    This is really helpful. Thanks again!

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      CocHoliday Jan 25, 2008 02:55 PM

      I run a super-high end steakhouse for a living...(not telling which one).

      However...my favorite steak in the city is from Wolfgang's...haven't been to the new one, though. Wolfgang was a head waiter/manager at Peter Luger's and basically said, "I can serve this quality of steak in a restaurant that doesn't look like a shithole!" And, Voila.
      Treat yourself to the thick-slab Canadian bacon appetizer. I would gladly shave 10 years off of my life if I could eat it everyday. I've been there for dating, for large groups, for lunch, and for dinner and it's always great.

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      1. re: CocHoliday
        taboo Jan 26, 2008 05:57 AM

        I do agree with Wolfgangs being really good. I have been to both locations and the food is consistent and a fun atmosphere. I did not like Craftsteak at all and either did the other people I was with. I would suggest BLT Prime or the Palm always is a good choice.

      2. steeltowngrl Jan 25, 2008 09:13 AM

        The sides are particularly delicious as well.

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          lovesfinethings Jan 25, 2008 05:16 AM

          Is there any specific area you are looking to celebrate in?

          1. Angelina Jan 25, 2008 04:24 AM

            DelFrisco's is my favorite!!! yummmm

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            1. re: Angelina
              idia Jan 25, 2008 05:05 AM

              Keen's. Heads and tails above Luger, who is now living on past glories IMHO.

            2. DarthEater Jan 25, 2008 01:12 AM

              Strip House serves the best tasting ribeye and strip steak. They serves several fish options too.
              Keens is good for the mutton, not crazy about their beef.

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                kobetobiko Jan 24, 2008 06:43 PM

                Craftsteak if you are willing to splurge!

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                  Melanie Jan 25, 2008 09:09 AM

                  As usual, I agree with Kobetobiko. My boyfriend and I went to Craftseak for our anniversary/his birthday and they really made it quite fun and romantic. Here is a link to my review, if you are interested: http://www.chowhound.com/topics/474729

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                    kobetobiko Jan 25, 2008 09:20 AM

                    Hi Melanie,

                    Thanks for your kind words. Your review was wonderful and truly informative! I enjoyed reading your posts very much!

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                      Melanie Jan 25, 2008 12:06 PM

                      Thank you so much Kobe! I feel the same way about your posts as well. It's actually somewhat eerie how I can often read halfway through a post and think 'Wow. I COMPLETELY agree. This is probably Kobetobiko' (and I'm usually right!)

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                  mangiamama Jan 24, 2008 03:59 PM

                  BLT Steak has some fish options on the menu. Took my husband there and he loved it.

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                    clashfan Jan 24, 2008 05:45 PM

                    I think you can't go wrong with Sparks. Great steaks (get the sirloin) in an old school atmosphere. Plus the wine list is very affordable as opposed to most new steakhouses which I think are insanely over-priced.

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                    gekko Jan 24, 2008 02:29 PM

                    Quality Meats is extraordinary, and it has a cool, "updated" steakhouse menu and atmosphere.

                    If you're looking for a more "old school" steakhouse experience (and menu), go to Old Homestead in the Meatpacking District.


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                      ESNY Jan 24, 2008 02:36 PM

                      Don't go to Old Homestead if you want good steak though.

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                        gekko Jan 24, 2008 02:38 PM

                        When I last visited Old Homestead (about a week ago), the steaks were excellent and everyone in my party (6 people) agreed.

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                        RCC Jan 24, 2008 03:43 PM

                        The service at Quality Meats is laughably bad and amateurish. In spite of my asking how a particular bottle of wine is currently drinking, the waitstaff (yes, my table-assigned waitstaff called a more elderly waitstaff to try and convince me) tried to sell me another bottle because they insist that it is a popular-seller in their restaurant.

                        There's also the rude phone service when I made the reservation, but that's another story.

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                          doona Jan 25, 2008 06:05 AM

                          And the food absolutely was not that great at Quality Meats. Just the appetizers. And the bread. That's about all.

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                        ESNY Jan 24, 2008 01:46 PM

                        BLT Prime

                        1. LeahBaila Jan 24, 2008 01:32 PM

                          Take him to Keen's...neither of you will regret it! :)


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                            Captain Jan 24, 2008 02:05 PM

                            Second on Keens. It's got the atmosphere of an old NY steakhouse, excellent steaks but not as good as Lugers, wonderful selection in the bar, and just feels right.

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