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Jan 24, 2008 01:20 PM

Best Manhattan Steakhouse

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

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    1. re: LeahBaila

      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.

      1. 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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        1. re: gekko

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

          1. re: ESNY

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

          2. re: gekko

            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.

            1. re: RCC

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

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

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            1. re: mangiamama

              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.

            2. Craftsteak if you are willing to splurge!

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              1. re: kobetobiko

                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:

                1. re: Melanie

                  Hi Melanie,

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

                  1. re: kobetobiko

                    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!)