I'm looking for the best porterhouse in NYC that I've never had, problem is I've had them at...
Bull and Bear
Where should my next porterhouse be from? Sides and atmosphere are not a concern, and I'm talking real USDA prime dry aged porterhouse, not a Tbone for 1 at Outback.
Have you been following me?! :D Looks like we pretty much hit the same places although there are a few you've been to that I haven't ordered the porterhouse and there may be a few that I've been to and you haven't ordered the porterhouse.
I've been to Porterhouse. Don't do it. I recommend Ben and Jack's. It's next on my list to Wolfgang's (midtown) in terms of good flavor and char. The other place, albeit I haven't been in awhile, is Bobby Van's. I've only been in the one located on Park Ave and 46th Street. It's been awhile so I'm not sure if they did any renovations but I like eating in the back room. It feels semi-private.
GTopp, Like you I am a steak lover and of course my favorite steak is the porterhouse. I am impressed by your list! One that you definitely need to try is BLT Prime. It was one of the best porterhouses I have had. Just as a side note, who do you think serves the best porterhouse? From your list I have tried PL, Keens, Uncle Jack's, Del Frisco's (not porterhouse), Ruth's Chris.
For me Luger's is still the top steakhouse in the land and always will be, however UJ, Keens, and BLT Prime were all terrific. Seems like you know your steak and I would value your opinion.
Wolfgangs Tribeca was probably the best, but I really believe that any top tier steakhouse can be hit or miss depending on the day (even PL's, sorry). I think if you went to the same place 5 nights in a row, or even from table to table on any given night, you would get a range of steak quality, from very good to excellent. All of those places have the ability to be at the top of the list, or at the bottom depending which night you pick. The purpose of my query was not to find the 13th best porterhouse, but to see what other steakhouses people would put in their top tier based on steak alone, and just hope I pick a good night to go.
How bout Robert's Steakhouse?
Honestly, not quite a guarantee but some people with some real knowledge swear it is top notch. Personally, never been but I would only eat steak at probably 3 places (and I am a steak guy) but would be willing to go to Robert's(if someone else was paying). I get it about the atmosphere, it sucks. Actually that is part of the reason I wouldn't pay for it myself even if it were fairly priced. Not that it is SO much more expensive.
If you are purely on a meat quest, it seems like the best and most obvious choice.
If you go, hope it is good, otherwise, I will have to revert to basics. Never trust anyone about something I don't think has a chance to be good, just a publicity ploy.
Definitely need to hit Ben and Jacks and BLT Prime. Those are the only two I can think of. I think Ben and Jacks is the best/most consistent of all the Luger clones. BLT prime, I haven't had the porterhouse there but I love the rest of their steaks.
If you are looking only for USDA Prime Dry Aged, skip Mortons as they wet age their steaks and it isn't worth half the price they charge. Also, BLT Steak does not serve dry aged steaks, even though BLT Prime does. I haven't tried Porter House or Quality Meats, so I can't comment on those.
I don't order porterhouse when I can have a ribeye. I also like to frequent local steakhouses more than national chains.
That said, one of the best steakhouse steaks I've had was at a Capital Grill in Dallas. I haven't tried the one here yet but given the list of places you've tried if you're in the mood for something new you might want to give it a shot.