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A good steak for my man.

I am taking my boyfriend for his birthday dinner next month and want to take him for a nice steak. I feel like I've read so many posts and opinions about possibly every steak place in the city and outer boroughs and I am looking for recent reviews.
We're not going to Luger's so please refrain from going there. He has been there before so I am aiming for something new.
The places I've looked into and considered....
Sparks, Old Homestead, Dylan Prime, Keens, BLT Prime (but i went to BLT burger once and was not impressed), Craftsteak, Striphouse, and I think there were a couple others I was thinking.
Basically, the food and service are the most important things. Ambiance comes after those. I dont want too trendy and I dont want too many suits spending other people's money and not giving a shit about their really nice meal. Yeah....a $200 dinner is something I save up for and appreciate with every moment. :) p.s I guess the other people around me don't really matter. I just really dont love too trendy i.e Chelsea isnt my scene (I am aware of Craftsteak's and Old Homestead's location).
We're both 28, live in the Slope, work in the city, we're pretty laid back and we love dining out together.
Gimme whatchyou got.

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  1. One more point- the steak is where it must be at. I'm looking for perfectly cooked to order and an ice outer crust. I wont even be ordering steak myself but my boyfriend likes a nice cut. its gotta be all about the steak.

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    1. re: rebloonin

      I'd say Strip House. It's reasonable, and the sides are as good as the steaks, which would suggest their other menu items will be tasty for you too.

      My only warning is I've had trouble specifically with their filet mignon, and the tables for 2 are pretty tight. That said, it's one of my top picks for a special occasion dinner.

      Wolfgang's seems to also be a happy choice around these parts.

      1. re: sugartoof

        I 2nd Strip House. I dream about their Potatoes Romanoff and Creamed Corn with Pancetta just as much as I do their steak :)

        1. re: cidonie

          3rd for Strip House. Goose fat potatoes.... nom nom nom

          1. re: deborah24

            I call fourth for Strip House.

            Btw, Its going to be hard to avoid the men in suits on a weekday at any reputable steakhouse in the city.

        2. re: sugartoof

          Striphouse is a good idea. Have done a boyfriend birthday there myself. Porterhouse (including filet) was great). My only note of caution is that Striphouse is notorious for not seating on time.

          1. re: Lucia

            Luckily, I've never had trouble being seated on time, but it may have helped that they had people seated for dinners at the bar so there was nowhere to send me.

            The porter is delicious there...too bad it's for two.

        3. re: rebloonin

          If it's the crust you seek, try the Steak Au Poivre (black pepper encrusted) at Smith & Wollensky on the corner of 3rd and 55th or 56th(?) (not sure if it's still on the menu though; it's been some years; it wasn't my thing though - I don't like crust on my steak.) Also I didn't see Ruth's Chris on your list (flagship, in the 50's off 7th). If you dislike Luger's, maybe RC is your thing. I've found a dichotomy b/w those 2 places: people tend to like one and dislike the other. Good luck!

        4. I say go to Peter Luger's! But if you need ambiance and all that... hmm.. I've heard good things about Porterhouse over at Time Warner.

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          1. re: doctorj

            I ate at Porterhouse last weekend. While OK, I wouldn't recommend it for your BF. The ambiance is nice but the steak we ordered (the porterhouse) was incredibly tough, even the filet side. The meat, however, was very flavorful.

            I haven't eaten there, but DH loved Wolfgang and thought it was better than Luger's. I've passed by it (the one in Murray Hill) and thought the ambiance was quite nice.

            1. re: Miss Needle

              The ambiance at the Wolfgang's on 33rd St. is actually more than just nice. The interior is landmarked, and the Gustavino ceiling is amazingly gorgeous! The good news is that, as your DH said, the food is excellent (though we haven't been to Luger's, so I'm no making that comparison).

              We were there on a Sunday evening. Wolfgang, himself, was at the reservation desk and seated us. On our way out, we had a nice chat with him. A very charming guy!

              1. re: RGR

                I should definitely try it one of these days. So many places I want to try but not enough time!

                1. re: RGR

                  just looked at he initial photos on wolfgangs website and the ceilings look just like those in the oyster bar in grand central

                  1. re: rebloonin

                    Gustavino was the architect for GST.

                    1. re: RGR

                      Wolfgang's is fantastic. Best steak I've ever had in my life. I only recommend passing on the german potatoes, no good.

                      1. re: ginsbera

                        The onion rings at Wolfgang's are some of the best I've had anywhere.

                        1. re: ginsbera

                          I'll give a dissenting opinion here, I think the German potatoes are one of the best side dishes I've had in any steakhouse.

                          1. re: mjh5821

                            Maybe they were just bad when I went, but they were extremely dry and the taste was not anything special. I would have preferred a plate of garlic fries, onion rings or even mashed potatoes.

              2. Is Craftsteak too trendy? I think the steaks there are genuinely excellent (even if the restaurant must also make an excellent profit margin off them). Keen's isn't really trendy, but it might be a little more staid than you want. You'll also be running into the expense account set most days of the week. Hmm. The only place I can think of that you haven't already listed is Churrascaria Plataforma. Prices aren't too out of control, the steaks are pretty good (flavorful, but no ultra tender cuts like filet mignon), and you'll be able to stuff yourself to the gills if that's what you're into.

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                Churrascaria Plataforma
                316 West 49th Street, New York, NY 10019

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                1. re: cimui

                  Keen's gets my vote. (Luger's is living on its past reputation now!)

                      1. re: RGR

                        I'm from out of town but will be taking a group out for steak in NYC soon. They assumed Luger, but I said we had two choices: Sparks for NY strips and great wine, Keen's for porterhouse and atmosphere. Since two of the party don't drink, it was a no-brainer. Keen's.

                        1. re: steakman55

                          Agree with porterhouse at Keens! Another option could be Mark Joseph's?

                  1. re: cimui

                    I would recommend Craftsteak.....but to do it for $200 would mean ordering like a monk.

                  2. Recently went to two places that were amazing-Market Table-steak served on a bed of arugala and olives-soooooooooo good. Next had an amazing shared steak at Babbo!! Normally would not order this at Italian place but took advice from fellow chowhounder-OMG-amazing!!! of course the reservation is what you need to overcome but I found if you go in person easier to make reservation instead of on phone since line is always busy!

                    1. BLT Prime. The steaks are great, and they have a bunch of other choices if you aren't getting a steak, good sides and also the fantastic popover.

                      The last few times I've been to Sparks I've had service issues. I used to enjoy Strip House but I stopped going there after 3 straight visits where I wasn't seated until an hour after my reservation.