A good steak for my man.
- rebloonin Apr 2, 2008 08:29 PM
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.
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.
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!
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.
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!
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.
316 West 49th Street, New York, NY 10019
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!
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.