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Apr 12, 2008 08:37 AM

Affordable Steakhouse

Hi everyone,
I was looking for suggestions for an affordable (less than $30/steak let's say) steakhouse where it would be good to take out of towners. Also with the possibility of fitting 7 of us tonight.
Thanks for the help

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  1. Are you okay with a chain? Outback Steakhouse fits that price range.

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    1. re: cidonie

      um not really...
      was looking for more New Yorkish place as they've never been here before.

      1. re: nabwwlm has a steak frite for $21. I would try some of the other French places too.

    2. Portion sizes at steakhouses are always humoungous. So, unless you have a gargantuan appetite, if you share steaks in a top-tier steakhouse, that will bring down the high cost to within range of your budget. For example, the last time my husband and I were at Keens, we shared the filet mignon. That meant the $48 cost was $24pp. A porterhouse for 3 @ $120 if shared by 4 = $30pp. To me, Keens is the perfect place to take out-of-towners because in addition to delicious food and excellent service, there is the unique charm of Keens' Old NY ambiance.

      If you prefer not to go the steak sharing route, the prices for steaks at Angelo & Maxie's are in the $20's. Though it's not a first-tier steakhouse, the steaks they serve are quite good.

      Whether you can get a res for this evening in either of these restaurants is another matter. Obviously, the only way to find out is to call.

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      1. re: RGR

        At Keens, you can sit in the "pub room" and order off the pub menu, which offers smaller (but not small) portions and lower prices (including a smaller portion of their famous "mutton chop"). Also. although it's kinda small, it's first-come-first-served, so if you were to get there early, you might be able to get a table for 7.

        1. re: Blumie

          Excellent idea, Blumie

          I'm just thinking that if it's their first visit to NYC, wouldn't you rather treat them to something a little more... Interesting? EG: Asian, Indian, Polish etc...
          NYC has great beef, but it will be a bit of a challenge in your price range.
          There are far more interesting, and less costly options.

          1. re: RGR

            Do the steakhouses not have a "plate sharing" surcharge? I thought most restaurants did to deter sharing, even when the table orders enough other dishes and drinks to run up a reasonable tab. I also find portions too large so would love to be able to share dishes more often, without feeling as if I'm getting gouched by doing so

            1. re: uwsgrazer

              I've rarely seen a plate sharing charge at most restaurants, steakhouses included.

              To the OP, to be honest, if you want to go to a great steakhouse, less than $30 is not going to happen. The only place I can think of that may fit the bill would be Angelo and Maxie but I wouldn't recommend it as I'd rather save my money than go there, the steaks just aren't very good. Most NYC steakhouses will run about $40 per person for steak (ribeyes, strips, filets, porterhouses, etc). The best deal I can think of is BLT Prime has an incredible hanger steak on the menu for the mid $20s, I believe.

              If you are set on steaks and the price range, I'd recommend researching options like french bistros that usually have less expensive options of steak frites or steak au poivre. Places like balthazar, pastis, etc.

              1. re: uwsgrazer

                There was no "plate charge," when we shared our steak at Keens. Nor was there one when we did it at Wolfgang's a couple of months ago. We haven't been to Smith & Wollensky in ages, but when were there last, I recall sharing a steak with our daughter, and we were not assessed a sharing charge. I'm guessing that's true of all steakhouses. But even if there was a $5 or $10 plate charge, it would still end up costing less than if each person got his or her own steak @$40+pp. And don't forget, most of the sides at steakhouses are meant to be shared. Btw, my husband and I usually start by splitting a shrimp cocktail or a salad, and no steakhouse has ever assessed a sharing charge for that either.

              2. re: RGR

                I was thinking along the lines of Angelo Maxies for an affordable steak in NYC. The steaks there are decent and won't break the bank.

              3. Here is a link to the Keens pub menu. Nothing over $28. Note that you can order off of the regular menu when seated in the pub room, too, and I guarantee that they will not object, nor add an extra charge, for sharing.