Need steakhouse help
I've spent hours reading NYC steakhouse reviews. Even the best have their detractors. I'm looking for the consistently best beef (no butter), sides don't matter. I've come up with these:
Frankie and Johnny's
Is there a clear winner here or perhaps one I've overlooked?
I've always found Wolfgang's (the Park ave location) to be the most consistent in quality and cut.
Of your list, porterhouse is consistently head and shoulders above the rest - although I have friends that argue to the death about Strip House. But I'm surprised you've left out much of the old-guard, maybe due to inconsistent reviews?
There are no clear standouts when it comes to top tier steakhouses in NYC, especially if you are excluding Lugers and all of their clones "(no butter)". Any of those you have mentioned will be very comparable on any given night when it comes to the meat alone. That being said, I think it would be wise for you to factor in décor, service, and sides to help make your choice.
Second the recommendation for Keens. Second best porterhouse to Peter Luger I have had. BLT Prime and Uncle Jack's are also phenomenal.
We prefer going to The Knickerbocker on University & 9th in the Village as the steaks are fabulous and you're not limited to steak or steakhouse "sides". They have an extensive menu, are more reasonably priced than most other places, and it's also more fun.