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Jul 1, 2008 01:21 PM

Wolfgang's Steakhouse or Jar?

Looking for an amazing steakhouse to celebrate my boyfriend's birthday.

The epitome would be Cut, but I fear from all the reports that it would be waaay out of my price range. Would like to try to get out of there under $250 including tip for say, 1-2 starters, 2 entrees, 1 dessert, and a bottle of wine.

How do Wolfgang's Steakhouse and Jar stack up?

I know it's probably comparing apples to oranges where Wolfgang's seems more like a steakhouse proper and Jar is more romantic and does other things besides steak well? Any standout dishes at either that would tip the scales one way or another?

I'd appreciate any help since we don't often get to splurge on big meals out and would like to make the most of it.


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  1. A. You could pull it off at Cut if you both ordered the 35-day aged 10 ounce NY strip, which is no more expensive than Wolfgang's. And it's a brilliant steak. And worth the whole experience. And sides and starters are genius. Well maybe a bit more than 250 but not way more than Wolfgang's for same. B. Wolfgang's is very good! But not as sublime as Cut. C. Last couple of meals at Jar were less than the best. D. Steak for two at Lucques is my other favorite steak in the city (besides Cut). I say Cut or Lucques. (oh, and the Lucques steak comes WITH sublime potatoes)

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    1. re: la tache burger

      Thanks la tache - that helps. I have a standing res at Wolfgang's on Open Table and will take a closer look at Cut's menu to see if I can swing it. Lucques is great but I thought it might be a bit casual for the occasion. Thanks again!

    2. I think you'd get better food variety at Jar.. and that chocolate pudding to finish.. uh yes please...

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      1. re: raspie

        plus the lobster bearnaise on the steak with fries -- extraordinary.

        1. re: raspie

          Plus duck fried rice. Sounds crazy....but I was very happily surprised.

        2. If your boyfriend loves a porterhouse, I would give the nod to Wolfgang's, which rivals the stellar one at Peter Luger's in Brooklyn; but Jar serves some of the best steaks in town. Jar pulls ahead on appetizers, sides and desserts, as well as variety for the non-steak eater. Among the items I love at Jar are the mussels, the lobster cocktail, the squash blossoms stuffed with lobster mousse, the steaks, the lamb shank, the pork shank, the pot roast, the lemongrass chicken, the fries, the Japanese purple yams, the duck fried rice, and the (frequent special) butterscotch pudding.

          1. been to jar several times and i would not call jar a romantic restaurant at all. food is very good but room is little too loud and nothing really romantic about the place imo
            never been to wolfgang's so couldn't really compare but...

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            1. re: rickym13

              i don't find Jar romantic, but I do find it far more luxurious than Cut. I found Cut to be cold and impersonal.

            2. If you're looking for an amazing steakhouse then forgo either Wolfgang's or Jar and head over to BLT.

              Jar is not even in the same league as either Wolfgang's or BLT so I suggest you mark it off your short list. I've never particularly like the food, service or ambiance at Jar. It's incredible noisy, probably even more so than either Wolfgang's or BLT and it's remarkably dark, which could be why some people find it romantic.

              Wolfgang's filet and onion rings are the standout items but as for the steak for two, three, four... it's not remarkable. It's drowned in butter and lacking in flavor and tenderness. Although the rooms are noisy there's a terrific energy of testosterone that fills the restaurant. Wolfgang is quite gracious and makes you feel welcome in his restaurant. Hands down, Wolfgang's restrooms fixtures are not to be missed. You could spend hours in the ladies room and not want to come out.

              Then there's BLT. The food is simply amazing. So delicious...everything was scrumptious. Chicken liver pate, gigantic Yorkshire pudding/popovers, tuna tartare, the onion ring tower, so many different sides and of course the steaks were phenomenal. So tender and juicy without the pool of sizzling butter. The chocolate & peanut butter mousse was divine. Across the board, presentation was beautiful and the service was flawless. BLT has got to be the best steakhouse in town. Simply fabulous and you probably could get out the door for under $250. But if it turns out to be a bit more than that, it would be worth every penny.

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              1. re: ElleElleInLA

                ElleElleInLA - I totally agree with you. BLTY Steak is my favorite new steak house in LA

                Wolfgangs really was disappointing..I found the sides boring, limited and frankly flat tasting. BUT, go for a few slices of BACON!

                1. re: yummyinmytummy

                  Could not disagree with you more. My two meals at BLT have been utterly utterly disappointing with one of dinner companion swearing that he would eat his shoe first (with more flavor actually) than the food at BLT. Wolfgang's on the other hand is by far the best steakhouse in LA for porterhouse. As a rib-eye lover for my whole adult life, only Lugar and Wolfgang would ever make me seriously consider changing the rib-eye stance.

                  1. re: ExtraCheesePlease

                    What was up with the steak at BLT? Was it steak you ate? Am thinking of going tonight, haven't been yet.

                    1. re: la tache burger

                      It had this strange butane smell that just made the steak awful. I have a heighten sense of smell so I thought it was me but one of my dinner companion who would eat anything (like that Mikey commercial) smelled the same thing and couldn't even finish his NY strip. It happened both times I went and the second time, I sent it back and the second steak smelled the same. The waiter thought I was crazy but I swear I'm not. I eat out almost nightly for business (as my waist will attest) and I know what a steak should not smell like. Anyway, I would love to know if I'm the crazy one. LOL.

                      1. re: ExtraCheesePlease

                        fascinating. I was gonna go last night but couldn't get there on time. I'll be there soon and will definitely weigh in on the butane factor! (and agree that wolfgang's ain't bad at all)