Striphouse: food is fine, but is decor offputting?
I am hosting a business dinner for four individuals visiting from Asia in roughly three weeks; They requested to go to Peter Lugar, but unfortunately, I was unable to get a reservation there for said occasion. I am looking for an alternative.
I have read the boards, and "the best steak in NY question" has been endlessly debated here.
Good steaks obviously can be had in many places. My question is slightly different.
I am also interested in a nice setting/ambiance, and not overly loud noiselevel (I hate having to shout/strain to hear dinner conversation).
At this point, I have made a reservation at the Striphouse -- but I am concerned about the decor being offensive or uncomfortable for the female in our group It is giving me pause. Is it just me or would you not want to take a mixed group for a business dinner at a place with artsy photos of women in various states of undress ?
If this concern is valid, I can also get a reservation same nite at Wolfgangs and several other places named here. Please comment.
The atmosphere isnt offensive in any way - some of the pictures on the wall, out of context, might offend the most sensitive of people - so just request a middle table, where that wont be an issue. The food and the general vibe of the place is top notch I have happily taken clients there myself in the past.
I think a lot of posters are answering this question from the American point of view. As an American myself, I find the decor not objectionable. But where from Asia are these people from? The reason I ask this is my sister and I were in Hoi An, Vietnam and found the people there to be extremely modest. We were getting some clothes tailored there and they refused to make a halter top for my sister because it was backless. As an American, I was kind of shocked to hear that. But we were visiting a town with different standards of what is considered acceptable. I had to tell them that she had a bra that clasped very low (even though she didn't) in order for them to make it for her. So there are cultural differences, and Asia is a large continent.
I would add that, if anything, Striphouse is a bit more along the lines of a "female friendly" steakhouse (also see: Craftsteak) given the emphasis on better sides and better presentation, as well as more attention to atmosphere (red leather, soft lighting). The pictures on the wall have more of a kitschy feel than a sexist or strip club vibe.
I feel like I see more people on dates/dinners with wives/girlfriends at Strip House than I do at other steakhouses.
thanks for weighing in...
I knew it wasn't like a strip club, just wanted to make sure decor was tasteful enough for a business group.
Would you ever take clients to Striphouse? For instance, if you already had taken them previously to Wolfgangs? I just learned that part of this group has already been to Wolfgangs, I'd like to give a different dining experience with a steakhouse menu.
To your first question, I've eaten at strip house with female colleagues who were not put-off by the decor. Not sure what you're expecting but it's not like a strip club. While the decor tips its hat to pay homage to old-school bordellos, it's a very tasteful and welcoming restaurant. And on our last visit we were sat next to a table of four women who seemed to be having more fun than us.
But more specifically, if you can get the reservation at Wolfgangs, I personally would recommend a business dinner there instead of Strip house. The reason is that Wolfgangs is the closest you'll get to Lugers on this side of the east river. Wolfgangs is old-school NY Steakhouse in every possible possible way. Whenever I'm entertaining out of town clients who are looking for a great NY Steakhouse, we always go to Wolfgangs.
Either way, you'll have a great night. Enjoy!