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Top notch steak house for wifes 40th b'day.

Hey all. I need a subdued and wonderful place. Does not have to be a traditional steak house. She loves steak, mushrooms, good wine and chocolate. Need terrific service, setting, soft lighting. Food is more important than setting and trendiness.

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  1. Sparks, Keens or Wolfgang's. AVOID Smith & Wollensky.

    For something a bit different, try Craft. Their only "steak" dish is a 28-day dry aged sirloin steak, but it's simply prepared, but all of the sides and starters will be items that you wouldn't normally see at your typical steakhouse. Craft has a great winelist and professional service that isn't typical of some steakhouses.

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    1. re: susiederkins

      If you arent going to Luger's in Brooklyn and must stay in the city.... I recommend Keens, Strip House, BLT Prime, or Old Homestead.

      As a side note Craft offers other steak besides the sirloin. They offer porterhouse and ribeye for two as well.

    2. I agree with susiederkins re: craftsteak. the steak -- grass fed, corn fed, american and japanese wagyu are all available -- is very high quality, though it is NOT grilled. (Tom Colicchio has some odd hangup about grilling.) There's a whole menu of mushroom options, as well, an extensive winelist, and a dark chocolate terrine that my dining companion declared "amazing" despite the fact that he had just downed an 18 oz dry aged steak. (I was too stuffed to try it.)

      The space is attractive, the service was excellent the one time I went. Could be a good fit for you.

      1. dylan prime is a great steakhouse with a romantic ambiance.

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        1. re: mch

          I would say either Strip House or BLT Prime. Craft Steak I went to with 5 people and not one of us enjoyed it.

          1. re: taboo

            Strip house gets such a mixed review and you always hear that the prices are crazy. Can it still be worth a romantic evening?

        2. Avoid Wolfgang. It is not romantic, you will want to leave as soon as you are seated. See my other posts about Wolfgang.

          1. I love a good steak and will eat it wherever they serve it. My wife on the other hand appreciates ambiance as much as she does the steak, with that in mind, the places that pleased us both are:
            1. Quality Meats
            2. Strip House
            3. Craftsteak
            4. BLT Steak

            I would avoid the "classic" steakhouses - my wife wasn't too thrilled with Keens, she was okay with Lugers, and we are both really down on Sparks - waaaay past its prime.

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            1. re: Spends Rent on Food

              Agree with Spends Rent on Food. Keens & Sparks are more on the masculine side. My husband & I enjoyed the food and soft lighting at BLT Steak.

              1. re: Spends Rent on Food

                "I would avoid the 'classic' steakhouses" ... agreed, too much of a primal feed given the OP's request.
                Good recommendations ...
                Somewhat less "focused" ... what's your thoughts on Peasant?

                1. re: TheDescendedLefticleOfAramis

                  Can you tell me more about Peasant? Never been but have heard good things.

                  1. re: pulled pork

                    Great rustic Italian food often cooked in their wood-burning oven. The space is sort of rustic warehouse and there is an open kitchen w/a view of the oven. The annoyances are somewhat uncomfortable seating and a menu all in Italian, which the server will proceed to translate word for word for you.
                    I've never had steak at Peasant, and I'm not sure if the restaurant fits what you're looking for above. It's a very good place and one of my favorite Italians in the city, but I'm not sure it's a "wow" place, if that's what you're going for.

                    1. re: Lucia

                      Agreed (in many ways - and yes, the steak here is in line).
                      What I did miss,
                      was which steak you thought
                      might deliver *this* particular "wow".

                      1. re: TheDescendedLefticleOfAramis

                        Uh... just responding to the question about Peasant and its atmosphere, so no reason to get your panties in a bunch. It's one of my fav restaurants in town, but I'm not sure it's a special occasion place. Not a big steakhouse person, which is why I didn't respond to the OP originally.

              2. Strip House beckons. Ambiance fits, steak is great, and they have a killer chocolate cake for dessert

                1. I really like Primehouse NY. It is somewhat new and has great steak and sides. The interior is beautiful. Sparks, BLT Steak and Wolfgang's are also very good choices.

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                  1. re: theaman

                    I would not consider Primehouse a top steakhouse- or really a true "steakhouse" at all (see my review). I was disappointed in my ribeye (had to send it back because it was not cooked rare enough). My second steak came back cooked better and it was tasty. However, just not on par with the TOP steakhouses. But they do have GREAT side dishes- notably the truffle fries and macaroni and cheese. Oh yeah and their pistachio souffle was one of the best desserts I have ever had. Don't think they are offering it anymore though- but they always have some kind of souffle or two on the dessert menu.

                    Like I said not a great STEAKHOUSE. But all in all it is a very GOOD restaurant that tends to focus more of great sides, desserts, and the space rather than the steak.

                    1. re: steakrules85

                      How do you think Post House would be for this occasion? It's been too long since I've been for me to recommend it, though my husband did have a good meal there in the last year. I seem to recall that you've been recently. What I did like about it is that the "vibe" isn't as "macho steakhouse" as some other places.

                      1. re: MMRuth

                        MMRuth, I wouldn't recommend Post House for this - but perhaps you mean Porter House? In which case I think that's a great idea.

                        I absolutely love Porter House (provided you don't go during restaurant week/ month when it becomes a completely different place all together). My wife also loves Porter house - she's a design person and loves the spaciousness yet coziness.

                        And I find the steaks to be excellent.

                        1. re: Spends Rent on Food

                          I did mean Post House (in the Lowell) - though, as you can tell, I was reluctant to actually suggest it! Haven't tried Porter House.

                          1. re: MMRuth

                            Don't get me wrong, post house is a fine place. But last time I was there the steaks were pretty mediocre. However, I would go back for the non-steak entrees.

                            1. re: Spends Rent on Food

                              Thanks - that's good to know. I seem to recall my husband saying he liked the lobster.

                  2. I will be going to Dylan Prime this weekend....let you know my thoughts after.