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Best Steakhouse with a Vegetarian

fein Nov 18, 2008 08:11 AM

i know it sounds crazy but i'm trying to find a nice dinner for 8-12 people with various food preferences. steak houses usually fit the bill bc the food isn't too exotic. problem is we have a vegetarian joining us. any suggestions on a good steakhouse or a good restaurant where we can go for ~$150 a head with yummy food, drinks and good size portions. Thanks.

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    bronwen RE: fein Nov 18, 2008 08:35 AM

    Most steakhouses have very good seafood so it's not a problem, I don't think For instance, Morton's has good smoked salmon, schrimp,scallops and lobster.

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      fein RE: bronwen Nov 18, 2008 08:37 AM

      if the vegetarian ate seafood my job would be much easier. no meat no seafood.

    2. PlomeekSoup RE: fein Nov 18, 2008 10:23 AM

      You might do better with an Italian family-style restaurant (i.e. Carmine's), where pastas, salads and veggie sides are well represented alongside steak, chicken and seafood options.

      Or there's Hillstone, which I haven't tried, but it has a unique menu in that it includes steak AND veggie burgers...

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        LNG212 RE: PlomeekSoup Nov 18, 2008 10:43 AM

        Oh don't go to Carmine's. I'm a vegetarian and believe me I'd much rather go to a decent steakhouse and order an assortment of sides rather than eat at Carmine's.

        Your best bet might be to call some of the better steakhouses and ask what can be done. If the only option is having an assortment of sides, then just be sure you go to a place that has a) good sides and b) a decent selection to choose from. There was actually a thread here a while back about which steakhouses had the best sides but I can't find it right now (sorry).

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          bronxmom RE: LNG212 Nov 18, 2008 10:52 AM

          I would go with BLT Steak or Craft Steak - they have amazing sides and I think even vegetarian entree options. The atmosphere is also less old-style stuffy steakhouse too.

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            apple342 RE: bronxmom Nov 19, 2008 06:30 AM

            Second BLT. All good steakhouses will have vegetable side options and salads, which is what it sounds like your friend is limited to. Both at BLT are outstanding---esp the chopped vegetable salad.

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        downtownstefanie RE: fein Nov 18, 2008 11:27 AM

        Landmarc in Tribeca or TWC would be good. They have a number of vegetarian entrees including a great grilled portabello dish prepared like steak, along with 1/2 a dozen cuts of real steak

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          uwsister RE: downtownstefanie Nov 18, 2008 07:47 PM

          Landmarc is indeed fantastic, had very good steak and lobster risotto there. I'd recommend it.

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          alc RE: fein Nov 18, 2008 06:28 PM

          City Hall on Duane St. has excellent vegetable side dishes that they will combine into a main course plate.

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            maxine RE: fein Nov 19, 2008 07:50 AM

            Knickerbocker on University is good for groups. Great steaks good fish and their pasta is not bad for the vegetarians.

            1. 2slices RE: fein Dec 17, 2008 07:00 AM

              Go to Lugers and order the bacon. He/She will never eat plants again.

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                LeahBaila RE: 2slices Dec 17, 2008 07:58 AM

                I could easily make a meal out of Luger's onion rings, creamed spinach and bread basket!


              2. thievery RE: fein Dec 17, 2008 07:44 AM

                Try Dylan Prime. Modern, relatively spacious steak house in Tribeca. A vegetarian could eat very nicely off the apps and sides menu alone, amongst which is a great cheese fondue that could be a centerpiece. They also have a truffled vegetable pot pie as an entree. Nice cocktails and big tables to accommodate your group.


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                  quizkiddonniesmith RE: fein Dec 17, 2008 09:07 AM

                  The vegetable sides at CraftSteak are the best part of the meal.

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                    steakrules85 RE: quizkiddonniesmith Dec 17, 2008 11:08 AM

                    I for one am a steaklover and have been to several steakhouses, my absolute favorite being Peter Luger. Obviously, I go there for the porterhouse, however like LeahBaila stated you can make a meal there out of the sides. They have great salads, fries, onion rings, creamed spinach, bread.

                    However, Craft and BLT Prime are probably the two best for a selection of sides/vegetarian appetizers. Craft usually has some pastas on the menu as well. Del Frisco's also has a long list of side dishes. Keens also offers a vegetable plate on most nights as special....good luck dude!

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                    noyank11 RE: fein Dec 17, 2008 01:40 PM

                    Les Halles is great,I been going there with friends for years-rich,satisfying and a crowd pleaser

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