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Steak in White Plains?

piegirl74 Dec 10, 2008 11:33 AM

What are the best options for steak in White Plains? Morton's? BLT Steak?

Hoping not to drive, but we do have the car and a short drive would be tolerable if the food is good. Or something walkable from any close-by MetroNorth stop would be fine.

We can go to the city, of course, but I am hoping to stay close to home for this outing.

Thanks for your rec's!

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    biga290 Apr 14, 2009 11:59 AM

    Le Provencal in Mamaroneck does a very nice steak/frites!

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      ChefDell Apr 14, 2009 08:05 AM

      Well I guess all of the negative feedback on BLT has finally caught up with the restaurant and Capelli. I hear from my friends that work for Tourondel, that they will be closing BLT at the Ritz in 2 months. In this economy(and even with money not being a factor) a restaurant really has to do it right. I am not sad to see it go, from a food perspective. It's just a shame that more people in this business have to lose their jobs.

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      1. re: ChefDell
        MisterBill2 Apr 15, 2009 06:14 PM

        Liz Johnson had a thing in her blog today that they are not closing, but the restaurant will not be run by the Ritz anymore, they will sell/transfer it to someone else. They didn't have the exact details but were very clear that it was not closing. Take it for what it's worth.

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        psc1231 Mar 8, 2009 09:20 AM

        Morton's in White Plains is just horrible.

        Six of us arrived at 7:50 for an 8pm reservation on Saturday night and told to "grab a drink at the bar." A full hour later, our table was still not ready, and the clueless Maitre D' suggested we drink more. The Maitre D' may have been hired under some federal grant.

        When we finally sat, in a room that reminded me of a convention center, we suffered through the fattiest, tasteless steaks I've had in NY. The desserts were worthless. The conciliatory port they offered tasted like nail polish remover.

        I'd sooner have hemorrhoid surgery than return.

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        1. re: psc1231
          Dim Sum Diva Mar 9, 2009 08:16 AM

          We recently had a really good steak @ Soma on Mamaroneck Ave. in WP. It was cooked exactly to our specifications, and we thought it was better than the steak we had at BLT Steak down the street.

          1. re: psc1231
            billyparsons Mar 18, 2009 11:29 AM

            "I'd sooner have hemorrhoid surgery than return"

            Probably one of the funniest posts on Chow in the last year.

            1. re: billyparsons
              PJPasta Mar 19, 2009 01:29 PM

              Well we went to BLT in downtown White Plains just before we moved to Westchester. I have to say, maybe I was going out of my mind but the food at the BLT (midtown and Prime) in the city was a million times better.

              The popovers were still equally as delicious but the steak was salty and slightly over-cooked for both of our orders. Sadly, we will have to research this board and find "Our Steakhouse" in Westchester county. I hope we succeed!

              1. re: PJPasta
                kaaaassss Mar 19, 2009 01:52 PM

                Flames has good steak also. How long have you been living in Westchester?

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            Rinjani Jan 8, 2009 06:27 PM

            Non-Westchester best steaks are F&J in Midtown, and Lugers. Best steak I have had in Westchester, hands down, 42. Not just a steak place...but if you are in it for just the piece of meat (not to mention a decent view and wine list) I would go upstairs from BLT anyday of the week. RC, Mortons...don't waste your time.

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              SweetSweetness Dec 20, 2008 10:11 AM

              After reading the reviews of BLT Steak on here I'm a little confused. I've been to BLT steak maybe 6 or 7 times over the last two months and the closest I got to a bad experience was when my steak was a little undercooked, but my waiter took care of it right away. Following that the chef came out and delivered the steak to me himself with his apologies. I've always had great service and excellent food. Who keeps saying their food is salty? I'm curious as to what dishes in particular? I've tried at least half the menu, so I wonder if I'm missing something. I love BLT Steak, what can I say?

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              1. re: SweetSweetness
                RawTunaFan Dec 21, 2008 07:21 AM

                The ribeye steak we had at BLT about a week ago was terribly salty. I am a huge fan or ribeye and nothing tops Wolensky, Luger and Old Homestead in the city. My favorite in Westchester would have to be Flames. While cooked perfectly, and a beautiful piece of meat, it was just over salted. This is the third time we've been and I just prefer Flames over BLT.

                The service was fine and we really didnt mind the "urban view"

                Additionally, the popovers are a fantastic treat, as are their buttery onion rings. We also enjoyed the complimentary chicken liver schmear that comes with the bread basket!

                1. re: RawTunaFan
                  SweetSweetness Dec 24, 2008 07:14 PM

                  Wow...i've never had that problem. I go back and forth between their strip and ribeye when I'm there and I've never thought that, but to each his own.

                2. re: SweetSweetness
                  Shawn Dec 21, 2008 07:26 AM

                  6 or 7 times over the last two months? You must really love BLT Steak, SweetSweetness! Welcome to Chowhound, by the way. What other Westchester restaurants do you like?

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                    RawTunaFan Dec 21, 2008 07:50 AM


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                      SweetSweetness Dec 24, 2008 07:16 PM

                      Honestly, I've made BLT my go to restaurant. What can I say? They take care of me there. But there are a few other places I love as well. Malabar Hill on 119 in Elmsford is amazing. Chat 19 was great the two times I've been there. There was this restaurant called Frodo's I went to a while back, but I think they've changed their name since.

                      1. re: SweetSweetness
                        wincountrygirl Dec 26, 2008 04:05 AM

                        Yes, Frodo's is now Haven, but same chef/owners and food.

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                          Rinjani Jan 8, 2009 06:25 PM

                          A shocker that a Lord of the Rings themed restaurant didn't make it in Westchester :)

                          That said...fun place with decent food.

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                    martyl9 Dec 17, 2008 07:28 PM

                    you said white plains. five minute cab ride is Ernesto's on Post Road. not a steak house like Tollgate but makes a very good 10-12oz sirlon. put a little butter on the midium rare and you would think you are at Ruth Chris. The veal chop is excellent also. cocktails are well made and some of the italiam dishes are decent. for pure steak houses in Westchester, all wish are good and bad on any day
                    tollgate, Willet House, Ruth Chris, Mortons (dishes way too big), BLT in WP was disappointing.

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                      otisman Dec 11, 2008 01:52 PM

                      Excellent course on steak in Westchester led by BillyParsons, the "professor":
                      Sounds like Tollhouse or Flames would be good choices.

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                      1. re: otisman
                        steelydad Dec 16, 2008 12:03 PM

                        Flames---great steaks but horrible atmosphere. At their prices, the place should not be such a dump. I love their food, but it is NOT a romantic setting.

                        1. re: steelydad
                          piegirl74 Dec 16, 2008 05:34 PM

                          Haha. Well, Peter Luger's in Brooklyn isn't romantic in the least, but the steak is great!

                          Though I do appreciate your noting the atmosphere. It does come into play on most occasions.

                          But, I made a reservation at Flames so we'll see how it goes. Really just looking for a great steak and sides! Atmosphere is not the top criteria.

                          1. re: piegirl74
                            steelydad Jan 27, 2009 10:18 AM


                            Did you ever eat at Flames?
                            What did you think of it?


                        2. re: otisman
                          billyparsons Dec 25, 2008 10:19 AM

                          Otisman thanks for the "plug"!

                          Everyone needs to remember that right now we’re at a point where restaurants are scared to inventory super high quality products because they may not sell. And, to make it worse, the vendors impose minimums on delivery charges. $500 here, $750 there… On a wholesale level it adds up.

                          It's why so many restaurants now do what Ruth Chris does (gasping), they bring their meat in frozen (hold on, just fell off my chair). Beef should never, ever, ever be frozen in a restaurant. No offense to smart home shoppers that load up at Costco. Meat at $4.99/lb and a Porterhouse for 2 at Ruth Chris are two different scenarios.

                          Don't be afraid to call a restaurant and ask them what they serve. Ask them where they get their beef. If they say "dunno, some guy just brings it in a little white truck" or "it comes in a huge truck with 5 letters (Sys*o) on the side", understand they're not serious about beef. Just ask to see if they’ll answer. Even if you’re clueless about the difference between, say, a sirloin and tenderloin, you’re looking for their attitude about food.

                          BLT has a SERIOUS food costing issue (above 60%) because so many steaks come back due to over-cooking and salt. So their problem is not food quality, but poor training. In Manhattan, there are 90 guys fighting over the same line cook position. In White Plains, the manager crosses his fingers and says 3 “Hail Mary’s” just hoping his line cook shows up! Please trust me on this one. We have the same problems in Rockland.

                          Sorry I can’t be of more help with regard to suggestions, have not ventured in to White Plains all that much. But I’d like to just leave “you all” with the basic premise that:

                          It’s not rude to ask questions about the restaurant’s sources of product.

                          Billy Parsons, over and out.

                          1. re: billyparsons
                            southlake Dec 25, 2008 06:07 PM

                            very well said billy...........honestly though how does BLT stay in business with a food cost so high? (60%?---JEEZE!!)....when I was working in restos the kitchens would hover around 30% food cost and the owners weren't exactly swimming in the moolah.....

                            1. re: southlake
                              ChefDell Dec 26, 2008 09:21 AM

                              Can't speak for all BLTs but the one in WP shares its food cost with the Ritz Carlton culinary operations. With banquets/hotel food costs hovering around the 23% area, they can rob Peter to pay Paul if you get my drift. This property is leased from Ritz so it falls under the hotels culinary umbrella. The others in the city have to stand on their own. It is a shame and true what Billy said in reference to the "3 hail mary's". There are no warm and fuzzy feelings in that kitchen and the turnover rate is high. The Exec chef of the hotel is too busy running hotel operations and is basically hands off when it comes to BLT. Perhaps things are different when a cook actually get s paid by BLT as opposed getting their checks from Ritz Carlton. The training was a problem from the begining, not the meat.

                              1. re: ChefDell
                                billyparsons Dec 26, 2008 01:19 PM

                                From what I understand the only reason Capelli hasn't yanked the plug on BLT is because Laurent Tourondel and Simon Cooper from the Marriot (that owns the Ritz) have an exclusive deal where every new Ritz would feature one of his restaurants. Plus, could you imagine if the word got out that BLT couldn’t make it in White Plains?

                                While you're right about the "peter paul" issue, the fact is BLT is sinking the ship. Capelli would close shop and let Goncalves from 42 take over the helm in a second. Word is Goncalves already took the helm in the three new restaurants in the Stamford Ritz. One of my guys was willing to commute all the way from Rockland to Stamford for a position there.

                                And, with regard to the food and liquor cost “equalization” issue, I think the fact that a Snickers bar out of the “honesty bar” in the Ritz room costs $8.00, and micro bottles of Absolute cost $11.00, they pretty much close the gap…

                                Kidding, but they know where to “bang you over the head”.

                                Great points though Chef Dell.

                                1. re: ChefDell
                                  billyparsons Dec 26, 2008 01:32 PM

                                  And Chef Dell…

                                  Have a buddy that works Ritz South Beach. He just checked the White Plains numbers. I stand a tad corrected.

                                  BLT was running at 48%. Now they're 34%. The entire operation, with the hotel restaurant, they're at 29% (as of yesterday).

                                  1. re: billyparsons
                                    kaaaassss Dec 26, 2008 02:40 PM

                                    It is interesting how things changed quickly since the Ritz opened its doors last year. You had to have a reservation to sit at the bar at 42 and now they are advertising on a local radio station to attract a Thursday night crowd with cheaper drinks and a DJ. I understand it gets crowded but with a young 20 to 30's crowd This is what they wanted to avoid when they opened. The dining room is never anywhere near full. The space is way too large. I think highly of Anthony and loved Trotters and frequent Peneche but they kind of shot themselves in the foot when they tried to be so exclusive in the beginning.

                                    BLT had crowds from day one. The bar was professionally run with bartenders that actually remembered your drink and had a nice crowd. Now each time you go, the bartenders are different, mosttly young girls that know nothing about tending bar and unless you are a man wearing a suit, they tend to ignore you. Only one bartender remains from day one and he is an old school bartender. The restaurant though still draws a crowd but now you can actually get a table at a decent time without a reservation.

                                    I understand that Via Quadrono has changed and no longer serves breakfast and has a different lunch menu to attract business people.

                                    Also the new "upscale" sushi that Capelli is building has slowed down...That place should have been done by now.

                                    It seems that the whole "UPSCALE" theme has backfired on that corner. I live in White Plains and want nothing but good and successful restaurants and bars to be here.

                                    1. re: kaaaassss
                                      dolores Dec 27, 2008 01:35 AM

                                      >>It seems that the whole "UPSCALE" theme has backfired on that corner.

                                      I don't find that surprising, do you? They 'thought' they were creating NYC, but they didn't. As did not another dismally failed NYC clone, New Rochelle.

                                      But, Capelli had a good run.

                                      Hopefully in 2009 it will be Cental Avenue's chance.

                                      1. re: dolores
                                        kaaaassss Dec 27, 2008 05:49 AM

                                        I think they moved to soon and did not expect the market to be in the shape that it is in in the moment. The second tower at the Ritz was delayed for a long time... Maybe they will start to mix in some affordable restaurants.

                                        1. re: kaaaassss
                                          Jon1856 Apr 15, 2009 09:16 PM

                                          The second tower at the Ritz was delayed because City of White Plains would not issue builder CoO's until he honored contract and had affordable housing built or provided. He put them between garage and NYSC in a space that he had built to be retail and never filled.

                                      2. re: kaaaassss
                                        wplady Jan 16, 2009 09:36 AM

                                        It's called the economy. Every price point restaurant is having a problem.

                                      3. re: billyparsons
                                        ChefDell Dec 26, 2008 08:38 PM

                                        Thanks Billy. My numbers weren't current, just a rough estimate for illustration. The saving grace is still the banquet dept which keeps the entire operation looking...no too bad. I probably know your buddy in south beach if he's in culinary!

                              2. southlake Dec 11, 2008 05:48 AM

                                my woman has been to BLT 3 times now for business dinners and each time has said how salty, salty, salty the food is.......

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                                1. re: southlake
                                  wonka Dec 11, 2008 07:25 AM

                                  I have to agree, I was so looking forward to a good steak dinner, and tried BLT, in WP, it's just not very good. - (sorry to say). The meat itself was on the tough side, as well as the one in the city. If you want to go to the city, try Craft Steak, good steaks and other options as well.

                                  1. re: wonka
                                    dolores Dec 11, 2008 07:38 AM

                                    But it was already noted that talk of the city and LI and Brooklyn are out of the question.

                                    If distance is back in the equation, one can't better than Peter Lugers.

                                    1. re: dolores
                                      piegirl74 Dec 11, 2008 07:47 AM

                                      Distance is not back in the equation. I live in the city and know where to go for steak there. We will be spending the weekend in WP and were hoping to go for steak in that neck of the woods.

                                      Sounds like Tollgate will be my best option if that's what I have a taste for. Maybe we will re-think our eating agenda that night :-)

                                      1. re: piegirl74
                                        dolores Dec 11, 2008 07:49 AM

                                        I didn't bring distance back into the equation.

                                        Good choice on Tollgate.

                                        1. re: piegirl74
                                          VFresser Dec 11, 2008 08:25 AM

                                          No one has mentioned Ruth's Chris as yet -- over at the Westchester Marriott on Tarrytown Road. Not spectacular, but reliable, and I think preferable to Morton's as far as fancy steack chains in this area go.

                                          1. re: VFresser
                                            dolores Dec 11, 2008 08:41 AM

                                            You're right, VFresser. Their steak was good. I imagine you have to pay for a potato at all the steakhouses, so I can't fault them that.

                                            Isn't it Morton's who is having a special until the end of the year? Or is that already over?

                                            1. re: VFresser
                                              MisterBill2 Dec 19, 2008 05:04 PM

                                              I ate at that Ruths Chris a few months ago and was not at all impressed. Coincidentally, we had eaten at Capital Grille in Stamford a few weeks earlier and it was far superior.

                                              1. re: VFresser
                                                wplady Jan 16, 2009 09:41 AM

                                                Ruth Chris' food is saturated in butter, including their steaks. They even marinate the steaks in a butter based marinade. If you do that to old shoe leather, it would taste good. No one would do that to a quality piece of beef, so you really have to wonder.

                                            2. re: dolores
                                              wonka Dec 11, 2008 07:49 AM

                                              If we're open to travel, - then I would re think it more, but I have to say PL's is been so over rated. They have trouble buying the quality that they use to buy, with all the steak houses out there now. They even intorduced differnt cuts of meats on there menu, (a first).

                                              1. re: wonka
                                                wonka Dec 11, 2008 08:00 AM

                                                what about Flames??...I think they are in Briarcliff manor...I heard good things about there steaks...haven't had there's yet.

                                                1. re: wonka
                                                  wincountrygirl Dec 11, 2008 08:06 AM

                                                  I have not been to fFlames in a few years, but remember the steaks were good. As a matter of fact, someone here on Chowhound who was a butcher said they had the best quality steaks around.

                                                  1. re: wincountrygirl
                                                    kaaaassss Dec 11, 2008 09:14 AM

                                                    Flames is very good.

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                                          ChefDell Dec 10, 2008 02:48 PM

                                          BLT in WP is not the place to go for a good steak. I think that the problems are specific to WP because the other BLTs(Prime and Market) in the city are good and consistant. It is sad when a place that calls itself a steakhouse, can't cook or season meat. The sides are even salt laden. I don't really like Mortons either but if it's a choice, being that they are probably the only 2 "steakhouses", I would choose Mortons. I wonder if Mulinos has a good steak?????

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                                          1. re: ChefDell
                                            wincountrygirl Dec 11, 2008 02:51 AM

                                            Have not been to BLT in White Plains but I have not heard anything good. Mortons steak is tasteless, I would not waste my money there. I have heard Frankie and Johnny's in Rye is good, of course, Tollgate. I even think that Willett House is better than Mortons! Otherwise, I can't think of any specific steak houses,with the exception of the one in Croton Falls which is just plain awful.

                                            1. re: wincountrygirl
                                              dolores Dec 11, 2008 03:05 AM

                                              How about Harry's in Hartsdale, is that any good?

                                              I still would forget about WC and go to Peter Luger's.

                                              1. re: dolores
                                                steelydad Dec 16, 2008 12:01 PM

                                                I had a nice porterhouse at Harry's ion Hartsdale recently. It has a warm, welcoming decor. Tollgate has fine steak, but the dining room is windowless and dark.

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                                            Reposado Dec 10, 2008 12:24 PM

                                            I didn't like Morton's either on my one visit there. Haven't been in a while, but I think the Tollgate steakhouse in Mamaroneck has the best steaks I've had in WC.

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                                            1. re: Reposado
                                              dolores Dec 10, 2008 12:36 PM

                                              I liked Tollgate too but for steak, I'd go to Peter Luger. WC can't compare.

                                              1. re: dolores
                                                valerie Dec 10, 2008 12:43 PM

                                                "I am hoping to stay close to home for this outing".

                                                Good steak or not, Peter Luger is in Brooklyn (or Great Neck) and really has no place in this discussion.

                                                1. re: valerie
                                                  piegirl74 Dec 10, 2008 12:52 PM

                                                  Agree that Peter Luger is fabulous. As is Keen's. But, I don't want to deal with the journey this time.

                                                  Interesting about BLT. I have never been to the location in the city, but I do enjoy BLT burger (also in the city). That's pretty disappointing! I wonder if it's specific to this location? At any rate - thanks for the head's up!

                                                  1. re: piegirl74
                                                    dolores Dec 10, 2008 12:59 PM

                                                    Understand, piegirl. But WC really has a paucity of good restaurants and even more of a small choice of good steakhouses.

                                                    Tollgate is probably the best, everything taken into consideration.

                                                    1. re: piegirl74
                                                      hudsonvalleyfoodblog Jan 9, 2009 11:23 AM

                                                      I have only been to BLT Steak in the city and it was fantastic. I had the short ribs and they were amazingly tender, perfectly seasoned and great depth of flavor. I have not been to the White Plains location but that is the place I'd choose if in your shoes.

                                                2. re: Reposado
                                                  ericstratton Dec 17, 2008 01:25 PM

                                                  I would put WIllett House at number 1 and Morton's number 2. Flames was awful the two times I went and Tollgate was so bad the first time I never went back. The food is fine at Frankie and Johnny's but the noise level is so high you can't carry on a civil conversation.

                                                  1. re: ericstratton
                                                    steelydad Jan 27, 2009 10:16 AM

                                                    Damn glad to see your comments, Eric !!!! Weren't you the rush chairman at Faber College some time ago? Anyhow I digress. IMHO, the steak, sides, food in general is as good at Flames as any place in NYC, However I find the atmosphere very weak at best. But for quality I will take the food over Willett, and by FAR over Morton's where the steak is soaked in butter and it and most of the sides are oversalted. I had a very good midweek dinner at Tollgate some months back. I do find the windowless dining room kind of oppressive though. Have not been to F and J 's. I did have a good steak at Harry's of Hartsdale , though. Place was noisy as h-ll though. I have been praying for a good steakhouse and a decent hot corned beef sandwich in Northern Westchester for years!

                                                    1. re: steelydad
                                                      Sra. Swanky Mar 8, 2009 10:02 AM

                                                      LOL!!! That was steelydad & ericstratton - they were damn glad to meet ya! I really enjoyed the steak at Harry's of Hartsdale too.

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                                                  piegirl74 Dec 10, 2008 11:37 AM

                                                  And to further clarify...Im looking for a place that focuses on steak (with a few other options on the menu) as opposed to restaurant that has 1 steak dish on the menu.

                                                  And Im not really concerned with budget per se. It's just the 2 of us and we aren't big drinkers (maybe a glass of wine each). But getting out for $200 with tax/tip is a good target.

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                                                  1. re: piegirl74
                                                    debmom Dec 10, 2008 12:14 PM

                                                    I hated BLT. The steak was inedibly salty, service was poor, atmosphere odd. It's on the ground floor of the Ritz Carlton. We had a window over looking the corner--ick. It certainly wasn't fancy inside, somehow a cross between modern and ??? I can't even describe it. Way too expensive for what you get. I'd stay away.

                                                    I haven't been to this Morton's but others in the chain didn't impress me. We loved the steak at X2O but that's not what you are looking for.

                                                    1. re: debmom
                                                      valerie Dec 10, 2008 12:40 PM

                                                      I agree on the salty food at BLT Steak. I can't say I hated the atmosphere, but I wouldn't run back either.

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