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Mar 3, 2009 03:53 PM

Wolfgang's or striphouse

Need a steakhouse for Saturday night. Was thinking of going old school. Wolfgangs and striphouser are the top on my list. Want to stay in Manhattan. Thanks

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  1. I wouldn't call either of them "old school". If you want that, I'd think you'd go Sparks, Palm, S&W, Ben Bensons...

    But given those 2 choices, I'd say it's a toss up - maybe slight edge to Wolfgangs if you're definitely thinking porterhouse

    1. I agree with "Harrison" as Wolfgangs is more "old school" than the other. I would also go to either Ben and Jacks, The Palm, Sparks or Keens if you want a rustic steakhouse meal.

      1. I too would give the edge to Wolfgang's. But Keens is real "Old School". I am just not a fan of their steak.

        1. I think Strip House has a better atmosphere and I LOVE the ribeye there. If you're looking for the porterhouse though, then Wolfgang's. If you do go to Strip House, you have to have their Potatoes Romanoff.

          1. Still have not been to Wolfgang's, however I can vouch for Strip House and say it is one of the best steakhouses in the city. I have been to and reviewed many (see my many reviews). The porterhouse and prime rib are both excellent.

            If you want old school Keens and Old Homestead are the two best old school places IMO.

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              1. re: Marginwalker

                I for one only eat bone-in steak at fine steakhouses. The do have a bone-in 20 ounce. However, I have tasted the boneless 16 oz. NY Strip since one of my friends ordered it. The piece I had was very good, but I just prefer porterhouses and ribeyes and prime rib to strips and filets. You cannot go wrong at the Strip House they know what they are doing.

                1. re: steakrules85

                  Might have a steak dinner and was thinking of Strip House but the prices are above the other NY steak joints. I mean, it is not the dollars, per se, but I just hate when something is priced 10 or 15% more for no reason that I can see.Plus their chain factor is a negative.
                  Anyway, if steak is the choice, this might be the place. Was going to do Wolfgang's but seeing so much inconsistency.
                  And I don't wait for a table I have reserved more than a short, reasonable amount of time.

                  1. re: dietndesire

                    I don't think that Strip House's prices are really out of the norm for a steakhouse. They are standard issue. Porterhouse for two is under $90. Prime Rib is about $45, ribeye $45. Pretty much the same as everywhere else.

                    1. re: steakrules85

                      So, is the preparation of the steak very similar at the two?
                      I mean the technique, not necessarily the quality.
                      Similar broiling, etc?

                      1. re: dietndesire

                        nyc steakhouses are such a crapshoot in my experience. once you get to a certain -- rarefied -- level, you're not likely to get a bad piece of meat, but the ancillary things can make a big difference. the porterhouse at wolfgang's is probably a bit better in and of itself. but only by a hair. the sides at strip house -- especially the potatoes -- and the vibe, which is markedly less frat-like, put me in that venue's camp.

                        1. re: dietndesire

                          very different. strip house is a dryer, but buttery steak with more char, while wolfgangs is a luger-esque, wetter steak that may leave a pool of juices at the bottom of your plate. at strip house the quality will depend on the cut you order, as not all are bone in, or even prime aged. sides are superior and sometimes the best part of the meal but some people might not like their sides to distract them from their meat.

                      2. re: dietndesire

                        Their prices are starting to creep up, where in the recent past they were slightly underpriced, but their sides and such are reasonable and hearty enough that your total bill will seem priced fairly at the end of the night.

                        1. re: sugartoof

                          Between Wolfgang's and Strip House. DEFINITELY Wolfgang's! IMHO Strip house is overrated. Enjoy! P.S. and go to the one in Tribeca.