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Wolfgang's or striphouse

Marginwalker Mar 3, 2009 03:53 PM

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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    Lau Mar 7, 2009 01:53 PM

    very different types of steakhouses and neither are old school...in fact they are quite the opposite of that

    wolfgang's is garbage, go to ben and jacks (my favorite steakhouse in manhattan)....same luger's ripoff (porterhouse and bacon are the way to go) except B&J's is just as good as luger's, wolfgang's falls short

    striphouse is very good, but a totally different type of steak

    if you were really going old school then spark's or keen's is probably some of the last of the real old school places

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    1. re: Lau
      Bigtigger Mar 7, 2009 06:40 PM

      For old school, don't forget Pietro's !

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      steakrules85 Mar 4, 2009 03:58 PM

      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: steakrules85
        Marginwalker Mar 4, 2009 04:10 PM

        How about the NY Strip?

        1. re: Marginwalker
          steakrules85 Mar 5, 2009 04:26 AM

          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
            dietndesire Mar 5, 2009 04:43 AM

            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
              steakrules85 Mar 5, 2009 08:04 AM

              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
                dietndesire Mar 7, 2009 12:17 PM

                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
                  david sprague Mar 7, 2009 01:41 PM

                  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
                    sugartoof Mar 7, 2009 06:48 PM

                    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
                  sugartoof Mar 5, 2009 08:34 AM

                  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
                    rjm Mar 6, 2009 03:56 PM

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

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            cidonie Mar 4, 2009 11:12 AM

            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.

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              currymouth Mar 4, 2009 10:33 AM

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

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                taboo Mar 4, 2009 10:25 AM

                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.

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                  harrison Mar 4, 2009 10:17 AM

                  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

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