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Oct 5, 2009 09:39 PM

Steakhouse for BF's Birthday - Primehouse, Quality Meats, Old Homestead?

I am trying to decide on a steakhouse for my boyfriend's birthday dinner and was hoping to get some help! We both love dry-aged steaks - preferably the rib-eye or new york strip cuts. Neither of us like filet mignons. We've been to the following steakhouses in the past:

Del Frisco - Amazing ribeye, quite possibly our favorite steakhouse in NY
Keens - One of our top 3 steakhouses for great steak and atmosphere
Strip House - Great interior and great strip steaks - one of our top 3.
Uncle Jack's - Tasty and often well cooked.
Sparks - Have been there a handful of times and thought the steaks were good but not amazing.
BLT Prime - Maybe because of high expectations, but experience there was underwhelming.
Ben & Jack's - Not very memorable though I think the porterhouse was pretty good. Decor felt outdated.
Frankie & Johnnie's - Inconsistent. Can be very good at times but also quite mediocre other times.
Capital Grille - Fine steakhouse but not one that I would return to when there are better options.
Craftsteak and Porter House - Both were mediocre at best when we went.

The BF has also been to Wolfgang's, Shula's, and Robert's.

We like to try a different steakhouse for his birthday each year so I'm considering Primehouse, Quality Meats, and Old Homestead. Suggestions would be greatly appreciated! And if there are other places that I missed, please let me know!

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  1. Always preferred the original Angelo & Maxies on Park & around E. 17th. Very nice atmosphere. No atmosphere, cash only and only Porterhouse, Peter Luger's off Williamsburgh bridge on Bklyn side. Never cared for Smith & Wollensky's full or cafe.

    1. Peter contest

      1. The elephant in the room is Peter Luger. According to popular opinion it is the best steakhouse in NYC and has been for the last few decades. They only serve porterhouses, but it's definitely worth visiting to try at least once. The decor is kind of laughable, the service tends to be gruff, the sides range from ok to mediocre, but the meat can be extraordinary at its best. When Peter Luger is on (and it can be somewhat inconsistent), their steak beats both Keens and Strip House, as well as the others on your list. Make sure to bring plenty of cash when you go as they do not take credit cards.

        I think Minetta Tavern might be the strongest contender for best steak along with Peter Luger. Their best cuts are the bone-in NY strip steak and the Côte de Boeuf for two with roasted marrow bones. The last NY Times restaurant critic called these the best steaks in NYC.

        1. We went to Quality Meats last xmas...........the bone marrow was awesome. Steaks were perfectly cooked. Another to consider is Gallaghers. It seemed kinda dirty and dingy last time I was there, but the steaks were killer and the service was entertaining as well as attentive. Its a fun place with great meat.

          1. I would honestly skip primehouse, I've found it to be second-rate at best. I've been to quality meats several times and each time the steak has been good, not great, but the sides were excellent.

            I have had some of the best steaks of my life at old homestead, and would recommend that. Although it's been a few years since I've been and have heard reports of inconsistency. But for my money, if choosing between the three, then I would always pick OH.

            If you both have not been to lugers, you may want to make that your next stop. otherwise Old Homestead.

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            1. re: Spends Rent on Food

              We had a memorable meal at Spark's a couple months back; I'm sorry you were under-whelmed.

              If you haven't been to Old Homestead, by all means, go this time.

              I found the steak we had at Quality Meats was over-priced for what we got. I've also recently seen people complain of dry steaks there, on this board.