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Nov 16, 2009 08:01 PM

Steak Night at JJ Mannions

Every election day for the last few years a group of us have a guy's steak night out. In past years we've gone to Peter Luger (2x), Smith and Wollensky, Bobby Van's and Jake's. We had planned on returning to Luger, because really there isn't any better, but we didn't call in time for a reservation, so we decided to keep it local. We decided on JJ Mannions on McLean Ave in Yonkers.

I must admit my first impression was not that great. Had a martini with three olives that were the most horrendous tasting olives I've ever had. We then took our seats and my first beer was warm. We complained and the waitress said she'd have them put some on ice. So before the food was even ordered I was worried.

We ordered a few different apps to share. The fried calamari was good, not better or worse than anywhere else. I'm starting to realize this is a dish that is destined to always be average. Ryan's bacon was a nice attempt at the Luger slab bacon, but failed in the end. The crab cake was very good. Nice piece of lump meat and a nice remoulade on the side. We also had the O&Z which was fried onion rings and zucchini sticks, which were also average.

We ordered out entrees and all agreed to share with the table. Two groups of two ordered the Porterhouse for two (one cooked medium, one medium rare). Nice size, very nice flavor. The strip side was much better than the filet side and was cooked perfectly on the medium rare steak. For some reason the filet side seemed overcooked. Guess that happens due to the lower fat content. Both steaks had a very nice char. One of the guys at the table got the lamb chops. Four, very nice sized lamb chops. While delicious, I've question paying $28 for four lamb chops normally, but they were excellent. One of the members of our party got the Sirloin au Poivre. It was amazing. Served with a delicious cognac sauce, this was by far the ebst steak at the table. Everyone tried it and loved it. The steak was huge and had a perfect peppery crust. When I go back, I'm definitely ordering that.

The sides were all good. Asparagus with hollandaise sauce was very good, the home fries were excellent, The creamed spinach was tremendous. For those who do not like a lot of nutmeg in the creamed spinach, you'll definitely like this one. I do, but still loved it.

We also had a great bottle of wine, the name of I can't remember. The bill (with quite a few drinks) came to $100 a person. Definitely one of the more inexpensive steak nights we've had. Before then the average was usually around $175 for dinner.

So far of the places we've gone for our steak excursions I'd rank the steaks (just the steaks) as follows 1. Luger, 2. Jake's, 3. JJ Mannions, 4. Bobby Van's, 5. Smith and Wollensky's.

J J Mannion's Restaurant
640 McLean Ave, Yonkers, NY 10705

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  1. Glad you had a good experience at Mannion's. Used to go there a lot but stopped when Jimmy sold it and it went through some "changes" - mostly negative. The best calamari I ever had was in American Bistro (before it moved from Tuckahoe to Crestwood). Friend but light as a feather and the dipping sauce was also light with a hint of jalapeno. Never had the like before or since. The steak au poivre sounds like it was made the way I love it, with a creamy cognac sauce. I'll have to check it out.
    Also, for great food, amazingly reasonable prices (but, be warned, very noisy ambiance on busy dinner nights), give The Cookery in Dobbs Ferry a try.

    10 Replies
    1. re: JoanieBalonie

      So true about American Bistro, it was my favorite restaurant when it was in Tuckahoe I used to always order their chickhen with cloves of garlic and their calamari was the best (I was there the first week it opened and went there at least once a week). Once they moved to their Crestwood location it was never the same. My favorite chicken dish tasted like it was refigerated for a week and reheated.I would have a great meal one week and then then the next two would be terrible, I finally gave up and have not been back in years, I've heard this from regular customers also.

      1. re: victoria060

        I've only been to AB twice. Once for dinner about five years ago and once for lunch last summer. Both times I must admit, the meal and service was exceptional.

      2. re: JoanieBalonie

        I've heard nothing but good things about the Cookery. Just have to find the time to make it over there.

        1. re: jhopp217

          Also a fan of An American Bistro ( and their fried calamari) when it was located in Tuckahoe on Marbledale Rd. Jhopp I urge you to try the fried calamari at Mamma Assunta in Tuckahoe. The calamari is excellent as is the accompanying marinara sauce.

          1. re: chowdom

            I must admit I've never been to Momma Assunta, even though it's right near where I live. Honestly, I've heard such mixed reviews and by the same people. My father went there twice. Said he had a very good meal one time and an absolutely inedible meal the second. Sadly, I've heard this from so many people, I've always passed it by.

            I like fried calamari, but hat marinara sauces usually. Have to say JJ Mannions was good, but Jake's Steakhouse in Riverdale has the best Fried Calamari I've ever had...and it's 100% the super thick batter.

            1. re: jhopp217

              Too funny, had a 5:00pm reservation for dinner at Jake's last year. When we arrived the hostess tried to seat us in the bar ( we were with the in laws they are in their 70's, and have difficulty hearing) you see where this is going. We ended up walking out and never going back. It was not our first time there, I couldn't beleive the stupidity of that hostess. In regards to Mamma Assunta we had one meal there that was abysmal but that was mostly due to service issues. We usually eat there week nights and the food has been consistent. I don't know why but the male wait staff provide better service that the female staff. You can always get a seat at the bar have a glass of wine or a beer and an order of calamari to test the waters. If you hate it you know you can walk a couple of doors down and have a great Indian meal at spice village.

              1. re: chowdom

                Been meaning to go back to Spice Village and have the Lamb Phall again. Spieciest thing I've ever eaten that you could actually taste the food.

                1. re: jhopp217

                  We walked over and had dinner there New Years Eve ( its becoming a bit of a tradition, it is always quiet and so romantic), I had a lamb chop special so, so good. I requested some heat and they obliged. They were some of the best lamb chops I"ve ever had. I worried because everytime I eat there it is empty, however I recently noticed that their take out business is brisk .

                  1. re: chowdom

                    I have had also had the chicken vindaloo. As much as I like the food, finding a dining partner willing to eat (or try) Indian food, isn't always easy.

                    1. re: jhopp217

                      Yes, I have the same problem, not a favorite in this household.