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STEAKHOUSE for BF's birthday! Please help!!

diorama Dec 28, 2009 06:06 PM

For his birthday I wanted to take him to a steak house similar to Strip House. We both loved the ambiance, the steaks, oysters and the chocolate cake. Could NOT get a reservation at Peter Lugers, tried BLT Prime recently and did not like it...

I also liked Dylan Prime - though he has never been there, so that is a maybe on the list.
I have a reservation at Quality Meats right now, just wondering if there might be something better that I can try...

Not too much into the traditional steakhouses for this occasion..

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    taboo RE: diorama Dec 29, 2009 02:03 AM

    I totally understand the dilemma. I have also been to Strip House and to Dylan Prime which was great (you should go there.....great ambiance). As far as others with a similar atmosphere, I have been to Prime House on Park Ave. which was nice, and I have heard the Post House is a good choice as well.

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      msny98 RE: diorama Dec 29, 2009 05:18 AM

      I am not a fan of Dylan Prime, if you like the ambience of Strip House keep your rez at Quality Meats. I would vote against Prime House on Park as well

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        patriciarichter RE: diorama Dec 29, 2009 05:23 AM

        I would try Keen's even though it is traditional it is an excellent place.

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          wonka RE: diorama Dec 29, 2009 07:51 AM

          I would have to go with Robert's Restaurant, located inside of Scores NY, on the west side....Before you jump, they actually have some of the best steaks in NYC and they have a chef there as well....even the burger is amazing (dry aged).

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            diorama RE: wonka Dec 29, 2009 09:09 AM

            wow i never looked at Robert's until now... that might be an option, since it is his birthday and maybe get him a lapdance after!

            I've taken an ex to Dylan Prime for a bday before so I'm not sure if it's taboo to take a current bf to the same spot for yet another bday.. I do want to go back there eventually so maybe on another occasion. And Keen's too, I'm looking to try that soon as well - just wanted something more special for a bday.

            How does Quality Meats/ Prime House rate against BLT Prime? I had such high hopes for BLT but it was just mediocre when I went.

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              steakrules85 RE: diorama Dec 30, 2009 04:54 AM

              Right off the bat, Quality Meats is much better than Prime House. Prime House is wayyy down on the steakhouse list for top steakhouses in the city. It is not even in the top 10.

              I agree with the others that Keens is the best of the steakhouses you are considering. However, it seems you do not want to go the "traditional" route. Unlike you, I like BLT Prime and have always had a good experience there. Never been to Dylan Prime so I cannot comment. Went to Porterhouse once and it disappointed.

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            bronwen RE: diorama Dec 29, 2009 09:08 AM

            What about Porterhouse at Columbus Circle, it's not traditional.

            1. smokeandapancake RE: diorama Dec 29, 2009 09:16 AM

              peter lugers is as traditional as it gets....so would you be willing to go for steak frites?

              1. princeofpork RE: diorama Dec 29, 2009 11:06 AM

                See if you can get a reservation at either Wolfgangs. You wont be dissapointed.

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                  steakman55 RE: princeofpork Dec 29, 2009 01:01 PM

                  Wolfgang's is great, in tradition of Luger. Also, even though they come more traditional than Keen's, it has a unique atmosphere and the meat is wonderful. I, too, did not care for BLT Prime

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                    cricri7 RE: steakman55 Dec 30, 2009 08:34 AM

                    If you are going for a special occasion, I would go to Porterhouse instead of Wolfgang's. I have been to both and Porterhouse is more quiet with a great view of Central Park if you are able to score a table by the window. Porterhouse was excellent!

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                  jnab121 RE: diorama Dec 30, 2009 08:39 AM

                  You can always try Ben and Jack's as well as it is another Luger's decendant.

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                    taboo RE: jnab121 Dec 30, 2009 10:48 AM

                    Ben and Jacks is great....solid food every time I go.

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                      gutsofsteel RE: jnab121 Dec 31, 2009 02:09 PM

                      Ben & Jacks is awful. A far, far, cry from Luger's.

                      .I recommend Keen's for sure. Wonderful old time atmosphere, excellent steak, good cocktails, good sides, professional oldfashioned friendly service. It's one of the oldest restaurants in NYC. Wolfgang's is good too, but Keen's is better.

                    2. coasts RE: diorama Dec 31, 2009 03:24 PM

                      surprised no one has mentioned Buenos Aires Cafe. besides the Old Homestead it's my favorite for steaks.

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                        diorama RE: diorama Jan 1, 2010 03:47 AM

                        What do you guys think about Uncle Jacks? Just came across it and it peaked my interest because of the Kobe.. The BF loved the kobe at Le Bernardin, where he took me for my bday.. BTW, those are the stakes that we are playing with. He deserves a REALLY good steak!

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