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Jan 20, 2010 05:06 PM

Steakhouse85, Downtown New Brunswick, NJ

Steakhouse85 performed WONDERFULLY for my wife's surprise birthday dinner this past Saturday. I requested impeccable service & food in a private dining room and we were provided just that. As promised, Mike Piagitini and Matt's entire team delivered a quality adult dining experience that others need to be aware of. Frankly, there was an extreme desire to satisfy our group of 30 and they went out of their way to even help with the 'surprise' aspect of our birthday party - what a nice bunch of folks they are.

I admit that I'm not big on 'hoopla' when it comes to restaurants (and also admit this is the first time reviewing a restaurant) but, this dining experience deserves my 2 minutes to write a review and in a moment I will seek a similar site to do the same.

To me, food is not fuel, it's pleasure. I prefer Steaks and have eaten at steakhouses in Omaha, Sydney, London, Europe, Smith&Wollensky's, Lugers, Ruth's Chris,Sparks and MANY more nationally, and I am happy to declare that Downtown New Brunswick NJ now has a BONA FIDE STEAKHOUSE: Steakhouse85

I'm not sure what the formal rating scales are for steakhouses, but my very satisfied family rates Steakhouse85 with "5 Mooos".

Thanks again, Steakhouse85...we'll be back soon.

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  1. I have been to Steakhouse85 twice. It is a decent place, but it has NYC prices. I would much rather go to NYC (Sparks, BLT, Strip House) or Philadelphia (Barclays Prime) if I am spending the same money.

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    1. re: BigGeorge

      I've yet to try Steakhouse 85...but I really can't justify paying that kind of money for non-prime steak. Does anyone have an opinion on Manhattan Steakhouse vs. Steakhouse 85?

      1. re: joonjoon

        joon - I've been to both (S85 once and Manhattan on countless occassions) . I would classify Steakhouse 85 as being just "O.K.". The decor and service was better than Manhattan Steakhouse but there really was no discernable difference in the quality of the food. I agree that for your money there are better options and it is difficult in this economy to justify spending that type of money for a steak meal (unless of course if you are dining at Sparks, Luger, Wolgang, etc.).

        1. re: bgut1

          Thanks bg. I just picked up a gorgeous prime aged strip steak from Wegmans...if it's worth the money I paid for it, it should be better than anything at either place! :D