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Does the Capital Region have a "steakrules"?

financialdistrictresident Jan 25, 2010 03:19 PM

The Manhattan Board has steakrules85. Does the Capital Region have a "steakrules" ? A poster who knows everything about steak?

This poultry and fish eater needs a steak restaurant rec for this Wednesday. It cannot be 677 Prime in Albany.

Thanks in advance for your suggestions. . . fdr

  1. PSZaas Jan 26, 2010 03:13 AM

    Some pretty-good steak, more or less south-to-north:
    Hollywood Brown Derby
    Jack's
    The Standard
    Barnsider
    Cliff's
    Prime
    Chianti
    8 Tables

    No restaurant in the Capital District provides the steakhouse ambiance of say, The Palm; Jack's might come closest. Only 677 Prime/Prime and Cliff's offer dry-aged beef (Cliff's is a roadhouse, not a steakhouse.) Prime is Saratoga's only steakhouse. Chianti has a terrific filet; Max London's usually has an expensive cut, haven't tried it. I've had good beef at 8 Tables.

    On this list, only The Brown Derby,The Standard, Barnsider, and Prime, maybe Jacks are steakhouses; the others are restaurants that serve decent steaks. I've deliberately left Filet 7 in Latham off the list.

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    1. re: PSZaas
      financialdistrictresident Jan 26, 2010 03:53 AM

      Thanks so much, PSZaas.

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        gerchak198 Jan 26, 2010 05:13 AM

        I enjoyed Cliff's in the 70s, but my last three experiences there have been pretty bad, including the beef.

        1. re: gerchak198
          PSZaas Jan 26, 2010 07:42 AM

          It's been up and down, but the prime rib and the block sirloin are still first-rate, says this biweekly customer. Good burger, but not much else on the menu is worth ordering, though.

      2. AmyH Jan 26, 2010 06:12 AM

        How about the Bear's steakhouse in Delanson?

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        1. re: AmyH
          PSZaas Jan 26, 2010 07:41 AM

          That has a pretty mixed reputation--good beef, impossible service.

          1. re: PSZaas
            AmyH Jan 26, 2010 11:31 AM

            I was there as part of a fairly large group, so it's possible we got better service than the smaller tables. But the steak was excellent.

            1. re: AmyH
              financialdistrictresident Jan 27, 2010 04:34 AM

              Thanks so much everyone . . .

              1. re: financialdistrictresident
                financialdistrictresident Jan 27, 2010 01:44 PM

                They are heading to someplace near Troy/Latham . . . hopefully not Filet 7 :)

                1. re: financialdistrictresident
                  PSZaas Jan 27, 2010 03:04 PM

                  Maybe they're going to Dakota, a regional chain place that I don't especially recommend, although nowhere near as much as I don't recommend Filet 7.

                  1. re: PSZaas
                    financialdistrictresident Jan 28, 2010 09:54 AM

                    Thanks, PSZaas. They did end up at Dakota. I heard the prime rib was very good.

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