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Feb 24, 2010 05:21 AM

Minetta Tavern ... or best ribeye in the area?

Hi, this is my first post so big thanks to everyone as chowhound has been a great resource over the years.

A few weeks ago I needed to plan a special occasion dinner for two and after reading positive reviews for the cote de boeuf at Minetta Tavern, scored a dinner reservation. Just today I read a few recent yelp reviews that were not so positive. With the special occasion coming up, I'm getting a bit nervous as was hoping for spectacular ribeye . If anyone can comment about recent experiences at MT and the cote de boeuf it would be really helpful.

Also, any recommendations for a spectacular ribeye in the NYC area would be appreciated. I've done a fair bit of research and of course Peter Luger is up there as well as the usual suspects. I was hoping to try some place new, but may switch to Luger's for dependability (which may be an issue as well).... Any comments are appreciated. Thanks!

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  1. Just had it Monday night and it was spectacular. Order it medium rare. They dry age the steak 40 days, 10 more than Luger's. And it tastes it.

    The bone marrow was perfect and the salad they serve afterward had a really nice vinaigrette on it.

    Get one fried potato and one creamy one. Spinach and you are set.

    The Grand Marnier souffle is first class for desert.

    They had a pig's face headcheese special for a starter that was terrific too.

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    1. re: sushiman

      Thanks for the reply! Glad to hear you had a positive experience. It's making me hungry reading about it! Mmm fried potato and creamy potato ....

    2. best ribeye i've had is at Striphouse

      1. Hi - appreciated the feedback on Minetta and wanted to provide a quick report on our dinner last night.

        Service - good. friendly, patient. a bit crisper at the beginning, and a little soggy by the end - ie it took a while to get our check -- another table requested, received, and signed there's while we waited for ours.

        Food - good to excellent. Brussel sprout salad with pancetta, poached egg, and parmesan was very tasty. Pommes Frites also excellent - tasted almost like Ruffles potato chips. Liked the sautéed mushrooms. The reason we went - the Cote du Boeuf - was not as good as we'd hoped. Way too much gristle for the price point. Requested it medium but it came rare and sliced. Excellent crusty/charred exterior, appropriate level of salt and peppercorn usage, but the flavor of the meat itself was lacking. Have had much better in the city and elsewhere. Skipped dessert in favor of a walk to the east village for ice cream.

        Setting: cool old-school setting, definitely energetic and hopping. Managed to snag a cozy corner banquette with round table. Place filled up fast. Bar area was packed with suits.

        Verdict: Would like to return but next time to try the burger (black label or the regular one).

        Minetta Tavern
        113 MacDougal St, New York, NY 10012

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        1. re: jenn2009

          Gristle? That was unfortunate and puzzling. A steak aged that long has had most of the connective tissue broken down.