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Mar 8, 2010 07:34 AM

Good bye, Manhattan Steakhouse.

I thought I posted something about this over the weekend - but for some reason I'm not seeing it. So here it is again (in short form).

Over the weekend my friends and I went to Manhattan steakhouse for a special occasion.

The good news: the food was as good as it's ever been. Everyone was raving about their steaks, whether it was the Porterhouse for 2 or bone-in ribeye. The food was fantastic.

The bad news: Manhattan steakhouse will be closing it's doors in the next week or two, to be turned into a pizza joint.

This makes me very sad. Manhattan Steakhouse had recently become one of my favorite restaurants in the area. Where else can you get such delicious prime steaks and juicy thick slabs of bacon? I'm going to miss their simple but refreshing starter salad, and their ridiculously tasty potato pancake/ hash brown. All that plus BYO made this my go-to place for a nice steak dinner.

It's a sad say for steak-lovin Monmouth 'hounds. :(

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  1. joonjoon that is really sad news.......... now I have to look for another great steak joint. Wonder why this happened?

    1. I'll miss it as well joonjoon. Food and service were always fantastic each and every visit. Truly sad to see it go.

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      1. re: AC Captain

        This is sad news. IMHO that they made the only decent steak in the area. That being said, I think steakhouses are a relic of the past. People don't have the money to drop $40 on a steak and pay for ala carte sides. From now on, I'll either make steaks at home or take a ride into the city for an authentic steakhouse experience.
        joon - Any info on the new pizza place?

        1. re: bgut1

          IMHO the quality of the food at Manhattan has dropped. They just aren't that good anymore.

          1. re: bgut1

            Couldn't agree more about the general public being unwilling to drop $40 on a steak anymore. And unless I'm at the Old Homestead, Wolfgang's, Sparks or any number of the best NYC steakhouses, I'd just as soon do it at home either in the kitchen or on the grill. Every other steak I've had out lately has been fair/good but with a big price attached. My personal experience at Manhattan Steakhouse has not been great, especially with the sticker shock attached to what I thought were just ordinary beef, call it Kobe or grass-fed or whatever. And while it's on a main road (Rt. 35), I never liked the location or the space.
            Pizza is the comfort food that is not only affordable to the consumer but carries a much better profit margin for the restaurant, but it's just pizza. Even the burger joints in the area have lost their luster IMHO. However, I am already on pizza overload as there have been so many opening over the last few weeks in and around Red Bank, etc.

            1. re: aklein

              aklein - With the way things are going, we will only be left with pizza and burger joints.

              1. re: bgut1

                So long as they are Delorenzo on Hudson and Rossi's, I see no problem with this! LOL! Only kidding of course... -mJ

                1. re: njfoodies

                  njfoodies And dont forget PAPA'S in the burg.... lol Rossi's was just ok lately too much beef not enough flavor for my liking. Maybe they changed chefs or recipes but quality has dropped off thru the years ?

                  1. re: Tapas52

                    I still have not tried Papa's yet, but keep hearing about it. Is it dine in, or just take out? BYO? Will ahve to give it a whirl! -mJ

                2. re: bgut1

                  Oh, I've got a few ideas, but I'll need some seed money under my feet...

                  1. re: bgut1

                    Hey b, all I know is that it's going to become pizza...nothing more.

                    Like you said though - this isn't just about manhattan shutting down, I just find it disturbing that our area can't seem to sustain restaurants other than pizza/burger/sushi. I mean do we really need another pizza joint in the area?

                    By the way, for prime steak lovers out there, Costco's been selling "prime" steaks for a few months now. Most of the times it's not really that well marbled but once in a blue moon I've seen kobe-esque marbling on their steaks. Price is around 11 bucks a pound, but I don't think it's dry-aged.

                    1. re: joonjoon

                      This is exactly why I had a hard time answering a recent post about new places to try in 2010. There just aren't any (or many). Of course you can't blame them since the timing is lousy financially.

                      I'm just really glad I can cook.

                      1. re: joonjoon

                        joon - Funny you mentioned Costco. I just picked up a package of prime ribeyes @ $9.99/lbs. Not the best prime steak I ever had but more than worth it for the price and better than most restaurants' offerings at a quarter of the price.

                        1. re: bgut1

                          Funny to read these comments. I am not much of a Costco guy, but I went and looked at the "prime" beef. I really didn't think it resembled what I had seen at, say, Tom Bailey's in Spring Lake. In fact, I have seen "choice" steaks with better marbling. Cheap though.

                          1. re: MGZ

                            MGZ - I'll agree with you that the marbling wasn't the best but the flavor and texture were better than choice.

                        2. re: joonjoon

                          So where is everybody going to go in New Jersey for good steak?

                            1. re: bgut1

                              +1, or I'll order them from Flannery. Or there is always Gibson's Steak House back in Sweet Home Chicago! ;-) -mJ

                              The Steak House
                              455 Passaic St, Hackensack, NJ 07601

                              1. re: njfoodies

                                my house! the money we save cooking at home really upgrades the wine :)

                                1. re: njfoodies


                                  there is no longer a steak restaurant located @ 455 Passaic Street. It's called Green Olive now.

                                  The Green Olive
                                  455 Passaic St, Hackensack, NJ 07601

                          1. re: bgut1

                            the flavor on the Costco steaks is quite good, imho, and the price can't be beat. the savings allows for a nice upgrade on the wine we're drinking at home :)

                            1. re: Mr. Bingley

                              I have yet to have a Costco steak, but the guys on the wine boards seem to love them. For me however, the best steaks are still from Bryan Flannery at Check out the ribcap when he has them in stock. They are to die for with so much flavor! But take his recommendation, and cooked them to medium, not medium rare....even if you prefer it medium rare. He is definitely correct, and even medium, it is to die for! -mJ

                              1. re: njfoodies

                                i'm sure those steaks are tasty, but jeez luise at $42/lb for the ny strips they had better be!

                                I like to buy the uncut choice ny strip cryopacks and cut the steaks myself; even after trimming it's an insane deal


                                great marbling and great flavor, but ymmv!

                                1. re: Mr. Bingley

                                  Mr. Bingley - Nice butchering job.

                                  1. re: bgut1

                                    thanks! i wish i could claim skill but aside from some extra trimming it's easy as can be to slice off the steaks to whatever thickness you want.

                                    we eat these a lot; they're so cheap.

                                  2. re: Mr. Bingley

                                    Mr. Bingley, next time you pick up the whole strip loin, you should try making a roast out of's phenomenal.

                                    Loved that blog entry btw.

                                    1. re: joonjoon

                                      Awesome blog entry indeed! How can you not love good old steak porn? The pics look delicious! That said, when are you hosting the Chowhound BBQ Mr. Bingley? I'll bring the wine and dessert! ;-)

                                      Great blog! Will have to check it out some more when I get time! And congrats to your young Airman! I too remember when I graduated from Basic Training at good old Lackland AFB, TX! Really wasn't all that long ago now looking back! -mJ

                                      1. re: njfoodies

                                        thanks! hmmm, wine and dessert sounds awfully tempting!

                                        we're awfully proud of the nephew!

                                        1. re: Mr. Bingley

                                          LOL @ tempting! You should be proud of the nephew! It means the world to him! I remember how excited I was when my family came to see me graduate from basic training. Memories I'll never forget! Congrats! -mJ

                                      2. re: joonjoon

                                        joon, i've thought about doing that, maybe as an experiment on some unsuspecting guests...

                            2. re: bgut1

                              I paid Manhattan another visit yesterday - need to get my steak fix before they're gone.

                              The new joint is going to be some kind of upscaleish brick oven pizza joint. Which is funny, cuz apparently there already was a brick oven pizza place where Manhattan is now that went bust...

                              I was told the last day for Manhattan is the end of this month...

                              1. re: joonjoon

                                Do you know will new place have liquor license?

                          2. Rode by what used to be Manhatten Steakhouse this evening and there was a Coming Soon! Tommy's Coal Fired Pizza banner. Their website says open May 1st. Are they really good enough to support that kind of business and that size establishment?

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                            1. re: jfedorko

                              From what I understand, the same space was occupied by another brick overn pizza place that went out of business before Manhattan Steakhouse moved in...the circle of life.

                              Manhattan Steakhouse
                              2105 State Route 35 Ste A, Oakhurst, NJ 07755

                              1. re: joonjoon

                                does the tommys in redbank have a liquor license?

                                1. re: otkeeper

                                  Yes it does and so will this location.

                            2. Still scratchin my head on this one. Is Tommy's doing 'crack' business in RB that he feels that we have been champin at the bit for his Neopolitan coal fired (ahem brick oven) pie a few clicks down the road?

                              I'll give it a shot, but it makes one wonder as no one I know has tugged on my shirt citing the wonders of Tommy's and that I should check it out. We'll see and like I said, I'll stop by to try it.

                              I am however, looking forward to Michael's opening up down the road on #35 South this summer with Dave Lynch at the helm. He was pretty good whenever I stopped into any of the places he's been at previously.

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                              1. re: JustJake

                                Apparently, the owner's of Tommy's own quite a few restaurants in the area. I know they own the Dockside in Sea Bright. Anyway, where is Michael's opening on 35?

                                1. re: MichelleM131

                                  Michelle, it's targeted to open in the space once occupied by the Windmill in the Orchard Plaza 'strip' (Tandori and the now fallen 'Jake's Burgers') in Oakhurst.

                                  I beleive June is the anticipated 'opening' but I've been told that it was opening last spring as well. It happens regardless of the 'front money' involved. I have a friend in Palo Alto who was the ex Google chef and had plenty of Google $$ behind him. Still took 2 years for him to open up.

                                  1. re: JustJake

                                    JustJake - Do you have anymore information about the place (i.e. type of food, price point, and bio for Mr. Lynch)?

                                    1. re: bgut1

                                      B, I believe the target was 'martini bar' and upscale dining; then I heard a more casual approach.

                                      Lynch's prior stops (he does a real nice job with fish and seafood) are the Greenville in Bay Head, Spargo in Manalapan, and some 'freelancing' at Red, Mike & Nellie's for a brief time. But it looks like June (just in time for our summer visitors in Deal/Elberon. Whatever they do, they're going to need some staying power come mid October, so the menu and pricing strategy should be interesting.

                                      1. re: JustJake

                                        Thanks Jake. Sounds interesting. I look forward to trying the restaurant.

                                    2. re: JustJake

                                      Thanks. I've seen the sign in the window, now that I think of it. I never realized that the WindMill was in there. Guess that's why they're no longer there!

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