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Moderately priced steakhouse (I know its an oxymoron)?

I am trying to find a moderately priced steakhouse for my friend's 24th birthday. It does not have to be a cheap place, but we do not need to be spending 200 dollars a person. The location doesn't matter all that much, but downtown trumps uptown.

Thanks for your help!

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  1. I've dined at Keens many times for well under $200 a person. The porterhouse for two is $90 and gigantic.

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    1. re: kathryn

      I personally was not impressed by Keens last time I went. Everything they served was cold, including the soup! A much better option with a similar price tag is Wolfgang's, and I think there's a location in Tribeca as well. The porterhouse for two can easily be shared between three people, and they have some of the best sauteed mushrooms and creamed spinach I've ever had!

    2. I've always been really pleased with the filet at Quality Meats on 58th at 6th Ave. Also has some of the best clam chowder in the city.

      Quality Meats
      57 W 58th St, New York, NY 10019

      1. If you are willing to consider Argentinian steak houses, perhaps Azul on LES might work for you. Plus I find most traditional steak houses a bit stuffy for my tastes, so this might be a good alternative.

        For downtown steakhouses consider Strip House in Greenwich Village and Wolfgang's of Tribeca. Both rather pricey though.

        This thread may be of help as well.


        Strip House
        13 E 12th St, New York, NY 10003

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        1. re: boccalupo

          Thanks for that forum link, I will check out. I also was told by a coworker to think of Argentinean places, will also take a look. He might want a traditional/ny style steakhouse, so I will look.

          1. re: jaredk

            The Argentine joints are not as good as the top steakhouses.
            Period. And I do not think the top steakhouses are as good or at least as consistently good as they should be but surely better than the alternative mentioned.
            Per dollar basis, that is a different argument.

        2. I like boccalupo's suggestion of Azul. There's also a place on East 6th between A and B (can't remember the name... Argentina Cafe or something) which serves a good steak. And a slightly larger and more polished version of Azul called Industria Argentina in Tribeca.

          Also in Tribeca is Landmarc, which serves decent steaks.

          Does it *need* to be a steakhouse? I went to a large group dinner at Dylan Prime a few months ago, and as I recall there were 20 guys, and we all got out the door for around $150 each. But you could easily go to a non-steak house, all eat good steak, and pay less.

          Dylan Prime
          62 Laight Street, New York, NY 10013

          179 West Broadway, New York, NY 10013

          Industria Argentina
          329 Greenwich Street, New York, NY 10013

          1. You should specify a max.You say <200 but the title has "moderate". Is $150 moderate? Even all the top end steakhouses, bills do not come out to $200/person unless you have an inordinate number of drinks or you have expensive wine.
            You can spend 200 anywhere if you hit the bottle hard enough.
            Is $100 too much? If not, just choose your favorite steakhouse.
            Since I and the people I go with are more along the bacon, steak and sides routine with some booze, overall, it comes in around $75-80/person on average. Add in a dessert and another drink per and there you go.

            1. Like others, I also think an Argentine restaurant would be a good bet. I really like Buenos Aires in the E. Vill. Industria Argentina in Tribeca is also good.

              Buenos Aires
              513 E 6th St, New York, NY 10009

              Industria Argentina
              329 Greenwich Street, New York, NY 10013

              1. I'll second Azul. Big bang for the buck. You'll get out of there for about $60 a head if you the steak for 2 and a bottle of malbec.

                I thought Buenos Aires was pleasant enough. The price was sure right. The problem was that although the steaks were big enough they just weren't that good. A bit tough and not enough beefy flavor. Sort of like a decent supermarket steak.

                In keeping with the suggestions of a number of people for a regular restaurant with a great steak I'll recommend Raoul's. Their steak au poivre is excellent and the old time NY French bistro atmosphere adds to the evening. You'll wind up spending between $100 to $125 a person depending on whether you drink wine or beer.


                For years they offered something called their "bar steak" - the steak au poivre was served to you at the bar and they knocked $4 or $5 off the price. I'm not sure if that deal is still available. If that appeals to you it would be worth calling to find out.

                Buenos Aires
                513 E 6th St, New York, NY 10009

                1. Thanks for all of the suggestions guys! I will take a look!

                  1. Most steakhouses worth their weight are going to be around the same price range. As long as you don't go overboard with liquor, order bottles of wine, etc. you can easily get out at $100 per head with apps, steak, sides, dessert. The beauty of NYC is there are several fantastic steakhouses.

                    Keens, Strip House, Old Homestead are my 3 favorites in Manhattan. Others worth mentioning are BLT Prime, Quality Meats, Uncle Jack's, and Smith and Wollensky. Del Frisco's is good but definitely way overpriced and not as good as others mentioned above.

                    Although not a classic steakhouse, I highly recommend the porterhouse for two at Craft, which surprisingly was one of the best I have ever had.

                    I have yet to try any of the Luger copycats so I cannot recommend them. Ditto for Sparks (they do not serve bone-in steaks which is a huge dealbreaker for me but may not be for you.)

                    Avoid Prime House and Porterhouse though. With all of the other great options these will disappoint.

                    BLT Prime
                    111 East 22nd Street, New York, NY 10010

                    Del Frisco's
                    1221 6th Ave, New York, NY 10020

                    Quality Meats
                    57 W 58th St, New York, NY 10019

                    Old Homestead
                    56 9th Avenue, New York, NY 10011

                    Smith & Wollensky
                    797 Third Avenue, New York, NY 10022

                    Strip House
                    13 E 12th St, New York, NY 10003