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Looking for NYC-style steak in Bay Area

bayhungry May 27, 2010 03:09 PM

My first post to this most helpful site... I moved from NYC to Bay Area (Los Altos, actually) a year ago. Have been trying to find a place that serves steaks like I used to eat at Wolfgang's and Peter Luger's ("steak for two" from the menu). This means dry-aged porterhouse, high-temperature broiled, served sliced on a porcelain platter propped up at an angle so the juices are ready and waiting to be spooned over the top.

Oh how I miss it! Are there any New York transplants who can tell me if I can get a steak like this near Los Altos or anywhere in the Bay Area? I've certainly had some good cuts of meat at local restaurants I've tried, but they're prepared differently and just don't create the same experience.

Thanks in advance!

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  1. wolfe RE: bayhungry May 27, 2010 03:11 PM

    Where have you tried?

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      bayhungry RE: wolfe May 27, 2010 05:24 PM

      Not tried any true steakhouses in the area, but have had a couple of very good steaks at The Village Pub and hit or miss at Los Altos Grill.

      Village Pub
      2967 Woodside Rd., Woodside, CA 94062

      Los Altos Grill
      233 3rd St, Los Altos, CA 94022

    2. Robert Lauriston RE: bayhungry May 27, 2010 03:16 PM

      They also drench the steak in butter. I've never heard of anyone serving steak that way around here.

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        vulber RE: Robert Lauriston May 27, 2010 03:25 PM

        Ruth's Chris?

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          bayhungry RE: vulber May 27, 2010 05:28 PM

          I never thought to try a chain, but am willing to give it a shot! Thanks.

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            Robert Lauriston RE: vulber May 28, 2010 08:42 AM

            Sounds like maybe they do serve the porterhouse Peter Luger style:


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              bayhungry RE: Robert Lauriston May 28, 2010 04:37 PM

              thanks for finding these

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          CookbookRick RE: bayhungry May 27, 2010 03:38 PM

          I was raised in the Bay Area, and now live in NJ. You are not likely to find what you want, any more than you would find fresh-cracked Dungeness crab and real sourdough in New York. When visiting SF and I want a good steak, I go either to San Francisco to Harris's on Van Ness or Izzy's in San Ramon. Are either of them worth a trip for you from Los Altos. I'm not sure... But you should have some good meals searching!

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            bayhungry RE: CookbookRick May 27, 2010 05:27 PM

            You are probably right, and thanks for the suggestions. Of note, I happened to eat at Andres Steak House in Naples, Florida and was shocked to find that they prepared the steak exactly the way I wanted it. So I decided not to give up on my search! Try Andres if ever in Naples.

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              wolfe RE: bayhungry May 27, 2010 05:37 PM

              I didn't enjoy my steak at Ruth's Chris but perhaps I ordered wrong. I can't believe that Alexander's Steakhouse would not honor your requests even to slathering it with butter and speed dialing your cardiologist.

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                bayhungry RE: wolfe May 27, 2010 05:41 PM

                I will try Alexander's next. Would you believe that my wife and I are both doctors and we still eat this way?

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                  wolfe RE: bayhungry May 27, 2010 05:47 PM

                  Medice, cura te ipsum.

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              baseballfan RE: CookbookRick May 29, 2010 02:52 PM

              I would not drive from Los Altos to San Ramon to go to Izzy's. I go there a lot but it is only a mile from my house so very convenient. Being from the East Coast myself, I have to say Ruth's Chris may be your best bet. Certainly drenched in butter and the last time I was there, they did have the porterhouse for 2. The table next to us got it. It was huge and did look good.

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              celeryroot RE: bayhungry May 27, 2010 05:45 PM

              There isnt any and I am a transplant but based in SF for 26 years with office in Manhatten and few other cities. I spent a week a month in NYC thru 05 an still go back 2 or n3 times a year. There are none.

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                OldTimer RE: bayhungry May 28, 2010 10:58 AM

                I think you will find that the NY porterhouse is not a popular steak in the Bay Area. One reason is that it usually must be served for two. A porterhouse for one would be sinfully thin. To be happy here, you simply must adjust. Get a New York or ribeye at a good steak house...slather it with butter if you need the cholersterol. And don't look for fancy steak sauce. I don't know how far you want to travel, but Boca Steakhouse in Novato (Ignacio, really) is Argentine beef oriented, and pretty good. They do have a bone-in ribeye for two at dinner.

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                  whiner RE: bayhungry May 30, 2010 11:04 AM

                  IMO, the best steak house in the area is Harris' on Van Ness in SF; not cheap, though.

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                    Giselle RE: bayhungry May 30, 2010 11:51 AM

                    I vote for Ruth Chris' over Harris and Alexander's to be closer to meeting your needs.

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