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_cjw_ Sep 7, 2010 01:12 PM

For a special bday dinner, I’d like to take the guy I’m dating to a great steakhouse. This is somewhat foreign territory for me, considering I don’t eat red meat. (But I’m happy to make do w/ the menu at any steakhouse, so no consideration need be given to non-red meat options.)

If I recall correctly, his favorite cut or type of steak is a ribeye. I’ve searched the boards and looked at menus online and have narrowed to 3 spots (and made a reservation at one so I have something for sure). FWIW, he’s been to Luger’s and did not emerge a fan. And I think recall him giving high praise to Morton’s in Chicago.

Which among Primehouse, Dylan Prime and Strip House would you give the edge to for best ribeye/steak?

Factoring in that he is somewhat fashionable and we’d prefer a downtown scene with a nice (but not too loud) ambience, which would you recommend? (This is for a Monday night, so I’m not overly concerned about crowd/volume.) The downtown/semi-fashionable ambience is why I ruled out Keen’s or other “old NY” type places.

Many thanks in advance!!!

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    ESNY Sep 7, 2010 01:22 PM

    Strip House. The other two don't even compare.

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

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      edible n Sep 7, 2010 05:14 PM

      Agree that Striphouse is the way to go. Their ribeye is great, so is their strip. The ambience is exactly what you are looking for. Great sides as well.

    2. princeofpork Sep 7, 2010 01:30 PM

      Take a look at Porterhouse in the TIme Warner Center. Fits all your criteria and the view is beautiful.

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        starsee Sep 7, 2010 04:51 PM

        Hated Primehouse, all hype IMO and absolutely unimpressive--decent at best. I took my ex-bf to BLT Prime on his birthday and he loved it. Trendy but not overly loud or wild and more creativity to the dish than those traditional old Luger-style places. Also right there in Flatiron/Union Square area.

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

        1. MVNYC Sep 7, 2010 07:09 PM

          I actually like BLT Prime better than the other three. The sides and non steak dishes are all steps above other steak house in my opinion and would be good for you the non meat eater.

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

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            _cjw_ Sep 7, 2010 07:50 PM

            Thanks for the feedback.
            While the views at TWC may be intriguing, I think a plain ol' ribeye will make him most happy. (Ie, I looked at the menu and the chili rubbed aspect of the Porterhouse ribeye may not elicit the same reaction as a traditional prep.)
            I know Strip House has the extra sexy vibe, but I was concerned that it might be one of the overly noisy/boisterous places. I want romantic (more than overtly sexual) and not too packed...and good service. FWIW, Strip House is where my safety reservation is.
            I'll take a look at BLT Prime...
            This is about 2 weeks away, but I'll be sure to report back!

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

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

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              sugartoof Sep 8, 2010 01:05 AM

              You'll be very happy at Strip House. It's a slightly noisier when seated for two, as the smaller tables are pretty tight, but the service, and atmosphere more than makes up for it. You're going to be very happy there. The vibe isn't that-that sexy. You could go with a platonic companion, or family without feeling uncomfortable. You'll see families celebrating special occasions, etc.

              BLT Prime was mediocre for me, and I found it much noisier.

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

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

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                sbp Sep 8, 2010 04:31 AM

                Safety reservation? Management loves those....

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                  MVNYC Sep 8, 2010 05:24 AM

                  StripHouse is more cheesy than sexy to me. My reasoning for BLT Prime is that they have the best non red meat entrees and sides of all of these steakhouses and the vibe seems to suit what you are looking for

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

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                    sugartoof Sep 8, 2010 06:36 PM

                    The BLT Prime vibe has always seemed very business meeting, contemporary hotel lobby, to me. Tables are space out more, at least.

                    It's been a while since I've read anyone gush over BLT Primes popovers, or gnoochi, the way they do with Strip House sides. People literally groan in pleasure from the spinach alone. Best in the city. All the sides are decadently rich in butter and cream. That alone will make any date.

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

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

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                      MVNYC Sep 9, 2010 11:07 PM

                      Actually the popovers are delicious and a great start to anymeal

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                        MVNYC Sep 9, 2010 11:10 PM

                        Also one of the reasons I suggested the place was because the sides are not so butter rich. Probably better for a non meat eater

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                    noire Sep 8, 2010 04:20 AM

                    I say Dylan Prime. You'll have that Downtown vibe, plus you'll actually be able to hear each other talk. Their ribeye is one of the best I've had.

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                    Dylan Prime
                    62 Laight Street, New York, NY 10013

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                      princeofpork Sep 8, 2010 05:57 AM

                      Hands down the worst steakhouse experience I ever had. From service to food quality. Across the board horrible.

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                      bronwen Sep 8, 2010 07:12 AM

                      How about trying Bobby Van's on Wall Street. It's got a great vibe, I love the bar.
                      Also, if your boyfriend liked Morton's in Chicago, he will enjoy the Morton's in New York, I've been several times and it is consistently good. (Sorry for picking two out of your choice list!).

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                        ESNY Sep 8, 2010 07:21 AM

                        Bobby Van's might be the worst steakhouses I've eaten.

                      2. daffyduck Sep 10, 2010 12:36 PM

                        the best piece of meat i ever had (that's what she said) is the bone in ribeye at striphouse. the cream corn pancetta is also the best side ive ever had at a steakhouse

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                          _cjw_ Sep 14, 2010 02:17 PM

                          Thanks again, everyone. I am keeping the "safety" reservation at Striphouse. (Not sure why someone made the sarcastic remark about "safety". I made one reservation - to be sure/safe that I had something secure for the date in question - at a place I'd be happy to go and, in the event I changed my mind and decided on somewhere else, would have cancelled well in advance. I didn't use the word or otherwise suggest to the restaurant that I wasn't looking forward to the dinner - which would be inaccurate, b/c I am in fact looking forward to it - so I think I approached it with appreciation/respect and good intent. But whatevs...)

                          For the comments on the steak - b/c, again, I'm not giving any consideration to the non-meat dishes - the location and the suggestion that it's not too sexy (which, I agree would be cheesy) and platonics/families would also be comfortable, I'm feeling good that this is the right choice.

                          Will be sure to report back!

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                            funniduck Sep 14, 2010 05:55 PM

                            Unfortunately your reasoning for holding a "safety" reservation is exactly why someone posted their remark. Many of us don't think it's nice or respectful for someone to hold a reservation if you're looking for something better when there are people who actually do want to go to that particular restaurant and are looking for a reservation.

                            Still think you made the right choice, though.

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                              uwsister Sep 15, 2010 05:03 AM

                              I personally don't think "safety" reservations are bad as long as they are canceled in well in advance once you make a decision. Plus it's not like getting a res at Strip House is exactly hard - most likely he is not stopping anyone else from dining there. Small, in-demand places like Little Owl might be a different story.

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                            _cjw_ Oct 28, 2010 08:16 AM

                            i'm way overdue on a report, but just want to say thanks to all the feedback on my original query. we went to striphouse and, indeed, the ambiance was just right. the "strip" part of the decor was not overdone. the tables were really close, but - even though it wasn't very loud - we never heard the couples next to us. (actually, maybe they were just more quiet than us. did get the sense once or twice they may have been listening to us.) my date - now boyfriend ;) - seemed to really enjoy the ribeye and the mac and cheese - mentioned in other threads, iirc - was a great recommendation as well. appreciate your help!

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