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Among these 3 steakhouses...

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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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  1. 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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    1. re: ESNY

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

      1. 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. 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

          1. 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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            1. re: _cjw_

              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

              1. re: _cjw_

                Safety reservation? Management loves those....

                1. re: _cjw_

                  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

                  1. re: MVNYC

                    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

                    1. re: sugartoof

                      Actually the popovers are delicious and a great start to anymeal

                      1. re: sugartoof

                        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