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Great Steakhouse in central Jersey for a big birthday....

My boyfriend is celebrating a big bday and he is a steak and potatoes kind of guy.

For previous birthdays we went to his favorite: Arthur's Tavern in North Brunswick. The first time he was very happy, the second time -- not so much.

At the moment he wants to go to the Arthur's in Morris Plains, but I haven't seen much (okay, anything) to recommend it. I also haven't seen this kind of question posted recently, so here I am.

My birthday present to him is a steak dinner, and I want him to enjoy....so I'm looking for suggestions. We are in the Princeton/Somerset area, but are willing to take a drive for a great meal.

Thanks for your help!

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Arthur's Tavern
700 Speedwell Ave, Morris Plains, NJ 07950

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  1. Why not Ruth's Chris?

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    Ruth's Chris Steak House - Princeton
    2 Village Blvd., Princeton, NJ 08540

    1. KC Prime
      on Quakerbridge Road across from Quakerbridge Mall

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      1. re: ieee488

        Thanks for the suggestions since they are both close by, but are they any good? I haven't seen anything positive written about either one. At least not recently....

        1. re: kmoorecal

          Kmoorecal, don't look just to Chowhound for comments. I often go to Trip Advisor or Yelp for reviews if I can't find anything here.

          For example, here are a number of reviews for KC Prime. You can search any other restaurant you want. Perhaps you should search for similar reviews about Arthur's, which is where your boy friend apparently really wants to go.

          http://www.tripadvisor.com/Restaurant...

          http://www.yelp.com/biz/kc-prime-rest...

          1. re: kmoorecal

            kmoorecal - KC Prime has been our local favorite for a long time. It's a little more casual and less expensive than Ruth's Chris and the rest of the classic NYC places. We've never had a disappointing meal at KC Prime. Here's a recent post that I commented on (scroll to end).

            http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/4826...

            If you decide on another spot, make plans to check out KC Prime in the future. And if you go, request a booth - high backed and great for date night!

            Enjoy the upcoming celebration!

        2. Steakhouse 85 in New Brunswick gets a lot of buzz on these boards, but I have never eaten there. . KC Prime in Lawrenceville where I have eaten several times and like.
          They are both supposed to be several steps above Arthur's pub style menu and atmosphere but not quite up to NYC's steakhouse standards.
          I would urge you to check out their menu's on line ,but as Graydon Carter recommended, you really can't go wrong with Ruth Chris.

          1. Hands down Steakhouse 85 in New Brunswick. Otherwise go to NYC.

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            1. re: angelo04

              Another vote for Steakhouse 85 in New Brunswick. Nice atmopsphere and great steaks. Let them know its a special occasion when you reserve.

            2. Ruth's Chris serves wet aged steak, whereas Steakhouse 85 has dry-aged selections. That might be a consideration. Although Arthur's serves run-of-the-mill non-aged steaks, so the aging issue might not come into play.

              If I were going into NYC, it would be for Ben & Jack's, or Wolfgang's, both of which serve my preferred style of steak, that in the Luger-style.

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              1. re: tommy

                I personally like Luger and by default Wolfgang but that doesn't help the OP if they want to stay in NJ.
                So would you say that Steakhouse 85 or Ruth Chris is closer to the NY steak experience?
                But again we assume the OP's boyfriend wants the whole NYC experience or perhaps will be happy with Arthur's laid back turn and burn atmosphere.

                1. re: Duppie

                  I make no assumptions on what someone might like. I am sharing a few facts, and since someone mentioned NYC I brought up a few of my favorites, and qualified them by stating the style of steak that I prefer.

                  I would find this all very helpful if I had a similar question.

                  I'm not sure of what you mean by "NY steak experience", since there are many steakhouses in NYC, ranging from upscale to the turn-and-burn routine at Luger. But I've never been to Steakhouse 85 and haven't been to Ruth's Chris in probably 12 years.

                  1. re: tommy

                    No harm no foul Tommy. I haven't eaten at Ruth Chris in many years either and as I said never at Steakhouse 85 so I was also looking for some insight also. Yep, the NYC experience can range from Tad's on 42'nd to Lugers in Brooklyn and everything in between.
                    Never been to Ben & jack,. where are they?

                    1. re: Duppie

                      Ben and Jack have two locations in midtown. They both worked at Luger and opened their first restaurant about 8 years ago or so. A Luger clone like Wolfgang's.

                  2. re: Duppie

                    We have no plans to go to NYC, but since we are willing to go to Morris Plains, I didn't want to miss out on a great place simply because it wasn't in the Somerset/Princeton area. Not interested or don't really care about a "NY steak experience," either.

                    Arthur's in North Brunswick had been sold before we went the second time, but we didn't know that until we arrived there.

                    I have no idea about the difference in taste between wet-aged vs. dry-aged; I just want it to taste great and for him to be happy.

                    Thanks for all your advice.