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  • dm123 Jan 31, 2011 02:44 PM
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What would you say is the best steak tartare in Manhattan (traditional and non-traditional)?

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  1. i love the tartare at keens...it's cut in chunks which i enjoy. the meat is perfect. their fries are some of the best in the city.

    oddly enough, employees only has a great steak tartare...mixed table side.

    1. Can't say "the best", but I really enjoyed the steak tartare at Le Bilbouquet a couple of weeks ago. And the one at Le Caprice is also quite good - and the mayonnaise with the frites is one of the best I've ever had.

      Hope to try Employees Only one day.

      Employees Only
      510 Hudson St, New York, NY 10014

      1. I don't know whose is best, but the steak tartare I got at a Restaurant Week lunch at Quality Meats was excellent. It was marinated in a spicy sauce and, therefore, "cooked" like a ceviche. Some of the other things I ate there were too aggressively salty to my taste, but the steak tartare stands out as one of the highlights of that lunch.

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

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        1. re: Pan

          Just replying to myself: It definitely was not traditional, and was in strips, rather than chopped meat.

        2. It was traditional and very good at Patroon last week.

          1. 21 club. Cliche perhaps, but still very good.

            1. Some may scoff but I have always liked the steak tartare at Les halles and their fries are very good also.

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              1. re: Duppie

                same here. and their steak frites lunch special is a decent value.

                on an unrelated note, is Duppie a reference to a Jamaican ghost?

                1. re: chewbie

                  Yes but I spell it differently, it was a nick name our housekeeper gave me as a kid because according to her I was always up to some mischief but she could never catch me at it. thus the nick name.

                2. re: Duppie

                  Agreed. Nothing to scoff at about Les Halles in general. It's not, like, Peter Luger's or Keen's or anything but for midrange steaks and bistro food they're a more than solid joint. And their fries might be the best in Manhattan. (Hard to say, though - Balthazar rocks some good frites too, and no way to taste them side by side...)

                  Also, for untraditional yo could go Korean - the dish is called called Yook Hwe (sometimes Yook Hoe, or other variants) and is usually made with pears and sesame oil. There are a number of decent places in K-Town - Kum Gang San, Madangsui and Kang Suh all stood out, as I recall. Can't remember if Gam Mee Ok (actually spelled Gahm Mi Oak, but Chowhound has the link screwed up) served one, but if they do it's probably pretty great.

                  Gahm Mi Oak
                  43 W 32nd St, New York, NY 10001

                  35 W 35th St, New York, NY 10001

                  Kang Suh
                  1250 Broadway, New York, NY 10001

                  Kum Gang San
                  49 W 32nd St, New York, NY 10001

                  Les Halles
                  15 John Street, New York, NY 10038

                  1. re: sgordon

                    Madangsui Yuk Hwe is great; better than many traditional tartares I've had.

                    35 W 35th St, New York, NY 10001

                  2. re: Duppie

                    I had the steak tartare at Les Halles downtown (John St.) - not my choice of restaurant - and it was truly foul.

                    Les Halles
                    15 John Street, New York, NY 10038

                  3. Raoul's in Soho.

                    1. The steak tartare at Market on Carmine Street is very non traditional but beautifully presented and very tasty. They serve it as an appetizer so you don't get too overwhelmed by the meatiness of the dish.
                      I have had steak tartare all over the world and by far the absolute best was at the Villa Cipriani in Asolo. Of course made table side and as I requested but amazingly fresh, bright and clean tasting. Of course sitting on the terrace looking over the hills of Asolo added to a perfect meal - which as I recall was $1,200 for four of us 10 years ago!

                      1. Really enjoyed the Steak Tartare at DBGB.

                        299 Bowery, New York, NY 10003

                        1. Artisanal gets my vote.

                          1. I love Employees Only for Steak Tartare

                            Employees Only
                            510 Hudson St, New York, NY 10014