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Are there any decent steakhouses which cost a fair bit less than the likes of Lugers/Keens etc

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Adam_In_London Jul 17, 2011 02:01 PM

I love good steak but ideally would like to enjoy a meal at a steakhouse without paying the blowout prices at Lugers and similar. Are there any places where the steak is excellent, but prices are a fair bit less.

By all means let me know if the answer is 'no, you have to pay the money to get good steak in NYC'!

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    comiendosiempre Jul 17, 2011 02:48 PM

    Once you start getting to that level of steak house yes, most are all in the same approximate price range. Thus, if you do get to that range always always go for the best. We most prefer Lugers and the Post House.

    For an alternative get a simple steak frites or the boeuf for two at Les Halles. The frites (which are excellent) come gratis. The meat is not Luger's but you can have a good meal.

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    Les Halles
    411 Park Avenue South, New York, NY 10016

    Post House
    28 E 63rd St, New York, NY 10021

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      bronwen Jul 18, 2011 07:59 AM

      Of late, Les Halles has been mentioned quite a bit and rightly so as it's a terrific restaurant for the money (I'm talking the Park Ave one as I think that's the best). There's also the French restaurant that only serves steak & frites, Le Relais de something, which is very reasonable.

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      Les Halles
      411 Park Avenue South, New York, NY 10016

      Le Relais de Venise L'Entrecote
      590 Lexington Ave, New York, NY 10022

      1. re: bronwen
        boredough Jul 18, 2011 08:39 AM

        I think you mean le Relais de Venise/l'Entrecôte, which serves a basic (& very good IMO) steak frites. If Adam is in fact from London (& won't be dining alone), I would lean towards recommending something unique to the States, such as an aged porterhouse. This of course is best at a place like Peter Luger, Wolfgang's or Keens, but if those are too expensive, there's always AGED - which can be had at a 30% discount through SAVORED (formerly VillageVines) - see http://savored.com/nyc/

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          biondanonima Jul 18, 2011 09:16 AM

          I had never heard of savored.com until I saw this post - does anyone use it? Feedback? Seems like a pretty great deal!

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            boredough Jul 18, 2011 12:43 PM

            Have been using Village Vines (now Savored) for about a year....nice selection of restaurants (better than Restaurant.com, for instance). For $10 you get a coupon that can be canceled/reimbursed within their specific time frame, should the need arise. The discount is supposed to be applied discreetly, and except for one or 2 times, it has worked perfectly (that is, without having to discuss it with the waiter). It IS a great deal, and has allowed us to try some interesting restaurants, some of which are CH favorites.

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              Miss Needle Jul 18, 2011 02:15 PM

              If you book before Friday, they have a deal where bookings are $2 instead of $10. And my experience has been a bit different than yours -- with the exception of one time, ALL of my discounts have not been applied.

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                boredough Jul 19, 2011 01:00 AM

                Just to be clear, at one restaurant the waiter "announced" that the VillageVines discount would be applied (would have been embarrassing if we had been hosting the meal), and at another the waiter "just forgot" to apply the discount. Oops, now that I think of it, it was "forgotten" at a second restaurant. No problem, since we were out with friends & splitting the bill, but the 'discreet' part sometimes fails.

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          nooyawka Jul 18, 2011 09:40 AM

          I wholeheartedly agree with Les Halles as a good bargain. I usually get the mixed grill. I've enjoyed it at both the downtown and Park Ave. locations. I also agree Le Relais is a good bargain, but I'm less thrilled about it. However, I should add that you can request your steak "blue" at Le Relais. There are no in-between temps "med-rare"; "med-well". It's a singular experience.

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          Les Halles
          411 Park Avenue South, New York, NY 10016

          Le Relais de Venise L'Entrecote
          590 Lexington Ave, New York, NY 10022

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        LouisM Jul 17, 2011 07:42 PM

        You might consider Landmarc, either the original in Tribeca or, less enjoyable, the one inn Time Warner Center. The beef is good, the wine list (and especially in terms of price/quality relationship) makes it a worthwhile option.

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        Landmarc
        179 West Broadway, New York, NY 10013

        Landmarc
        10 Columbus Circle, New York, NY 10019

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          uwsister Jul 18, 2011 08:45 AM

          Second Tribeca Landmarc.

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          fourunder Jul 17, 2011 07:56 PM

          Two thoughts.....

          http://www.knickerbockerbarandgrill.com/home.html

          http://midtownlunch.com/2007/11/01/a-...

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          Knickerbocker Bar and Grill
          33 University Pl, New York, NY 10003

          Del Frisco's
          1221 6th Ave, New York, NY 10020

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            InfoMofo Jul 18, 2011 10:30 AM

            I love Del Frisco's, but their price point is right around the same as Keens, which the OP thought was too expensive.

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            Del Frisco's
            1221 6th Ave, New York, NY 10020

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              fourunder Jul 18, 2011 11:28 AM

              Apparently, you did not look at the link......:0)

              It's not on the menu, but............You can get Filet Tips with Chateau Potatoes for $12 @ the bar.

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                InfoMofo Jul 18, 2011 11:51 AM

                That post is quite old- since then, they have changed that menu item. It is not a full meal size it is more of a snack.

          2. sgordon Jul 18, 2011 10:10 AM

            I'll pick up the melody everyone else is laying down: Les Halles (either location) is very solid for its price point. You won't get a month-long-dry-aged masterpiece of marbling, but you'll get as good as you can find for the money. Honestly, the Cote de Boeuf for two (one of the only dry-aged offerings) is a steal for the price.

            Also worthwhile - Schiller's Liquor Bar is a standby for decent steak frites. It's not a "steakhouse" nor is the beef on the level of McNally's other joints, but what offerings they do have are always good, and not terribly expensive. Just stay far away on the weekends - it's an absolute madhouse.

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            Les Halles
            15 John Street, New York, NY 10038

            Les Halles
            411 Park Avenue South, New York, NY 10016

            Schiller's Liquor Bar
            131 Rivington St, New York, NY 10002

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              Adam_In_London Jul 18, 2011 10:36 AM

              Thanks for the advice everyone, I'll note down Les Halles and Landmarc

              We actually have a Le Relais de Venise in London, I think the original is in Paris.

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              Les Halles
              411 Park Avenue South, New York, NY 10016

              Landmarc
              10 Columbus Circle, New York, NY 10019

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                fm1963 Jul 18, 2011 10:37 AM

                Landmarc in Tribeca is a good choice.

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                Landmarc
                10 Columbus Circle, New York, NY 10019

              2. howdini Jul 18, 2011 11:16 AM

                I've read nothing but raves about Strip House, but it's still in that upper price range.

                1. Wilfrid Jul 18, 2011 12:30 PM

                  I think the thread could use a little clarification. No, you can't get what Luger and some of the other steakhouses, the best cuts of USDA prime beef, at lower prices. It is a rare commodity - and aging it costs money too. Some quite expensive steakhouses don't even serve prime beef, but choice - which is not cheap either.

                  Recommendations on this thread for places like Les Halles are mostly for cheaper cuts of what is certainly not prime (may not even be choice) beef. Yes, you can enjoy yourself in these places - or at Argentinian steakhouses like Buenos Aires serving grilled flank or skirt steak. But you are not getting what is served at "blowout" places like Luger at a better price.

                  You are getting something different.

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                  Buenos Aires
                  513 E 6th St, New York, NY 10009

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                    Elizabeth E. Jul 19, 2011 05:16 AM

                    Smith & Wollensky's Grill (entrance around the corner on 49th St) has prime aged beef, too. Fewer choices than the main restaurant and no reservations, but the prices -- while not inexpensive -- are better. And the roast beef hash with poached egg is one of my favorites
                    S&W web site lets you compare the menus:
                    http://www.smithandwollenskynyc.com/m...

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                    Wollensky's Grill
                    201 E 49th St, New York, NY 10017

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                    thepanda Jul 20, 2011 01:22 PM

                    The wine dinner at Maloney and Porcelli is pretty great. On Friday and Saturday nights after 8, and all night on Sundays, they do a 75$ per person dinner, which includes your choice of appetizer, entree, dessert PLUS all the wine you can drink (they do four options: prosecco, white, and two reds). They do heavy pours, too. The steak is top notch, in my opinion, and it's definitely worth the money on the weekends.

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                    Maloney & Porcelli
                    37 E. 50th St., New York, NY 10022

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                      Wilfrid Jul 20, 2011 02:01 PM

                      Are the dry-aged prime sirloin and ribeye options on the M&P wine dinner menu? If so, you have indeed given us a bargain. If not, again, we're talking about different things.

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                        thepanda Jul 20, 2011 02:28 PM

                        Yes, both the dry-aged prime sirloin and the ribeye options are included in the M&P wine dinner: the whole menu is available. They charge more for the larger sirloin and for the larger filet, and the oysters are market price, but everything else is available.

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                        biondanonima Jul 20, 2011 02:24 PM

                        Thanks for mentioning this, thepanda - sounds like a great deal!

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