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Aug 7, 2011 12:01 PM

The Best Porterhouse Steaks in the City

We are Miami Beach hounds that will be in NYC for Labor Day weekend and looking for the best porterhouse for two in the city. We have been to Lugers and would like to try somewhere else if it's as good. Thanks in advance for all your help.

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  1. Smith & Wollensky will fix you up with a nice, aged porterhouse for 2. 49th & 3rd. It's $96, a la carte. Their sides are good, and huge.

    Smith & Wollensky
    797 Third Avenue, New York, NY 10022

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    1. re: Veggo

      We have given up on Smith and Wollensky as it has never been above mediocre.
      We like the Porterhouse @ Old Homestead.

      Old Homestead
      56 9th Avenue, New York, NY 10011

      Smith & Wollensky
      797 Third Avenue, New York, NY 10022

    2. I love the porterhouse for two at Keens. Great atmosphere with a lot of history, too.

      72 West 36th St., New York, NY 10018

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      1. re: kathryn

        we made a reservation at Keens last week, but were not sure if it's as good as Luger.

        How is Wolfgangs? does it compare to Luger, and or Keens?

        4 Park Ave, New York, NY 10016

        1. re: dlgc

          Better than Keens, not quite as good as Luger.

          1. re: Sneakeater

            Was not happy with the Keens porterhouse. Thought Luger, Wolfgangs and Porterhouse in the TWC were all better.

            Porter House New York
            10 Columbus Circle, New York, NY 10019

            1. re: Sneakeater

              Completely agree with Sneakeater's assessment. I'd also add that while it's known more for the bone-in ribeye, Strip House does a pretty decent porterhouse for two as well.

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

        2. We've been to Smith & Wolensky, albeit a long time ago. I wouldn't choose it because it is now a chain.

          Keens is our favorite NYC steakhouse. It is a New York institution having been in its 36th St. location since 1885. Thus, in addition to excellent food, including a superb porterhouse, there is the unmatchable charm of its Old New York ambiance -- walls filled with authentic American memorabilia, and row-upon-row of clay smoking pipes suspended from all the ceilings, plus pipes belonging to famous people dating as far back as the 19th century in display cases in the vestibule.

          Keens photos, including the porterhouse:

          1. The porterhouse at posto is excellent

            Del Posto
            85 10th Avenue, New York, NY 10011

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            1. re: princeofpork

              In case the OP is searching, its name is "Del Posto"

              I'm a big big big fan of Keen's in Manhattan; Luger when I don't mind schlepping to Williamsburg. If they were both equally convenient, I'd choose Keen's Porterhouse for Two.

              1. re: thegforceny

                Sometimes Craft has one which is very, very good.

                43 E. 19th St., New York, NY 10003

                1. re: nmprisons

                  +1 on Craft, I'd take it over Luger's.

            2. If you're looking purely for the best porterhouse besides Luger's, it is Wolfgang's. Keen's is a wonderful place, but the steaks are not first rate like Wolfgang's and Luger's.

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