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Need steakhouse in midtown - keens is booked

Unkle Al Nov 3, 2011 01:42 PM

Uncle jacks or frankie and johnnies or ben bensons?? Any others?

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    RGR RE: Unkle Al Nov 3, 2011 01:53 PM

    Keens is our favorite steakhouse, so that's too bad. Haven't been to the ones you mention, but...

    I would recommend Wolfgang's on 54th Street. We recently had an excellent dinner there. The porterhouse was excellent, as were the sides and everything else. Friendly, attentive service. Very nice ambiance.

    Wolfgang's on 54th St. photos: http://www.flickr.com/photos/11863391...


    200 E 54th St, New York, NY 10022

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      valerie RE: RGR Nov 3, 2011 07:30 PM

      Just wondering if you thought it was overly noisy. I know you have mentioned before when places were loud and I have seen other posts saying this about Wolfgang's, though the Tribeca location is supposedly not so bad.

      I am considering going here for my husband's birthday in December -- he is a Luger lover but I want to go someplace else and since we are a group of 6, I don't want to go someplace that is insanely noisy.

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        RGR RE: valerie Nov 3, 2011 08:25 PM

        You are right that insanely high noise levels are a huge turn-off for me.

        The posts you may have seen about Wolfgang's being loud pertained to the flagship on 33rd St. We have been there once, but because it was a Sunday night and not very busy, we did not encounter a problem with noise. However, there have been many reports that when the dining room is full and the bar area is packed, the noise level gets hideously high. The reason stems from the design of the interior, which is landmarked. The space was designed by Gustavino and includes a ceiling that while gorgeous tends to make the noise level much higher than an ordinary ceiling would, (Gustanvino, btw, also designed the interior of the rand Central Terminal.)

        The 54th Street location is not overly noisy, which makes for a very pleasant, conversation-friendly dining experience.


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      dyrewolf RE: Unkle Al Nov 3, 2011 03:19 PM

      I like Wolfgangs, Sparks, Uncle Jacks, and Bobby Vans probably in that order.

      Ben Benson's pissed me off badly a decade or more ago... never been back

      Sparks Steak House
      210 E 46th St, New York, NY 10017

      Uncle Jack's Steakhouse
      44 West 56th Street, New York, NY 10019

      4 Park Ave, New York, NY 10016

      Ben Benson's
      123 West 52nd Street, New York, NY 10019

      Bobby Van's Steakhouse
      131 E. 54th Street, New York, NY 10169

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        KevinMooney RE: Unkle Al Nov 3, 2011 07:13 PM

        Of all the usual suspects on the list so far, I strongly prefer Frankie and Johnnies and Ben Bensons; least favs are Uncle Jack's and Bobby Vans.

        Uncle Jack's Steakhouse
        44 West 56th Street, New York, NY 10019

        Ben Benson's
        123 West 52nd Street, New York, NY 10019

        Frankie & Johnnie's
        269 W 45th St, New York, NY 10036

        Bobby Van's Steakhouse
        135 W 50th St, New York, NY 10020

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          drumwine RE: Unkle Al Nov 3, 2011 07:49 PM

          just a bit further uptown--Porter House (in the Time Warner Bldg)

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

          1. prima RE: Unkle Al May 18, 2012 07:40 AM

            Of Ben Benson's, Bobby Van's, Uncle Jack's and Wolfgang's E 54th Street location, which would you choose? Looking for a steakhouse in the E or W 50s. Thanks for any comments.

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              thegforceny RE: prima May 18, 2012 07:44 AM

              Wolfgang's . NO CONTEST.

              BB, BV, UJ are all third tier steakhouses.

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                prima RE: thegforceny May 18, 2012 07:49 AM

                Thanks for your comments, thegforceny. Have you been to Wolfgang's lately? How much does a rib eye run at Wolfgang's? There are no prices on their website or on menupages. Is it Market Price? http://www.wolfgangssteakhouse.net/mi...

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                  thegforceny RE: prima May 18, 2012 07:54 AM

                  I exclusively order porterhouse for two at WG. I greatly prefer 32nd street/Park location but was at WG's 54th about 2 months ago and it was very very good. Like any top tier steak house, it aint cheap.

                  Crowd at 54th that night was quite comical. Think portly old B&T men with young Russian hookers teetering above them on stilettos. I find food and crowd better at Park location, but it is very loud because of its design.

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                    PHREDDY RE: prima May 18, 2012 08:09 AM

                    $45 to 50 range + + +

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                      prima RE: PHREDDY May 18, 2012 08:13 AM

                      thanks, PHREDDY ;-)

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                  Cheeryvisage RE: prima May 18, 2012 07:46 AM

                  I hear Ben Benson's closing soon? Not sure when your meal date is. Their last day of business is June 17. http://ny.eater.com/archives/2012/05/...

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                    prima RE: Cheeryvisage May 18, 2012 07:47 AM

                    Thanks, Cheeryvisage ;-)

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                    PHREDDY RE: prima May 18, 2012 07:52 AM

                    Ben Benson's is closing on Father's day (they are one of my clients).....Uncle Jack's is eh...Wolfgang's is very good.....Wolfgang's also has an eastside location on the corner of 33rd and Park Ave.

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                    foodwhisperer RE: Unkle Al May 18, 2012 08:19 PM

                    I like the atmosphere and the steak at Uncle Jack's, just have to tell them not to over season it . They tend to season the steaks for you . I am no fan of frankie and johnnies , ben benson is OK. But i'd pick Uncle Jack's .. I just saw phreddy's post,,, i thought wolfgang would be too far, Wolfgang has the best steak in the city in my opinion.

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