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Bookistan Dec 12, 2011 07:43 PM

Hi hounds, I need advice on a truly great New York steakhouse that meets the following criteria:

1, Absolutely stellar meat but also very good sides and desserts.
2, We are celebrating a BIG birthday so I'd like it to scream "special occasion" place. All things being equal, I'll pick a place with elegant decor over, say, Keens or Lugers.
3. Anywhere in Manhattan, prefer midtown or points south.
4. Birthday boy likes correct, excellent service and we don't want to be rushed.
5. Money is no object.

All recommendations are most appreciated! Thank you.

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    gutsofsteel Dec 13, 2011 05:46 AM

    Striphouse

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

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      princeofpork Dec 13, 2011 05:56 AM

      +1 striphouse. Meets all your criteria. Dont get fooled into Dylan Prime becasue of the atmosphere. Service and food is unimpressive.

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      Dylan Prime
      62 Laight Street, New York, NY 10013

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      Pago77 Dec 13, 2011 06:50 AM

      Minetta, but you won't get a reservation. Wolfgang's on 33rd is a great setting. Sparks is old school, screams old money, good steaks (but not the *best*) and is a nice setting. BLT Steak has a nice setting, but I find the food overrated.

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

      Minetta Tavern
      113 MacDougal St, New York, NY 10012

      Wolfgang's
      4 Park Ave, New York, NY 10016

      BLT Steak
      106 East 57th Street, New York, NY 10022

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        sugartoof Dec 13, 2011 03:14 PM

        "Minetta, but you won't get a reservation."

        Try Open Table, or calling after 3pm on the day of.

        The bigger problem is the quality of meat, and the service, which can range into the area of eccentric.

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          uwsister Dec 15, 2011 12:26 AM

          I've never had anything less than excellent quality of meat and service at Minetta Tavern. It actually satisfies all the criteria as far as I'm concerned. However, I still wouldn't recommend it for this group. Even via Open Table, you won't get a table between 6 and 9 p.m. Calling on the day of is a good idea, except larger groups may not be so lucky, and who would want to risk a birthday party like that anyway?

          Strip House is probably the way to go.

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          Minetta Tavern
          113 MacDougal St, New York, NY 10012

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

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        RGR Dec 13, 2011 07:17 AM

        With No. 5 in mind, I'd suggest renting the Lily Langtry Room at Keens for the evening. I think it is quite elegant.

        http://www.keens.com/PrivateEvents/LillieLangtryRoom/

        http://thewizardofroz.wordpress.com

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

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          Hey19 Dec 13, 2011 09:54 AM

          BLT Prime, I have always had good service, its a pretty sleek, modern interior, they have one private table on the main floor and I think a bigger private space downstairs.

          I hate to admit it, cause BLT is not really my style, but I think this place is my fav in the city for steaks and sides, and hits all your marks...

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          BLT Prime
          111 East 22nd Street, New York, NY 10010

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            Bookistan Dec 13, 2011 01:00 PM

            thanks so much for all these suggestions. What do you all think of Frisco's and Capital Grille on 42nd St. ?

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

            Capital Grille
            155 E 42nd Street, New York, NY 10017

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              Pago77 Dec 13, 2011 01:11 PM

              And then you go and ask us a question like that...

              I thought you asked for a NY Steakhouse...

              Avoid both like the plague. Wolfgang's has turned into a chain, but still head and shoulders above either of those two. Even Benjamin's is better. I'd also rather go to the original Smith & Wollensky or one of the Bobby Vans, and I never want to go to either of those...

              Minetta, Sparks, Wolfgang's, Strip House...even BLT are all better choices. You'd probably be better served to go to Primehouse or Porter House over CG or DF.

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

              Minetta Tavern
              113 MacDougal St, New York, NY 10012

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

              Wolfgang's
              4 Park Ave, New York, NY 10016

              BLT Steak
              106 East 57th Street, New York, NY 10022

              Primehouse New York
              381 Park Avenue South, New York, NY 10016

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

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

              Benjamin Steakhouse
              52 East 41st Street, New York, NY 10017

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

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                princeofpork Dec 13, 2011 01:32 PM

                I actually had a great meal at Porterhouse in the TWC. Great atmostphere, service and it will certainly feel like a special meal. Get a table by the windosw overlooking CP.

                Del Friscos is not in my top 5

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

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                  dyrewolf Dec 13, 2011 01:42 PM

                  Del Friscos is not good. And way too expensive. Primehouse is a nice room... even if it feels a bit like the dining room on a cruise ship. And the view is very nice.

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                    RGR Dec 13, 2011 02:30 PM

                    Uh, I' think you meant to type Porterhouse. Primehouse's "view" is either traffic on Park Avenue S. or 27th St.

                    http://thewizardofroz.wordpress.com

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                  Bookistan Dec 13, 2011 06:10 PM

                  OK point taken; I was taken by the pictures of the rooms on their websites. But absolutely, we're going for the meat...

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              sugartoof Dec 13, 2011 03:22 PM

              The Strip House matches the criteria perfectly.

              The room and service aren't as elegant as they once were (subtle changes), it's still perfect for a special dinner, and the other steakhouses with nicer big event rooms slip when it comes to either sides or the streak itself.

              Strip House is also known for desserts. I would suggest the cheesecake over the much celebrated chocolate cake, which has either lost a few steps or been commissioned to another baker.

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

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                princeofpork Dec 14, 2011 06:36 AM

                Agreed, The chocolate cake is all hype.

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                  sugartoof Dec 14, 2011 09:29 AM

                  When I ordered it for the first time, many years ago, it was a this incredible and decadent shocking thing that arrived. You couldn't order it without the tables next to you gawking. It induced giggle fits.

                  It was also a much more refined, and gooey cake, that two could share easily without knocking spoons.

                  The current incarnation is dry, easily splits apart into two when you try to take a bite, and has tough, dried ganache layers which taste like pudding.

                  How did they get away with swapping out that cake without anyone noticing?

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                    princeofpork Dec 14, 2011 10:13 AM

                    This cake was also featured on Food Network "best thing I ever ate" desserts. Its laughable seeing it now.

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