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Jan 2, 2013 05:10 PM

Restaurant with Beef Selection

Happy 2013!

I'm looking for a steakhouse in NYC where you can go in and choose the exact piece of steak that will be prepared for you. Ideally, it would be somewhat "fun" (hip/not too quiet/etc.). If there is a place where you actually watch them prepare it, that would be even better.

Sorry if this has already been asked, but I had NO idea how to even do a search on it LOL!

Thanks for all advice!

(This is a gift for my husband. For Christmas, I gave him a "Beef of the Month Club" subscription that I am providing since I couldn't find a retailer that would provide exactly what I wanted. Some months, I'll prepare something at home. Others, I'll give him the meat so he can grill it.... I was thinking that a NYC meal would be a fun one for one month in 2013.)

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  1. You could do this at St. Anselm in Williamsburg; if you want to know more about them, post to Outer Boroughs. I'm not sure where you can do this in Manhattan.

    1. This is kind of a hokey, outdated thing that the mediocre chain Morton's does (or used to do?). There is one in NYC.

      There are many many top steakhouses in the city but none of them do this. I personally wouldn't sacrifice a great steak dinner at other choices in order to have some slabs of meat wheeled around the dining room.

      Go to one of the top steakhouses in the city: Peter Luger; Wolfgang's; Keen's etc.

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      1. re: thegforceny

        In fairness to Morton's, they wheel around shrink-wrapped samples of the steak cuts to show diners what the various items in the menu looks like. The samples are apparently just samples and not the ones that they'll cook for the patron. Apparently, not everybody knows what a porterhouse look like?

        1. re: RCC

          "Apparently, not everybody knows what a porterhouse look like?"

          My favorite part of that dog and pony show was when they held up a baked potato. Evidently some of their customers were unfamiliar with this exotic treat.

          To be fair, I had a number of pleasant meals at Morton's. Probably my good opinion is due to the fact that my company paid for all of them.

        2. re: thegforceny

          Ha ha! I hear you on that one. I wasn't expecting the steaks to be brought tableside. I was figuring we'd walk over to a refrigerated meat area or something like that.

          I was definitely thinking about one of the top steakhouses...just thought this might be another fun option.


          1. re: jbsiegel

            I think a lot of restaurants wouldn't want to do this given DOH concerns. BYO hair net?

            1. re: kathryn

              There's an idea. Again...I was kind of thinking it'd be like walking into the local butcher, choosing from behind a piece of glass, etc.

              Sigh...guess there isn't much demand for that!! :-)

              1. re: jbsiegel

                Plus any sort of customer display area will be less efficient than a normal kitchen storage area... Wasted space means fewer tables. Manhattan real estate prices are unforgiving.

                1. re: jbsiegel

                  There are places in Astoria that do that with fish.

          2. You can see the steaks at the Cannibal if I'm not mistaken.

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            1. re: Alan Henderson

              The Cannibal does have a butcher's counter where you can see the raw steaks.


              1. re: peter j

                That's looking pretty good. We love to try good beers too, so this might be a winner! Thanks!!