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Jan 15, 2013 07:06 AM

Time for a new Steakhouse!

Hello gang,
Meeting a friend tonight for steaks and wanted to try one of the many that I have yet to go to. Midtown is best but the Village also works. Hate to schelp back FiDi and probably had everything downtown anyways. Like my steaks rare with a good crisp sear on the outside.

Based on the following reviews of steakhouses I've eaten at (and thus are not in the running) what would you recommend?

Tier One (the most memorable and special)

Striphouse - Now a Hanson spot, I actually worked there for a bit when it was Glazer Group's and have always loved the prep of the steaks, seasoning, sear (crisp) plus the sides are good. Recently I returned as a patron and found BR guest thankfully didn't screw it up.

Harry's - Venerable downtown Steakhouse, rarely pops up on the MUST lists, but has a great rib eye and strip. Again great sear.

Minetta Tavern - Yes, the steaks there are awesome, I am a believer/convert.

Sparks – A bit old school, obviously, and with a considerable amount of hype I was happy to see that the steak matched up. Wine list is actually not too bad as steakhouses go.

Keens – The pipes are a bit kitschy and honestly my friend had either the Mutton or double Lamb chops which out shined the steak. Will go back to try those again to figure out which it was!

Knickerbocker – For those that don’t know this place you need to go, a relative insider secret. Seriously great steaks—now one of my go to steak places.

Tier Two (Solid seconds choices)
Old Homestead – Good as I recall, may need to revisit soon.
Del Frisco’s – While the cab ad may be a ridiculous, the steak is pretty good.
Palm – A bit pricey but a solid steak.
Mark Joseph – Again, good but not great.
Dylan Prime – More modern in style with a good sear on steak.
Bobby Van's – Solid if not special.
The Capital Grille (FiDi) - Actually pleasantly surprised with this one. Was NOT expecting much and came away pretty happy.

Tier Three (yeah, not so much)
Smith & Wollensky – Chains are tough. Sometimes they get it right (See SH / cap grille / Palm / BV above) most time not so much.
BLT Prime / BLT Steak – both modern and not memorable, can’t recall if it was the service or the steaks or honestly both that put me off. Meh.
Angelo & Maxie’s – eh.
Ruth's Chris – okay.
Morton’s – Old school molten chocolate cake and can only get you so far.
Peter Luger's – I know I’m going to catch crap for this but I was not overly impressed, their style of cooking rare does not suit me, shine is gimmicky, I'd rather have a good crisp sear on the outside. Perhaps an off night?
Based on a Chowhound search, these three steakhouses are currently in the running:

Post House
Wolfgang’s (possibly-- but I’m not feeling the need for too much attitude tonight)

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  1. I haven't experienced any attitude at Wolfgang's, at least not in the East 54th Street location where I've dined at least three times. Do they have a reputation for rude service?

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    1. re: Riverman500

      That was my take from other threads, but thanks for letting me know your experience.

      1. re: Riverman500

        Agreed, the waitstaff at Wolfgang's (54th St.) was courteous and kind. As far as steakhouses go, I didn't see Ben and Jack's mentioned but then again I think they are also a Luger clone (which isn't a bad thing in my book).

      2. I've never had bad service at Wolfgang's. But given that you didn't really like Luger's, Wolfgang's might not be my top choice for you. They serve their steak basically just like Peter Luger.

        I did recently have a rib eye steak recently at Quality Meats with a crazy crispy sear on it. My review is towards the bottom here:

        For a non-steakhouse, don't overlook Craft or Momofuku Ssam Bar. Also did you see this Serious Eats write up about the steaks at Resto...?

        Best steak you've had at a non-steakhouse:

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        1. re: kathryn

          Thanks. Yeah that was my thinking on Wolfgang's as well but wanted to get comments. Also thanks for the QM info. Looked into Resto/Cannibal but thinking we want a "classic" steakhouse tonight-- need to try it out though.

        2. Knickerbocker.That review was spot on. It is a gem.

          1. Coincidentally, today's New York Times contains an excellent review for the Arlington Club, a relatively new steakhouse on the upper east side. The review is excellent but the rating is only two stars. I understand that two stars is very good, but in my opinion not as good as the content of the review indicates the restaurant is. The contents of the review are all extremely positive except for that of the sushi which really doesn't belong on a steakhouse menu.

            1. Uncle Jack's is good. So's Porterhouse