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One of the best steaks ever: was it me or was it Eataly?

Blumie Jul 30, 2013 08:19 AM

I'm not much of a steak eater. I do love Luger, but that's as much for the ritual as it is for the meat. I claim (and probably truthfully) that I'd rather have a good burger than a good steak.

Last night, however, I felt like cooking dinner -- something I rarely do -- rather than ordering in, so I walked over to Eataly, bought a dry aged NY strip (approx 15 oz, to serve two of us; cost about $25), a Mario Batali cast iron skillet (since I didn't have anything proper in which to cook the steak), and salad fixings (including some amazing tomatoes). I coated the steak on both sides with a generous amount of kosher salt, heated the skillet to as hot as my cheapo NYC stove top would allow, and dropped the steak into the skillet, letting it cook over the high heat until it had a really nice crust on one side. I then flipped the steak over and reduced the heat slightly, letting it continue to cook until about medium rare. (Thinking it would take longer than it did, I overcooked the meat slightly.) I then let the meat sit for five minutes or so before serving.

My wife and I marveled at how good this steak was -- incredibly flavorful, juicy, and with a wonderful crust -- a great meal that required about 15 minutes of prep time.

So who gets the credit? Was this me, or is this evidence of a great piece of meat? Can I duplicate this shopping at Whole Foods or the recently opened Fairway in my neighborhood, or should I stick with Eataly?

I should add that I've become somewhat of an Eataly convert. I was completely skeptical of Eataly when they opened, and remained so for some time, but now have been impressed on several occasions by the quality of their offerings, and their prices relative to the other high end competition (by which I mean to say that it's hardly cheap, but no more expensive on the whole than Whole Foods or other high end purveyors).

  1. Monica Jul 30, 2013 09:30 AM

    next time, get 2 of those steaks, it won't be the best steak ever..if you don't have to share it with someone. =p

    Sounds good. I should give them a visit soon too...to pick up some duck fat i saw last time.

    1. loratliff Jul 30, 2013 09:32 AM

      Probably a little bit of both!

      I personally haven't found Whole Foods' dry-aged stuff to be worth the money, so you've intrigued me about Eataly... I've not bought steak there before.

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      1. re: loratliff
        howdini Jul 30, 2013 07:47 PM

        The butcher at Whole Foods on Houston is infuriating: good quality [standard, haven't tried the dry-aged] meat, but just terrible butchering. l've bought ribeyes on more than one occasion that looked fine in the counter, but when l got home found that one side was almost half as thick as the other. Gonna go to Heritage in Essex Mkt or Union Market on Ave. A from now on.

        1. re: howdini
          loratliff Jul 30, 2013 09:13 PM

          I've found that at both the USQ and Tribeca Whole Foods as well. I'm moving right by Union Market (this week, in fact), so I'm excited to give them a shot—they have a nice selection.

          1. re: loratliff
            howdini Jul 30, 2013 09:18 PM

            They do. Now l know what l'm doing this weekend!

      2. ttoommyy Jul 30, 2013 07:11 PM

        The beef at Eataly is amazing. Haven't bought a bad piece yet. Try one of the Piemontese steaks sometime. Delicious.

        And of course give yourself some credit; sounds like you prepared it perfectly!

        1. jrvedivici Jul 31, 2013 04:36 AM

          Congrats and welcome to the world of great steak enjoyment! It is a combination of proper product and perpetration. The only thing you can consider adding is some hotel/maitre' de butter to the mix. (How Luger and others get that brown mixture of delicious juice at the bottom of the plate). A shame you don't have a proper grill but you did the best you could with what you have to work with!

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            UES Mayor Jul 31, 2013 04:38 AM

            My experience w Eataly has been that it is a great place to buy provisions of quality without being ripped off. Everything from prepared cut up fruit to ketchup-(yes i buy gourmet ketchup) has been the best and reasonable priced. I compared ketchup price last mont-Eataly's one (i forgot name-it comes in square jar) was $2 less than at Beechers cheese shop few blocks away! Their dried and freash pastas are equally well priced. And they have procuitto ends for $9.99/lb! How great is that! I will continue to support this organization and applaude their hard work and their stores and restaurants have provided to the community.

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