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Oct 29, 2013 12:24 PM

Birthday Decision-mostly steak, red meat


I am a former Manhattan/Brooklyn resident (not simultaneously), now living in Central NJ. I've been to Lugers dozens of times over the past 1/4 century, but have never been to Old Homestead or Kean's Chophouse (near Penn Station, I believe?). A one time roomate (from Bayside) used to regale us with stories about his father's gustatory exploits at OH, so it has near mythical status in my eyes, but still, I've nevr been there.

Anyway, to get to the point, I have a "milestone" birthday coming up weekend (you know, one that ends in "0"). I don't feel like shlepping out to Luger's (although I've never had-can hardly imagine- steak as good as I've always had there.). I'm trying to decide if it's worth the time, expense, and overall effort of going to the city to sample OH, Kean's, or some other NYC red meat bastion.

Naturally, the final decision will be mine (how much time, money, etc. do I wany to expend), but any input would be welcome. I think it's Michelin that (at one time, anyway) distinguished between restaurants that were only worthy of a delay and those that merited planning a trip around. I would say the for anyone who has never been to Lugers, it's worth a separate trip, at least once. For Katz's, Russ & Daughters, to me, they're worth a delay, not a dedicated trip back to NY (but I may be jaded).

I'd prefer not to have a discussion on Katz's quality, whether it's diminished over time, all that stuff. All that is dealt with elsewhere: just curious whether anyone thinks OH, Kean's (or their ilk) is worth a trip (about an hour eac way, by car or NJT) for dinner-oh, and any reasons for why or why not are also welcome.

Mercer County, NJ

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  1. When is the birthday, this weekend?

    What cut of steak do you prefer? Prime rib, porterhouse, ribeye, etc?

    Do you like dry-aged meat (I assume you do because you like Luger's), and how funky do you like it?

    1. Minetta Tavern

      Old Homestead is for mooks. I hate the crowd there.

      3 Replies
      1. re: thegforceny

        I would agree that Minetta Tavern's cote de boeuf is probably the best steak in the city.

        Old Homestead is a complete joke, and Keen's is more known for their mutton chop than beef.

        1. re: zeeEats

          Minetta Tavern's cote de boeuf is very good, yes. But also overpriced. But its Minetta Tavern.-)
          I really like Strip House on 12th Street. It never dissapoints with the meat and its easy to get a reservation. For some ppl the salty crust on the meat maybe is a little to salty...

        2. re: thegforceny

          love the term mook and couldnt agree more

        3. Costata

          Quality Meats


          1. If you want Luger-style steak but with options if there are non-steak eaters, we've had some great meals at Wolfgang's.

            1. Oh dear, I'm a mook, I like Old Homestead, the presentation is closest to Luger's. That said I adore Kean's - what atmosphere, a must go to (and don't forget the mutton chop!)