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50th Birthday for out-of-town friend (couples coming) Steakhouse maybe?

UWTbird Mar 20, 2014 07:41 AM

Best friend is coming in from Atlanta in April for his 50th. There will be 10 of us and it's my task to find dinner.

Thinking steak, although some in the crowd will choose fish or lamb.

Don't want Sparks. Maybe CraftSteak or Strip House? Other suggestions? Thanks!

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  1. ellenost RE: UWTbird Mar 20, 2014 08:28 AM

    Highly recommend American Cut.

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    1. re: ellenost
      UWTbird RE: ellenost Mar 20, 2014 09:35 AM

      Thoughts on Wolfgangs?

      1. re: UWTbird
        ellenost RE: UWTbird Mar 20, 2014 10:28 AM

        Haven't been to Wolfgangs.

    2. Spiritchaser RE: UWTbird Mar 20, 2014 08:29 AM

      Keens is a New York institution. Not only incredible steaks but they are famous (deservedly so) for their mutton (although not mutton by definition) chops.

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      1. re: Spiritchaser
        kathryn RE: Spiritchaser Mar 20, 2014 01:38 PM

        I've done a group that size at Keens. We got a nice big round table, which was nice.

      2. sgordon RE: UWTbird Mar 20, 2014 08:34 AM

        There is no CraftSteak in NYC anymore. There's Craft, which makes a dynamite steak.

        If they're coming from a major metropolitan area, chances are the have a good steakhouse where they come from. So I'd lean towards a place with more varied options - Craft is a good call, though some people are put off by the minimalism of the menu. (That said, what's more minimalist than a steakhouse menu?)

        Other options: American Cut, which has a fairly extensive non-steak menu. Minetta Tavern has a magnificent Cote de Beouf, though getting a ten-top in there might be tough. Maybe if it's a weeknight. Balthazar, their sister restaurant, has great steaks on the menu as well.

        Keen's, of course, is famous for their mutton (lamb) chop, but I don't know if the fish there is worth bothering with. But they're very classic NYC.

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        1. re: sgordon
          UWTbird RE: sgordon Mar 20, 2014 09:34 AM

          Didn't realize Craft Steak was no longer - I must be thinking of Colicchio and Sons. Thanks!

        2. ipsedixit RE: UWTbird Mar 20, 2014 11:03 AM

          For non-traditional steakhouses, you might consider Costata or Carbone. At Costata, I highly recommend the tomahawk ribeye (which serves 2), and Carbone get the porterhouse (again also serves 2)

          Have heard good reports on American Cut, but never been yet.

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