List of top steakhouses in NYC
I started checking out top steakhouses in NYC. So far I've been to:
Keens, Peter Luger's, Wolfgang's, Sparks, BLT Prime, and Del Frisco's
I am trying to finalize the rest of my list since going to a steakhouse takes time and money. I also enjoyed Keens and Peter Luger's more than Sparks, so I felt like I should not have added Sparks to my list. My remaining list:
Strip house, Porter house, Club A, Old Homestead, Benjamin, Delmonico's, and Quality Meats
Which ones from my remaining list are as good (or even better) compared to the ones I have been to?
Of the ones on your remaining list, I think Strip House is the best.
I don't think any of them are better than Luger's though.
Not your question, I know, but you could also check out Minetta Tavern. Not a steakhouse, technically, but their steak for two gets a lot of positive attention. I found it good myself - certainly better than Club A.
I have tried the Black Label - imagine the funkiest-tasting dry-aged steak you've ever had, ground into a burger.
It's delicious. My only complaint is that it's SO much like a steak, I almost wish I was just eating a steak. But it's definitely worth trying, IMO.
I found Club A to be a totally average steakhouse. I think the high Yelp ratings may be a result of them offering a ton of promotions through groupon/Savored type deals.
In general, I avoid using Yelp scores. By all means, read into the 2-4 star reviews, but the 1s and 5s are often undeserved. If we follow Yelp, Del Friscos is better than Lugers, which certainly has not been my experience.
I don't get the love for Strip House. Been twice in the past year or so, and although I like both the atmosphere and the side dishes, the steaks are almost flavorless. They LOOK as though they should taste great--good char, perfectly medium rare--but then you bite into it and it just doesn't taste like much. The aged rib eye was better than the NY strip, but not by much. I prefer the aged sirloin at Craft by a long shot.
I've never had the steak at Craft, so I can't comment on that specifically.
I hear what you're saying - it sounds like you like that dry-aged funk. An area which Strip House doesn't particularly shine.
I think of them as a great steakhouse across the board - not just a nice variety of quality steaks cooked correctly, but good appetizers, sides, desserts, service, wine list, even decor.
I'd be hard-pressed to name a steakhouse in Manhattan that is better overall, but if it's out there, I want to know about it!
What cut do you prefer? Porterhouse (since you enjoyed Keens and PL more)?
Many of the top steaks in town are not found in steakhouses these days.
Look at Momofuku Ssam Bar, Craft, Tertulia, Resto, Minetta Tavern...
See also the Steakcraft column on Serious Eats.