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Jul 25, 2014 11:46 PM

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?


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  1. Not a steakhouse per se but my top steak ever was the tomahawk steak at Costata! By far the tastiest ever.

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    1. re: UES Mayor

      Thanks for the suggestion... I'll keep that in mind. I also heard Costata is an up and coming restaurant.

    2. 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.

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      1. re: lexismore

        I heard so much about Minetta Tavern's black label burger, have you tried it? Also what did you think of Club A? Currently ranks #1 (reviews) on Yelp for NYC steakhouses.

        1. re: john_eod

          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.

          1. re: lexismore

            Yeah that's true. I found the Yelp reviews to be inconsistent but I disregarded it as having a different opinion/taste than everyone else. What other websites do you recommend aside from chow for NYC restaurant reviews? Zagat?

        2. re: lexismore

          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.

          1. re: JoanN

            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!

        3. 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.

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          1. re: kathryn

            I do not have a preference when it comes to steak cuts... I usually stick with whatever the steakhouse is known for or its specialty (Peter Luger's: porterhouse, Sparks: Sirloin, etc...)

            1. re: PHREDDY

              And order a NY Strip, medium and charred. The best steak they make.

            2. My favorite steakhouses in Manhattan:


              Still need to try American Cut

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              1. re: ipsedixit

                Loved my dinner at American Cut! You should definitely try it. I loved the pastrami coated rib eye; some have found it too salty, but I thought it was terrific. Also loved the potato latkes and the cracker jack sundae.

                1. re: ellenost

                  Yes, I know ellenost. I know.

                  Your review is the reason I'm dying to try it.

                  1. re: ellenost

                    I also really enjoyed the pastrami spiced steak at american cut and can heartily recommend the marrow w escargot and in addition to the steak. the complimentary everything biscuits are also excellent.