If you know me, you will know that I am a huge steak lover. Yes I love animals and YES I feel bad for eating steaks. YES this is hypocritical. But we are talking about the best Steakhouse not my hypocrisy. =) I have been to a lot of steakhouses here in NYC and here are my Top 10 (from 1 being the best to 10 being OK):
- Wolfgang’s Steakhouse @ 250 W 41st St – This is still my favorite and I go there all the time. The atmosphere is casual and it’s not too loud so you can hear each other talk. They are located a block away from Times Square. The cut I always get from them is the Ribeye. I actually always order Ribeye because it’s just the best cut for me. Their ribeye is juicy and cooked to perfection everytime!
- Delmonico’s @ FiDi – I just recently went there. I ordered the Delmonico boneless ribeye and it is to die for, but their mashed potatoes are one of my favorite in town. Why? Because it is similar to the way my mom makes it. It has bits of scallion in it and made with red potatoes to give it the creamy texture. Love it!!! What I loved about this restaurant is, when I took their steak home and reheated it, it is still just as good. They must have some secret to cooking their meat!
- American Cut @ Midtown – I love the environment of this restaurant. There’s the bar area for you to grab a drink with your friends, then they walk you into the restaurant area where it is nice and quiet. The staff is amazing. My friends and I all ordered a steak but didn’t have room for dessert. Our waiter decided to give us a dessert on the house. Boy, were we happy! The steak is absolutely delicious too. But what I like about this place the most is the environment and how nice this place looks.
- Capital Grille @ FiDi – Another great place to go. Perfect environment for business lunches or dinners. Their steak is also always cooked to perfection so no complains there.
- Strip House @ 15 W 44th St – I ordered the bone in ribeye for two and shared it with a friend. When the steak came, it was huge! I asked them to save the bone so I can take it home for my boy, it was a funny picture. The bone was bigger then my dog! It was about 15 inches long. ridiculous! I really like sitting upstairs. It is a lot quieter and easy to chat with friends. Downstairs is a bit noisier but if you want to meet people, then downstairs is the way to go.
- Churrascaria Plataforma @ Times Square – So I know this is a Brazilian steakhouse and it’s different then the other steakhouses. However, I just love the way they cook their meat. AND, the best part of all is, you can have different cuts of the meat. The environment is pretty noisy and fun. Some nights, they will have a band playing. This is a favorite go to place for me.
- Fogo de Chao @ 40 W 53rd St – This is another Brazilian steakhouse. My first ever Brazilian steakhouse was Fogo de Chao in Philadelphia. I fell in love with them immediately. I love their cheese bread especially but more importantly, their steaks are great!
- BLT Steak and BLT Prime – Their cooking style is similar, but their environment is different. I like BLT Steak’s environment because it is livelier and fun, whereas, BLT Prime is a great place to take your date, super dark and quiet. Their meat is great but I’ve once had my meat well done when I asked for medium at BLT Steak. I would still go back because they were nice enough to bring me a new piece of meat.
- Mark Joseph’s @ Seaport – This feels like it’s a family owned restaurant. When you walk in, you feel very homely and want to just hang out and chat with the owner. The staff aren’t as prim and proper, which is ok in my eyes. Their steak is delicious, however when I took the leftover home and reheated it, it just wasn’t as good, must have been my way of reheating it?
- Frankie and Johnny’s @ Times Square – This was my very first fancy steakhouse ever! I’ve been back a few times and they are just lovely. The place is small but cozy. There’s an air of elegance to it. I love that they wheel out a cart full of meat for you to choose from. This will always be one of my most memorable places to be, one because it was my very first steakhouse and two, because I saw Alan Thicke there!!!
Side note: Between the two Brazilian steakhouses, I prefer Churrascaria of course (given I put it at #6). They just cook their meat better the Fogo.
Conclusion: Clearly, in my opinion, if these steakhouses made it to my Top 10 list, it means that they are great to visit and eat. The most important part of a steak is the temperature, how juicy the meat comes to you, and the flavor of the meat. If you don’t need any steak sauce, then the meat is absolutely well prepared and delicious. Of course this list can change as I go to more steakhouses, but for now, these are the best places to go for locals and tourists. I would frequent all of them and their prices are similar. If you don’t drink, you may escape with a $75 tab per person.
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