Whether you like yours well-done or rare, prefer mashed potatoes or fries, want a strip steak or a rib eye, the Big Apple has what you want. The city is full of restaurants, but steak takes the cake here.
Celebrity chef Wolfgang Puck recently set up shop downtown with his Cut Steakhouse and the wait at Brooklyn’s famous Peter Luger restaurant is months long. The decision on where to dine can be a daunting one. So we’ve narrowed the list down to give you the eight best steakhouses in the city.
8. Sparks Steak House
The prime sirloin is the house specialty at Sparks Steak House, a place that made the news not just for the award-winning menu, but for the clientele that took over tables there (think mob families mixed with A-list celebs).
A charred veal chop and perfectly seared lamb chops make it an ideal choice for meat lovers that don’t discriminate and classic dishes like shrimp cocktail, oysters Rockefeller, and giant steamed lobsters make it one of the classics that manages to always stay at the top of the must-visit list.
7. Bobby Van’s Steakhouse NYC
The decor at Bobby Van’s pays homage to the downtown Wall Street banking scene. Located in the lobby of the old JP Morgan Bank, the place is elegant and old school with dark wood details and lots of leather accents.
Original vault door and walls lined with vintage safe deposit doors make it hard to keep your eyes on the menu, but once you zero in on the 28-day, dry-aged prime steaks, Colorado lamb chops, New York Sirloin and horseradish-encrusted salmon offerings, all that changes.
For a more casual experience, visit the lower level Vault Grill set in an old bank vault.
6. Quality Meats
One of the most stunning steakhouses on the list, Quality Meats was designed by the AvroKO design firm, famous for their daring design and creative concepts. Alums of Smith & Wollensky are in charge of the menu, which includes a variety of filet offerings, double rib eyes for two, strips and more.
Also popular are the raw bar offerings like oysters and clams, crowd-loving crab cakes, and decadent dessert list.
5. New York Yankees Steakhouse
If you want to know where the Yankees get their steak, look no further than the NY Yankees Steakhouse. The bar program is quite impressive with seasonal cocktails like fall’s All-American (bourbon, maple syrup, black walnut bitters, lemon and Stella Cidre) and Bronx Bomber (Antica Carpano vermouth, cherry liqueur, bitters and rye), and pairs perfectly with a seasonal dining menu that includes curated dishes like Pan Roasted Margret Duck Breas with ramp quinoa, Prosciutto and Fig Flatbread, Pan Seared Sea Scallops served with a spiced apple gastrique, Crispy Octopus and more.
The standouts, though, are the high-quality specialty steaks including USDA Prime cuts, fresh five-star seafood, satisfying sides and indulgent desserts. One of the house specialties is a tomahawk steak branded with the NY Yankees logo and the diner’s name. And yes, that could very well be Derek Jeter sitting at the bar. All players, past and present, have their own set of branded silverware on hand at the place.
4. Porter House Bar and Grill
Probably one of the more sophisticated steakhouses on the list, Michael Lomonaco’s Porter House Bar and Grill sits in the Time Warner Center and overlooks the world famous Central Park. The restaurant features a world-class cultivated wine list, hand-stitched leather chairs designed for optimum comfort for the duration of your long meal. Lomonaco has hand-picked each cut of steak and created a custom blend of ground meat for the house burger. The Porterhouse for two is enormous and reasonable at $124. Even more reasonable is the three-course prix fixe lunch which includes a soup or salad, petit filet mignon (one of the most popular steaks on the menu) and dessert for just $28.
3. Benjamin Steak House
When a pair of Peter Luger chefs wanted to branch out on their own, they knew they had to put their years worth of experience to good use. The result is the Benjamin Steak House. Located just south of Grand Central Station, Benjamin Steak House is a popular place for tourists and locals alike.
The room feels like more of a living room lounge than restaurant. High ceilings, great lighting, a cozy fireplace and elevated booths make for a room you never want to leave. Add the top notch cuisine including sirloin, porterhouse, rib-eye and endless filet options and you’ve got one of the city’s best steakhouses.
2. American Cut
“Iron Chef” Marc Forgione had some big shoes to fill. He is the son of food legend Larry Forgione, considered the king of American cooking. When he debuted the 180-seat American Cut in Midtown at at 109 East 56th St. in the Lombardy Hotel, his signature dishes included a chili lobster, old school style Caesar salad, a 42-ounce Tomahawk Rib-Eye and a gasp-inducing 52-ounce Porterhouse finished table side with flaming bone marrow butter.
The place was, and is, a hit. His downtown outpost of American Cut is just as popular, especially with the celebrity and socialite crowd thanks to its more casual rustic-chic decor and awesome drinks list.
1. Peter Luger
Native New Yorkers like to argue that Peter Luger is the best steakhouse in the world, not just the city. The 19th century Brooklyn haunt is no frills with vintage decor and gruff servers not interested in small talk. Their portions are enormous and skillfully cooked by a staff that has been there for decades.
Their tomato and onion salad is as popular as the Porterhouse, as is their German potato salad and house-made steak sauce.