We had roughly our fourth meal last night at BLT and, with a few service exceptions, the place is performing at a quality level that puts it one notch above some of the more traditional steak places in town i.e Caucus Room, 701, Prime Rib, etc - let alone the middling chains of Ruth Chris and Morton's.
While the staff can seem overwhelmed at times and the atmosphere very hustle-bustle (in keeping with NYC roots), the service last night was the best of our four visits. While it took a little too long to get our sommelier's attention, the service smoothed out quickly from there. Our server was quick, professional, and had reasonable knowledge of the menu. While on the subject of the sommelier, I will mention one complaint that while a fantastic and varied wine list - the choices below the $100/btl range are minimal.
As for the food, the delicious pate and popovers are reason enough to either skip or consolidate on the appetizers. This is especially worthwhile as I have found many of the appetizers to be underwhelming. The beet salad and ceaser are decent, but my wife's raw fish starter (can't remember exactly what fish) was terrible - this, despite the chef d'cuisine apparently having come from BLT Fish...? The beefsteak tomato salad looked and tasted wonderful.
The steaks, on the other hand have been uniformly of great quality and very well prepared. Aside from one fiasco evening with over-cooked meat for two of our friends, the kitchen hits well in its wheel house. The sides are not ambitious, but the stalwart dishes of creamed spinach, fries, mashed potatoes, and wonderful potato skins are quite good.
All in all, BLT has become one of our most enjoyable and dependable spots for a (admittedly, not cheap) meal downtown. Enjoy.