It's my birthday this week and I'm wondering where to go... my friends have reservations at Craftsteak (i love Top Chef!), knowing how picky I am about my steak, they are giving me liberty to make the final decision.
I'm like my steak traditional (strip, porterhouse, etc).... not into frou frou fancy steaks (Kobe, Wagyu etc aren't my thing) but I definitely enjoy a filet for special occasions.
Peter Luger's, is hands down my favorite steak... I know there are lots of critics that bash PL, but my daddy taught me the right way to order (jack on the rocks, onion&tomato app, steak for two (medium rare), homefries & a sundae), and the waiters have always been absolute princes to me... to be fair, i'm a pretty girl with a taste for steak & whiskey, which may explain the preferential treatment.
Smith & Wollensky, The Palm and Chas Rothman's are pretty good as well (points for a classier atmosphere). I hate chains, on principle, but I've had a great filet at Michael Jordans. I dislike Bryant & Cooper, but would recommend the filet at Brasserie 8 1/2.
I have yet to go to The Strip House, The Old Homestead, Keens, Angelo & Maxie's, Del Frisco, Sparks, etc.
Anyway, based on my preferences of steakhouses... any suggestions on whether I should stick with Craftsteak (& support my boy Tom Collichio) or choose a more "traditional" steakhouse?