So my latest steakhouse adventure lead me to Porter House New York last night. I have had this place on my list for quite some time and was really excited. I wound up going with 3 other of my friends. We had a 5:30 reservation and were seated as soon as we got there. The restaurant was pretty empty when we arrived but by the time we left started to pick up. The building and space are absolutely beautiful.
Ok enough about that- onto to meat and potatoes (no pun intended) of my lastest steakhouse review.
Appetizers- Short rib raviolo and jumbo shrimp cocktail were both terrific. The raviolo was more like pasta sheets layered with tender short ribs, spinach, and mushrooms in a delicious creamy cheese sauce. The shrimp were huge and fresh.
Mains- Our table ordered 3 cowboy steaks (RARE for me, medium, and medium well) and one hanger steak (medium rare). My two friends got the chili rub on theirs, but being the steak purist I am I declined. They seemed to like their steaks, and while they appreciate a great steak, they really are not what I would consider true steak afficionados. The female in our party ordered the hanger and gave me a taste. It was very good and tender.
After seriously considering ordering the porterhouse just for myself, I opted for the Cowboy Rib Steak since I didn't want to seem like a glutton. As for my opinion (I do consider myself a steak afficionado), it was.... good. I ordered my steak rare with a nice crust on the outside. When my steak arrived I cut into it right away to check if it was cooked properly since I am a stickler for this. Unfortunately, the steak was severely overcooked more like medium than rare and had to be sent back. Any time a steak needs to be sent back that automatically puts a damper on that steakhouse for me. The staff was extremely apologetic though and did get me a new steak. The new one came back better, however still not as rare as I would have liked. Overall, it was a very good piece of meat nicely salty and juicy, but definitely not one of the best I have had. They also gave us some complimentary sauces (which a great steak does not need). The BBQ and cabernet were very tasty though. STEAK- B-
Sides- We got the onion rings (delicious, light batter, crunchy), creamed spinach with bacon (also extremely good), hash browns (delicious- great buttery taste and filled with onions probably the best I have had-the standout), polenta (nothing special), and macaroni and cheese (very disappointing). Overall, the onion rings and spinach with bacon were really really good. But, the hash browns were quite amazing. I usually am not a big hash brown guy but these were spectacular and the best I've had (more like a knish). The mac and cheese and polenta sounded awesome but both were afterthoughts. SIDES B
Desserts- Of course no meal is complete without dessert. And even after all the apps, steak, and sides we consumed we saved room. I opted for the baked alaska and my friend had the ice cream sundae. The baked alaska was awesome! Chocolate ice cream and coconut sorbet on a brownie crust encased in toasted meringue. One of the better desserts I have had. I tasted my friends sundae and it was good- but nothing spectacular to set it apart from any other sundae I have had. (See Luger and BLT Prime).
Service- Our waiter was awesome. He had a great personality and really made the dining experience enjoyable. We had a lot of laughs. Only thing is we told them it was my bday in a few days and they didnt comp us on a dessert. No biggie but would have been a nice gesture.
Overall- I came away a bit disappointed. There were some highlights but there were too many lows for me to consider PH NY as a top 5 steakhouse in this city. Overcooking my steak was a big letdown for me (had the same problem at Prime House). I may have to come back and try the porterhouse to really give it a fair review. The impression I leave with is pretty much the same as my impression from Prime House, although I will say Porter House's ribeye was better. They are nouveau "steakhouses" that try to compensate the lesser quality of their steak with a newer ambience and more inventive sides and desserts. That is cool and all but for those reasons I wouldn't consider either a TRUE steakhouse. They are just restaurants that are serving steaks and branding themselves as such. So in conclusion, while the meal overall was enjoyable, for the price (100 bucks a person) I didn't think it was worth it. Peter Luger, Keens, BLT Prime, Old Homestead, Uncle Jack's are all far superior. If you want a true steakhouse go to any of these steakhouses. If you want to go to someplace new, different, and you have others in your party who want things other than steak you can give PH NY a try. OVERALL- B-
NEXT STOP- STRIP HOUSE for my REAL birthday dinner Saturday Night I cant wait!!!!