Review - Post house (28 E. 63rd St, 212 935 2888)
We had a group dinner here earlier in the week, which was actually my first visit to this venerable Alan Stillman owned UES steakhouse. We had an early seating and got our table before our group had fully arrived, which is nice when a place is known to be popular/crowded. Although there were ten of us, we were seated in 4 two tops combined together which was just too snug, white tableclothes notwithstanding. My feeling is that at expensive restaurants, you are partly paying for the real estate, and being crowded is a downer. The place appeared fully booked though, so maybe this was not standard practice.
Anyways, we were brought out the usual breadstuffs to start, which appeared functional (I passed on those). We started with
Cornmeal Crusted Oysters ($14): Bland but crunchy.
Calamari with Marinara ($12): Not very crispy but like most breaded fried foods in a group dinner, gobbled up.
Then the main courses came
Sirloin, medium ($38): Huge and tasty. Lots of leftovers. Most normal couples could split a steak (especially the Porterhouse) rather than getting the outrageous double cut.
Hashbrowns ($10) : not that crispy, pretty greasy
Onion Rings ($10) : Small but good.
Mushrooms ($10) : Not that many for the money
Mashed Potatoes & Gravy ($10) : They're ok.
The reality is you're coming here for the steak, which is expensive but good. Prime beef is more costly, and harder to acquire, than lower grade cuts and the better chophouses are judged on this. The Post House satisfies on this count.
They have a big winelist, but we BYO'd, which is "free" if you call ahead but you should tip your waiter accordingly, and the place still ends up being $100/person so note that corkage waivers are not such a great deal if you are doing this to save money. (Our group was our local wine tasting club and was doing a horizontal tasting of some recent Medocs rather than trying to lower our tab).
I liked the place, service, and food and would return.
PS: One odd thing - the mens room's enterance is pretty hard to navigate, especially since its wildly non ADA compliant. It even feels awkward inside. I can't imagine how many times people get themselves bumped in the face with that door....
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