Meeting a friend tonight for steaks and wanted to try one of the many that I have yet to go to. Midtown is best but the Village also works. Hate to schelp back FiDi and probably had everything downtown anyways. Like my steaks rare with a good crisp sear on the outside.
Based on the following reviews of steakhouses I've eaten at (and thus are not in the running) what would you recommend?
Tier One (the most memorable and special)
Striphouse - Now a Hanson spot, I actually worked there for a bit when it was Glazer Group's and have always loved the prep of the steaks, seasoning, sear (crisp) plus the sides are good. Recently I returned as a patron and found BR guest thankfully didn't screw it up.
Harry's - Venerable downtown Steakhouse, rarely pops up on the MUST lists, but has a great rib eye and strip. Again great sear.
Minetta Tavern - Yes, the steaks there are awesome, I am a believer/convert.
Sparks – A bit old school, obviously, and with a considerable amount of hype I was happy to see that the steak matched up. Wine list is actually not too bad as steakhouses go.
Keens – The pipes are a bit kitschy and honestly my friend had either the Mutton or double Lamb chops which out shined the steak. Will go back to try those again to figure out which it was!
Knickerbocker – For those that don’t know this place you need to go, a relative insider secret. Seriously great steaks—now one of my go to steak places.
Tier Two (Solid seconds choices)
Old Homestead – Good as I recall, may need to revisit soon.
Del Frisco’s – While the cab ad may be a ridiculous, the steak is pretty good.
Palm – A bit pricey but a solid steak.
Mark Joseph – Again, good but not great.
Dylan Prime – More modern in style with a good sear on steak.
Bobby Van's – Solid if not special.
The Capital Grille (FiDi) - Actually pleasantly surprised with this one. Was NOT expecting much and came away pretty happy.
Tier Three (yeah, not so much)
Smith & Wollensky – Chains are tough. Sometimes they get it right (See SH / cap grille / Palm / BV above) most time not so much.
BLT Prime / BLT Steak – both modern and not memorable, can’t recall if it was the service or the steaks or honestly both that put me off. Meh.
Angelo & Maxie’s – eh.
Ruth's Chris – okay.
Morton’s – Old school molten chocolate cake and can only get you so far.
Peter Luger's – I know I’m going to catch crap for this but I was not overly impressed, their style of cooking rare does not suit me, shine is gimmicky, I'd rather have a good crisp sear on the outside. Perhaps an off night?
Based on a Chowhound search, these three steakhouses are currently in the running:
Wolfgang’s (possibly-- but I’m not feeling the need for too much attitude tonight)