Had a great lunch yesterday at Uncle Jack's Steakhouse with my younger sister who was home from college. This place is a real gem and nobody ever gives it any recognition on the board when speaking about premier steakhouses. Went to the one in midtown on 56th bet. 5th and 6th and the whole experience was incredible. I have been meaning to try this steakhouse for some time after seeing the menu and Zagat giving it a 15 rating. Here is the review:
Arrived at 2:30 without a reservation and was promptly seated. We sat downstairs which is primarily used for lunch, with the upper more "fancy" level is used for dinner. This place has a beautiful decor- Red suede booths and chairs and a nice bar downstairs. Didn't get a great look of upstairs but it looked beautiful (pics are on the site).
Service- The service from start to finish was incredible. The matire'd took our coats right away. The waiter came over immediately and described the specials to us in great detail. He also informed us that we were more than welcome to order from the dinner menu (which I did). Upon sitting we were poured water and presented with a nice basket of assorted breads (raisin bread, garlic and onion rolls, crackers) and soft silky good old butter. A very nice assortment for a steakhouse (but we all know the best is yet to come). Trying not to fill up, I sampled a little of each with my favorite being the raisin, however all were good and warm.
Food- After contemplating an appetizer, our waiter told us we definitely didn't need to as the food we were about to order would certainly be enough ( I thought that was a great touch, since most places will just milk you for every penny and want you to order soup to nuts). We took his advice and just ordered entrees and a couple sides. My sister had the special- a Kobe steak sandwich with melted mozzarella and caramelized onions on a soft ciabatta roll served with an au jus and shoestring sweet potatoes. It was out of this world! This was my first kobe "experience" and the meat was melt in your mouth amazing! I was really quite surprised my sister ordered it because she isn't really a big steak eater but she even loved it. Then my order- The 30 Oz. Rib Chop that they call the Fred Flinstone. This thing was huge and cooked perfectly charred on the outside and bloody medium rare on the inside! It melted in my mouth and I found myself gnawing the bone when all was said and done ( a sign of a great steak). For sides we ordered the usual creamed spinach and steak fries. Both were excellent- especially the steak fries which were about 2 inches thick and 5 inches long each! More like mini baked potatoes- which is the way I like my fries. They were cooked exactly as I asked (crispy well done and salty). Everything was incredibly delicious and I highly recommend you get the ribeye. Next time though I have to try the signature porterhouse for two, which is the true way to rate a great steakhouse! Until then I cannot compare Uncle Jack's to Luger's, Keens, and BLT Prime.
After stuffing ourselves with all that great food our plates were cleared. Despite being so full, no meal is complete without dessert. After giving us about 15 minutes to relax and digest I expected the waiter to come over with a dessert menu, however he never did. Instead he came by with a rectangular plate full of good stuff- FOR FREE. He came over and said it was compliments of the chef! We were extremely impressed.. on the plate was a sampling of there desserts including chocolate mousse, tiramisu, pecan pie, and berries and whipped cream. This was just enough for dessert and really a great touch. I have never been to a place that has done that before and for that UJ will definitely stick out in my mind and get my business again.
For all steak lovers, well hell just anyone looking for a great meal head to Uncle Jack's. You can't go wrong here.