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BLT Prime (long)

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BLT Prime (long)

linza | Feb 1, 2006 03:23 PM

Had a great dinner at BLT Prime last night (1st visit). We arrived on time for our 7:30 reservation and promptly seated on time. This was terrific as the last time I went to Strip House we had a 45 minute wait with a reservation.

The service was great our waiter was friendly, efficient and helpful and the support staff was attentive as well. We had a nice table with no large groups around (I had requested this since it was a birthday.

The cheesy popovers were hot and tasty as was the crusty bread with a spread that was almost a pate - very 'meaty' with that liver richness, not sure what it was but good.

Husband started with the Nantucket bay scallop appetizer with apple and bacon. The scallops were perfectly carmelized with the thick bacon giving a nice salty crunch. I had the roasted beets with goat cheese that was lovely. Very thin beet slices with goat cheese spread between them topped with toasted nuts and served with greens in a slightly bitter dressing that was a great counterpart to the sweetness of the beets.

For mains we ordered the NY Strip medium rare and the filet rare with potatoes gratin and the baby brussels sprout special. Both steaks were perfectly cooked and the NY Strip was especially tasty though I think I prefer the version at Strip House. We ordered the bearnaise and roquefort sauces, the bearnaise was fabulous but the roquefort was missing something - it tasted more beefy than tangy.

The gratin was delicious, creamy and cheesy inside and crusty and browned on the outside - the portion was not large but perfect for two. The baby brussels were in a slightly sweet glaze with thick chewy bits of pancetta and were also quite tasty although the treatment was very similar to the scallops IMO. Absolutely no room for dessert.

My one complaint was the music both the volume and the song selections. There is really no reason to hear Neil Diamond’s ‘Sweet Caroline’ blasting during a meal (or ever), the rest of the playlist was equally reminiscent of bad frat parties.

Steaks ran from 40 for the filet to 89 for steak for two, appetizers from 11 – 26. We had wine by the glass but at a glance the wine list looked good but it did not appear they had many lower priced (I believe most started around 60).

Nice addition to NY steak houses and also a good date place as opposed to the all-boys atmosphere of Smith & Wollensky.

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