I am coming in for a special meal for Mom (NOT Mother's Day, thank goodness). My mother is a lambhound. We have done Zahav's shoulder, but what she REALLY craves is a rack all to herself, or a plate of big, rich, juicy, chops. It doesn't matter HOW bad or overpriced the steakhouse sides are if her meat is good.
My brother is a vegan, so we cannot do it at his place, and I don't think I can grill off the balcony of the hotel room.
I cannot tell one steakhouse from another, except that Barclay Prime has uncomfortable seating. We have done Butcher and SInger and Union Trust, both very credible. And if the consensus here is that one , or both ,of them is still a better choice than the national chains, I will cheerfully accept the ChowCrowd's opinion.
She had a disappointing meal at Davio's last year, and has never been to Capitol Grill.