it was surprisingly easy to make a reservation for 4 ppl yesterday at 3pm for a 7:30pm reservation the same day. we got there and were seated on time in the fancy dining area overlooking grand central terminal. we were given a quite nice table by the edge, away from the hustle and bustle of the waiters/maitre d's/busboys, etc.
i must say that the glazier group who owns mj's steakhouse and strip house among others have made their waiters and sommeliers very well-versed in how to upsell your customers.
no sooner had we sat down did the waiter come over with the wine list and menus and in a matter of minutes came back to see if we wanted any cocktails. as we were hoping to get a bottle of wine, we held off. the waiter then came back and mentioned that they had a special appetizer for 4 that was a raw bar with oysters, crab legs, etc for only $69.95 ("same price as if you just got 4 separate appetizers!") as we said no, he suggested the $6.95 gorgonzola fondue with garlic bread - he seemed to hint that we were being cheap, perhaps. we were okay with this. they asked us for sparkling or tap and we opted for sparkling. 2 bottles right there.
sommelier came by but we weren't ready to order yet. when he did come back, our wine request was for a $56 bottle of australian parrasimma (sp?) shiraz. he suggested that we get another bottle that was $106 but was sold out, but another bottle was another fine buy, also at $100-110. how does a sommelier come off suggesting a bottle that is $50 more than what you requested. we ended up ordering a bottle of the $56 shiraz.
our table had the 10 oz filet mignon (rare), 2 ny strip steaks, one at medium-well (which came out medium) and one at medium (which came out rare-ish to medium-rare) and a ribeye at medium rare which came out perfect. we ordered 3 sides- green beans, mashed potatoes (which were cold on the inside) and creamed spinach (perfect).
after appetizers, our wine was running low and the waiter suggested getting another bottle so it would open up and be ready for our steak, which we okayed.
my steak was great, but the others weren't so thrilled with the outcome of how their steaks were cooked and the mashed potatoes were cold on the inside.
a $14 piece of mj cheesecake was on tap for dessert. it was a large piece.