Every election day for the last few years a group of us have a guy's steak night out. In past years we've gone to Peter Luger (2x), Smith and Wollensky, Bobby Van's and Jake's. We had planned on returning to Luger, because really there isn't any better, but we didn't call in time for a reservation, so we decided to keep it local. We decided on JJ Mannions on McLean Ave in Yonkers.
I must admit my first impression was not that great. Had a martini with three olives that were the most horrendous tasting olives I've ever had. We then took our seats and my first beer was warm. We complained and the waitress said she'd have them put some on ice. So before the food was even ordered I was worried.
We ordered a few different apps to share. The fried calamari was good, not better or worse than anywhere else. I'm starting to realize this is a dish that is destined to always be average. Ryan's bacon was a nice attempt at the Luger slab bacon, but failed in the end. The crab cake was very good. Nice piece of lump meat and a nice remoulade on the side. We also had the O&Z which was fried onion rings and zucchini sticks, which were also average.
We ordered out entrees and all agreed to share with the table. Two groups of two ordered the Porterhouse for two (one cooked medium, one medium rare). Nice size, very nice flavor. The strip side was much better than the filet side and was cooked perfectly on the medium rare steak. For some reason the filet side seemed overcooked. Guess that happens due to the lower fat content. Both steaks had a very nice char. One of the guys at the table got the lamb chops. Four, very nice sized lamb chops. While delicious, I've question paying $28 for four lamb chops normally, but they were excellent. One of the members of our party got the Sirloin au Poivre. It was amazing. Served with a delicious cognac sauce, this was by far the ebst steak at the table. Everyone tried it and loved it. The steak was huge and had a perfect peppery crust. When I go back, I'm definitely ordering that.
The sides were all good. Asparagus with hollandaise sauce was very good, the home fries were excellent, The creamed spinach was tremendous. For those who do not like a lot of nutmeg in the creamed spinach, you'll definitely like this one. I do, but still loved it.
We also had a great bottle of wine, the name of I can't remember. The bill (with quite a few drinks) came to $100 a person. Definitely one of the more inexpensive steak nights we've had. Before then the average was usually around $175 for dinner.
So far of the places we've gone for our steak excursions I'd rank the steaks (just the steaks) as follows 1. Luger, 2. Jake's, 3. JJ Mannions, 4. Bobby Van's, 5. Smith and Wollensky's.
J J Mannion's Restaurant
640 McLean Ave, Yonkers, NY 10705
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