I've lived in NYC for almost 5 years now, and my father has been visiting for 5 years and we have yet to go to a steakhouse. This a bone of contention, because my father LOVES steakhouses, and steak. He has a local favorite in L.A., where he lives, but his favorite is probably Morton's of Chicago, especially the San Francisco branch. He has been wanting to go to Morton's here, but I won't let him, because a) It's a chain and he can go to the one in L.A. b) This is New York! We have better steakhouses! (I think) and c) I'm not a huge steakhouse fan.
Well, my parents are coming for Christmas, and I think that we're going to have to go out for steak. I've run out of excuses; we might be leaving the city this year so we're running out of chances, and I promised my dad I'd take him at Christmas in exchange for NOT doing it at Thanksgiving (we got takeout from Grand Sichuan instead).
So, the question then becomes -- where to go? He loves Porterhouses and T-Bones the best, but I don't think he'll be impressed with Peter Luger's decor, plus my dad won't schlep out to Brooklyn even for Luger's (they're staying on the UES.) Also, they HAVE to have scotch, and decent scotch, or the experience won't be complete for him. I'm leaning towards Keen's; he's leaning towards Smith & Wollensky (probably since it's nearby and he's heard of it.) Would Wolfgang's be good? Prefer not too noisy, midtown instead of downtown, relatively comfortable, not hard to get a reservation, since we have a limited # of days, and I used up my reservations cojones getting us a res at Babbo.