Ate at Strip House Sunday night with girlfriend and a friend from out of town. Posts from this board influenced the decision and what we ordered:
clams casino - baked clams, good but unremarkable
fresh oysters - even better than the ones we had at Pearl Oyster Bar the night before. three great blue points and three HUGE other ones. delicious.
porterhouse for two (for three) - fed all three of us well, perfectly cooked: well charred outside, bright pink, tender, and beefy inside. Two of the pieces my friend got had some sort of a tough "seam" running through the strip side and he was therefore unimpressed with the beef. My girlfriend and I loved our portion and devoured it.
black truffle creamed spinach - delicious flavor, deep and hearty, but very salty. I love salt, but in this dish, the salt was overpowering.
goose fat potatoes - these were a softball-sized mass of mashed potato that had been fried in goose fat until the exterior was as crispy and golden as the charred layer of creme brulee.
chocolate cake - perfect.
Overall the dinner was great. I loved my steak as did my girlfriend, my other friend was a little disappointed, unfortunately. Sides were great, the saltiness of the creamed spinach standing out in my mind as a low-point. oysters weere amazing (not that the kitchen has much to do with that, but it does speak to their attention to quality.) I would like to know what some of you think about the price tag? It seemed to me that $100 per person with tax and tip was a little high ($300 total).
last but not least: the wine list at Strip House is a complete and total joke. maybe 15 - 20 bottles of wine under $100? and 5 under $75? we tried to order one, and were told that they were out, then the sommelier came back and told us the rest of the wines they were out of--surprise, surprise, all of the reasonably priced ones. that cannot happen. we ended up taking the sommelier's recommendation on a bottle which was very good and given the circumstances, moderately priced.
The real question is would i return? I would, but not before I try Keen's.