Time to talk about which steak is King of NY!
New York City is known for its classic, high quality steakhouses offering some of the most delicious cuts of beef you can find. While NYC has its fare share of “white tablecloth” steakhouses, there are plenty of new age steakhouses springing up challenging that status quo and gaining a lot of attention. Below are my reviews for the steakhouses I have been to so far, many recognizable restaurants that typically appear on “best steakhouses of NYC”, although I have plenty more to try.
An upscale restaurant on the East side of Manhattan, where you’ll find authentic Kobe, Wagyu and prime beef. The place is beautiful and classy with its white table clothes. While the menu has a variety of different steaks, you come here for the Kobe and Wagyu beef, one of the few restaurants in the United States with legit Kobe / Waygu beef.
The Kobe tasting is definitely the way to go if you’re willing to spend some money. It includes Kobe beef Ribeye, Striploin and Tenderloin (3oz of each, about $25 per ounce). This trio was definitely the best steak I’ve ever had. It’s so tender and tasty, it’s hard to explain in words, and worth it every penny!
If you don’t want to spend that much on the Kobe beef, you’ll find classic cuts such as USDA Prime and Australian Wagyu for a better price.
Address: 316 E 53rd St, New York, NY 10022
Reservation: opentable.com, allsetnow.com, reserve.com
Smith & Wollensky’s / Wollensky’s Grill
Smith & Wollensky’s is an old school steakhouse where you’ll have an amazing meal and great drinks after a long day. To me, the cajun ribeye and filet are the specialties, but there’s also amazing options available on the menu such as the burger and the pea soup (A MUST TRY!).
The NY restaurant is located in Midtown on 49th and 3rd and is very famous (It appears in movies such as “The Devil wears Prada” as one of the main characters favorite’s restaurant). The NY S&W is also the only restaurant that is still controlled by the original founder, Alan Stillman, while the other restaurants around the US are a part of group called Danu Partners, based in Ireland.
Address: 797 Third Avenue, New York, NY 10022
Another high-end steakhouse with an infusion of Asian cuisine, Reserve Cut is quite different from the others on this list since everything is kosher.
The Japanese dishes are a MUST! The sashimi and sushi rolls are very fresh and tasty. There are many steak options such as Aged Wagyu and A5 grade Kuro Wagyu. I tried the Filet Mignon and I loved it, it’s very tender and juicy.
There’s a Lunch Prix Fixe menu with two courses, available from Monday to Friday that only costs $26.
Address: Setai, 40 Broad St, New York, NY 10004
Strip House is well known for its charred steaks with lots of salt and pepper. The inside decoration is very different than the classic steakhouse, with its vintage red walls covered in pictures, reminding me of those Parisian bars from the 60’s we see in movies.
The steak is outstanding, possibly my favorite steakhouse so far. We tried two different steaks, the Bone-in Rib Eye and Bone-in Filet Mignon. Both were excellent but the filet was exceptional! The black truffle creamed spinach is THE side dish to order, it was the best I’ve ever had. We also got the crispy Goose potatoes that I would definitely do without next time.
Oh, I can’t forget to tell you to save some room for dessert... this place is famous for its signature 24 layer chocolate cake (YEP, I SAID 24 LAYERS!).
Address: 13 E 12th St, New York, NY 10003
Founded in 1887, Peter Luger is one New York’s oldest steakhouses, and is considered to have some of the tastiest steak this city has to offer. (They also have one Michelin star)
The menu has some good options but there’s no need to ask for it (the waiters sometimes get annoyed if you do). You go to Peter Luger to eat the thick bacon slice as an appetizer and steak for two (or three, or four), a porterhouse steak that gives you the best of both worlds, the tenderloin filet and the NY strip. As a side, we ordered the creamy spinach and that was it. Oh, the famous Peter Luger’s sauce is something that you have to try! I typically don’t like steak sauce, but it was very tasty.
Don’t be surprised by the old world atmosphere, which resembles an old German beer hall. Even the cash register is manual, but you’re going there for the steak, right?
They just accept CASH (very old school right?) or the Peter Luger card (like a debit/gift card), so make sure to bring a few hundred dollars with you.
When the check comes (written manually of course) they’ll throw their famous and delicious chocolate coins on the table, free of charge (no need to ask for it).
It’s very hard to get a reservation there, so call about a week in advance.
Address: 178 Broadway, Brooklyn, NY 11211
Reservations: (718) 387-7400
These are some of my favorite steakhouses in New York for now, but since my husband and I LOVE steak, I’ll probably update this post quite often. Follow me on Instagram @eat_travel_andlove, I have daily posts about yummy food and great places to go.