New York City is home to a vast array of restaurants, but its steak houses remain perennially popular. Whether you’re looking for a prime rib, steak au poivre or a surf and turf, we’ve selected the best spots to get a great pre- or post-theater steak in Midtown and the Theatre District.
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First on the list is Del Frisco’s Double Eagle Steak House. Del Frisco’s is a place of glamour, excitement, red meat, and much more. This expansive steak house reflects the rhythm and energy of midtown Manhattan. Tastefully decorated with wood-paneling and low lights, its soaring, two-story-high windows offer a spectacular view of Radio City Music Hall, Rockefeller Center, and the frenetic parade of pedestrians and vehicles along Sixth Avenue. And its the perfect place for a pre- or post-theater meal, as Broadway’s theaters are just a block or two away. The menu at this dazzling culinary bastion features fresh, aged pme beef shipped to Del Frisco’s from the Midwest twice a week. Lobster, fish, lamb, osso buco, and veal chops receive equal billing with steaks that are boldly seasoned with salt and pepper and sport a perfectly charred, crusty surface. 49th St. & Sixth Ave., 212-575-5129
Several blocks uptown you will find Gallagher’s Steak House, which began life as a speakeasy during the Prohibition Era—becoming the nation’s first steak house in 1933. Today, the decor remains happily the same, and so does the star-studded mix of showbiz, sports, and business types. On April 9, 2008, former President Bill Clinton visited the steak house where he was honored by the Emerald Isle Immigration Center. The illustrious clientele aside, the food at Gallagher’s is sublime! As the birthplace of the New York Strip, Gallagher’s is renowned for its steaks, veal loin and double-rib lamb chops—broiled over hickory logs—as well as a delicious steak au poivre. If you prefer surf to turf, you’ll enjoy their Maine Lobster and their raw bar. Daily, moderately priced specials include roast prime rib of beef, beef tenderloin, Yankee pot roast, Guinness beef stew, and corned beef and cabbage. Seafood entrees include scallops, Dover sole, salmon and swordfish steaks, lobster and crab cakes. Desserts range from cheesecake to apple pie to a decadent chocolate mousse cake. 228 W. 52 St. at Broadway, 212-245-5336; www.gallaghersnysteakhouse.com
Located in The Westin Hotel at Times Square, Shula’s serves some of the nation’s best Certified Angus Beef, fresh seafood and live main lobster; and it’s the steak house all football fans should visit—the chain is owned by former NFL player and coach, Don Shula. Coach Shula opened the doors of his first Shula in Miami in 1989, and has since opened over a dozen nationwide; currently Shula’s ranks as one of the top five steak houses in America. Their custom, center cuts of Angus Beef steaks are aged, making their award-winning cuts the best beef money can buy. The restaurant is run like a team and, as in sports, one's performance is based on results—either you win or lose. Even if you aren’t a football fan, you can’t help but enjoy the warm professional service and unbeatable atmosphere at Shula’s, and in addition to theater dining, their private dining room is perfect for private parties and corporate entertaining. 43rd St. at Eighth Avenue, 212-201-2776; www.westinNY.com
On 41st Street, you can enjoy a great Manhattan steak houses in a breathtaking setting. At the Benjamin Steak House, you can dine near the ten-foot working fireplace while relaxing on luxurious brown leather chairs. When you go make sure to pause on the mezzanine and gaze out over Benjamin’s extraordinary dining room. Superbly designed, Benjamin is located in the Dylan Hotel where it was opened by a 20-year veteran of Peter Luger’s Steak house, Chef Arturo McLoed. With three decades in the restaurant industry under his belt, Chef McLoed has created a menu that is sure to please steak connoisseurs. He personally shops for the finest quality of meats, with the right coloring, texture, and dry aging. The result: you are sure to leave the Benjamin Steak House as a very satisfied customer. The staff at Benjamin’s is courteous, accommodating, and knowledgeable of a menu that includes everyone’s favorites, and not just meat. Sirloin, filet mignon, lamb and veal chops, are all dry-aged in the their own aging box. Seafood items include: Chilean sea bass, Norwegian salmon, yellow fin tuna, lobster, and surf and turf, for the best of both dining worlds! For the real seafood lovers, enjoy jumbo lump crabmeat cocktail, lobster cocktail, Little Neck clams on the half shell, fresh oysters on the half shell, crab cakes, and baked clams. Sumptuous desserts provide the perfect finish. 52 E. 41st St. btw. Madison-Park Aves., 212-297-9177
At AJ Maxwell’s Steakhouse, you will experience a fresh interpretation of a steak house menu, and a gracious and informative staff that will attend to your needs. You are sure to have the ultimate culinary experience. Owner Lenny Passarelli is on the premises, making sure his guests are completely satisfied. The menu is varied and different than most steak houses. There are the traditional favorites—dry-aged sirloin steak, filet mignon, porterhouse steak, triple Colorado lamb chops—and many seafood choices. Horseradish crusted salmon, sesame seed Blue Fin tuna, broiled Chilean sea bass and flounder puttanesca, are just a few of the delightful items you will find. The wine list is extensive and varied, sure to please every palate, and AJ Maxwell’s is centrally located, making it the perfect spot to enjoy a pre- or post-theatre meal. 57 W. 48th St. btw. Fifth and Sixth Aves., 212-262-6200; www.ajmaxwells.com
Forty-fifth Street is the home of Frankie & Johnnie’s Steakhouse, which opened as a speakeasy in 1926. It has preserved much of that feeling with vintage celebrity photos on the wall, red chandeliers, velvet benches, and slatted-wood blinds covering the windows that overlook New York’s Theatre District. Their other location (32 W. 37th St. btw. Fifth & Sixth Aves., 212-947-8940), is in the one-time townhouse of John Barrymore. This classy, understated spot has candles flickering on light yellow walls trimmed with dark wood, framed mirrors, temperature-controlled, glassed-in wine racks, carpeting, shaded lighting and subdued music. Experienced, well-dressed waiters provide smooth, informed service, and all the familiar American comfort food favorites are on the menu: shrimp cocktail, lobster bisque, french fries, creamed spinach, cheesecake and more. And the USDA Prime steaks are dry-aged for at least 21 days, resulting steaks that are deeply marbled, and juicy, and arrive with a flask of tangy sweet Frankie & Johnnie’s steak sauce. With juicy, flavorful sirloins, rib eyes, T-bones and porterhouses, as well as chops, seafood and pasta dishes, Frankie & Johnnie’s is a solid bet. 269 W. 45th St. at Eighth Ave., 212-997-9494; www.frankieandjohnnies.com
If you’re looking for a more family oriented steak house that is perfect for pre-theatre dining, look no further than Broadway Joe’s Steakhouse. This steak emporium is just three blocks from the Times Square and its theaters, steps away from the theater district, and in the center of it all! Family friendly, hospitable, with excellent steaks at reasonable prices, Broadway Joe’s Steakhouse has catered to the stars of movie and television, as well as local sports celebrities. 315 W. 46th St., 212-246-6513; www.broadwayjoesteakhouse.com
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