For a memorable meal, it’s hard to beat the classic experience of a New York steakhouse. Midtown has a world-class array of prime spots for prime beef, served up with the sophistication that only Manhattan can offer.
Between the parquet floor, vaulted ceiling, and gilt-trimmed fireplace, you’d be forgiven for mistaking Benjamin Steakhouse for a mogul’s library. The staff is courteous, accommodating, and knowledgeable of a menu that includes everyone’s favorites—and not just beef. Seafood items include Chilean sea bass, Norwegian salmon, yellowfin tuna, and lobster. Sirloin, lamb, and veal chops are all dry-aged in their own aging box. Sumptuous desserts provide the perfect finish. 52 E. 41st St., 212-297-9177, benjaminsteakhouse.com
The 2019 Concierge Choice Awards winner for Best Restaurant Experience is Benjamin Steakhouse’s spinoff Benjamin Steakhouse Prime. This midtown hot spot combines modern elegance with traditional steakhouse classics, picking up signature standouts from seafood legend The Sea Fire Grill, another sister property. The grill gets the spotlight here, turning out USDA prime dry-aged steaks and succulent seafood in unique ways. The lunchtime prix fixe (weekdays 11:30am-2:45pm) is a great deal. The steakhouse’s luxurious, roomy space is convenient to Grand Central and the heart of midtown. 23 E. 40th St., 212-338-0818, benjaminsteakhouse.com
Famous for USDA prime-aged beef, fresh seafood, fine wine, and elegant desserts, Morton’s The Steakhouse is the ideal place for a memorable dinner. Morton’s wide-open, modern, and stylish dining room can accommodate large parties or an intimate dinner for two. The balancing act between classic and contemporary can be seen in the revamped dining room on Fifth Avenue (there’s a second location in the Financial District), done up in cosmopolitan blacks and grays. It’s also apparent in the ever-evolving culinary offerings like tuna tacos and miso-marinated sea bass. Morton’s serves only the top 2% of beef available in the U.S., so you know you’re getting top quality in the center-cut filet mignon or signature cut prime New York strip. All served in serious steakhouse portions. Of course. 551 Fifth Ave. (on 45th, btw. Fifth & Madison Aves.), 212-972-3315, mortons.com/newyork; also visit their downtown location near the 9/11 Memorial at 136 Washington St., 212-608-0171, mortons.com
Del Frisco’s Double Eagle Steakhouse New York reflects the energy, vibrancy, and romanticism of the city. Excellent service combines with generous portions of prime steaks with cuts like filet mignon, a bone-in filet, and prime New York strip. The menu is chef inspired, incorporating both new dishes and old favorites. An array of tempting sides will seal the deal, including hand-mashed Idaho russet potatoes, charred broccoli with honey tahini, and truffled mac ‘n’ cheese. If you’ve ever been curious about Japan’s famous marbled, smooth-textured wagyu beef, you won’t want to miss Del Frisco’s sampler, which offers selections of wagyu from Japan, Australia, and Texas. (There’s also a long-bone wagyu rib-eye and a seared rare wagyu carpaccio appetizer.) 1221 Ave. of the Americas (entrance on 49th St.), 212-575-5129, delfriscos.com
Strip House brings soaring steak to a bi-level space near Bryant Park. The interior is siren-red and accented with vintage black and white photography, but the star of the show is the namesake New York strip. It’s served in 20-ounce portions with the bone in, coated with a generous layer of salt and pepper and complemented by a bulb of garlic and a sprig of rosemary. Cuts like the dry-aged Porterhouse for two and the grass-fed filet mignon are sure to impress as well. For an accompanying glass of wine, note that Strip House earned a coveted Wine Spectator Best of Award of Excellence in 2018. (There’s a second location near Union Square; next door to it is the Strip House Speakeasy, where you can grab a pre-dinner drink or bite at the bar.) Strip House Midtown, 15 W. 44th St., 212-336-5454, striphouse.com/venues/midtown; Strip House Downtown, 13 E. 12th St., 212-328-0000, striphouse.com/venues/downtown; Strip House Speakeasy 11 E. 12th St., 212-838-9197, striphouse.com/venues/speakeasy