Old School, New School - New York City's Best SteakhousesSeptember 29, 2014 - by City Guide News Desk
New York City food crazes come and go, but our steak houses remain perennially popular. Whether you’re looking for a prime rib, steak au poivre or a surf and turf, here are our favorite spots to find filets in Manhattan.
BEN & JACK'S STEAK HOUSE | Reservations
Ben & Jack’s Steak House serves generous portions of steakhouse favorites to a very satisfied clientele. Enjoy the restaurant’s signature Porterhouse for one, two, three or four, fresh seafood, mouthwatering side dishes and exquisite desserts.
The staff at the stunningly beautiful Benjamin Steak House 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 their own aging box. Seafood items include Chilean sea bass, Norwegian salmon, yellowfin tuna, lobster, and surf and turf for the best of both dining worlds. Sumptuous desserts provide the perfect finish. They have a second location, in White Plains, NY (610 W Hartsdale Ave., 914-428-6868), complete with an oversized fireplace, just like the Manhattan original.
Established in 1969, Bobby Van’s now boasts 8 locations throughout the Northeast with five in Manhattan, including one on 50th Street, serving only the finest USDA dry-aged prime beef, select seafood, and lobsters starting at 3lbs. It’s a proudly old-time New York steakhouse with turn-of-the-century-type chandeliers, white tablecloths, mirrors, dark wood walls, bare wood floors, stout columns, and a bar that jumps with noise and action.
The expansive Del Frisco’s Double Eagle Steak House reflects the rhythm and energy of midtown, and Broadway’s theaters are just a block or two away. The menu features fresh, aged prime beef shipped from the Midwest twice a week, and magnificent cold-water lobster tails and specialties such as combination shrimp platters and crab cakes.
MORTON'S | Reservations
Famous for USDA prime-aged beef, fresh seafood, fine wine, and elegant desserts, Morton’s promises a memorable dinner in the heart of Midtown. Their wide-open, modern and stylish dining room offers a great atmosphere whether you’re dining with a group or sharing a romantic dinner for two. Choose from filet mignon, porterhouse steak, signature cut prime New York strip, Maine lobsters, poultry dishes, and all the classic side dishes.
Morton’s the Steakhouse’s newest NYC location, located near the 9/11 Memorial, offers their famous USDA prime-aged beef, fresh seafood, fine wine, and elegant desserts in a refined setting. 136 Washington St., 212-608-0171; www.mortons.com/newyorkwtc/
NEW YORK YANKEES STEAKHOUSE | Reservations
Attention baseball fans and steak connoisseurs: this is your spot for steaks in Manhattan. Rich with New York Yankees history & design, the 16,000-square-foot flagship restaurant, located in a former bank, features three floors and two private dining rooms, including an intimate, 16-seat room housed in the old vault.
STAGHORN STEAKHOUSE | Full Review
Not all of New York’s finest steakhouses are in its fanciest neighborhoods, and Staghorn Steakhouse well illustrates the point. It’s a handsome, high-ceilinged, wood-paneled place with an impressive wine room that also makes its own steak sauce and delivers smooth, professional service along with its dry aged USDA Prime beef. In addition to the porterhouse, T-bone, rib eye, skirt and filet mignon steaks, six seafood selections, three pastas, and nine side dishes—as well as chicken, a 12-ounce veal chop, and double cut lamb chops—dot the menu.