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By Vivian Kelly
Steak has always been a big deal in America. The beefsteak went from a political fundraising event in the 1800s to a truly exceptional culinary experience today. But with the surplus of top-notch steakhouses in New York it can be hard to choose which one.
Elite Traveler has searched high and low for discerning steak connoisseurs. Whether you’re craving a pound and a half porterhouse steak or a refine cut of fillet mignon, these are the best steak restaurants to hit up when you’re in NYC.
As the first establishment in the US to call itself a ‘restaurant’, you know you’re going to have a memorable experience at Delmonico’s. The restaurant
has served up the likes of notable poets, affluent socialites, celebrities and presidents bringing culinary sophistication to a whole new level. Indulge in their signature cut, Delmonico or try the 46oz Porterhouse for Two, and pair with buttered bacon-topped potatoes or freshly charred brussel sprouts. Its Pompeian pillars and luxurious dining rooms will transport you back to the restaurant’s early days, when America’s taste in dining moved in a different direction, defining a new way to eat with quality, elegance and premium service.
Lincoln Square Steak
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Guests famously describe their steak here as ‘immaculately cooked’, making it one of NYC’s top choices for meat lovers. While the 1960s red wine décor may not be to everyone’s taste perhaps the succulent cuts of steak and fresh seafood dishes will persuade you. Located on Manhattan’s Upper West Side within walking distance of Lincoln Center and Lincoln Square theatre the venue is perfect spot for show-goers.
Every night a pianist plays live music, ticking all the boxes when it comes to entertainment. If you’re looking for something more extravagant, check out the eateries’ private dining rooms, hosting up to 40 people with TV, conferencing and hand-crafted wine storage.
The Capital Grille
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Top-notch service combined with quality dry-aged beef is what makes this steak house shine amongst others. Perfectly suited for travelers heading mid-town, the restaurant is located just around the corner from the Rockerfeller Center and other popular attractions.
From rib-eye steak sandwiches with caramelized onions and Havarti, to ‘cobb’ salad with grilled tenderloin and dry aged sirloin hash with soft fried egg and crispy leeks, there are plenty of choices to keep your taste buds buzzing. If that’s not enough, the restaurant also houses a 5,000-bottle wine vault to make sure you get a champion of a pairing.
Club A Steakhouse
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Club A Steakhouse is serious about steaks. Restaurant owner, Bruno, wanted to create a legacy his family could be a part of so named the restaurant after his three sons, Arben, Agron and Alban, where a new steakhouse was born, Club A.
Located on the border of the Upper East Side and Midtown East, the restaurant’s Petite Filet Mignon, Prime NY Strip and Hanger Steak are among the sizzling cuts you need to try. Pair it with the famously whipped potato puree and the fresh creamed spinach, and you have yourself a golden dish.
The traditional restaurant houses a fireplace, wine cellar and piano room with live jazz to enjoy. We also hear the portions are rather large, so if you have a big appetite, you can’t go wrong.
K Rico South American Steakhouse
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Brothers and New York’s most seasoned restaurateurs, John Greco and Tommy Greco, serve up the best South American flavours with their juicy prime-aged grilled steaks. John traveled and researched local cuisine and cooking methods in South America even going as far as interviewing South American residents for the secrets behind Latin cooking.
If spice is what you’re after, you won’t be disappointed at K Rico. Their zingy chimichurri sauce and Latin inspired sides will have your plate brimming with flavours. The mouth-watering steaks are cooked on an authentic plancha and seasoned to perfection ensuring you have the ultimate steak experience.
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Quality Meats is located in the heart of West Village providing diners with a modern twist on classic steak house dishes. The industrial styled décor, designed by AvroKO, channels traditional New York City butchers shops, giving guests a warm and authentic experience.
The restaurant also boasts a ‘meat locker’ with walnut planks, butcher block end-grain wood and vintage market scales. Their succulent meats range from a fillet mignon to grilled veal chop and aged bone-in sirloin, providing steak lovers with a wealth of delicious dishes.
Michael Jordan’s The Steak House N.Y.C.
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If you find yourself hungry on the balconies of Grand Central Station, look no further that Michael Jordan’s Steak House. The steak alone is a slam dunk. Their simple, yet sophisticated menu of steak classics perfectly pairs with the eclectic selection of wines and spirits.
Travelers, commuters and New Yorkers all flock to the restaurant for its first class steaks and seats. The restaurant also caters for bigger groups from dinner-for-two to a 350 people buffet. Whether you want an intimate dinner or an incredible view overlooking the grand concourse of Grand Central Station, M.J.’s Steakhouse won’t let you down.