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Time for a new Steakhouse!

Update #4-- Post House Redux. went again recently and the vibe was the same, the food was the same. Stuck to martinis as I was the only one drinking. Really solid overall, just my kind of place, YMMV.

It is on the list again for tonight, but I feel like I have to spread the wings-- thinking Strip House Midtown (to see if it lives up to the original) will update after.

Also if anyone knows how to edit a previous post I would love to edit the original. Cheers!

Mar 29, 2013
winemonkey in Manhattan

great cassoulet in manhattan?

Prices are dependent on the person especially in NYC. I've paid alot for a little and little for alot but when I go to La Sirene I always get the cassoulet. Yes, as I recall there is a duck leg. Plus it's enough for leftovers.

Feb 26, 2013
winemonkey in Manhattan

Pizza that's real New York ?

Surprised no one mentioned Angelo's Coal Oven. It's NY style and in Midtown (albeit about 10 blocks north of your requested area) -- have half a cold pie sitting in my fridge!

www.angelospizzany.com

Angelo's Pizzeria
117 W 57th St
New York, NY
(212) 333-4333

Angelo's Pizzeria
1043 2nd Ave
New York, NY
(212) 521-3600

Angelo's Pizzeria
1697 Broadway
New York, NY
(212) 245-8811

Feb 26, 2013
winemonkey in Manhattan

prima takes Manhattan- a report from a short visit

Hey prima thanks for the louro review I will need to check it out.

Feb 25, 2013
winemonkey in Manhattan
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prima takes Manhattan- a report from a short visit

Thanks for the Lantern's Keep tip kathryn. Will need to check it out. Had drinks at the Algonquin a while back and was hoping for a place close by that was more errr...cocktail-y sounds perfect!

Feb 25, 2013
winemonkey in Manhattan

Best Steak You've Had Not at a Steakhouse

Awesome list. Thanks.

Feb 25, 2013
winemonkey in Manhattan

great cassoulet in manhattan?

La Sirene www.lasirenenyc.com plus its BYOB! Good Classic hearty (and fatty!)

Feb 25, 2013
winemonkey in Manhattan

Are garbage disposals standard?

In NYC, no.

Feb 25, 2013
winemonkey in Cookware

Time for a new Steakhouse!

I think it was $125-$150 which is pretty much retail.

Feb 25, 2013
winemonkey in Manhattan

Time for a new Steakhouse!

Update #3-- Post House (63rd & Lex) -- I freaking love this place after one trip. Atmosphere, staff, food. Totally off the radar for most people which is fine with me. This is why I go explore.

First the steak-- Bone-in NY Strip (NY Cut Sirloin on menu), Rare. Cooked perfectly. Flavor was good not over the top great but super solid. After chatting with the waiter who suggested why pay up for the bone, my friend did the boneless NY Strip, Med Rare, and we did a taste off. Temperature aside, I would still do the Bone-In for the extra couple bucks and she agreed. Both had some really great sections while over it was solid with no bite being too bland. Cooked with a nice sear on the rare, this is the anti-Lugar style that I enjoy more. May have to try the Porterhouse for 2 next time.

As for sides, had mashed potatoes and green beans. Green beans were good not overcooked, mashers not so much a little gummy.

Starters were escargot and a classic wedge (which they split for us) and was enough for two. Really good on the wedge and I don't say that about any salads- friend agreed. The snails had just a touch too much lemon which was too bad because they were cooked well otherwise.

Restaurant is old school, lighting is bright (perhaps for old folks with bad eyes ;p) but I liked it and it's not Lugar bright. Wine list had some nice finds on it, overall a more classic american steakhouse list, but we ended up with a nice 2004 Ch. du Tertre for I think ~$130-- which rocked BTW. Perfect example, Margaux, pencil shavings, cassis, etc., blah blah...

Anyway this kind of reminded me of Knickerbocker in way with a more laid back old school attitude. Prices are still NY steak house so don't expect a deal.

I would not hesitate to go back.

Feb 25, 2013
winemonkey in Manhattan

Time for a new Steakhouse!

You got me there. Lugar is probably a Tier 2 meat for me but probably bumped down to 3 because of the "old School" service and no credit card rule. Also haven't been to Homestead in a long while so probably a "Not Rated" at this point.

Feb 25, 2013
winemonkey in Manhattan

Benjamin's Steakhouse -- Info Needed!

Thanks! That's super helpful.

Feb 22, 2013
winemonkey in Manhattan

Benjamin's Steakhouse -- Info Needed!

Hey gang,

This popped up on our short list, but just found out they are Lugar Alums. does anyone know if the steak is prepapred in the "Lugar" way (ala shine etc..and not my fave) or do they do their steaks differently? Thanks need to cross it off the list or pull the trigger!

Feb 21, 2013
winemonkey in Manhattan

BEST IZAKAYA IN NEW YORK

Does Bohemian count? +1 for Yakitori Totto but maybe not casual enough? Yoparai looks interesting but I need to try that Sake Bar Hagi (thx Silverjay!) as I love cheap good Japanese. Have you tried Sake Bar Decibel? Haven't been there in ages so not sure if it's what you're looking for. What about Yakitori Taisho? Try the Sochu Sampler for like $8 and get bascially three full glasses of Sochu! Gotta thank my foodie friend for that find!

Feb 21, 2013
winemonkey in Manhattan

Non-Steakhouse Recs in the Financial District?

Where did you end up? I'd say North End Grill is a solid choice but at that point you're in Tribeca so alot opens up. Also agree with Water and Wall in the Andaz. For a group there isn't that much. You could also try whatever evolution of SHO in Setai is currently up to, that would have been your best option.

Feb 21, 2013
winemonkey in Manhattan

Time for a new Steakhouse!

Update #2 -- Ended up at Wolfgang's definitely Lugar's style down to the shine and steak tilt (or sauce as they call it) It was good not great thus solidifying my impression that I am not a Lugar style steak fan. Had the 2 person Porterhouse Med Rare (vs Rare) due to my friend's taste. It just didn't have that crisp sear and salty crust that I like. Sides were meh. The wine list however had some killer gems on there for great prices. Snagged a '05 BV Georges de Latour for almost retail-- plus it was fantastic as expected. I think we doubled up on dessert (my friend has a sweet tooth) and the Schlag (whipped cream.) As for the steak, it's fine a bit "meaty" at points and I'm sure would make most happy.

That said, we are back at again! Will let you know the next round but Keen's, Benjamin's, Del Frisco's Grille, and QM are in the running. Anyone with thoughts please free to comment.

Feb 21, 2013
winemonkey in Manhattan

Time for a new Steakhouse!

Just wanted to update. Ended up doing Porterhouse at the last minute. More about location on that one. Have to say that I was disappointed in the Prime Cowboy Rib Steak (Rare) -- just not too flavorful for their marquee cut. My friend had the Filet Mignon which I have to say was pretty good (Med Rare). I find Filet tends to be too bland overall and texturally too soft or something but his was good and much better than mine.

Anyway another friend in town so off to another steak joint. Might head back to Keen's (this is the friend I went with the last time I was there) or gonna try Wolfgang's or Benjamin's.

Will update after the meal. Thanks to everyone for the comments.

Jan 28, 2013
winemonkey in Manhattan

Time for a new Steakhouse!

Thanks. Yeah that was my thinking on Wolfgang's as well but wanted to get comments. Also thanks for the QM info. Looked into Resto/Cannibal but thinking we want a "classic" steakhouse tonight-- need to try it out though.

Jan 15, 2013
winemonkey in Manhattan

Time for a new Steakhouse!

That was my take from other threads, but thanks for letting me know your experience.

Jan 15, 2013
winemonkey in Manhattan

Time for a new Steakhouse!

Hello gang,
Meeting a friend tonight for steaks and wanted to try one of the many that I have yet to go to. Midtown is best but the Village also works. Hate to schelp back FiDi and probably had everything downtown anyways. Like my steaks rare with a good crisp sear on the outside.

Based on the following reviews of steakhouses I've eaten at (and thus are not in the running) what would you recommend?

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Tier One (the most memorable and special)

Striphouse - Now a Hanson spot, I actually worked there for a bit when it was Glazer Group's and have always loved the prep of the steaks, seasoning, sear (crisp) plus the sides are good. Recently I returned as a patron and found BR guest thankfully didn't screw it up.

Harry's - Venerable downtown Steakhouse, rarely pops up on the MUST lists, but has a great rib eye and strip. Again great sear.

Minetta Tavern - Yes, the steaks there are awesome, I am a believer/convert.

Sparks – A bit old school, obviously, and with a considerable amount of hype I was happy to see that the steak matched up. Wine list is actually not too bad as steakhouses go.

Keens – The pipes are a bit kitschy and honestly my friend had either the Mutton or double Lamb chops which out shined the steak. Will go back to try those again to figure out which it was!

Knickerbocker – For those that don’t know this place you need to go, a relative insider secret. Seriously great steaks—now one of my go to steak places.

Tier Two (Solid seconds choices)
Old Homestead – Good as I recall, may need to revisit soon.
Del Frisco’s – While the cab ad may be a ridiculous, the steak is pretty good.
Palm – A bit pricey but a solid steak.
Mark Joseph – Again, good but not great.
Dylan Prime – More modern in style with a good sear on steak.
Bobby Van's – Solid if not special.
The Capital Grille (FiDi) - Actually pleasantly surprised with this one. Was NOT expecting much and came away pretty happy.

Tier Three (yeah, not so much)
Smith & Wollensky – Chains are tough. Sometimes they get it right (See SH / cap grille / Palm / BV above) most time not so much.
BLT Prime / BLT Steak – both modern and not memorable, can’t recall if it was the service or the steaks or honestly both that put me off. Meh.
Angelo & Maxie’s – eh.
Ruth's Chris – okay.
Morton’s – Old school molten chocolate cake and can only get you so far.
Peter Luger's – I know I’m going to catch crap for this but I was not overly impressed, their style of cooking rare does not suit me, shine is gimmicky, I'd rather have a good crisp sear on the outside. Perhaps an off night?
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Based on a Chowhound search, these three steakhouses are currently in the running:

Post House
Benjamin's
Wolfgang’s (possibly-- but I’m not feeling the need for too much attitude tonight)

Jan 15, 2013
winemonkey in Manhattan

The old Grange Hall the new 'Commerce'

Sunday resy 5:30pm. We were late and was sat when everyone was there which was good. Sat a 6pm. Ordered at 6:25pm. First apps arrive at 7:10pm. Dinner arrives closer to 8:30pm. leave at 10pm. Timing was bad and "forced" us into another bottle of wine. Food was good in places boring in others. Fluke sashimi was excellent (or maybe we were just hungry) The carbonara (which we got as an app- but you have to ask) was on noddles that reminded me of ramen, but was fairly tasty. Red snapper was so so. Vino pricing and selection was okay.

For me it was one and done. I'll wait until the next iteration.

Feb 16, 2008
winemonkey in Manhattan

Lower Manhattan FiDi Dining Options

So basically, what we're saying is there is nowhere to eat. ;p I was hoping that some of the new construction would be bringing in some interesting non-steak places, but I guess we'll just have to hope that all that interesting and good food is just a couple of months behind! Maybe this fall, we'll see some stuff.

I heard Todd English has a new place coming in hotel Gild Hall at 15 Gold St.

Also for those that are looking, I am looking for nothing too fancy, but not necessarily too cheap either. And thanks for the Financier tip, we will have to try it. Has anyone been to Haru?

Feb 16, 2008
winemonkey in Manhattan

Lower Manhattan FiDi Dining Options

Hey Gang,

Hopefully, I will be working downtown in the near future and wanted to gauge the dinner options downtown. Far, far downtown. Let's say walking distance from the NYSE or the Ferry. Places in the seaport are doable as are Lower Tribeca. Any thoughts?

Feb 09, 2008
winemonkey in Manhattan

Employees Only

They just changed their menu and chef. Let us know how it goes!

Feb 09, 2008
winemonkey in Manhattan

Kid-Friendly near Union Square

McDonald's ;p

Seriously,
Chat 'n' Chew ($$)
Southern & Soul, Southwestern
10 E 16th St, New York 10003
Btwn Union Sq W & 5th Ave

via nymag.com...
Recommended Dishes
Macaroni and cheese, $9.95; Thanksgiving on a Roll, $9.95; BLT, $7.50; Coca-Cola cake, $5.95

Feb 01, 2008
winemonkey in Manhattan

Aquavit: a review

Thanks Jessica, we decided to go on whim tonight after your detailed review made my stomach growl. We will let you know how it goes.

Feb 01, 2008
winemonkey in Manhattan

Has anyone tried Adour yet?

Yes, what's the word people! Hand bag ledges aside (see pic) how's the food!

Feb 01, 2008
winemonkey in Manhattan

Celebrity restaurant for out-of-towners

Skip BA and Mesa Grill. I throw my vote in for Perilla. Also, forget Lupa unless you use Tablexchange or plan way ahead. FYI- Tablexchange works as we hit Lupa on a Friday at 8pm day of for $10. What is a celeb restaurant anyway? Chef has to be on TV? If you want a celebrity restaurant go to Per Se, Le Bernardin, etc... If you want her to feel "super special" and don't give a crap about the food, try to get into Waverly Inn, then your buddy's girlfriend will go ga-ga over all the "celeb" spotting, etc..

Feb 01, 2008
winemonkey in Manhattan

Lupa's fully booked, what else?

if you want to stay in Batali's camp- try OTTO. It is alot like Lupa food wise (more or less)

Jan 29, 2008
winemonkey in Manhattan

Wine bars in Chelsea or W. Village?

I don't think Ara has a great wine selection and how I hate Meatpacking. My opinion would be to try to get a little east and go for:

Bar Jamon (spanish)
Solex (french)
The bar at CRU (everything and best if you are going for the wine not the crowd)

I would take 'ino and Blue Ribbon Downing Street Bar (can it be longer) over Bar Veloce but all good choices.

Jan 29, 2008
winemonkey in Manhattan