1. The Strip House
If you're looking for a classy bordello backdrop to accompany your steak, Strip House is a good choice. Dim lighting, velvety red walls and b&w pin-ups contribute to creating an unusually sexy steakhouse atmosphere. Diners with big appetites recommend starting with the Strip House's lobster bisque before digging into New York strip, rib-eye or porterhouse steaks. For side dishes (each serving 2-3) try the goose fat potatoes, black truffle creamed spinach or braised collard greens and kale.
The Strip House Essentials:
- Address: 13 East 12th Street (Broadway/5th Ave)
- Phone: 212-328-0000
- Website: http://www.striphouse.com/
2. Peter Luger Steakhouse
For over 100 years, Peter Luger has been serving up outstanding porterhouse steaks in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. Peter Luger is just a short cab ride from Manhattan and well worth the trip. Begin your meal with the bacon or tomato and onion appetizer, always order their famous porterhouse steak for 2 medium-rare (porterhouse for 3+ tends to be less flavorful), and try the creamed spinach and potatoes alongside.
Peter Luger Steakhouse Essentials:
- Address: 178 Broadway, Brooklyn, N.Y. 11211
- Phone: 718-387-7400
- Website: http://www.peterluger.com/
- Cash only
3. Sparks Steakhouse
Considered to be one of the more affordable high-quality steakhouses, Sparks Steakhouse is also known for having an extensive and well-valued wine list. The prime sirloin steak is the most revered cut of meat, and the Roquefort dressing is also highly recommended.
Sparks Steakhouse Essentials:
- Address: 210 East 46th Street
- Phone: 212-687-4855
- Website: http://www.sparkssteakhouse.com
4. Keens Steakhouse
In continuous operation since 1885, Keens Steakhouse offers diners a quintessential "Old-New York" experience. Well known for serving a delicious mutton chop, the steaks and sides are also top-notch.
Keens Steakhouse Essentials:
- Address: 72 West 36th Street (5th/6th Aves)
- Phone: 212-947-3636
- Website: http://www.keenssteakhouse.com/
5. Old Homestead Steakhouse
Known for offering an extensive array of Kobe steaks, this meatpacking district steakhouse embodies the typical "boys night out" steakhouse atmosphere. Their cold seafood appetizers and creamed spinach are great accompaniments to the strip steaks, as well as Kobe beef served here.
Old Homestead Steakhouse Essentials:
- Address: 56 9th Ave (14th/15th)
- Phone: 212-242-9040
- Website: http://www.theoldhomesteadsteakhouse.com/
6. BLT Steak
BLT stands for Bistro Laurent Tourondel, and this famous chef has added his own flair to typical steakhouse standards at BLT Steak. Consider starting your meal with the signature foie gras appetizer. Among the highlights at this trendy steakhouse are the rib eye and hanger steaks and for sides, the onion rings, potatoes three ways and braised morels get rave reviews. All the steaks are served with your choice of accompanying sauce, including Bearnaise, horseradish and three mustard varieties.
BLT Steak Essentials:
- Address: 106 East 57th Street (Lexington/Park)
- Phone: 212-752-7470
- Website: http://bltsteak.com
7. Dylan Prime
At this TriBeCa steakhouse, the fondue appetizer is a highlight. Their signature drinks are also worth investigating, including a key lime martini. The NY Strip and Filet Mignon are the most highly recommended cuts of steak served at Dylan Prime.
Dylan Prime Essentials:
- Address: 62 Laight Street (at Greenwich)
- Phone: 212-334-4783
- Website: http://www.dylanprime.com/
8. MarkJoseph Steakhouse
This financial district steakhouse caters largely to Wall Street business men and diners who want to experience high-quality porterhouse steaks without venturing to Peter Lugers in Brooklyn. Solid appetizer offerings and sides (creamed spinach and hash browns are most highly regarded) make this a great downtown steakhouse choice.
MarkJoseph Steakhouse Essentials:
- Address: 261 Water Street
- Phone: 212-277-0020
- Website: http://www.markjosephsteakhouse.com
9. Del Frisco's Double Eagle Steak House
This midtown steak house got its start in Texas, but it's quite popular with local midtown suits and their guests. One way to save while you indulge is at Del Frisco's "Business Lunch" deal which includes salad, steak (or salmon) and dessert.
Del Frisco's Essentials:
- Address: 1221 Sixth Ave. (48th & 49th Sts.)
- Phone: 212-575-5129
- Website: http://www.delfriscos.com/
10. Knickerbocker Bar and Grill
Best known for their t-bone steak, Knickerbocker Bar and Grill has a more family-friendly atmosphere than many steakhouses and doesn't require an expense account to pay the bill. Unlike other steakhouses, many of their entrees include side dishes. Live jazz music on Friday and Saturday nights after 9:30 p.m. is an additional feature of this old-NY steakhouse.
Knickerbocker Bar & Grill Essentials:
- Address: 33 University Place (8th/9th Streets)
- Phone: 212-228-8490
- Website: http://www.knickerbockerbarandgrill.com