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Manhattan & NJ (Bergen County) Restaurant Reviews

Ian Hunter's Guide to Manhattan and Bergen County, NJ's Best Restaurants, Bars, and Gourmet Markets

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Lincoln Square Steak: Steakhouse.208 W 70th @ Amsterdam-West End; 22/22/$62; 875-8600; Sleek new place in Upper West side which needed a steakhouse; Very inexpensive for genre; Rave yelp reviews; Dinner only; Well spaced room; Sizzling bacon; Tuna tartare; Tomato & Buffalo salad; Raw Bar; Seafood platter that’s affordable – $29/person;  $39 early bird prix fixe; The usual cuts of steak, pork chop, short ribs; Blue Fin Tuna; Swordfish; Bronzino; Sea Bass; Also 5 Italian entrees.

 
Porter House NY: Steakhouse. Time Warner Center; 10 Columbus Circle @ 60th; 23/25/$78; 823-9500; Amazing views of Central Park; Gorgeous interior, superior service; Perfect for pre Lincoln Center or to entertain a client; Expensive even for the genre; High end quality; Menu includes all the favorite cuts of beef including a Veal Chop; Cowboy Rib Eye; and a Lamb T-Bone; Seafood available; Raw bar appetizers. Chilled Seafood platter for 3 for $78.  Pouched 2 lb lobster. 
 
Ruth’s Chris: Steakhouse. 148 W 51st @ 6-7th Av; 26/22/$76; 245-9600; New Orleans themed; Large, sizzling steaks; Tender, cooked in butter. Relaxed, cool setting – not gruff; Great décor and friendly –normal- staff. Steaks cooked in 1,800 degree oven and served on 500 degree plate; Large selection of seafood to go along with the steaks- which are why you come here. Seared Ahi Tuna;  Lobster tails;  Lamb Chops; All the usual cuts of steak.
 
Capital Grill: Steakhouse. 120 W 51st @ 6th-7th Av; 24/22/$67; 246-0154; Amazing Steaks; Clubby Feel; Business types; Extremely friendly service; Time-Life Building. Lobster Mac n Cheese side stands out; Steaks arguably smaller than some of its competitors; Great bar scene; Slightly larger menu than most. Chrysler Building location is the flagship.  Cold shellfish platter for 2: $50;  Great soups and salads;  Seared Tuna; Chilean Sea Bass;  Less expensive then most. 
 
Palm: Steakhouse. 250 50th @ BWay-8th Av; 25/19/$76; 333-7256; Gargantuan steaks and enormous lobsters; No-nonsense; Saloon type décor. Original location closed but 3 total in NYC;  Old style feel. It is a chain restaurant now, losing some of its cache; Seared Ahi Tuna; They do have amazing sides; Rib Eye, Filet Mignon, and King Crab Legs. Italian on menu too. Lobsters up to 5 pounds. Huge menu.  
 
Del Frisco’s: Steakhouse. 1221 6th Av @ 49th; 25/23/$93; 575-5129; Great setting; Solid all way round; Pre-theatre deal; Top beef served in a Texas-elegant setting; Generous with portions and drinks. Perfect service and a can’t go wrong experience. Crab cakes & creamed spinach most notable sides; Bacon strips available (off menu); Wall street type of crowd;  Ahi Tuna, Seafood Soup, Expensive even for NYC. King Crab Gnocchi, Mac N Cheese side; Sea Bass.  Power bar scene. Very expensive.  
 
Frankie & Johnnie’s Steakhouse: Steakhouse. 269 W 45th @ B-Way-8th Av; 21/16/$69; 997-9494; This location has been around since Babe Ruth’s era; Speakeasy-ish vibe; Old school waiters in bow ties; Another location on 37th and 5th Av with less history; Standard menu with Sirloin, Rib Eye, Porterhouse & Filet Mignon available; Salmon, Sole, Lobster and Shrimp also on menu. Veal chops; Lamb Chops.  
 

Wolfgang’s Steakhouse: Steakhouse. 250 West 41st @ 7th-8th;  26/20/$84; 921-3720; Started by former head waiter at Peter Lugar’s; Incredible Porterhouse; Wildly popular; Vaulted ceilings;  Laid back, with  old-school cool;  Gorgeous décor and fish-friendly menu as well; Gruff waiters; Creamed spinach & German potatoes are famous;  Bacon by the slice; Freshest Mozz; Sea Bass Yellowfin Tuna; Rib Eye; One of 5 Manhattan locations. Masterfully done steaks – top 3 in city.

 
Uncle Jack’s Steakhouse: Steakhouse. 440 9th Av @ 34-35th; 244-0005; 23/20/$76; Melt in your mouth giant cuts of beef; 3 pound porterhouse for 2 for $85; Carnivore’s delight; Old school scene- boy’s clubs; Tremendous Martinis; Tuna Tartare, amazing Crab Cakes, Buff Mozz & Tomatoes;  Bacon appetizer; Kobe meatballs; Prime Rib, Prime Filet; No real seafood on the menu except appetizers.  Huge portions. Brunch menu as well. 
 
Old Homestead: Steakhouse. 56 9th Ave @ 14-15th; 25/18/$85; 242-9040; Extremely large slabs of first rate meat; Old school feel; Great burgers as well; Top shelf drinks. Been around 150 years; Traditional dark wood setting. NY Sirloin is tops. They have a Kobe beef burger; Truffle Mac N Cheese; Giant desserts – chocolate cake is Mmm; Raw Bar; Bufala Mozz & Tomatoes; Prime Rib; Filet Mignon; Branzino, Sea Bass, Lobster – large menu.  Seared Scallops; Kobe meatballs; Perfectly seared chops. Massive portions. Love the menu.  
 
STK: Steakhouse. 26 Little W 12th @ 9th Av; 22/24/$78; 646-624-2444; Major scene that becomes a trendy place to grab a drink later on; Going for the lounge vibe – girl friendly obviously;  Décor – can’t be beat for the genre; $16 cocktails – overpriced. Beer $8, wine $13-$15; Raw bar available; She-she-ish appetizers; Main courses – 7 or so diff cuts of steak – excellent – and an assortment of fish and decent sides. Issue here – more of a scene than a real steakhouse.
 
Wolfgang’s Steakhouse: Steakhouse. 409 Greenwich @ Hubert; 26/20/$84; 925-0350; Started by former head waiter at Peter Lugar’s; Incredible Porterhouse; Wildly popular; Vaulted ceilings;  Laid back, with old-school cool;  Gorgeous décor and fish-friendly menu as well; Gruff waiters; Creamed spinach & German potatoes are famous;  Bacon by the slice; Freshest Mozz; Sea Bass; Yellowfin Tuna; Rib Eye; One of 5 Manhattan locations. Masterfully done steaks – top 3 in city. 
 

Bowery Meat Company: Steakhouse. 9 E 1st St @ Bowery-2nd Av; 25/23/$90; 460-5255; Very unique menu that will blow you away; 1960s vibe and excellent service;  Try the Broiled Oysters, Steak tartare, Burrata Ravioli, and Duck Lasagna;  Alcohol very pricy (Beer $10, Wine $15, cocktails $17); Other food choices I love: Burrata, Salmon Sashimi, Shrimp scampi, Deviled Eggs, Korean Ribs, Veal Chop, Colorado Lamb Chops, Ribeye, Hanger Steak, NY Strip, Lobster, and Grilled Branzino. 

 
Strip House: Steakhouse. 11 E 12th @ 5th Av; 24/23/$86; 328-0000; Dark, hip joint; Amazing steaks; 1950s scene; Red interior reminding one of Moulan Rouge; Pin Up Photos, yet very female friendly; Amazing Sides; Just a different take on carnivore experience. Bone-in Rib Eye, Filet Mignon and creamed spinach stand out;  Spicy tuna tartare; Roasted Bacon; Raw Bar; Yellowfin Tuna. Not as huge a menu as other places. Brilliant cocktails. Midtown location as well.
 
BLT Prime: Steakhouse. 111 E 22nd @ Lex-Park; 25/23/$84; 995-8500; Steakhouse from chef Laurent Tourondel; Artful-contemporary setting that is date friendly; Very strong food- Kind of formal;  Double Cut Bacon, Seafood Platter, Steak or Tuna tartare; Crab cakes are featured apps; Kobe beef available; Rib Eye, Hanger Steak, Short Ribs, Rack of Lamb all cry out; Excellent wine list. Experts on cutting up a cow. Branzino; Ahi Tuna; Short Ribs; Roast Chicken as well.
 
Ben & Jack’s Steakhouse: Steakhouse. 255 5th Av @ 28th-29th; 23/20/$68; 532-7600; Business professionals; Amazing sides- especially the creamed spinach and German potatoes; 2 former Peter Lugar servers own it; Communal porterhouse; NY Strip, filet all great; Nicely charred steaks; Extensive wine list; Plain, yet spacious setting; Very attentive service. Bacon as appetizer & seafood platter; Prime Rib;  Kobe burger; Clams & Oysters;  Sea Bass; Lobster Tails or 4 pounder; All the usual cuts. 

Wolfgang’s Steakhouse: Steakhouse. 4 Park @ 33rd; 26/20/$84; 889-3369; Started by former head waiter at Peter Lugar’s; Incredible Porterhouse; Wildly popular; Vaulted ceilings;  Laid back, with old-school cool;  Gorgeous décor and fish-friendly menu as well; Gruff waiters; Creamed spinach & German potatoes are famous;  Bacon by the slice; Freshest Mozz; Sea Bass; Yellowfin Tuna; Rib Eye; One of5 Manhattan locations. Masterfully done steaks – top 3 in city. 
 
Keens Steakhouse: Steakhouse. 72 W 36th @ 5th-6th; 26/25/$85; 947-3636; Old boys club feel; Great service for genre; Classic feel- 80,000 clay pipes line ceiling; Been around forever (1885) and filled with memorabilia; Giant single-malt list; American nostalgia; Meat lovers- huge portions. Creamed spinach amazing; Mutton chop and Prime rib are classics; Thick cut bacon; Tomatoes & Mozz; Lamb chops, short ribs. Dover sole. Welcoming service and beautiful – like a museum. Add to your list. Chilled seafood tray for $52; Arctic Char, Lobsters for seafooders.  
 
Benjamin Steak House: Steakhouse. 52 E. 41st @ Madison –Park; 27/24/$82; 297-9177; More of an upscale setting, nicer décor; Top of line service- more civilized; Monster sized steaks; Tons of seafood on the menu; Onion and Lobster Bisque soups; Thick Bacon appetizer; Rib eye and Sirloin steaks are signatures; 6 seafood entrees to choose from; Amazing desserts – Pecan Pie! Inside Dylan hotel. Top shelf service. Gorgeous décor. Great for a date (who likes steak). Breakfast, lunch or dinner. Sea Bass, Yellowfin Tuna, Lobsters. 
 
Capital Grill: Steakhouse. 155 E 42nd @ Lex-3rd; 24/22/$67; 953-2000; Amazing Steaks; Clubby Feel; Business types; Extremely friendly service; Chrysler Center. Lobster Mac n Cheese side stands out; Slightly larger menu than most; Steaks arguably smaller than some of its competitors; Great bar scene; This location is the flagship;  Cold shellfish platter for 2: $50;  Great soups and salads;  Seared Tuna; Chilean Sea Bass;  Less expensive then most. 
 

Palm Too: Steakhouse. 840 2nd Av @ 44th-45th; 25/19/$76; 697-5198; Gargantuan steaks and enormous lobsters; No-nonsense; Saloon type décor. Original location closed but 3 total in NYC;  Old style feel. It is a chain restaurant now, losing some of its cache; Seared Ahi Tuna; They do have amazing sides; Rib Eye, Filet Mignon, and King Crab Legs. Italian on menu too. Lobsters up to 5 pounds. Huge menu.   

 
Morton’s: Steakhouse. 551 5th Av @ 45th; 23/22/$80; 972-3315; Clubby, dark place; Beef orgy; Porterhouse is outstanding; Old school vibe; Mammoth sides; Tableside preview of beef.; They are a chain but wow they do it right; Features ultra friendly service; Incredible appetizers – Tuna Tartare, Crab Cake, Shrimp Alexander stand out; Chicago style Ribeye, Sea Bass, Lobster all available. Double Cut Filet. There is now a ‘grill’ off shoot for cheaper prices. Chocolate Mousse dessert. 
 
Sparks: Steakhouse. 210 E 46th @ 2-3rd Av; 25/21/$87; 687-4855; Big (ie huge) steaks; Endless wine list- famous for their wines; Hugely popular; Biz types. Old boy network; Gruff service; Signature sirloin; Always packed; Lots of seafood available- Tuna, Trout, Salmon, Halibut; Lump Crab Meat; Lobster Tails and Broiled Shrimp; Mozz & Tomatoes; Sea Bass; Veal Chop, Lamb Chops, Filet, 5 pound lobsters! Around since 1966; Temple of beef! 
 
Smith & Wollensky: Steakhouse. 797 3rd @ 49th; 24/20/$79; 753-1530;Huge portions; Old school; Wollensky’s Grill next door; Macho feel; Biz types & their escorts. Wisecracking waiters. They make their own wine; Really a gorgeous interior; Stone Crab appetizer; Prime Rib; Filet Mignons of different variety; Lamb and veal chops;  Surf and turf; Chilled Lobster cocktail; Seared Salmon; Love the variety of sides; Smoked Burrata;
 
Wollensky’s Grill: Steakhouse. 201 E 49th @ 3rd Av; 23/18/$63; 753-0444; The less expensive yet still excellent sister restaurant to Smith & Wollensky. Open late til 2am; Great steaks; Fun bar scene; Tuna Tartare; An amazing Burger for $17; Lobster Roll; Cobb Salad; Ribs; Prime Rib. The menu is far shorter than the parent but a great bargain. Consider it budget steakhouse dining.
 
Maloney & Porcelli: Steakhouse. 37 E 50th @ Madison-Park; 24/21/$76; 750-2233; Crackling pork shank is signature for $29; Martinis galore; Huge slabs of beef; 28 ounce rib steak; Incredible au gratin; 5 pound lobsters; Loud but great time. Five different styles of Filet Mignon; Braised short ribs; Fish selections; Slightly cheaper than others in the genre. Try a giant martini – perfectly made.  King Crab appetizer; Lump Crab; Burrata; Tuna Tartare; Lots of lobster options;  Bronzini; Osso Buco.
 

Del Frisco’s Grill: Steakhouse. 60 Rockefeller Plz @ 50-51st; 23/22/$55; 767-0371;  Offshoot of the bigger flagship location; This spot is ideal for a weekend lunch or a more modestly priced dinner;  Great location in tourist central; Big happy hour scene starting at 5pm;  The menu is vast and affordable- steaks $45 or so and apps and salads in the teens.  Cocktails are pricy of course.  Great way to experience a high end steakhouse with less pain on the wallet. But truthfully, this location not as good as original. 

 

Wolfgang’s Steakhouse: Steakhouse. 200 E 54th @ 3rd Av; 26/20/$84; 588-9653; Started by former head waiter at Peter Lugar’s; Incredible Porterhouse; Wildly popular; Vaulted ceilings;  Laid back, with  old-school cool;  Gorgeous décor and fish-friendly menu as well; Gruff waiters; Creamed spinach & German potatoes are famous;  Bacon by the slice; Freshest Mozz; Sea Bass; Yellowfin Tuna; Rib Eye; One of 5 Manhattan locations. Masterfully done steaks – top 3 in city.

 

Angus Club: Steakhouse. 135 E 55th @ Lex; 25/24/$80; 588-1585; Very upscale for its genre; Stylish décor – fancy almost;  Elegant and great service; Killer cocktails and martinis; Menu is large – apps include Seafood Platter, Shrimp Cocktail, Yellowfin Tuna Tartare, Oysters & Clams, Lamb Chops, Mozz & Tomatoes;  Main courses: Porterhouse for 2-4; Filet Mignon; NY Sirloin; Rib Eye; Veal Chop; Sea Bass; Lobster Tails; 3 LB Lobsters; Yellow Fin Tuna; Norweigian Salmon. 

 

Uncle Jack’s Steakhouse: Steakhouse. 44 W 56th @ 5th Av; 245-1550; 23/20/$76; Melt in your mouth giant cuts of beef; 3 pound porterhouse for 2 for $85; Carnivore’s delight; Old school scene- boy’s clubs; Tremendous Martinis; Tuna Tartare, amazing Crab Cakes, Buff Mozz & Tomatoes;  Bacon appetizer; Kobe meatballs; Prime Rib, Prime Filet; No real seafood on the menu except appetizers.  Huge portions. Brunch menu as well.

 

BLT Steak: Steakhouse. 106 57th St @ Lex-Park; 23/22/$84; The original in Laurent Tourondel’s empire; Top notch cooking; Always popular; Only porterhouse for 2 is giant; Modest cuts for genre but sauces and sides amazing as is service. Multiple international locations; Bistro ambiance; Smoked Bacon, Lobster Cobb salad on appetizer list; Can choose sauces for steaks; Fish and shellfish available.  Popular with the business crowd in area. Pricy – seafood tower is $100;  Bronzino, sole and salmon are fish options.

 

Quality Meats: Steakhouse. 57 W 58th @ 5th-6th Av; 25/24/$81; 371-7777; Lets start with dessert- homemade ice cream! 1920s butcher shop setting- but still elegant and very sophisticated inside; More of a different kind of menu appetizer wise and unique sides as well; See website; Shellfish and oysters and bone marrow and veal shank – all rarely seen appear here. Steaks great of course.  Grilled Bacon; Tuna or steak tartare; Sexy modern setting. Short ribs; Halibut.

 

Club A Steakhouse: Steakhouse. 240 E 58th @ 2nd-3rd Av; 26/23/$85; 688-4190; What a gorgeous, female friendly steakhouse; Menu is amazing feature these classics: Canadian Bacon, Escargot, Lobster & King Crab cocktails, Smoked Salmon, Tomatoe & Buff Mozz, 10+ seafood entrees, Kobe Beef, 3 sides for $24 including Mac n Cheese, Filet Mignon, Prime Rib, Veal Chop, Lamb Chops, Short Ribs. Heaven. Fireplace-equipped setting.   

 

Blu on Park: Steakhouse/Seafood. 116 E 60th @ Park-Lex; 24/24/$82; 256-1929; 3-floor brownstone set-up; Female & date friendly, fancier steakhouse; First level is bar/lounge with DAILY 4-8pm Happy Hour and inexpensive bar selections;  Main dining room offers most of the usual cuts of steak, big Raw Bar selection and 1920s inspired cocktails;  Really a gorgeous space.  Lobster cocktail, Caprese Salad, Bronzino, Rare Yellowfin Tuna, Salmon Tartare, Burrata, Hamachi Crudo. 

 

Parlor Steakhouse: Steakhouse. 1600 3rd Ave @ 90th; 22/21/$57; 423-5888; Female friendly steakhouse with a great bar scene; Extensive wine list; Extremely inexpensive for the genre; $35 prix fixe available; They have a Raw bar; Lobster Roll on the menu; Yellow fin Tuna, Short Ribs, Mac N Cheese side; Rib Eye, NY Strip, Filet Mignon and Porterhouse. Various sauces available.  Brunch offer includes $25 for 5 glasses of Bloody Mary or Mimosa & an entrée.  Lunch and dinner.  

 

Peter Lugar: Steakhouse. 178 B-Way, Williamsburg, Brooklyn; 27/17/$85; 718-387-7400; Steak Utopia; #1 in Zagats 30+ years running; Killer sides; Cash only.  Dingy décor- like a German beer hall -  and gruff service but the Porterhouse for two is EPIC. Sizzling Bacon by the slice; Caesar salad; Very small menu – you’d better love porterhouse! Creamed spinach excellent. Daily lunch specials.