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Places to Eat in New York: Searching for the Best Steakhouse in NYC

by George Mouratidis
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Searching for the best steakhouse in NYC? Perhaps there is no better destination in North America for meat lovers than the Big Apple. Anything from cheap burgers to premium deli meats is available within walking distance. However, there is no greater testament to the great New York dining scene than the sacred institution of the classic NY steakhouse. The places where you can savour on a juicy and properly marinated slab of 100% American beef tenderloin. That’s why we decided to write an article about the best steakhouses in NYC.

Find the best steakhouse in NYC

You will find steak restaurants for all tastes in New York: from iconic old-school joints that have made a name back in Rat Pack days to ultra-modern restaurants that redefine the meat-eating philosophy. That being said, most of these restaurants are in or near downtown Manhattan, so don’t expect to dine on a budget. So, grab your steak knives, tie a napkin around your neck Will E. Coyote-style and get ready to discover the best steakhouse in NYC!

Porter House Bar and Grill

Porter House Bar and Grill is a Michelin Guide, classic steakhouse in Manhattan’s Upper West Side. While the atmosphere isn’t anything to cheer about, this restaurant prides itself in excellent service, huge side-dishes and mouth watering cuts of beef. The roasted marrow bone with herb salad and country bread is a perfect appetizer to share with one other person, as well as the buttermilk onion rings.

Michael Lomonaco’s restaurant is not only recommended to beef enthusiasts, as it excels in a surprising wide range of cuisines. The duck steak with seafood on the side is an amazing combination, while the desert and wine selections do not disappoint (particularly the sundae).

  • Price Range:$$$$
  • Area: Central Park
  • Address: 10 Columbus Cir, New York, NY 10019, USA
  • Website: porterhousenyc.com
  • Reservations: +1 212-823-9500
  • Map

4 Charles Prime Rib

Even though the address to 4 Charles Prime Rib is listed in its name, it’s still kind of tricky to find. Those who make the effort to visit this speakeasy-style restaurant, however, will be rewarded with a succulent, 12-hour-roasted cut of prime rib. Considering head chef Brendan Sodikoff hails from Chicago, is it any wonder the Chicago Center Cut is the restaurant’s signature dish? A few other entrées offered at 4 Charles include crispy brick chicken with garlic, a dry aged bone-in rib eye, and a lamb chop with rosemary, garlic, and olives. Since 4 Charles Prime Rib is so intimate (it only has 10 tables!), be sure to reserve your seat well in advance. The closest metro to 4 Charles Prime Rib is Christopher St. Station in the West Village.

  • Price Range: $$$
  • Area: Greenwich Village
  • Address: 3004, 4 Charles St, New York, NY 10014, USA
  • Website: nycprimerib.com
  • Reservations: +1 212-561-5992
  • Map

Peter Luger

Looking for a no-frills, German-style beer hall that serves up a mean steak? If so, then take a trip to Peter Luger Steak House in Brooklyn. Founded in 1887, this unassuming restaurant serves up sensational slabs of marbled Porterhouse that have been aged in-house for at least 25 days. One unique feature of Peter Luger is that chefs pre-slice your steak to make it easier to dunk into their mouthwatering sauces. Since Peter Luger is a German eatery, expect plenty of Deutsche delicacies like potato with sour cream, creamed spinach, and apple strudel. Please note: Peter Luger only accepts cash payments.

  • Price Range:$$$$
  • Area: Williamsburg
  • Address: 178 Broadway, Brooklyn, NY 11211, USA
  • Website: https://peterluger.com/
  • Reservations: +1 718-387-7400
  • Map

Sparks Steak House

best steakhouse in nyc - sparks steak house

Founded in the 1960s, Sparks Steak House remains a staple on the Midtown steak scene. Inside this elaborately designed restaurant you can choose from delicious meat dishes like sliced steak with sautéed onions & peppers, sliced steak with mushrooms and Bordelaise, and a steak topped with Roquefort cheese. Sparks also boasts an extensive seafood menu including wild salmon, lemon sole, tuna steak, and Chilean sea bass. Sparks Steak House is only a 5-minute walk from Grand Central Terminal. In case you were wondering, it’s true that mob boss John Gotti ordered the murder of Gambino family members in front of Sparks in the 80s…but please don’t let that scare you away from this high class eatery!

Minetta Tavern

Minetta Tavern is a classic French-style bistro situated a stone’s throw from Washington Square Park. Shortly after opening in 1937, Minetta Tavern became the favorite haunt for many of the 20th century’s greatest writers. You can see photos and pictures of Ernest Hemingway, Dylan Thomas, and Eugene O’Neill (just to name a few) adorning Minetta Tavern’s walls. As for the food, you can’t go wrong with Minetta’s Burger topped with caramelized onions, the filet mignon wrapped in bacon, or the veal porterhouse chop. It’s only a two-minute walk from West 4 St-Washington Square Station to get to Minetta Tavern.

  • Price Range: $$$
  • Area: Washington Square Park
  • Address: 113 Macdougal St, New York, NY 10012, USA
  • Website: http://www.minettatavernny.com/
  • Reservations: +1 212-475-3850
  • Map

Charlie Palmer Steak NY

best steakhouse in nyc - Charlie Palmer

Located in Midtown’s Archer Hotel, Charlie Palmer Steak NY is an ultra-modern restaurant that caters to the theatre-going crowd. A few fan favorites at this trendy restaurant include the 30-day dry aged bone-on rib eye, the New York strip, and the “surf & turf” combo with butter-poached lobster and an 8 ounce filet. The chefs at Charlie Palmer Steak work hard to offer their guests the absolute best in fresh produce, seafood, and meat from the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic regions. Charlie Palmer Steak also has an extensive cocktail, wine, and craft beer list that highlights local companies. The Archer Hotel is within walking distance of Bryant Park.

  • Price Range: $$$
  • Area: Bryant Park
  • Address: 47 W 38th St, New York, NY 10018, USA
  • Website: https://www.charliepalmersteak.com/locations/new-york
  • Reservations: +1 212-302-3838
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Quality Meats

The restaurant Quality Meats has one of the most innovative interior designs of any steakhouse in the Big Apple. Architects combined contrasting elements like steel, wood, and marble to create a modern, yet inviting, décor. Be sure to look around this restaurant for all the subtle riffs on NYC’s meat packing industry. Although the interior is astonishing, people come to Quality Meats for…well, the meat! A few special cuts include a bone-in sirloin, a hangar steak with cherries, and an east side down short rib with Chinese-style BBQ sauce. If you’re not super hungry, be sure to look over Quality Meats’ cocktail and oyster bar options. To get to Quality Meats, simply take the metro to 5th Avenue.

  • Price Range: $$$$
  • Area: Central Park
  • Address: 57 W 58th St, New York, NY 10019, USA
  • Website: https://www.qualitymeatsnyc.com/
  • Reservations: +1 212-371-7777
  • Map

Delmonico’s

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No list of NYC steakhouses is complete without at least mentioning Delmonico’s. Located a short walk away from Wall Street, Delmonico’s is an elegant eatery that has been in operation since 1837. In addition to Delmonico’s signature boneless rib eye, this famed restaurant is the birthplace of the brunch classic “eggs Benedict” and the slightly spicy lobster Newberg. One recent Delmonico’s menu item that’s gaining a great deal of press is the Benedict Burger, which is (surprise, surprise) a beef patty on English muffins with an egg and hollandaise sauce! Don’t forget to save room for Delmonico’s legendary dessert: the baked Alaska (yep, they invented that, too).0

  • Price Range: ££££
  • Area: Wall Street
  • Address: 56 Beaver St, New York, NY 10004, USA
  • Website: https://delmonicos.com/
  • Reservations:+1 212-509-1144
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M. Wells Steakhouse

If you’re looking for a funky steakhouse that’s a bit “off the wall,” then you need to stop by the former auto body shop turned high-quality restaurant: M. Wells Steakhouse. Head chef Hugue Dufour put a lot of Canadian inspiration into his inventive menu, which includes a maple-glazed New York strip and a rib eye with a coffee and porcini rub. You could also order a specialty melted cheese blend to add some extra deliciousness to your entrée. Other Canadian inspired fare at M. Wells include a steak tartare with mushrooms, trout with cabbage and potato, and, of course, poutine. The closest metro station to M. Wells is Court Square-23 Street in Queens.

  • Price Range: $$$
  • Area: Hunters Point
  • Address: 43-15 Crescent St, Long Island City, NY 11101, USA
  • Website: https://www.magasinwells.com/
  • Reservations: +1 718-786-9060
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K Rico Steakhouse

Anyone in the mood for a little Latin spice should try K Rico Steakhouse near the 50 Street Subway Station. Chefs at K Rico grill all of their prime-aged steaks à la plancha to give them that distinctive Southern American flavor. K Rico’s signature steak is the 28-ounce on-the-bone sirloin steak, but chefs also cook a mean filet mignon and an entraña skirt steak with chimichurri sauce. Other Latin-inspired fare on Krico’s menu include Peruvian roasted chicken, cod with coconut butter & papaya, and a Chilean-inspired celery salad.

  • Price Range: $$$
  • Area: Hell’s Kitchen
  • Address: 772 9th Ave, New York, NY 10019, USA
  • Website: https://kriconyc.com/
  • Reservations:
  • +1 212-757-9393
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