There’s something about New York City steak houses that sets them apart from other restaurants, from the glamorous way they’re adorned—picture dimly lit dining rooms with tufted leather seats—to their rich history. For instance, Keen’s Steakhouse has been around since 1885, and Peter Luger Steak House opened in 1887. Then there’s the element of jazz, classic cocktails, and dressing up for the occasion that makes it so romantic. Though, it ultimately comes down to the steak.
If you love red meat and you’re in the city that never sleeps, keep scrolling. Ahead, seven New York City steak houses that belong on every foodie’s restaurant bucket list and Instagram account. PS: If you’re craving something sweet after you’ve had your steak fix, save room for dessert to try for New York City’s best cupcakes.
Peter Luger Steak House
Could a best steak house list exist without Peter Luger? We don’t think so. The Williamsburg restaurant is renowned for its porterhouse. Scroll through the restaurant’s Instagram, and you can practically taste it. If you decide to visit IRL, make note that it’s cash-only.
178 Broadway, Brooklyn, New York
The Beatrice Inn
Find the fashion set the likes of Diane von Furstenberg and Rachel Zoe at this West Village chophouse once owned by Vanity Fair EIC Graydon Carter. The Beatrice Inn is now owned by executive chef Angie Mar, whose signature style includes her dry-aging techniques and use of live fire. Must-try: Angie’s 45-day dry-aged burger.
285 W. 12th St., New York
4 Charles Prime Rib
Tucked in the West Village is 4 Charles Prime Rib, the first New York City outpost of the Chicago-based restaurant group Hogsalt. The menu at this steak house, which opened in December 2016, includes 12-hour slow-roasted prime rib of beef, double-cut lamb chop, dry-aged bone-in rib-eye steak, and an American cheeseburger that restaurateur Brendan Sodikoff is known for and Instagram can’t get enough of.
4 Charles St., New York
Bowery Meat Company
This East Village restaurant features a lobster dish of our dreams. The broiled lobster is prepared with butter and breadcrumbs and served in its shell. The duck lasagna is also highly coveted. As for meats, the Colorado lamb chops, and the T-bone Florentine are as popular as Cult Gaia’s bamboo clutch.
9 E. First St., New York
This West Village restaurant now has a second location on the Upper East Side and another coming to Nomad later this year. Here, try the patty melt club burger, the monkey bread, natural steaks, and charred watermelon salad. We’re wishing we were in NYC right this moment!
19 Greenwich Avenue, New York
Located across the street from Rockefeller Center is one of the few exceptions for venturing near Times Square, Del Frisco’s. Here, power lunches happen over medium-rare steaks and shellfish towers with chilled crab claws, and lobster cocktails are piled on dinner tables. But the real reason we can’t stay away is Del Frisco’s butter cake, which is also surprisingly gluten-free.
1221 Sixth Ave., New York
Dine at Strip House's downtown or midtown location, where steaks include classics like New York strip, double-cut aged rib chop for two, and bone-in rib-eye. Not to be missed is Strip House’s signature 24-layer chocolate cake.
13 E. 12th St., New York
15 W. 44th St., New York
This steak house, which recently made a cameo on Billions, is legendary for its mutton chop. Another must-try is the twice-baked Vermont blue cheese puff. The restaurant also a features a lobster tank where you can choose your two- to six-pound crustacean dinner.
72 W. 36th St., New York
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