3. Grill 23 & Bar
Back Bay

The city’s paleo patriarch has been giving us our daily protein for close to four decades now, and it isn’t even close to slowing down. This place is expense account central, with mahogany walls, giant marble columns, and three-figure Wagyu strip-loin kicking off the menu (just think of all the backroom business deals that have been made over this dish). The a la carte cuts are the stars here, with the 100-day-aged ribeye and the Kobe cap steak being the star of the stars. If you’re not willing to pay more for dinner than you pay for your monthly heating bill, check out the bar menu, which includes a special bar burger.

4. Boston Chops
South End

Brian Piccini and Chris Coombs took over a cursed South End restaurant space and turned it into a must-try destination. The steak frites menu is everything you could want from life: Pick your cut (hanger, strip, skirt), sauce (bearnaise, bordelaise, chimichurri butter), then bask in the glory of the bottomless fries bowl that comes to the table. All the desired steakhouse accoutrements are here, too, from oysters and popovers to roasted bone marrow and a leaning tower of onion rings that simply must be ordered for the table.

5. Mooo....
Downtown Crossing

The name is a little unnerving, but otherwise this place is paleo heaven. There are no less than 13 different steak options on the menu, all served with bone marrow butter and roasted garlic. Want a little surf with your turf? Add on some jumbo shrimp. Want to really go all out? Opt for the 6-ounce, $185 Japanese Wagyu sirloin, and top it with some seared Hudson Valley foie gras.

6. Abe & Louie's
Back Bay

This Back Bay institution is so entrenched, you almost take it for granted—until you crave a gluttonous celebration and beeline it to Boylston Street. There is no reinvention of the wheel here, but rather a celebration of chophouse classics like prime Midwestern steaks aged at least 30 days on the bone accompanied by creamed spinach, sauteed mushrooms, and jumbo baked potatoes served in a staid, dark-wood paneled setting. You can even lure out a pescatarian for an evening, given that the swordfish steak is the restaurant’s unofficial signature dish.