Food & Drink

Where to get 13 spectacular new steaks in NYC

Published On 04/23/2014 Published On 04/23/2014
Best Steaks NYC
The Gander
Andrew Zimmer
Osteria Morini
French Louie
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NYY Steak
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1. General Assembly Restaurant & Bar 360 Park Ave S, New York, NY 10010

This bistro looks sorta like a giant indoor courtyard -- there's a bar up front plus three distinct dining areas all manned by Chef Craig Kokestsu and Michael Stillman (of Quality Meats and Quality Italian) who're feeding lively diners with epic eats and top-notch cocktails developed by Clover Club veteran Bryan Schneider.

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2. Gallaghers Steakhouse 228 W 52nd St, New York, NY 10019

This iconic restaurant has occupied West 52nd St since 1927, offering a tantalizing classic cocktail list and some of the best steaks (USDA prime dry-aged) in the city. Gallaghers started as a speakeasy before expanding into a Theater District steakhouse in the ‘30s. Its dry-aging process is on full display when you walk in -- a windowed view into its famed meat locker is the first thing you see -- and you’ll quickly notice the decor is heavy on nostalgia, thanks to countless black and white celebrity and sports star photos decking the walls.

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3. Colonia Verde 219 Dekalb Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11205

Colonia Verde's the place to go when you're feeling especially carnivorous -- they've got Latin American-style buttermilk fried chicken, grilled steaks, and slow-braised pork shoulder.

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4. French Louie 320 Atlantic Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11201

This Boerum Hill establishment slings French-American fare and mixes up superb craft 'tails.

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5. Margaux at The Marlton Hotel 5 W 8th St, New York, NY 10011

Margaux can be found inside the Marlton Hotel -- head in for some delicious 'tails from a lauded mixologist, great apps, and excellent service.

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6. La Cenita 409 W 14th St, New York, NY 10014

Your mouth will start watering as soon as you lay eyes on La Cenita's menu. Tomahawk steak, lobster tacos and charred octopus... yeah there we said it. Want to talk about dessert? Try the fried rice pudding or the apple pie taquitos or the s'mores empanadas or the hazelnut flan. Drooooooool. Martini Week Specials: get a Grey Goose "Last Night I Dreamt of San Pedro" with sparkling wine for $12.

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7. Momofuku Ssäm Bar 207 2nd Ave, New York, NY 10003

The word Ssäm refers to a Korean dish of wrapped meat, much like a burrito. Momofuku Ssäm Bar, David Chang’s no-reservations, East Village restaurant centers around Ssäm and similar Korean street food, with a heavy focus on pork and offal. (Vegetarians, tread lightly: the menu states that meatless options are available upon request, but that’s really what you're here for.) From the daily changing menu, staples that should be ordered without question include pork buns (a few, at least), kimchee (obviously), fried Brussels sprouts, cured country hams, and Ssäm, which is only available in large-format at dinner. Aside from a shorter table wait, lunch service offers individual Ssäm options like rotisserie duck, pork shoulder, and beef brisket. Always order extra pancakes.

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8. Narcissa 21 Cooper Sq, New York, NY 10003

Inside The Standard East Village, Narcissa crafts a seasonal menu based around farm-fresh Hudson Valley ingredients that are both light and filling. Two dining rooms and an outdoor space with a private garden view give off a cozy, upscale vibe complemented by a crowd of downtown regulars and hotel guests. The menu gives equal play to meat, fish, and vegetables, with an emphasis on roasted dishes. Be sure to order a side of the carrot fries -- they give their fried potato counterparts a run for their money.

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9. Osteria Morini 218 Lafayette St, New York, NY 10012

From Michael White of Marea, Ai Fiori, and Vaucluse, this Soho restaurant specializes in Italian cuisine from the northern Emilia-Romagna region. Expect house-made pasta dishes like braised wild mushroom rigatoni, simply grilled meats, and cured meat and cheese plates. Osteria Morini's dinner is perfect for date night, while its brunch, featuring ricotta pancakes and frittatas alongside signature pastas, has all the cheese and carbs essential to curing a hangover. Cleanse your palate with a scoop (or three) of gelato.

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10. NYY Steak 7 W 51 Street, New York, NY 10111

You're probably going to want to check out the custom-made Signature Wall when you walk into this three-story steak house to see just which 86 Yankee players have similar tastes in cuisine as you do. Of course once you do take your seat you'll be going through a list of 400 wines to go with your steak - or King Crab or short rib ragu. On second thought, maybe you should check that wall after you order.

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11. Angus Club Steakhouse 135 E 55th Street, New York, NY 10022

Split the signature porterhouse -- between one, two, or three friends, -- or pick an aged steak -- there's a 30 to 35 day process here as oposed to the normal 27 to 28, and trust us you'll notice the difference when you bite -- at this bi-level chophouse. Angus home fries or truffled mac n'cheese are perfect to round out the night's meal.

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12. The Gander 15 W 18th St, New York, NY 10011

From Jesse Schenker (of recette in the West Village), The Gander is a refined restaurant in the Flatiron District that highlights seasonal comfort food and -- unsurprising given it's named after a male goose -- meats. The lofty space is split between a dining room that serves nightly prix fixe and chef's tasting menus, and a bar room with all-day à la carte service. The Gander has a standout wine program with over 650 selections and seasonably-minded cocktails.

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13. The Wayfarer 101 W 57th St, New York, NY 10019

American Seafoodery The Wayfarer is a haven for Midtown brunch. Harp on the oysters, branzino, tuna crudo, or steak, and thank us later.