Battery Park City
The wood-burning grill is the thing (duh) at this Downtown Danny Meyer favorite. Chef Eric Korsh, who took the helm last spring, has a way with seafood -- shout-out to the grapefruit and Serrano Spanish mackerel crudo -- but the new-this-fall, 28-day dry-aged prime steak, paired with duck fat fries, is a straightforward and satiating expression of his reverence for French technique. Date in tow or just ordering like a damn boss? Splurge on the massive Porterhouse version.
This France-meets-Canada-meets-Louisiana Acadian eats spot from chef Jeremie Tomczak is prepping your stomach by way of grilled oysters with cabbage-garlic butter -- all for the main event of a Creekstone Farms ribeye that's heightened by a savory beef vinaigrette and potato-leek terrine. There’s no liquor here, but Eben Klemm’s concoctions bring it all the same, including the best-name-ever-having "The Dan Smith Will Teach You Guitar" with Cocchi Americano Rosa and plum shrub.
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Alia Akkam is a food, drink, travel, and design writer for myriad outlets. She swoons for retro steakhouses and feels ashamed that she has only dined at Peter Luger once. Follow her on Twitter.