Food & Drink

Where to Get the 10 Best New Steaks in New York City

Published On 02/17/2015 Published On 02/17/2015
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You can only go to Peter Luger so many times (you lucky, jaded bastard), before it's time for you to branch out and see other steaks. That time is now, and those other steaks are these ones: NYC's 10 best new pieces of meat.
 

Eli's Table

Upper East Side
You’ll probably need a date to enjoy the ribeye at this quiet, much-needed Upper East Side joint from culinary patriarch Eli Zabar. Here, Chef John Carr’s charred, dry-aged rendition for two is made with meat sourced right from Eli’s Market next door, and served with addictive, hand-cut pommes frites.

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Bara

East Village
This French-Japanese mash-up is whipping up creations like mezcal-sake cocktails and steamed cockles in enoki broth, which lead up incredibly well to Chef Ian Alvarez’s flatiron steak with house-made Worcestershire sauce, sesame seeds and -- to ensure you get your greens on for the night -- a mound of bok choy.
 

Via Carota

West Village
Although vegetables are seemingly the main attraction at this wildly popular West Village spot from power chef couple Jody Williams and Rita Sodi, you're here for the meat -- in particular, juicy hand-chopped steak. It’s essentially a burger sans the bun, simply seasoned and seared until there’s a nice crackle of crust. Mmm... meat crust...

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Le Fond

Greenpoint
Cozy and decked out in wood, Chef/owner Jake Eberle’s modern French bistro hits all the right rustic notes (like his duck/pork belly/garlic sausage cassoulet), but the Creekstone Farms hanger steak -- with cubes of potatoes, hen-of-the-woods mushrooms, and wilted spinach -- hits all of the right rustic and NOT-rustic notes (those are things, right?), managing a cooked-just-right simplicity that puts it into best-steak contention.

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Cafe Clover

West Village
One of the owners of this newcomer is Joe Dowdell, a personal trainer and owner of Peak Performance, plus there’s also a nutritionist who vets all the dishes with the chef, David Standridge. Instead of rolling your eyes and fearing bland tempeh, though, trust us when we say eating healthy can be a delicious thing, because here it means smoked chile octopus paving the way for a tender Green Valley Farm strip loin over olive oil potato puree. On top you’ll find a smattering of Brussels sprout leaves, because, you know, it’s a "good-for-you" restaurant.

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Bowery Meat Company

East Village
Prolific duo John McDonald and Josh Capon’s latest hit, the don’t-you-dare-call-it-a-steakhouse Bowery Meat Company, is home to the feel-free-to-call-it-a-steak Bowery Steak, a salsa verde-cloaked tower of meat perched atop whipped potatoes. Pro tip: leave room for the non-steak options like the massive and delicious duck lasagna. (Or a second Bowery Steak, either way.)

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Park Avenue Winter

Murray Hill
It’s a season that demands comfort, and so Park Ave Winter -- which changes its style every season -- is not messing around when it comes to steak. Chef Zene Flinn has decked out a beast of a Chateaubriand for two, with foie gras stuffing, red watercress, and now, your attention.

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The Upsider

Midtown East
Offering an oasis in a desert of mediocre burger-dispensing pubs: The Upsider and David Colston’s hanger steak, a baller piece of beef dressed with parsley root and blackened new onions in a beef jus.

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North End Grill

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.
 

King Bee

East Village
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.

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1. Eli's Table 1413 3rd Ave, New York, NY 10028 (Upper East Side)

You’ll probably need a date to enjoy the ribeye at this quiet, much-needed Upper East Side joint from culinary patriarch, Eli Zabar. Here, Chef John Carr works with meat sourced right from Eli’s Market next door, and also serves up addictive, hand-cut pommes frites.

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2. Bara 58 E 1st St, New York, NY 10003 (East Village)

Noodles and duck meatballs, sushi and steak, and sake and wine all come together in this Japanese/French, izakaya/wine bar mashup in the East Village.

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3. Via Carota 51 Grove St, New York, NY 10014 (West Village)

This bustling spot from Rita Sodi and Jody Williams is stocked with a grip of top-notch Italian eats, including meats and cheeses, crostini topped with salt cod or white truffle butter, gnocchi, and a fried rabbit with rosemary and garlic.

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4. Le Fond 105 Norman Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11222 (Greenpoint)

Cozy and decked out in wood, Chef/owner Jake Eberle’s modern French bistro hits all the right rustic notes (like his duck/pork belly/garlic sausage cassoulet), but the Creekstone Farms hanger steak -- with cubes of potatoes, hen-of-the-woods mushrooms, and wilted spinach -- hits all of the right rustic and NOT-rustic notes , too.

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5. Cafe Clover 10 Downing St, New York, NY 10014 (West Village)

Focused on health and ALSO being delicious, this corner joint worked with a nutritionist to create dishes like cauliflower “steak” with romesco and veggie chutney, roasted oyster with truffle and pickled shallot, and actual, no-air-quotes-necessary steak, with Brussels sprouts and olive oil potato puree.

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6. Bowery Meat Company 9 E 1st St, New York, NY 10003 (East Village)

From Chef Josh Capon and the group behind Lure, Burger & Barrel, and El Toro Blanco, this glitzy modern steakhouse in the East Village takes traditional steak and chops up a notch. The menu offers a nice mix of usual steakhouse mains (the meat comes from butcher Pat LaFrieda) and next-level starters and sides (patatas bravas, crispy polenta, salmon sashimi, to name a few), with pasta dishes and oysters rounding out the sophisticated menu.

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7. Park Avenue Autumn/Winter/Spring/Summer 360 Park Ave S, New York, NY 10010 (Murray Hill)

No two dining experiences at Park Avenue are ever alike, because the menu and interior change with every season. Locals enjoy stopping by throughout the year to taste inspiring new breakfast, lunch, dinner, and brunch dishes in a redesigned space, but the main draw is the California-style burger (served two to an order!), which is thankfully available all year.

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8. The Upsider 1004 2nd Ave, New York, NY 10022 (Midtown East)

With a large quartz bar, bright-blue accents, leather bar stools, and plenty of light, this ‘60s-inspired bar is Instagram gold. On weekdays it caters to an after-work crowd and there's a 40-seat street patio for weekend brunch. With top-notch American fare and a selection of reasonably-priced bar snacks, it's a great place to take your cocktails to a table and settle in for a while.

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9. North End Grill 104 N End Ave, New York, NY 10282 (Financial District)

At this largely pescatarian bar & grill, the walls & bar are covered in rough, black-stained fence wood from Wisco, tightly packed rows of giant, saucer-like fixtures hang from a pipe-lined ceiling, stools line the chef's counter overlooking the open kitchen, and the dining room is accessed via a walkway lined with prep stations for pastries, coffee, and fish.

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10. King Bee 424 E 9th St, New York, NY 10009 (East Village)

This rustic, homey, Acadian-inspired spot is flexing its Louisiana French Canadian muscles with eats like pork cracklings with cane caramel and malt vinegar powder, Gulf shrimp barbecue, and a ribeye with beef vinaigrette and fried garlic potatoes.

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