As Patrick Henry famously never said, "Give me liberty, or give me death, OR give me a power-ranked list of the eight best steakhouses in New York. Toooootally your call". Because we're out of liberty/death, here's the latter.
Power-Ranking New York's 8 Best Steakhouses
8. Sammy's Roumanian Steakhouse
Lower East Side
This is officially the only LES institution that serves its steaks with a container of chicken fat you can pour over them (or bet someone they won't drink), and its vodka in bottles encased in ice. In short, you must go here at least once.
7. Del Frisco's
This is the go-to spot for Midtown happy hour-ers and suit-wearing dudes who like top-notch beef cuts like the original Double Eagle and a 32oz Wagyu Longbone.
Started by a former head waiter over at Luger's with decades of experience, Wolfgang's arched ceilings and bustling room provide a great New York-y experience, while the porterhouses for four provide enough steak for... um... four people.
Union Square and Midtown
Although deviating from the traditional steakhouse-vibe with a persistent, rich, red color scheme, and nude ladies basically all over the walls, this place seems more date-spot-clubhouse than steakhouse. But it isn't skimpy where it really matters: the meat is excellent and they do a killer selection of sides, a perhaps-underrated steakhouse necessity.
The oldest restaurant on this list and one of the oldest in the entire city, this classic is a "must check-off your list" kinda place. Not only are the steaks (and mutton) top-notch, but so is everything else -- from the waiters, to the storied pipes lining the walls, to the feel of the room, which oozes classic NY.
3. St Anselm
Offering basically the opposite of the classic steakhouse vibe, this
meth lab in an abandoned New Mexico warehouse wooded Williamsburg spot fires perfect steaks, other rotating meaty options, and even some craziness like bacon- or blue cheese-flavored ice cream.
2. Peter Luger
The ultimate classic. You want to know what a NY steakhouse is and should strive to be? This is it.
1. BLT Prime
Upping the game in almost all categories, BLTP's got a super-sexy modern space, a bunch of epic sides, scene-stealing bread (popovers!), and classic steakhouse cuts from some of the primest meat on the planet -- including actual Wagyu from Japan and the Italian excellence that is Chianina.
1. Del Frisco's Steakhouse1221 Avenue of the Americas, New York
2. Sammy's Roumanian Steakhouse157 Chrystie St, New York
3. Wolfgang's Steakhouse4 Park Ave, New York
4. Strip House13 E 12th St, New York
5. Keens Steakhouse72 W 36th St, New York
6. St. Anselm355 Metropolitan Ave, Brooklyn
7. Peter Luger178 Broadway, Brooklyn
8. BLT Prime111 E 22nd St, New York
Del Frisco's filet mignon and creamed spinach is something everyone needs to experience during their time in the big app.
Sammy's is a LES joint that's doling out massive steaks. What comes with these massive steaks? Oh, just a container of chicken fat that you can pour over your meal. Do it. We did!
Wolfgang Zwiener spent 40 years as a waiter at Peter Luger before opening his first steakhouse on Park Ave in 2004, so it’s not surprising that this high-end chain’s specialty is the Luger-style porterhouse. The flagship location in Midtown East offers a must-see blue, white, and gold vaulted-tile ceiling designed by famed architect Rafael Guastavino (also behind the Grand Central Oyster Bar ceiling) that’s a carry-over from the days when the building was the Vanderbilt Hotel.
Done up in bordello shades of gold and red and lined with burlesque photos, the cheekily named Strip House delivers top-notch steak cuts and creative sides. They do tableside carvings and have an extensive wine list, and the steak has been lauded as some of the best in the city. Save room for dessert, because the 24-layer chocolate cake is legendary.
Keens was the gentlemen-only meeting place for all sorts of playwrights, publishers, producers, and newsmen of the Herald Square Theatre District back in the day... which was 1885, by the way. Today, the legendary steakhouse maintains its reputation and continues to deliver quality eats in an old-timey atmosphere, and women are now allowed in (!!). Wondering what to order? Try the mutton chops, word is you won't regret it.
One of the best steakhouses in NYC, this rustic Williamsburg spot has probably the least amount of frills than any other in the city, focusing all its attention on simple, beautifully grilled meats and seafood. It's mainly a dinner spot during the week, but Saturdays and Sundays turn out a solid lunch.
This New York institution (opened in 1887) is specifically known for its old-school, impeccable waitstaff and its sizzling, perfectly cooked, buttery porterhouse. The wine list sticks to a strict but to-the-point number of options that pair perfectly with the dishes, and the lunchtime hamburger -- a mix of ground chuck and trimmings from the aged steaks -- is simply something you can't get anywhere else.
This upscale Gramercy Park restaurant sets the modern-day standard for steakhouses in New York City. The "beef is what's for dinner" commercials were created with this place in mind. It offers a myriad of steak options, as well as a full selection of seafood and an award-winning wine list.