With any Stephen Starr operation, you know what you’re getting: great service, flawless execution, and a serious price tag. At Butcher & Singer, Starr’s throwback to the old Hollywood-style steak- and chophouses, everything comes as expected. It’s a great option for that splurge/special occasion, and is also a steal if you can snag a reservation during restaurant week.
On the ground floor of the old Barclay building -- which was once the most famous hotel in the city and the site of the Abscam sting from American Hustle -- Barclay Prime is Stephen Starr’s other high-end steakhouse, where options range from the petite 8oz filet to the dinosaur-sized PA Pride 50oz tomahawk rib eye, which we think is meant for two...
Located in what was once the lobby of the First Pennsylvania Bank, this is the spot if you are looking for a show-stopping venue to go with heart-stoppingly good beef. At Del Frisco's, the dining room features sweeping three-story columns and a 40ft (1,200-bottle) wine tower at the center of the restaurant. You can also schedule a private party in the original vault -- just be prepared to be on display.
Want some great ordering advice? When in doubt over what to get, you won’t go wrong if you order the thing the place is named after. It’s pretty foolproof, especially when the prime rib is as good as the one at... well, you know.
It’s hard to make a bad choice on the expansive menu at Davio's, the Northern Italian-inspired steakhouse right off Rittenhouse Square near Liberty Place. But since this is a list about steak, you’re heading there for the selection of carni -- all of which is sourced from California's Brandt Beef. Of all the organic, hormone-free beef options, the 30oz prime, natural-aged, bone-in rib eye is the most popular... something the above photo makes pretty easy to understand.
OK, so Honey Brook is pretty damn far from Philly -- technically an hour-and-change drive. But, if you are looking for some of the best beef in the area, Wyebrook Farm has to be on the list. At Wyebrook, you can get cuts of pasture-raised beef, pigs, and chickens at the butcher shop (if you are in a DIY mood) or at the newly opened BYOB cafe, which serves some permanent staples, and a rotating menu of Wyebrook meats and seasonal vegetables.
If the other options on the list seem a little buttoned-up to you, head to the Saloon in Bella Vista for a decidedly less pretentious vibe. For 50 years, the family-run restaurant has kept the bellies of South Philly full with a menu covering Italian classics (stuffed peppers, broccoli rabe), steakhouse favorites (clams casino, shrimp oscar), and mains. Prices are pretty reasonable considering the entrees also come with a side dish, unlike a ton of other steak spots (cough, Capital Grille, cough).
Center City West/Comcast Center
Following relocation from the 'burbs (Bala Cynwyd) to the Comcast Center, the kitchen at Chops has stepped up its game in a big way. And if you're dining at the Comcast Center, you might as well order big, too, and go for the 28oz prime cowboy steak sourced from New York’s Gachot & Gachot butchery (the same butcher that supplies NYC staple Peter Luger). It’s $58, but just like your Comcast bill, said beef ain’t cheap.