Jean Georges Steakhouse
It's a nice touch when restaurants manage to work their cuisine into the decor, like Italian trattorias where garlands of garlic and bottles of veggies are displayed throughout, or Applebee's, where the walls are covered with...crap. Enter a meat-palace with decor honoring the steak, at Jean Georges Steakhouse.From Michelin-tri-starred chef Jean-Georges Vongerichten, JG Steakhouse is a gleaming temple o' meat, with a glazed lava rock bar, an elevated semi-private dining room with kitchen-viewing portholes, and an expansive main eatin' area with black marble floors and plenty of bovine nods: a massive cow silhouette overlooking the main room, bone marrow-inspired pottery, a "milk drop" acrylic chandelier, and recycled barn wood, although thankfully not the kind responsible for creating all the cows you'll be eating. Pre-beef starters include the Hamachi Sashimi w/ black truffle toast; crispy black pepper crab beignets w/ an Asian pear & lime dressing; and the King oyster mushroom & avocado carpaccio w/ serrano pepper oil, which he rubs on his bat, since Jobu isn't helping with anything. Steaks come in a smattering of cuts and sizes, like a 28 oz ribeye, a 24 oz porterhouse, and a 12 oz filet mignon, all cooked on a wood burning grill and paired with one of five sauces (three-pepper marmalade, soy-miso butter, smoked chili glaze...); non-red meat includes a roasted Chilean Sea Bass w/ a miso-yuzu glaze, and everything's joined by sides like a black truffle & comte fritter, broiled bone marrow, and roasted royal trumpet mushrooms (for kings who champion virtue and morels). For your imbibing pleasure, JG's got four house-made sodas (Calamansi, Cherry Yuzu, Passion Chili, Fresh Ginger Ale) plus a robust selection of wines by the glass and cocktails like the Hendrick's-fueled Cucumber Martini and the Bulleit Bourbon/ginger ale/passion fruit Whiskey Passion Fizz -- reflecting the passion of the local football coach, who saw his decades of dedication rewarded with the ceremonious installation of his own photo next to a unicycle.