One trend that is decidedly new in the last year is the rise of steakhouses that appeal to the millennial set - young food-obsessed urbanites who are cuisine-curious with money to spare (cough: hipsters). M. Wells Steakhouse in Long Island City, Queens, is at the forefront of the trend. Quebecois duo Hugue Dufour and Sarah Obraitis of the now-retired M. Wells Diner made a name for themselves by cooking up eclectic, globally inspired plates not afraid of offal, bones, fat or gore. With their newest project, M. Wells Steakhouse, the pair has set up shop in a former auto body shop in Queens serving up the usual classics with many unique twists (a bone-in burger, bone-in Chateaubriand, and raw Geoduck "A La Peacock").
Down in DC, hipster-friendly chef Spike Mendelsohn hangs his fedora at Capitol Hill's Bearnaise. Started as a steak-frites-only concept, the meat-heavy restaurant has now expanded its menu to skew a bit more French bistro. Millennial meat fans on a budget can get in-and-out on the $28 Flatiron steak served with fries and choice of salad or soup and sauces like bearnaise, spicy bearnaise, bordelaise and au poivre.