Trending: Prime Rib Returns to Menus Across the U.S.

This throwback cut is hotter than ever
August 5, 2015
by Alia Akkam

It’s easy to confuse the two slabs of juicy meat, but steak and prime rib are not one and the same. The latter is a beautifully pink and fatty piece cut from a whole-cooked roast of primal rib meat. Often carved to-order by bow tie–donning waiters at old-school restaurants, this carnivorous symbol of retro grandeur is making a comeback on modern-day menus. Here are eight prime rib dishes around the U.S. to savor during your summer travels.

NYC: Mission Chinese Food and The Ribbon

Inspired by the lavish dim sum carts found at Chinese restaurants of yore, the newest incarnation of Danny Bowien’s Mission Chinese outpost on New York's Lower East Side has a decidedly old-school vibe. This means that in addition to Mongolian long beans and spicy turnip vinaigrette–laced Tiger Salad, there is smoked prime rib served via roving cart and accompanied by a fancy king crab leg ($150).

Meanwhile, at The Ribbon, the latest outpost of the Bromberg brothers' Blue Ribbon empire, offers the juicy spit-roasted cut of beef in either nine-($39) or 16-oz. portions ($56, pictured at top).

Mission Chinese Food: 171 E. Broadway, New York

The Ribbon: 20 W. 72nd St., New York; 212-787-5656

Boston: Bondir

Jason Bond has two Massachusetts locations of Bondir, his rustic restaurant devoted to New England–sourced ingredients. At idyllic Bondir Concord, a short drive from Boston, the $58 tasting menu includes this slow-roasted prime rib draped in sauce béarnaise that takes cues from the classic French bistro.

24 Walden St., Concord, 978-610-6554

Photo: Bill Wisser

Miami: Mignonette

Among the lobster deviled eggs and crispy-skin snapper at Miami’s Mignonette is the bone-in prime rib, the menu’s sole beef option. Simplicity is the goal of chef-owner Danny Serfer’s rendition, liberally seasoned with salt and pepper, then slow cooked and seared before joining scalloped potatoes and green peas on the plate ($37, pictured above).

210 NE 18th St., Miami305-374-4635

Minneapolis: FireLake Grill House & Cocktail Bar

Offering respite from the chaos of Minneapolis’ massive Mall of America is FireLake Grill House & Cocktail Bar, inside the Radisson Blu hotel. Cooked over wood-fired flames, the hand-carved, farm-fresh prime rib is dressed in horseradish sauce and jus. White cheddar–herb mashed potatoes make it all the more indulgent ( $29 for 10 oz., $34 for 14 oz.).

2100 Killebrew Dr., Bloomington, 952-851-4040

Austin: Liberty Kitchen

Dining at this Houston-based seafooder on a Thursday evening means the possibility of devouring prime rib two ways: a rotisserie rib-eye center and a smoked rib-eye cap. The juicy beef is accompanied by a decadent Irish butter–sour cream mash, bone jus and whipped cream horseradish ($48.50, pictured above).

507 Pressler St., Suite 700, Austin; 512-840-1330

San Francisco: Presidio Social Club

One night a pig roast might be the star of San Francisco’s Presidio Social Club, another BBQ beef ribs. But on Mondays, chef Wes Shaw’s “Weeknight Supper” special is his thinly sliced prime rib with roasted potatoes, large enough for two ($45, pictured above).

563 Ruger St., San Francisco; 415-885-1888

San Diego: Juniper & Ivy

One of the first items to sell out at Juniper & Ivy in San Diego is the prime rib roast. Richard Blais typically serves the nostalgic dish — it's a favorite of his — with a baked potato and from-scratch bacon along with green garlic and umami-packed onion butter. A savory finish comes in the form of beef drippings and horseradish on the side.

2228 Kettner Blvd., San Diego; 619-269-9036

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