Best Steakhouses in NYC

October 25, 2016
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by Zagat Staff

Whether you like yours well-done or rare, these top-rated NYC spots offer some of the best, biggest, juiciest steaks in town.

Peter Luger Steak House
Steakhouse · Williamsburg · $$$$
Food 4.8 · Decor 3.7 · Service 4.2

“Still the one and only” , this circa-1887 Williamsburg “monument to meat” sets the bar with its “buttery” house-aged beef ( “they define porterhouse” ) served by “cantankerous” career waiters in a “busy” “old-time” German beer hall setting; the “rough-and-tumble” style “only adds to the charm” , but prices are “stiff” and they don’t take plastic, so come with “a lot of cash.”
Benjamin
Steakhouse · East 40s · $$$
Food 4.6 · Decor 4.2 · Service 4.5

You can “eat like a man” at this “first-class” chop shop in the Dylan Hotel, supplying “perfectly prepared” beef and “top-shelf” service in “clubby” quarters with a “soaring ceiling” and “massive fireplace” ; it’s certainly “not cheap” , but then again this “sublime experience” is always “memorable.”
Porter House Bar and Grill
Steakhouse · West 50s · $$$$
Food 4.6 · Decor 4.5 · Service 4.5

They “know how to cook a steak” at Michael Lomonaco's “chic” Time Warner Center chophouse, where the beef is “juicy and fork-tender” and the “modern” surroundings get a boost from “spectacular” Central Park views; “caring” servers take the edge off the predictably “big checks.”
Keens Steakhouse
Steakhouse · West 30s · $$$
Food 4.5 · Decor 4.4 · Service 4.4

The “granddaddy of all NYC steakhouses” , this circa-1885 Midtown “temple to meat” remains “rock solid” , with “sinful” “Flintstones-size” mutton chops and other “succulent” slabs of beef in “masculine” “museum” -like surrounds with “lines upon lines” of antique pipes on the ceiling; it’s “not for the weak of wallet” , but “welcoming” service and an “endless” scotch selection are other reasons you “won't regret splurging.”
Quality Eats
American · West Village · $$$
Food 4.5 · Decor 4.4 · Service 4.4

“Definitely not your father’s steakhouse” , these more “accessible” Quality Meats spin-offs court a “young crowd” with “lesser-known” but “still delicious” cuts of meat, plus “inventive” starters and sides; “chill” settings with whimsical details further the “great buzz.”
Quality Meats
Steakhouse · West 50s · $$$
Food 4.5 · Decor 4.3 · Service 4.3

A “steakhouse for the modern era” , this “energetic” Midtowner “proves itself” with “really solid” beef plus more “offbeat” sides and apps served in “hipper than average” surroundings ( “no mahogany here” ); “high” prices are a given, but you do “pay for quality.”
Wolfgang's Steakhouse
Steakhouse · West 40s · $$$$
Food 4.5 · Decor 4.1 · Service 4.2

“Masterfully done” steaks “with all the trimmings” lure “business” types and other “enthusiastic carnivores” to these “high-energy” chop shops also touted for their “outstanding” wine lists, “old-school” service and “awesome ceilings” in the Park Avenue outlet; “holler” -worthy noise and “sticker-shock” tabs notwithstanding, it’s a “top contender” in its genre.
Manzo
Italian · Flatiron · $$$
Food 4.5 · Decor 3.6 · Service 3.9

A “walled-off oasis” amid the “flurry of Eataly” , this full-service Italian steakhouse within the Batali-Bastianich food hall shows a “nice range” with “terrific” chops bolstered by “excellent” pastas and an “extensive wine list” ; the venue’s upmarket pricing carries over, but most report being “well fed” for the money.
Old Homestead Steakhouse
Steakhouse · Chelsea · $$$$
Food 4.5 · Decor 4.0 · Service 4.2

Still serving a “hell of a steak” , this “legendary” Chelsea chophouse has been drawing “big spenders” in “big suspenders” since 1868, and its “clubby” (soon to be expanded) quarters “capture a bygone era” ; “robber baron” prices are part of the package, but given the “William Howard Taft” –worthy portions, some call it a “comparative value.”
St. Anselm
Steakhouse · Williamsburg · $$
Food 4.5 · Decor 4.0 · Service 4.0

“Hipster” carnivores “leave smiling” from this “New Age” Williamsburg steakhouse supplying “mind-blowing” naturally raised beef and “excellent” sides in “rustic” , brick-lined digs; “modest prices” make up for the “daunting” waits caused by the no-reservations policy, though regulars “kill time” at its neighboring “sister bar” , Spuyten Duyvil.
Sparks Steak House
Steakhouse · East 40s · $$$$
Food 4.5 · Decor 4.1 · Service 4.4

A “quintessential” “NY classic” , this 1966-vintage Midtown “temple of beef” “still shines” with “huge” cuts of “mouthwatering” meats and an “exhaustive” wine list administered by an “experienced” team; “manly” – bordering on “stodgy” – surrounds and “power-lunch” prices are all part of its “old-world charm.”