Best Steakhouses in NYC

August 15, 2018
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by Zagat Staff

From classic spots to modern takes on the traditional, these are the best places to eat steak in NYC.

Quality Eats
Steakhouse · West Village · $$$
Food 4.5 · Decor 4.4 · Service 4.4

These “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; “high” prices are a given, but you do “pay for quality.”
Wolfgang's Steakhouse
Steakhouse · West 40s · $$$$
Food 4.5 · Decor 4.0 · Service 4.1

“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.
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.”
Porter House Bar and Grill
Steakhouse · West 50s · $$$$
Food 4.5 · 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.”
Peter Luger Steak House
Steakhouse · Williamsburg · $$$$
Food 4.8 · Decor 3.7 · Service 4.1

“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 4.5 · Decor 4.1 · Service 4.5

This “first-class” chop shop in the Dylan Hotel serves “perfectly prepared” beef along with “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.”
Old Homestead Steakhouse
Seafood · Chelsea · $$$$
Food 4.5 · Decor 4.0 · Service 4.1

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
American · 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.
The Beatrice Inn
Steakhouse · West Village · $$$
Food 4.0 · Decor 4.1 · Service 4.0

This “grown-up” destination inhabits a storied West Village basement, where the New American fare is considered “good” enough, but it's the cocktails and clubby “mystique” that people “love” ; it's equally suited “for a group of friends or date night” , though plan on “upscale” pricing.
4 Charles Prime Rib
Steakhouse · West Village · $$$

Brendan Sodikoff (of Chicago’s Au Cheval, famed for its burger) steers this West Village steakhouse focusing on its cuts of beef, richly topped patties and elaborate sundaes. Wood-beamed walls are covered with framed prints and mirrors, lending a warm, old-time feel to the space.
Strip House
Steakhouse · Greenwich Village · $$$
Food 4.4 · Decor 4.1 · Service 4.3

“Sultry” , red-velvet decor provides the backdrop for “off-the-charts delicious” beef and “amazing” sides at these “sexy” steakhouses where “expertly mixed” cocktails help fuel an “animated crowd” ; you’ll need a “fat wallet” , but service is “attentive” , and it all makes for one “darn good” meal.
Minetta Tavern
American · Greenwich Village · $$$
Food 4.4 · Decor 4.0 · Service 4.0

“Nostalgia trip” meets “trendiness” at Keith McNally’s “energetic” Village “standout” that revives a circa-1937 tavern with “vintage” knickknacks, “snappy” service and “excellent” French fare including a “mind-blowing” Black Label burger ( “holy cow!” ); the prospect of “famous” faces in the back room keeps it a “tough table” , despite digs “more crowded than the subway.”
Cote Korean Steakhouse
Steakhouse · Flatiron · $$$$

Dry-aged steaks are the focus of this upscale Korean chophouse from owner Simon Kim (Piora), where guests cook the meat over in-table grills and can go for the prix fixe option of the Butcher’s Feast, rounded out with lots of sides and ice cream at the end. The group-friendly setting is accented with dark tones and light woods, and has a central marble bar.
Bowery Meat Company
Steakhouse · East Village · $$$
Food 4.4 · Decor 4.1 · Service 4.1

The team behind Burger & Barrel and Lure “bring innovation” to this Italian-influenced East Village steakhouse, offering “interesting” choices (duck lasagna is a “must” ) and “decadent” , “top-cut” chops; a retro '60s vibe gives the space an “inviting” feel, and while tabs are predictably “pricey” , there are many reasons to “return again and again.”
BLT Prime
Steakhouse · Gramercy Park · $$$
Food 4.5 · Decor 4.3 · Service 4.3

“Perfectly marbled” prime cuts and “puffy” popovers are the big draws at this Gramercy steakhouse whose bi-level “modern” space comes “without the macho” ; “well-made” classic cocktails and “friendly” servers add further appeal – fans just “wish it were cheaper.”
Sparks Steak House
Seafood · East 40s · $$$$
Food 4.5 · Decor 4.0 · 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.”