Experience the rich culinary history of New York by dining at one of their many acclaimed steak houses. This American tradition, which began in the 19th century, focuses on delicious food, friendly conversation, and ample drinks. This guide features 10 major players who have grown with the city alongside modern contenders who demonstrate New York City’s constantly evolving culinary scene.
Located in the quaint Gramercy neighborhood of Manhattan, BLT Prime is a classic steakhouse with a modern twist. Their dark, rich interior channels traditional steakhouse décor, but simplified tables and chairs paired with spacious lighting illustrate their contemporary attitude. Known for their mouth-watering, buttery popovers that complement every meal, BLT Prime also offers high quality beef, including an American Kobe Steak, as well as fresh seafood, crisp salads, and no less than six potato dishes. Their friendly service and consistently outstanding cuisine earned them a spot on Zagat’s top ten steakhouses list.
For more than two decades, Del Frisco’s Double Eagle Steak House has attracted after-work clientele and pre-theatre diners with their elegant, spacious establishment that boasts an award-winning wine list and the best USDA prime beef. Located in the heart of midtown at Rockefeller Center, Del Frisco’s dark wood interior and crisp white tablecloths recall the grand traditions of a classic American steakhouse. Try their rib eye steak, the lobster mac and cheese, the oozy cauliflower Brie gratin, and the zesty lemon cake for a true Del Frisco’s experience that will demonstrate exactly why they are consistently ranked as one of the best steakhouses in New York City.
Delmonico Exterior | Courtesy of Delmonico’s Restaurant
A thriving establishment since opening in 1837, Delmonico’s Restaurant embodies New York City’s rich dining history. Amongst many other accomplishments, they were the first restaurant to offer a printed menu and a separate wine list. Enter into their mahogany enriched interior to channel the countless poets, socialites and aristocrats who have graced this establishment. For an authentic experience, make sure to order Delmonico’s rib eye steak or the delicious Lobster Newburg, followed by a Baked Alaska, stuffed with banana ice cream. Such as order would be an ideal representation of Delmonico’s, as they are the proud inventors of these three now classic dishes.
Delmonico Steak | Courtesy of Delmonico’s Restaurant
Walking into Keens Steakhouse transports visitors to the Elizabethan era, where they will enjoy an elegant, luxurious dining experience. Opened in 1885 by distinguished theater patron Albert Keen, actors, producers, playwrights, and New York legends such as Babe Ruth and J.P. Morgan frequented this spot. Known for their succulent mutton chop and collection of churchwarden pipes hanging in neat rows across the ceiling, traditionally stored thus to prevent breakage during travel, Keens Steakhouse appears not only on Zagat’s list of Best Steakhouses in New York but is also one of the Top Historic Restaurants in NYC. If possible, do not skip dessert, as their butterscotch sundae is a city favorite.
The Old Homestead Steakhouse, established in 1868, is an historical New York landmark that still provides some of the best quality meat in the city. Located in the trendy meatpacking district, their menu offers old standbys such as the New York sirloin steak as well as modern additions like sweet and sour calamari. This confluence of old and new illustrates innovative contemporary enthusiasm alongside a reverence for tradition, situating The Old Homestead as a prominent steakhouse icon of the future as well as the past. Their impeccable customer service, relaxed atmosphere, and community outreach programs proclaim The Old Homestead not only a typical steakhouse but also a symbol of New York City.
Founded as a café in 1887 by Carl Luger, featuring billiards and bowling, Peter Luger’s Steak House quickly became a neighborhood favorite. The opening of the Williamsburg Bridge increased the number of loyal clientele flocking to Brooklyn for Peter Luger’s famed roast prime ribs of beef. Indeed, it was one of these loyal regulars, Sol Forman, who purchased the steakhouse at auction, continuing to run the establishment as a family orientated business that is still considered one of the best steakhouses in New York City, having achieved a Michelin star rating. Do not miss their dry-aged, perfectly seasoned, expertly cooked porterhouse.
Located close to an excellent selection of restaurants in the Time Warner Center, Porter House New York is a traditional steakhouse offering the highest quality meat and seafood. Opened in 2006 by renowned chef Michael Lomanco, Porter House became instantly popular with dishes such as their signature Chile-rubbed prime rib eye, their buttery two-pound Maine lobster and thick slices of the delectable coconut layer cake. Named after the traditional definition of a ‘porter house’, somewhere for people to enjoy a glass of porter over a delicious meal and lively conversation, Lomanco prides himself on offering the highest quality customer service. His high-end clientele and many critical accolades affirm Porter House New York as one of the foremost American steakhouses.
Exuding contemporary elegance with chic, industrial décor, Quality Meats augments their welcoming ambiance by serving steakhouse staples with a modern twist. Their steak tartar is expertly presented in a bowl complete with a small wooden spoon full of rainbow spices, whilst their homemade steak sauce is crafted at the table. As well as the eponymous meat, an array of seafood options illustrates their roots in traditional fare but unique side dishes, such as corn crème brûlée and buttered edamame with mint salt, suggest Quality Meats is aspiring to push the boundaries of traditional cooking.
In the heart of Greenwich Village sits Strip House, an American steakhouse with a playful attitude. The red and gold interior is adorned with classic burlesque photos, recalling the golden age of Hollywood glamour and providing the space with a nostalgic, chic sophistication. Strip House offer perfectly prepared meats and seafood as well as unforgettable sides to really compliment the central dish, such as truffle creamed spinach and goose fat potatoes. Classic hand crafted cocktails and a famously delicious 24 layer chocolate cake have earned them a spot on Zagat’s Top Restaurants in Greenwich Village. Their downtown popularity has inspired new outposts in Midtown and one in Las Vegas, a true sign of standard and success.
Owned and operated by Wolfgang Zwiener, who was the headwaiter at Peter Luger, Wolfgang’s Steak House is a New York staple with four locations in Manhattan alone. Wolfgang offers typical steak house fare including succulent cuts of meat, fresh seafood, and crisp salads. Start with their famed crab cakes and thick cut, juicy bacon before progressing to fantastic, aged porterhouse steak. Classic sides such as crisp onion rings, spinach, and broccoli illustrate their desire to maintain traditional integrity whilst a friendly, professional body of staff and a jovial atmosphere make any Wolfgang location an excellent choice for an evening meal.