There is truly nothing more quintessentially ‘New York’ than a good ol’ New York Strip Steak or Poterhouse. As such, Haute Living has you thoroughly covered in the Angus arena. Whether you are pining for the juiciest, most decadent slab of beef in the 5 boroughs, seeking the swankiest atmosphere or trying to dine amongst the hautest–we’ve broken it down to a foolproof list of the top 5 places to get your steak on.
1 Peter Luger
True steak connoisseurs come to Peter Luger for the authentic experience and the best Porterhouse in New York. And possibly the world. The German Beer Hall feel to the tudor style restaurant sets the perfect scene for cutting into a juicy USDA Prime dry-aged Porterhouse--and it is NOT the place to skip dessert; we recommend the "Holy Cow" hot fudge sundae. Favored by anyone from Henry Kissinger to Nicholas Cage, this is a true New York institution for the true Steak lover.
In somewhat of a contrast to the above, STK is just as much about its 20 oz. 65-day aged ribeye as it is about its stunning atmosphere and its celebrity haunt. STK's offerings extend far outside the classic steak box with menu favorites such as Jumbo Lump Crab with green melon, avocado, and mache greens; Tuna Tartare with roasted pineapple, crispy shallots, and plantain chips; Cowboy Rib Steak with parmesan truffle fries. And who can resist a place where dessert is just as spectacular as the main meal? At STK you can top if all off with the carnival “Ménage a Trois,” a mix of caramel corn, cotton candy and mini funnel cake.
3 BLT Prime
BLT Prime offers three dining scenes for guests to choose from. Dine on the first floor in the modern suede banquette, view the dining room from the mezzanine or enjoy tree-lined 22nd St. in the outdoor café. At the end of the day, however, a steakhouse is all about the steak and beef reigns supreme on this menu. Insiders from the restaurant recommend to choose from the Kansas City—a 28-day dry aged Prime bone-in strip—or the NY Strip. My mouth waters for BLT Prime’s signature dessert is a mouth-watering peanut butter chocolate tart served with a scoop of banana ice cream. Yum.
With its sleek and elegant décor, Primehouse is a refined traditional steakhouse. Young and quite vibey, it boasts black and white tile floors; old world elegance while modern finishes keep this haute spot in the present. Primehouse favorites are the 20 oz. 65-day Aged Rib-eye, the 20 oz. Porterhouse and the 22 oz. bone-in Filet Mignon. Add one of the delectable side dishes, like the signature Mac and Cheese, Lobster Whipped Potatoes or Duck Fat Hash Browns.
Primehouse boasts one of the city’s best soufflés, especially the Seasonal Hazelnut Soufflé. Or you can take part in a little arts and crafts with the creative and adorable “Fill Your Own” cinnamon and sugar doughnuts-- choose chocolate, strawberry or butterscotch filling.
5 Wolfgang's Steakhouse
Located in the heart of midtown Manhattan, the flagship Park Avenue Wolfgang’s is a historic landmark unto itself. With arched ceilings tiled by the famed Rafael Guastavino, the restaurant boasts beautiful architecture that is second only to the mouth watering steak. Eponymous for its owner, Wolfgang Zweiner brings decades of experience to life in his perfectly crafted steakhouse. Known for its phenomenal Porterhouse to serve one, two or three this Manhattan institution will have you coming back again and again. This kitchen is known for the tastiest (albeit priciest) steakhouse classics in town; shrimp and crabmeat cocktails, mozzarella and beefsteak tomato salad, and creamed spinach, as well as more creative but equally tasty staples like crispy German potatoes with onions.