Four Incredible NYC Steakhouses
August 22nd, 2018
Steak is the undisputed monarch of dinner. The king of culinary delight. Sorry vegetarians. There’s simply nothing better than a huge hunk of well-prepared beef. There’s something undeniably decadent about eating steak, and New York is jam-packed with great steakhouses. Stonehenge NYC is here to hook you up with best spots for you and a few friends to kick back, have a drink and indulge in the best steak in the world. Peter Luger Steakhouse: It’s a bit sad that what is often regarded as the best steakhouse in NYC isn’t even located in Manhattan. The Brooklyn based Peter Luger steakhouse hasn’t let it’s 2nd-tier location get in the way of success. Want an idea of how well they’re doing? Try to make a reservation. They usually don’t even pick up the phone and reservations must be made months in advance. The legendary steakhouse that we know and love today owes its success not only to Peter Luger, but to Sol Froman. In the 1950’s, Sol was a regular attendee and huge fan of Peter Luger when he heard that his favorite restaurant was closing. Sol decided to attend the auction to see if he could pick up a few momentos and quickly realized he was the only person in attendance. Suddenly he hatched a plan to buy the entire restaurant and reopen it bigger and better than ever. That’s exactly what he did. The Peter Luger of today has soared high above its former glory. This isn’t a place to go if you want to enjoy a good steak. This is the place to go to eat the absolute best steak in the world. Are we exaggerating? Let us know in a few months once you’re able to get a reservation. Harry’s Cafe and Steak: Founded by Harry Poulakakos in 1972 in the basement of the historic India House building in Hanover Square, Harry’s has always been a rip-roaring success. A constant haven for stock traders and business magnates of Wall Street, Harry’s soon opened two more locations nearby--one in the Woolworth Building and one in the American Stock Exchange Building. Harry’s is unquestionably the go-to steakhouse for carnivorous businessmen with discerning palates. In fact, it even made and appearance in Brett Easton Ellis’s infamous novel American Psycho cementing its place as a literary and culinary landmark. The fact that Harry’s was a favorite destination for a murderous Wall Street psycho shouldn’t prevent you from booking a table. Sumptuous leather chairs, wood paneled walls and unmatched food create an air of old-world class that’s rare in the modern age. It’s founder Harry still greets guests at the front door almost every day--a man whose business enterprises now encompass 22 restaurants and one wine store. Not bad, Harry. Delmonico’s: Delmonico's claims to be the first fine dining restaurant in America, and looking at their storied history it’s hard to disagree with them. Founded in 1837 when New York City was first being recognized as the financial capital of the country, Delmonico’s offered it’s high-class customers great food, excellent service and--something unheard of at the time--private rooms. Delmonico’s was groundbreaking in more than one way. It was the first establishment in the United States to use French nomenclature of “restaurant” to describe itself. This choice undoubtedly raised many eyebrows at first but the term quickly caught on like wildfire. It was impossible to deny that this newfangled “restaurant” was the most popular eatery in the city. It also was the first dining establishment to feature table cloths and went on to give birth to some classic fine dining dishes including Eggs Benedict, Baked Alaska, Lobster Newburg and Chicken A la Keene. Visitors to Delmonico’s today will encounter something very different from its humble origins as the ‘first restaurant in America’. A series of renovations has kept the interior looking fab, though it’s trademark Pompeian pillars still guard the entrance. The modern Delmonico’s has remained a distinguished steakhouse for more than a century thanks to their passion for searing up the choicest cuts. Keens Steakhouse: Back in old-timey New York City, Herald Square was a very different place. The district was primarily known for its bars, inns and especially theatre houses. It was where you went if you wanted to have a drink or take in a show. Keens was one of the most popular restaurants in the area, frequented by hungry and thirsty actors between (and often during) shows. Nothing helped an actor overcome a bit of stage fright better than a stiff drink, and there was no better post-show meal than a mutton-chop from Keens. Like many backwards and out-of-date institutions of the time, Keens had a strict “no ladies” policy, which became the focus of a lawsuit between Keens and Lillie Langtry. Langtry was an actress--basically the Angelina Jolie of her time. She wanted to enjoy the benefits of Keens as much as the next person, and after a lengthy legal battle the court sided with her. Once Lillie was allowed (legally mandated)entry, she became an enthusiastic member of their regular clientele. Never let principles stand in the way of great food. Keens has remained steadfast in its popularity and nabbing a dinner reservation there these days requires some planning, but is well worth the effort. Aside from their excellent beef steaks, Keen’s is known for their legendary mutton chops. Though it’s name might remind you of Victorian facial-hair styles, the experience of eating this massive hunk of meat is unbeatable. Sink your teeth into a delicacy from a different age.