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2005/12/31 15:54:15 (permalink)

Times Square Steakhouses

Going to NYC for a long winter weekend in February and will be staying at the Marriott Marquis Times Square. Does anyone have any suggestions for steakhouses within reasonable proximity to this hotel? Of course, Peter Luger is already planned for one night(realizing its not close to the hotel). Does anyone have any knowledge of Ben & Jack's Steakhouse - it is on 44th and recently got a green dot in Forbes. Supposed to have been started by 2 ex-Luger alumni. Thanks in advance for your help.
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    RE: Times Square Steakhouses 2006/01/03 10:26:16 (permalink)
    So long as it isn't raining, you can catch a cab to any restaurant you please, for just a few bucks. No need to limit yourself.

    Sparks?

    Gallagher's is walking distance.
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    RE: Times Square Steakhouses 2006/01/03 10:37:29 (permalink)
    I had a great well crusted and marbled rib-eye steak at Del Frisco, around 49th and sixth. It was called the "carpetbagger" steak, about the best I had ever had in my life!!

    and for some reason, that steak is a special price, I remember it being only about $27.00. Even comes with potatoes!

    the other steaks are way more

    enjoy
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    RE: Times Square Steakhouses 2006/01/03 10:40:33 (permalink)
    Del Frisco's is a great spot for a "special" dinner. The steaks are just great, the appy's and sides are all well done, and the service is first rate.
    It it not unusual to get a thank you note from your server a day or two after your visit - nice personal touch.
    Pricy, yes, but worth it.
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    RE: Times Square Steakhouses 2006/01/03 10:49:27 (permalink)
    Do not go to del friscos for steak...I have had maybe 15 client lunches there last year and the steaks arent a big deal - the crab cakes are to die for! I even had the chef come out with new steaks and free desserts bc the steaks we had were barely eaten. Great service but I have enjoyed the seafood there the most. for steaks in nyc - one place - wolfgangs.
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    RE: Times Square Steakhouses 2006/01/03 11:53:29 (permalink)
    quote:
    Originally posted by SBXSTR

    Going to NYC for a long winter weekend in February and will be staying at the Marriott Marquis Times Square. Does anyone have any suggestions for steakhouses within reasonable proximity to this hotel? Of course, Peter Luger is already planned for one night(realizing its not close to the hotel). Does anyone have any knowledge of Ben & Jack's Steakhouse - it is on 44th and recently got a green dot in Forbes. Supposed to have been started by 2 ex-Luger alumni. Thanks in advance for your help.


    Shula's is in the Westin hotel also on Times Square, and isn't bad if you don't want to travel, but you can do much better by taking a walk or cab to places like Sparks (I like!) or places other people have mentioned.
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    RE: Times Square Steakhouses 2006/01/03 12:06:13 (permalink)
    Ben Benson's is also nearby. Maybe a 7 minute walk from your hotel... and well worth it too I might add.

    Wally
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    RE: Times Square Steakhouses 2006/01/03 17:55:11 (permalink)
    Thanks for your input, people. I was trying to avoid chains and I've had my eyes set on Gallaghers for years, after walking by the rear of their restuarant which was open to their dry aging room. Steaks galore! I'm still interested in Ben & Jack's Steakhouse -- supposedly a Peter Luger clone. Thanks again.
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    RE: Times Square Steakhouses 2006/01/03 18:17:19 (permalink)
    A cab ride away, but Frank's, in the meatpacking district, is a longtime favorite (though I've not been there in a few years). One of the older restaurants in town & owned by descendants of the founders. Simple & fabulous food with an Italian overlay. They also have/had an excellent house brand cabernet that is produced by one of the best Long Island wineries.
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    RE: Times Square Steakhouses 2006/01/03 22:17:07 (permalink)
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    A cab ride away, but Frank's, in the meatpacking district, is a longtime favorite (though I've not been there in a few years). One of the older restaurants in town & owned by descendants of the founders. Simple & fabulous food with an Italian overlay. They also have/had an excellent house brand cabernet that is produced by one of the best Long Island wineries.


    Frank's is very good. I have also had great meals at Mark Joseph down near Manhattan end of Brooklyn Bridge, but I have also have others tell me it was just okay. Not to belabor the point, but you can't go wrong with Sparks!
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    RE: Times Square Steakhouses 2006/01/04 12:15:59 (permalink)
    Had lunch last week (2 people = $130 before tip) at Wolfgangs www.wolfgangssteakhouse.com run by former Maitre D' of Peter Luger, and most other employees are also from Luger. Have never been to Peter Luger so can't make my own comparison, but it was a good meal. Would love to hear how you compare the 2. It's at corner of E. 33rd and Park Avenue in a beautiful vaulted ceiling room.
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    RE: Times Square Steakhouses 2006/01/04 13:15:56 (permalink)
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    Had lunch last week (2 people = $130 before tip) at Wolfgangs www.wolfgangssteakhouse.com run by former Maitre D' of Peter Luger, and most other employees are also from Luger. Have never been to Peter Luger so can't make my own comparison, but it was a good meal. Would love to hear how you compare the 2. It's at corner of E. 33rd and Park Avenue in a beautiful vaulted ceiling room.


    I used to work at 2 Park (Wolfgangs is @ 4 Park) when that was the Vanderbilt Hotel. It truely is a beautiful building and gets points for that!
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    RE: Times Square Steakhouses 2006/01/04 19:29:52 (permalink)
    I've been to -- Wolfgang's, Peter Luger, Smith & Wollensky, Post House, Maloney & Procelli, Keen's, Bobby Van's, Peter Luger's.

    They're all terrific, but my favorites are Wolfgang's, Smith-Wollensky, Maloney Porcelli, Keens, Post House. They all have very different atmosphere, etc. so it's so hard to say which without knowing the environment you like, but the food is always terrific.
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    RE: Times Square Steakhouses 2006/01/04 20:26:33 (permalink)
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    Originally posted by PaulBPool

    Del Frisco's is a great spot for a "special" dinner. The steaks are just great, the appy's and sides are all well done, and the service is first rate.
    It it not unusual to get a thank you note from your server a day or two after your visit - nice personal touch.
    Pricy, yes, but worth it.
    I'd be calling my bank after getting a thank you card from my server.Why would they have my mailing address? Just curious- why?
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    RE: Times Square Steakhouses 2006/01/04 20:33:12 (permalink)
    Forgot to mention the Palm! Also have been to Gallagher's. Oddly enough, Luger's was the least interesting (to me) of all of them.
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    RE: Times Square Steakhouses 2006/01/04 22:16:26 (permalink)
    Is Tad's Steaks still around? Steak, baked potato and garlic bread for $6.99. Real road(kill)food, Times Square style.

    Went back and checked. Still is around.
    http://www.rieserestaurants.com/restaurants.asp?rest_id=1005[url][/url]
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    RE: Times Square Steakhouses 2006/01/05 02:05:47 (permalink)
    Tony, Yes that's a nice ceiling in Wolfgangs, but nothing in all of NYC tops the great Art Deco lobby of Two Park Ave.
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    RE: Times Square Steakhouses 2006/01/05 15:16:14 (permalink)
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    Tony, Yes that's a nice ceiling in Wolfgangs, but nothing in all of NYC tops the great Art Deco lobby of Two Park Ave.


    Let's not go flying off the rails here. You're surely entitled to your opinion, but to say that Two Park - and, yes, I've been in that lobby dozens of times - compares with the Woolworth Building, the Chrysler Building, the Library, the Frick, Grand Central, the old Tweed Courthouse, etc etc, just for starters, is a tough argument to make.

    Here are a few interesting shots: http://www.fmsp.com/port_11a.htm
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    RE: Times Square Steakhouses 2006/01/05 15:22:57 (permalink)
    OK, so maybe I did fly off the rail a little bit. I had not been in that lobby for maybe 20 years and it was as impressive as ever.
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    RE: Times Square Steakhouses 2006/01/05 15:30:06 (permalink)
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    quote:
    Originally posted by signman

    Tony, Yes that's a nice ceiling in Wolfgangs, but nothing in all of NYC tops the great Art Deco lobby of Two Park Ave.


    Let's not go flying off the rails here. You're surely entitled to your opinion, but to say that Two Park - and, yes, I've been in that lobby dozens of times - compares with the Woolworth Building, the Chrysler Building, the Library, the Frick, Grand Central, the old Tweed Courthouse, etc etc, just for starters, is a tough argument to make.

    Here are a few interesting shots: http://www.fmsp.com/port_11a.htm


    I am surprised how many know or have been to the lobby of 2 park...it isn't really that big a landmark!...That said, I took signman's comments to mean that when pondering buildings in the art deco style, the lobby of 2 park is hard to beat. All the places you mention are indeed magnificent structures, but none...except the Chrysler Bldg, are a similar style...and the lobby of the Chrysler Bldg is not its most notable feature.

    Sorry to have steered this away from steak!!

    Getting it back on track...my REAL favorite for steak these days is just a #7 train ride away from Times Square. Get off at 82nd street in Jackson Heights and walk south to La Fusta.

    http://www.lafustanewyork.com/

    Bad web site but great food!!
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    RE: Times Square Steakhouses 2006/01/15 14:02:46 (permalink)
    Sparks is my favorite in NYC. Their very reasonably priced wine list is worth the trip. Wolfgangs has become very popular as has The Strip House. Del Friso's is good but the wine list is amongst the most expensive I've seen in the US. One thing you absolutely should do for lunch one day is go to McHale's on the NE corner of 46th and 8th. It will be closing down soon due to the condo-ization of all things great in NY. They have close to the best burgers in NYC. It's a complete dump from the outside(and inside for that matter).

    If you like craft brewed beer, high-end scotch, bourbon, tequilla, etc., right across 8th Ave from McHale's is one of my favorite bars in NYC called Collins Bar.
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    RE: Times Square Steakhouses 2006/02/15 15:14:32 (permalink)
    Aside fromLugers. These are all dry-aged new york strip bone in places that top the New York offerings.
    Sparks(posibly the best all around),
    Post House ( wonderful place, pricey like Sparks, Good to take a lady,
    Palm (very good but like most steak houses, waiters can get a little snooty or bitchy),
    Striphouse (great new place, neat envionment and atmophere very good food),
    Keens (very very good and oldest steakhouse in town),
    Old Homestead ( great old guard w/nice update standby awsome ribeye and prime rib),
    Delmonicos (really nice place usualy very relaxed yet formal great steak down town
    Smith and Wollensy(great aging process, nice peice of meat but service is hit or miss, maybe not the best but easy, fun and wont destroy the wallet)
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    RE: Times Square Steakhouses 2006/02/15 15:49:14 (permalink)
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    Ben Benson's is also nearby. Maybe a 7 minute walk from your hotel... and well worth it too I might add.

    Wally


    I have to agree with Wally regarding Ben Benson's. Outside of Bern's in Tampa, it's the best steak I have had. And great portions of everything. You will not leave with any hunger remaining.
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    RE: Times Square Steakhouses 2006/02/15 15:52:08 (permalink)
    I see a lot of talk of Del Frisco's. Same steak that you get at their original concept, Lone Star? Or is really that much better? Or has just the atmosphere improved.
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    RE: Times Square Steakhouses 2006/02/15 15:58:51 (permalink)
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    Originally posted by ryandrew

    Aside from Lugers, these are all dry-aged New York Strip Bone "in places" that top the New York offerings:

    Sparks -- possibly the best all around


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    RE: Times Square Steakhouses 2006/02/16 19:08:56 (permalink)
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    I see a lot of talk of Del Frisco's. Same steak that you get at their original concept, Lone Star? Or is really that much better? Or has just the atmosphere improved.


    Del Frisco's is leagues above Lone Star. Del Frisco's was an independent, one location steakhouse many moons ago. I don't know when exactly Lone Star bought them but I believe they already had multiple locations. In the corporate structure of Lone Star, the hierarchy from bottom to top is as follows: Lone Star, Sullivan's, Del Frisco's.
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