Settled on the dodge city steaks. they are not prime. they are angus, dry aged and the net cost per steak was $13.50 with tax and shipping (10 and 12 oz). Cheap if it's a good steak...expensive if it's not ;-)
I'm going to use the process below to cook the steaks next weekend weather allowing - this was a recipe posted in the NYT used by a chef at one of the NY steak houses..can't remember which restaurant - this was his home method of cooking to duplicate as best he could the results he achieved at the restaurant:
I'll post some before and after pics with my thoughts on the meat.
4 prime New York strip steaks (11/2 inches thick, about 14 to 16 ounces each; the thickness is more important than the weight)
2 sticks unsalted butter
1/2 cup corn oil
8 teaspoons kosher salt
8 teaspoons cracked black pepper
Melt the butter over medium-high heat and skim the milk solids from the surface. Set aside to cool.
Remove the steaks from the refrigerator about 30 to 40 minutes before cooking. Cover loosely with plastic wrap and allow the steaks to come to room temperature. Before grilling, shape the steaks by gently pushing the sides into the center to create height.
Mix the oil and 1/2 cup of clarified butter on a large serving plate. Put the steaks into the oil-butter mix to coat each side, then lift the steaks to allow the excess oil to drip off. (Make sure that the steaks don't have too much oil-butter mix on them, as this will create flare-ups on the grill.) Coat each side of the steaks with 1 teaspoon of salt and 1 teaspoon of black pepper.
Place the meat on the hottest part of the grill. If at any time the grill flares up, move the steaks to the outside edge, returning them to the center when the flame dies down. Do not slide the steaks across the grill; gently pick them up with tongs. The key is not to flip them around. Ultimately you want to turn a New York strip steak only three times, cooking each side twice for 3 minutes at a time (for a total cooking time of 12 minutes), to get a rare steak with adequate char.