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The Absolute Best Steakhouses in NYC

The Absolute Best Steakhouses in New York

By Adam Platt
Photo: Bobby Doherty/New York Magazine

What makes a steakhouse great? The definition of this sacred New York dining institution has changed over the years, but most of the places on our list share certain time-honored qualities. The rooms should exude a familiar steakhouse verisimilitude; the side dishes should be numerous, familiar, and generally extremely rich; and the reason to visit the restaurant shouldn’t be the quality of the chicken, or the fish, or even the vegetables, but that of the judiciously aged haunches of American beef. (The bistro classic, steak-frites, has its own set of slightly different criteria.) Here, the absolute best steakhouses and places to eat beefsteak in New York.

The Absolute Best

1. Porter House Bar and Grill
10 Columbus Cir., 4th fl.; 212-823-9500

There are more atmospheric steakhouses in this beef-eating city, and certain kitchens arguably produce better specific cuts of cow. But all things considered — first-class service, opulent side dishes, grand wines, and traditional and trendy cuts of beef — Michael Lomonaco’s Columbus Circle restaurant remains the gold standard for the postmillennial, chef-driven, fat-cat New York steakhouse. Lomonaco is accomplished at producing all sorts of things besides beef; but if you have the resources, fight for one of the tables by the window, and call for a towering stack of those buttermilk onion rings and the double-cut côte de boeuf, which is hoisted to the table on a silver salver, with a pot of red-wine sauce mingled with fatty bits of bone marrow on the side.

2. Sparks Steak House
210 E. 46th St., nr. Third Ave.; 212-687-4855

In our humble, highly subjective opinion, the signature $55 prime sirloin at this venerable midtown joint is the best single cut of beef in the city.

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