By Narbeh Minassian
Del Frisco’s Double Eagle Steak House finds its roots in Dallas, where it was unveiled twenty years ago. Since then, it has expanded and can now be found across the country in cities such as Las Vegas, Philadelphia, Denver and New York. While it is not strictly unique by definition, this restaurant should not be conceived as anything but exclusive.
Being just a stone’s throw away from the Rockefeller Center, you already know the kind of opulence that you should expect from Del Frisco’s before you even turn onto 49th. These expectations are realised, and more. A truly magnificent dining room – think palace grandeur fused with Manhattan elegance - serves as the setting for your evening. The ceiling is high, roughly 3 times higher than your average restaurant; and while the sheer scale of the restaurant will make you feel small, Del Frisco’s service will make you feel great. Smartly dressed waiters and waitresses guarantee efficiency and hospitality throughout the course of your meal.
Del Firsco’s, to state the obvious, specialises in steaks. These are aged and prepared fresh by experienced chefs. The Prime Porterhouse is a particular speciality and I recommend this with a side of their Skillet Potatoes, although I will have to find a way to forgive any disregard for my suggestions as it is virtually impossible to go wrong with any choice you make. This choice extends to seafood, and I can feel more confident here in putting forward the Broiled Lobster Tail as my recommendation purely on the basis that it comes fresh from Australia.
Sommeliers are on hand to guide you through Del Frisco’s extensive and award-winning wine list, although you may prefer to lift you spirits (pardon the pun) at the bar. Its food and drink and all round experience on offer has made it so popular that its owners, Del Frisco’s Restaurant Group Inc, are traded on the NASDAQ as DFRG. If that is as alien a language to you as it is to this humble, newly-graduated writer, then rest assured that this means big people are investing big money into this place, so it must be popular for a reason!
The majority of you are probably well-travelled when it comes to Manhattan restaurants, and for that reason, I hope I am not preaching to the choir. However, in case you have not had Del Frisco’s brought to your attention, then let me recommend it as somewhere you must eat at once in your life as a New Yorker. Now that is a recommendation that must not be ignored!
1221 Avenue of the Americas