DINING OUT: NYC The Modern Steakhouse and Seafood Dining Experience
Though culinary trends may come and go in NYC, the great American steak and seafood house has remained a staple amongst the discerning palates of New Yorkers. Though they have evolved over the years to include more seafood, Asian or Italian options and variations, there is something satisfying about devouring a juicy aged cut of beef. Here are some of our favorite steakhouses in the city.
Tuscany Steakhouse is Manhattan's newest midtown steakhouse helmed by Steven Palm, an owner at the Upper East Side's Italian staple, Il Munello, and chef Jamie, who has experience in some of New York's premier Italian restaurants and top steakhouses. The dining space has a cozy Italian trattoria vibe with arched bleached exposed brick walls, tufted dark leather chairs, terracotta tiled floors, and a painted bucolic mural of the Italian countryside as a backdrop. Melding their culinary experience, the menu features traditional Italian dishes and classic steakhouse favorites. Choose from expertly prepared old-school gems such as sizzling extra-thick bacon, baked clams oreganata, Caesar salad, classic steakhouse wedge, or a cold seafood tower to start. Authentic Italian pastas round out the menu with delicious choices, such as linguini fra diavolo with lobster, linguine seafood with spicy marinara sauce, or linguine alla vongole. The specialty of the house is the selection of succulent dry-aged USDA steaks ranging from bone-in ribeye steak to a porterhouse or a veal chop that has been dried in their signature aging box. Tuscany Steakhouse is a testament to the appeal of the traditional steakhouse to multi-generational patrons who are looking for crowd-pleasing favorites executed to perfection in a convivial atmosphere with excellent service.
117 W 58 St.
New York, NY 10019
Opened in 2013 in the Setai Hotel by Albert Allaham is Reserve Cut—a modern kosher steakhouse. As a fourth-generation butcher, Allaham is driven and dedicated to bringing his customers only the finest quality meats using innovative techniques and fresh ingredients. This five-star dining experience has earned Reserve Cut a steady clientele who not only come here for the unparalleled and elevated cuts of beef but also for the fine selection of sushi rolls and Asian culinary delights. The beautifully designed dining room features soft amber-hued lighting, plush leather banquettes, rich dark wood walls, and a floor-to-ceiling window to the kitchen so diners can be part of the action. Whet your appetite with the signature tuna and black truffle roll, seared Hamachi two ways, or grilled Chilean sea bass. Other delectable appetizers include the spicy tuna atop crispy rice, yellowtail carpaccio with jalapeno, Applewood smoked wagyu steak tartare and wagyu short rib tacos with a grilled pineapple relish. For the main attraction, carnivores will appreciate the specialty A5 Grade Kosher Kuro wagyu steak exclusive to Reserve Cut with hearty cuts such as the 28 oz bone-in Cowboy Steak or 42 oz Allaham Tomahawk for two. All steaks are dry aged for a minimum of 36 days in their private dry-aged steak room. Pair with wines from their extensive wine list including the largest kosher reserve wines in the country. If you still have room for dessert, indulge in the decadent chocolate tasting with a caramel chocolate tart, peanut butter ice cream, and molten chocolate cake for a sinfully sweet ending.
40 Broad St.
New York, NY 10004
Cut by Wolfgang Puck
Located in the Four Seasons Downtown Hotel is Cut by Wolfgang Puck, the famed celebrity chef's first Manhattan outpost of many that span the globe. The modern interior was designed by modern French designer Jacques Garcia in partnership with Kimberly Brown and STRATA architects to reflect a contemporary aesthetic that melds the posh neighborhood of Tribeca with the urban landscape of the Financial District. More than just a steakhouse, one of the best ways to experience the gastronomic talents of Wolfgang Puck is to order the 4- or 6-course tasting menu. Choose from delicious mouthwatering starters with an Asian flair such as big-eye tuna with togarashi, bay scallops with yuzu Kosho or Maine lobster and blue crab Louis with a spicy tomato horseradish. Or select classic starters such as the smoked bone-in bacon, tortelloni with black truffle, chopped Caesar or Italian burrata with truffle. For the main course, whether you choose a succulent steak or expertly prepared seafood, you can't go wrong. Seafood specialties include a roasted lobster paired with a French black truffle sabayon, or grilled Za'atar prawns with a Southern flair and a kick. For steaks, choose from a wide selection of cuts including the USDA Tomahawk, Japanese or American wagyu sirloin, or pure wagyu beef from the Miyazaki Prefecture that are grilled to perfection over hard white oak and mesquite charcoal. For the epicurean with a sweet tooth, indulge in one of their signature desserts, including the rich Guanaja chocolate soufflé, salted caramel tart, or deeply satisfying yuzu key lime pie with a brown sugar meringue.
99 Church St.
New York, NY 10007
Created by restauranteur Cameron Mitchell, Ocean Prime is a contemporary American steak and seafood restaurant and lounge with 16 outposts, including one located in the heart of Rockefeller Center. The inviting space has a congenial yet airy ambiance highlighted by sumptuous banquettes, illuminated wine walls, and warm lighting, making it a perfect pre-theater or after-work spot to socialize, indulge, and celebrate New York City living. The menu features an impressive array of seafood and steak options, as well as different cocktails and an outstanding selection of wine. Even if you're in the mood for sushi, Ocean Prime is rolling it. Try one of their specialty rolls, including the prime roll with tempura shrimp and beef carpaccio, or the lobster roll with poached lobster, kiwi and pickled serrano, topped with a spicy mango puree. If not ordering a succulent steak, opt for a fish or chop dish. Or, opt for the best of both worlds with the Surf 'n' Turf option featuring an 8 oz filet and butter poached lobster tail with a Cabernet truffle reduction. The mouthwatering seafood menu also includes a delicious jumbo lump crab cake or sea scallops served with Parmesan risotto, English peas and citrus vinaigrette. Pair any dish whether meat or fish with the savory Parmesan truffle fries, which will without a doubt make your taste buds tingle with joy. Besides the typical dinner and lunch menus, Ocean Prime also offers a young adults and gluten-free menu. Be sure to leave room for the crave-worthy warm butter cake served with ice cream that will have you yearning for more.
123 West 52 St.
New York, NY 10019
Since its opening, Catch NYC has been a Meatpacking District hotspot courting celebs and locals who come for their mouthwatering globally-inspired seafood fare. Dishes are sophisticated and unique and bring together an extensive dining menu in a chic and trendy environment. This 400-seat tri-level complex offers different settings that cater to a diverse clientele who visit from brunch to dinner or for late-night cocktails. This is one of those rare hospitality successes where the food is as great as the scene. Some of the signature highlights from the menu include a selection of cold and warm specialties, such as the tartare trio with salmon, Hamachi and tuna, crispy shrimp with spicy mayo, bourbon miso cod lettuce wraps, baked king crab hand rolls, and crispy chicken bao buns. There's also a wide range of signature sushi rolls to choose from, including the MRC roll with seared tuna, shrimp and ponzu brown butter, or the spicy tuna two-ways roll. Luckily, family-style sharing is encouraged so guests can indulge in a wide range of delicacies. One of the best dishes to share is the 2.5-pound Cantonese lobster with sake, oyster sauce, garlic and scallions, which is pure shellfish heaven. In warmer weather, make a night of it and cap off the evening with a cocktail in their alfresco landscaped rooftop under the stars.
21 Ninth Ave.
New York, NY 10014
Home Base Bistro
Imagine a spot where exquisite cuisine, handcrafted cocktails, intricate contemporary beats and New York sports collide under one roof. Now, open your eyes, and you'll see Homebase Bistro, a rightful inheritor of RAISE New York that will bring the kingdom of entertainment to the next Golden Age. Sample the array of delicious shareable plates you have no chance of finding anywhere else in the city. The restaurant's experiment with blending the flavors from all over the world with New American culinary approach results in eclectic and diverse dishes such as General Tso's Cauliflower, Sweet Pancake Tacos, and Blueberry Muffin Donuts. Make sure to sample piquant appetizers, especially deep-fried Oreos and buffalo wings, and take a sip of refined margarita or keen mule, while watching live games of your favorite team. Eat, listen, watch, drink and dance in style with Homebase Bistro.
416 3rd Ave.
New York, NY 10016
New Asian cuisine with upscale American Twist is in town. An appealing dining destination by Suhum Jang and executive chef Seungjoon Choi, Hortus, Latin for "garden," fuses a botanical-inspired theme with sophistication and excellence of luxurious ambiance. The restaurant features an outdoor garden upstairs and open-kitchen for a more intimate experience downstairs. Chef Choi expands the limits of Asia and American cuisines, showing off bold flavors with surprising ingredients. The dish that deserves your taste buds is Yuzu Tare Angel Wing, pork stuffed with glass noodles in a yuzu sauce, and Bone Marrow Mussels. For a drink, sample soju mixed with mango tonic and lavender salt, or thyme and lime. Hortus NYC aims to alter your perception of Asian flavors, blending New American cuisine and an exceptional dining flair with oriental charm.
271 5th Ave.
New York, NY 10016
Ornella Trattoria Italiana
Why keep your family home if you can go out to the place with the same warm fireside feeling and, most importantly, great food? Located in Astoria, Ornella Trattoria Italiana is an intimate family-owned restaurant that aims to serve traditional dishes using the finest organic ingredients. The Chef Giuseppe Viterale, named one of the Best Chefs in America, has developed a well-rounded menu that will meet a full range of gastronomic preferences. Recently, the restaurant introduced excellent vegetarian dishes to the delight of non-meat eating patrons. For those carving for a juicy steak, the restaurant offers an extensive meat list. But the gem of the menu is undoubtedly pasta. Sample, rich on seafood and flavor, risotto di mare and unique chestnut pasta. Enjoy the fantastic meal with your beloved ones and, remember, "tutti a tavola prima che si fa fredda la pasta."
29-17 23rd Ave.
Astoria, NY 11105
Atlantic Grill is an Upper West Side staple for the last 18 years, and it is part of the BR Guest Hospitality Group. Since its opening, locals and patrons of Lincoln Center have been flocking to Atlantic Grill for their delicious and extensive selection of contemporary American fare that specializes in seafood. The warm and inviting dining room features exposed brick walls and plush red banquettes that are perfect for groups. Some of the mouthwatering signature dishes include the shrimp and lobster spring rolls, shrimp dumplings with sake plum sauce, charred octopus with piquillo peppers and the kale and charred brussels sprouts Caesar salad. Be sure to try some of their delicious specialty sushi rolls with unique combinations, such as the fiery lobster roll with salmon and a blazing shiso sauce or the tiger's eye roll with tiger shrimp and Hamachi paired with a raisin pistachio sauce. Other fresh dock-to-dish highlights from the menu include the melt-in-your-mouth Hunt's Point fish market scallops with roasted corn and Thai coconut curry sauce or the simply roasted chicken with ricotta gnocchi and rosemary cream. Whether you are catching a performance at Lincoln Center or simply craving deliciously prepared seafood, it is worth a trip to the Upper West Side to satisfy your culinary obsessions.
49 West 64 St.
New York, NY 10023