A Guide to Finding the Best Steak in NYC

We've found all the locations, fabulously popular to relatively undiscovered, for getting the best steaks in NYC during your next Big Apple adventure.

Sure, veggies are nice but sometimes meat can’t be beat. Hungry New Yorkers and big-city visitors can satisfy their carnivorous cravings at any and all of these top steakhouses!

Del Frisco's Double Eagle Steak House

For great steaks in bustling Midtown, near area attractions such as Times Square, Rockefeller Center and Radio City Music Hall, head to Del Frisco’s Double Eagle Steak House. With a prime location on Sixth Avenue, the three-story restaurant features floor-to-ceiling windows that offer awe-inspiring views of the surroundings. On the food front, hungry visitors—decked out in their business casual best—will find a menu filled with mouthwatering morsels on the lunch and dinner menus.

Hungary patrons can expect fare such as the hearty prime shaved steak sandwich with au jus and horseradish sauce on the lunch menu, with plenty of knife-and-fork offers of filet mignon, veal porterhouse and prime ribeye making a prominent appearance, and dinnertime selections such as succulent lamb, veal tomahawk chop and Wagyu longbone. The destination also has a wine list of more than 1,200 selections.

Charlie Palmer Steak

Charlie Palmer Steak NY

In Midtown East, Charlie Palmer Steak NY pulls out all the stops, offering perfectly prepared steaks, chops, and modern seafood dishes using ingredients from small, artisan producers  that make you think melt-in-your-mouth American Wagyu from family-owned Snake River Farms.

In the elegant eatery, guests can enjoy several raw bar selections, plus bone-on rib eye and porterhouse for two—with fancy add-ons like sautéed foie gras, lobster tail, king crab and blue cheese available.

Benjamin Steakhouse

Benjamin Steakhouse

Also in Midtown East, Chef Arturo McLeod serves up all the steak basics dry-aged on-site at the tried-and-true classic chophouse Benjamin Steakhouse. The famed destination, that recently received top ratings from Zagat, features heavenly selections like rack of lamb, veal chops that are double thick and extra heavy cut, filet mignon, plus tons of seafood and plenty of potatoes.

Speaking of potatoes, whether you prefer yours in the home fries, mashed potato, cottage fries, steak fries or jumbo baked potato version, the folks at Benjamin have you covered.

Keens Steakhouse

Keens Steakhouse

Fans of steak and old-fashioned smoking pipes will find both at Keens Steakhouse. The Midtown West restaurant owns the largest collection of churchwarden pipes in the world, which adorn the ceiling of the venerable outpost, which dates back to the late 19th century.

After enjoying a few appetizers like thick-cut smoked bacon and Maryland crab cakes, foodies can dig into entrées such as the restaurant’s legendary mutton chop and prime T-bone steak, or keep it (a bit) light with the roasted buttermilk chicken.

Sparks Steak House

The expansive Sparks Steak House—not far from Grand Central Terminal and the United Nations complex—has been family owned since its inception in the 1960s.

Today, folks can feast on USDA Prime sirloin steaks, including medallions of beef served with bordelaise sauce and fresh mushrooms; sliced steak with sautéed onion and peppers; beef scaloppini, featuring a thick slice of filet mignon, with peppers and mushrooms; and steak fromage, topped with Roquefort cheese and fresh seafood (including favorites like shrimp cocktail and baked clams), large live lobsters, fresh veggies and more.

For fans of Godfather-esque tales, a true story: Paul Castellano, mob boss of the Gambino crime family in NYC, was gunned down in front of this famed steak house in 1985. Holy Don Corleone!

Delmonico's

Delmonico's

Hungry New Yorkers have enjoyed steaks and more at Delmonico’s—lauded as America’s first restaurant—since its inception in 1837.

Today, foodies that head to the Financial District destination can feast on such mouthwatering morsels as the famed Delmonico’s steak, topped with crispy onion rings, and bone-in rib eye with lobster. All of which can be paired with such savory side dishes as hearty creamed spinach, tender asparagus and flavorful fries.

Peter Luger Steak House

Peter Luger Steak House

In Brooklyn’s South Williamsburg, Peter Luger Steak House has been around since 1887. Surrounded by old-school wood furnishings, patrons can chow down on rib steak, lamb chops and plenty of daily lunch specials—think pot roast Mondays, roast prime ribs of beef and filet of sole on Tuesdays, and so on.

Don’t forget to slather selections with the eatery’s signature steak sauce, which also is a good accompaniment to the restaurant’s sliced tomato appetizer!

Best to know before you go: Put away the plastic, as the restaurant does not accept any credit cards. Accepted forms of payment are the Peter Luger Card, U.S. checks with ID, US debit cards, and, of course, cash.

Mackenzie Allison
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