New York City is home to legendary steakhouses dating back to the 1800s as well as former speakeasies that stand shoulder to shoulder or chop to chop alongside newcomers with more eclectic approaches. Some of the new arrivals don't even try to break the mold, yet others are investing in extravagant decors in a nod to the finer sex with expense accounts.
When choosing which restaurants to include on our list of the top ten steakhouses in New York City, we looked for delectable, mouth-watering hunks of meat, an almost cult-like following of regulars, and enough staying power or innovation to draw crowds the world over. Also we went for those that have grown their wine lists.
What we've uncovered is a list that mingles traditional with inventive. Take Peter Luger, for example, one of the oldest steakhouses in the city, it is still turning out fantastic meals from its vantage point under the Williamsburg Bridge. Or, the nearly 90-year old Gallaghers Steakhouse that has recently emerged from a dramatic makeover yet still featuring that unmistakeable storefront meat locker. At the same time, the sophisticated Porter House Bar and Grill in the Time Warner Center overlooking Central Park is celebrating its 10th birthday with a carefully cultivated wine list, Benjamin Steak House is still feeding us three times and day and St. Anselm is still a neighborhood place with great steaks.
Décor ranges from your grandmother’s basement at Sammy’s Roumanian that blends oh-so-New York Yiddish, Borscht-belt humor with delicious Romanian steaks, while relative newcomer Strip House is decked out in bordello siren red.
If there's one thing New Yorkers know, it's steak: from Manhattan to Brooklyn, prime cuts reign supreme. Now, if you're ready to get started, let's not waste any more time. Below, the ten best steak joints in the city.