10 Reasons Why the New York Steakhouse Will Never Die

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.

Think you know Jewish comfort food? Not until you have traveled to the Lower East Side to Sammy's Roumanian where the steaks are sizzling and the vodka is frozen. All of it is served up in a basement dining room, studded with photos, and a bowl...  Read More

Since opening just 10 years ago, Benjamin Steak House consistently finds itself listed as one of New York City's premier steakhouses. Just south of Grand Central Station, Benjamin Steak House is the place to go when you've either: one, just...  Read More

Regulars of Angus Club declare this the best steakhouse in New York City. Located just north of Midtown on the east side, it's consistently honored with the kind of 5-star reviews and accolades typically reserved for Thomas Keller, or Beyonce....  Read More

West Village

The Strip House has been described as a carnivore's delight set inside a brothel-like siren red interior. tickling your fancy with titillating photos and even more sensual steaks. Executive Chef Michael Vignola's perfectly charred cuts aren't...  Read More

About a minute ago, "Iron Chef" Marc Forgione debuted the 180-seat American Cut in Midtown at at 109 East 56th St. in the Lombardy Hotel. Signature dishes include the Chili Lobster; the "OG" 1924 Hotel Caesar; and the 42 oz. Tomahawk Rib-Eye,...  Read More

St. Anselm doesn't call itself a steakhouse, and it doesn't much look like one either. A chalkboard as you enter assures all guests of the "natural," hormone-and-antibiotic-free pedigree of its menu entries. The dining room is small, tables...  Read More

Michael Lomonaco, Chef and Managing Partner of Porter House Bar and Grill, has pretty much dedicated his life to the American kitchen; his New York steakhouse being the expressions of that passion. Celebrating its 10th birthday this year,...  Read More

Bobby Van's Steakhouse NYC, a Downtown Wall Street establishment, is located on Broad Street, with its formal dining room set in the lobby of the old JP Morgan Bank, while the more casual Vault Grill is below in JP Morgan's antique bank vaults....  Read More

It's hard to mistake what Gallaghers Steakhouse is about. If the name weren't already enough, then the meatlocker that greet diners at the storefront is a dead giveaway. Rescued by Central Park Boathouse operator Dean Poll, Gallaghers (minus the...  Read More

Voted NYC's No. 1 steakhouse for the past 32 years, this circa-19th century Williamsburg establishment is a time-honored tradition for locals and visitors. Is this cash-only steak icon touristy? Yes. Old school? Absolutely. But sometimes, things...  Read More


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