10 Best Makes Meat Happy: Hearty Portions and Juicy USDA Prime Grade Steaks Can Do No Wrong

Whether it's an all you can eat Brazilian feast, a trendy and chic hotspot or a luxurious classic, a truly great steakhouse experience compliments juicy, sizzling slabs with the perfect setting, creating a backdrop for a truly great meal. Most restaurants on our 10best list use only best cuts of steak seasoned and seared to taste by the most talented chefs the city has to offer, so choose the restaurant that suits your mood and preference. Want to hobnob with the coolest celebrities? Try STK where celebs like Kim K and Kanye have been spotted. Prefer be transported back in time and dine like you are the lead in a classic movie from Hollywood’s golden age?  Stick with Keen’s for a lush, old school atmosphere.  Need something  a little racier, a real conversation starter?  You can’t beat the aptly named, bordello inspired Strip House.  Whatever you are yearning to sink your teeth into, 10 Best breaks down the very best steakhouses in NYC. And you know New Yorkers know our steaks, we even have one named for us (the New York strip steak). Wash down every delicious bite with a bold red wine or a peaty Scotch and dine in style.

10 Churrascaria Plataforma
HIgh ceilings, bright lights and a general din of enjoyment make Churrascaria Plataforma an exciting and lively place to enjoy the up to twenty varieties of rotisserie meats served nightly. A Braziian "rodizio," this steakhouse does things differently. How it works: Pay a fixed price and help yourself to a varied and upscale salad and side bar(including sushi). Then take your pick of spiced meats offered at your table by servers carrying skewers. Be sure to come hungry as it is challenge to try the wide variety of tender roasted meats. TRAIN: C, E to 50th St (212-245-0505)

9 STK
Rebelling against traditionally styled steakhouses, STK has created an ultra modern and obviously hip chophouse in NYC's trendy Meatpacking District. Like its name, STK is paired down, minimalist and modern. Large and sparsely decorated, plaster bull horns and metal studs protrude from dark faux leather paneled walls. The menu is equally consistent: classic steakhouse fare, but with a stripped down, no frills quality. Try the lobster mac n' cheese, lamb chops and famous parmesan-truffle french fries. Also check out the other two locations: Midtown and Rooftop NYC. TRAIN: A, C, E at 14th St. or L at 8th Ave. (646-624-2444)

8 BLT Prime
At BLT Prime, your steak is delivered to your table with sizzle-literally. Served in piping hot frying pans, your meal finishes cooking on your table in front of you. And it's all part of the philosophy of customer involvement at the famed steakhouse. A glass meatlocker allows diners to be part of the preparation of these famed slabs from the very beginning. The theme persists throughout with cheeses and charcuterie presented casually on wooden cutting boards and a lively, inclusive atmosphere. Enjoy blue cheese tater tots, stuffed mushroom caps and even Kobe steaks while lounging at zebra patterned tables lightly illuminated with large shaded lamps. TRAIN: 6 at 23rd St. (212-995-8500)

7 Minetta Tavern
Thriving in a West Village space originally decorated in the 1930's, the saloon style decorations work perfectly with the white table clothes and succulent bistro steaks. Black and white floor tiles, original tin ceiling tiles and wood panelling all work together to create a lively feel perfectly suited to New York's popular West Village neighborhood. The classic tavern menu offers intricately flavored dishes to compliment renowned steaks. Dry aged cotes de beouf with marrow bones, truffled pork sausage with salt pond oysters and veal porterhouse chops are just a few selections from the satisfying menu. TRAIN: A, B, C, D, E, F, V at West 4th St.-Washington Sq. ((212) 475-3850)

6 Del Frisco's Double Eagle Steak House
Executive Chef Elvis Innis serves up perfectly prepared steaks and seafood in one of Manhattan's most famous steakhouses. Located in the heart of Midtown, Del Frisco's features enormous floor to ceiling windows looking out on the bustling 6th Avenue. The dining room creates a sense of quiet calm, an oasis in the middle of the city. The excellently trained and helpful staff walk diners through a solid selection of cuts and delectable sides. Try the caviar, king crab gnocchi or (of cousre) the 26 oz bone-in ribeye seared to perfection. Pair it with a selection from their impressive and extensive wine list. TRAIN: B, D, F, V to 47-50 St/Rockefeller Center (212-575-5129)

5 Strip House
Decadence comes standard at Strip House, an aptly named and beloved steakhouse near Union Square. Decorated to resemble a bordello, with shades of red and shiny gold accents, the ambiance cannot be beat. It's overtly dark and romantic, even a little risque. The theme of indulgence is continued with the menu, featuring rich dishes like Au Gratin Potatoes, creamy Lobster Bisque with pearl couscous, Veal Rib Chop with jus and mushrooms and (of course) succulent steaks. For the non-carnivores, they also serve seafood dishes broiled or steamed Maine Lobster and Jumbo Shrimp cocktail. TRAIN: 4,5,6,N,R,Q,W,L at 14th St Union Sq 1,2,3,9 at 7th Ave & 14th (212-328-0000)

4 DeStefano's Steak House
Serving simple food without a lot of extras in a quietly intimate and easily casual atmosphere has earned DeStefano's the reputation of being the "Anti-Peter Luger's." Located just around the corner from its more famous counterpart, DeStefano's has been welcoming clever New Yorkers to this hidden gem for years. Their tender and juicy steaks make your mouth water, without the crowds, the popular scene and the long wait for a table. Specialties include Lamb with Pistachio Nut Crust and Butter, 24oz Ribeye with sauteed fennel and Bacon Wrapped Asparagus or dates. TRAIN: L to Lorimer, G to Metropolitan Ave, Brooklyn ((718) 384-2836)

3 Prime Meats
Created by resturantuers Frank Falcinelli and Frank Castronovo (the Frankies) Prime Meats is ushering in a new era in steakhouses in New York and doing it well. Borrowing from legacies Keen's and Peter Luger but also adding their own aesthetic, this purveyor of "German Alpine Cuisine" has mixed up a unique cocktail of style and deliciousness. Large windows and a spacious back deck help to mellow the luxurious leather decor to a nice shade of easy elegance. Try their Steak Frites or the Cote de Beoeuf (a bone-in ribeye aged 36 days). TRAIN F or G to Carroll St., Brooklyn ((718) 254-0327)

2 Keens Steakhouse
Not far behind Peter Luger in the long term survivor New York steakhouse competition is Keen's. Established in 1885, it's a mere two years younger than its Brooklyn competition. Plush and cozy, Keen's was once a favorite hangout of New York's famed theater district elite, hosting the most chic celebrities and hangers on of their day. Now it is still a stand out among the best steaks available featuring "legendary" mutton chops, steaks, seafood and excellent scotch pairings. A testament to its old-school cool, Keen's Steakhouse is even mentioned on a recent episode of popular AMC TV show Mad Men. TRAIN: B, D, M, N, Q R, F to 34th St.-Herald Sq., 6 to 33rd St., A, C, E, 1, 2 to Penn Station (2129473636)

1 Peter Luger Steakhouse
Voted best steak in New York for 28 years running, Zagat's best steakhouse in New York and a top spot on 10best's Best Restaurants in NYC list - How many accolades can we heap on Peter Luger? They have even been awarded a Michelin star. All the steaks are prime grade and enormous. Dining is family style only. The smallest portion is steak for two. Cut into succulently tender steaks and rich side dishes in a buoyant and jovial atmosphere that reflects the age of this favorite steakhouse. It has been popular among New Yorkers since its establishment in 1887. They don't make them like this anymore. TRAIN: J, M, Z to Marcy Ave (718-387-7400)


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Churrascaria Plataforma 10Best List Arrow
Dining Options: Bar / Lounge, Bar Dining, Counter Seating, Disabled Accessible, Family Friendly, Group Friendly, Live Music, Non-Smoking, Parties / Private Rooms, Wine Cellar
Cuisine: Brazilian, Latin, Steakhouse
COST: $$$$
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STK 10Best List Arrow
Cuisine: American, New American, Steakhouse
Dining Options: Bar / Lounge, Bar Dining
Neighborhood: Meatpacking District
COST: $$$$
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BLT Prime 10Best List Arrow
Cuisine: American, Steakhouse
Dining Options: Bar / Lounge, Disabled Accessible, Group Friendly, Non-Smoking, Parties / Private Rooms, Take Out
Neighborhood: Gramercy
COST: $$$$
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Minetta Tavern 10Best List Arrow
Dining Options: Bar / Lounge, Bar Dining
Cuisine: Burger, Steakhouse
Neighborhood: West Village
COST: $$
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Del Frisco's Double Eagle Steak House 10Best List Arrow
Cuisine: American, Steakhouse
Dining Options: Bar / Lounge, Bar Dining, Disabled Accessible, Family Friendly, Group Friendly, Non-Smoking, Parties / Private Rooms, Sommelier, Wine Cellar
Neighborhood: THEATRE DISTRICT
COST: $$$
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Strip House 10Best List Arrow
Cuisine: American, Steakhouse
Dining Options: Bar / Lounge, Group Friendly, Parties / Private Rooms
Neighborhood: West Village
COST: $$$
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DeStefano's Steak House 10Best List Arrow
Cuisine: American, Steakhouse
Dining Options: Bar / Lounge, Non-Smoking
Neighborhood: Brooklyn
COST: $$$
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Prime Meats 10Best List Arrow
Dining Options: Bar / Lounge
Cuisine: Steakhouse
Neighborhood: Brooklyn
COST: $$
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Keens Steakhouse 10Best List Arrow
Cuisine: American, Seafood, Steakhouse
Dining Options: Bar / Lounge, Parties / Private Rooms, Take Out
Neighborhood: GARMENT DISTRICT
COST: $$$
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Peter Luger Steakhouse 10Best List Arrow
Cuisine: American, Steakhouse
Dining Options: Bar / Lounge, Disabled Accessible, Family Friendly, Group Friendly, Non-Smoking, Parties / Private Rooms
Neighborhood: DUMBO
COST: $$$$