10 Old-School Steakhouses in NYC that Never Disappoint

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 in old-school steakhouses that just keep getting better with age. 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 12th birthday with a carefully cultivated wine list, while Keens Steakhouse is still feeding us the finest mutton chops on the east coast and St. Anselm remains  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, to Old Homestead Steakhouse's decor that depicts the history of NYC.

            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.



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



Regulars of Angus Club declare this is 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...  Read More

Financial District


Set on the corner of Beaver and South William Streets first opened its doors in 1837 and was the setting for a birthday party for Mark Twain and hosted more than a dozen American presidents. Recently it turned to the White House for its current...  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



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

Garment District


Unless it's freakishly low, or ridiculously lofty, a restaurant's ceiling probably isn't the first thing that draws your attention. At Keens, it'll be all you can look at - that is, until they bring your meal. Keens Steakhouse - established in...  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



Forget "trendy" this is the oldest steakhouse in the Big Apple and it has maintained its standards through the decades. Step inside right under the life-size "We're the King of Beef" cow (just call her Annabelle), slip into the decadent décor...  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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