Here's what the weekday lunch situation looks like at The Infatuation: Around noon, we grab our briefcases and hop in a taxi to Smith & Wollensky. Once we've checked our tophats at coat check, we sometimes have a martini at the bar before sitting down, and then we usually order the Porterhouse for Two, but only one of us eats it. And then we always have the same argument about whether to order the creamed spinach, but let's not get into that here. It's a lovely affair, and we arrive back at the office at about 4pm, just before calling it a day.
So yeah, you could say steakhouses are our thing.
But when the occasion does arise to go all out on a steak dinner, we ideally like to do it in places where boxy suits are not the required uniform. Fortunately, there are a few excellent and not so stuffy places - from Bowery Meat Company to St Anselm to even Mission Chinese - that fit the bill.
Quality Eats is a steakhouse, but disguised as a cool West Village restaurant. It’s a dark spot, with cool vibes, great cocktails, and speakers playing The Weeknd songs. On the menu? Hamachi crudo, bacon sitting in peanut butter, and ice cream scoops topped with birthday cake croutons. Also, steaks: all of which are under $30, and all of which are really good.
Bowery Meat Company is a winner – seriously excellent steaks from the Burger & Barrel/Lure Fishbar bar people in a really fun and lively space. Also, celebrities.
Minetta Tavern has always been good, and it’s gotten better over time. The vibe is unbeatable, but just prepare to ball out and drop some money on a steak. And by that we mean $60 on a strip.
M. Wells Steakhouse is actually a pretty regular steakhouse experience – a departure from the foie gras bimimbap of M. Wells diner lore. But it’s a steakhouse in a beautiful space that was once an auto-body shop in Long Island City, and it’s way more chill than your typical Midtown spot.
St. Anselm essentially lets you enjoy the pleasures of a steakhouse – meat, inventive potatoes – but in the comfort of a Williamsburg bar. Also, unlikely literally any “steakhouse,” you can get it for a shockingly reasonable price.
Maybe because it’s on 12th Street, or maybe because of the bordello-ish vibes, but Strip House manages to be a steakhouse completely devoid of grandpas and guys on bluetooth earpieces. Do people still wear bluetooth earpieces? At Sparks and The Palm, yes.
The bone in ribeye for two is roughly the size of an automobile. It’s also served in an excellent, homey room a good dozen subway stops out of Midtown.
Yes, Perla is an Italian restaurant. Wait, is it an Italian restaurant? Now that every place in New York serves pasta, it’s hard to tell. But while Perla is probably best known for pasta, their NY Strip for two is fantastic, and singlehandedly qualifies it for this list.
Marc Forgione is dangerously close to Wall Street, but it’s also cozy as hell and full of delicious food, including a Tomahawk Chop with Bone Marrow that will put a hurting on you. Bring friends.
Dirty French serves a Cote de Boeuf for two, in an environment that’s designed to make you feel like a bad ass, even if you’re wearing your finest Midtown suit. Pro tip: Don’t wear your suit.
One of the key reasons Bohemian is cool is that it’s hidden behind a butcher shop. Guess what that means? (It means steak.) Now you just need get your hands on the secret phone number to make a reservation…
This is less about eating steak and more about eating a cow. All of it. Cooking it over your own personal grill that has a vacuum cleaner thing over it to keep the smoke out of the room. Interested? You should be.
At Mission Chinese, you’ll want to load up on thrice cooked bacon and other outrageously spicy Chinese food. But if you can get your hands on it before the limited supply runs out, the large format prime rib, which they literally pour melted butter over in front of you, is probably one of the most fun steak-eating experiences you can have in New York right now.