One of New York’s most forward-thinking steakhouses is expanding its footprint. Restaurateur Michael Stillman plans to open two more locations of his Greenwich Village restaurant Quality Eats — a casual, lower-cost version of a steakhouse that Eater critic Ryan Sutton called “the future of the New York steakhouse.”
Flo Flab reports that Stillman will debut the new outposts on the Upper East Side at 1469 Second Avenue, at 78th Street, and in NoMad at 3 East 28th Street, near Broadway. The one of the UES is expected to open this summer, with the NoMad one debuting later in the year.
Stillman’s family has a long history with steakhouses in the city. His father Alan opened the first TGI Friday’s in 1965 and ran steakhouse chain Smith & Wollensky. Michael Stillman and his Quality-branded restaurants also feature meat prominently, including at Quality Italian and Quality Meats.
He opened Quality Eats in 2015 as a more low-key version of the genre, with steaks in the $20 to $30 range. Sutton wrote in his review last year that the restaurant speaks to “a younger, hipper diner” in the way that most steakhouses do not. Chef Ryan Bartlow, an alum of Brooklyn neighborhood restaurant Frankies 570, makes steaks that are “cheap and delicious,” Sutton wrote.
While the NoMad location will be neighbors to a slew of hot restaurants like The Nomad Restaurant and John Dory Oyster Bar, Quality Eats will be a big new addition for the Upper East Side, where hip restaurants are a little harder to find.
Eater has reached out to the Quality team for more information. Stay tuned.
Update: The Quality team says that the new locations will be similar to the original, offering cuts of beef like the bavette or short rib steak for under $30. Other options like the bacon with peanut butter and jalapeno jelly will be available as well. Each location will additionally offer neighborhood specific menu items. As a bonus, the Upper East Side restaurant will have outdoor dining for 50 people.