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My wife’s birthday is on Friday. Today is Tuesday, and I haven’t made a reservation for our celebratory dinner yet. That would be enough of a problem, but the dinner isn’t just the two of us: It’s also four of our friends, two couples who are both a little pretentious — like, they always want to order really expensive bottles of wine. Le Coucou would be perfect, but it’s impossible to get a six-top for a prime time, especially on such short notice. Is there anywhere else that hits that sweet spot of celebratory, cool, and just posh enough to appease the snobs — and I could actually get a table there?
Ready To Spend Lots at a Semi-Spontaneous Six Top
Hi Ready to Spend,
The solution to your problem — and many have it, since we all feel a little weird about booking birthdays — is so simple I hate to mention it. But your party’s willingness to spend big on bottles of wine suggest that you and your friends might simply use a premium reservation service like Resy to book that table at Le Coucou or some other heavy buzz spot (of which there are probably a dozen at any given time). However, your request gives me some wiggle room: First, because you don’t specify cuisine, and also allow me to define “cool.” So here goes.
Many upscale steakhouses have been appeared in the last couple of years, offering prime meats at premium prices, and an expensive wine list often comes along with the deal. Some of these are founded by owners who want a select clientele who demand real luxury, but don’t necessarily follow the latest fads. One such is Greenwich Steakhouse, helmed by Victor Chavez, who was previously chef at Smith & Wollensky.
The Greenwich Avenue location is charming, the bi-level space lush and modern. Sprays of flowers appear in the dim upstairs dining room, which is where you should book a table for your party. I guarantee the steaks will be excellent and done precisely to your order (the long-boned tomahawk ribeye is my favorite), and as an added bonus, Greenwich Steakhouse also has an unusual number of whole-fish entrees.