Budget steakhouse Tad’s closes this weekend
Say goodbye to nearly 60-year-old Times Square restaurant Tad’s Steaks. News of the low-cost steakhouse’s closure came out in the fall, and now, Sunday will be the last day for the cafeteria-style restaurant, which once had eight locations in New York and close to 30 across the country.
Tad’s is the last of a generation of “meat honkytonk” restaurants that served beef up at a discount. The original price was $1.09 when the chain started in 1957 and opened in Times Square in 1960, and by 2019, it had only gone up to $9. More options had been added over the years at higher prices, but none matched the prices of most New York steakhouses. When critic Robert Sietsema revisited in 2014, he found that eating the steak required “a lot of sawing,” but the meat itself was “smoky and rich, with the fatty parts much easier to chew.”
But though edible enough, food is somewhat besides the point for devotees of Tad’s. The nostalgic restaurant, decorated in fake Tiffany lamps and lots of red, is about “the decadent thrill of the garishly over-decorated dining room, and the thought that you’re eating like your grandfather might have done,” Sietsema writes. “You’re the extra in a Broadway steak show.”
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