Perhaps next to dollar-slice pizza joints and bagel shops, the New York steakhouse is up there among the city’s archetypal dining experiences. For many diners, it’s a night out when a medium-rare steak paired with a side of creamed spinach and glasses of red wine or martinis are on the agenda. From Midtown to Williamsburg, beloved classics and newer spots offer up options for every kind of steakhouse experience.Read More
The Best Steakhouses in New York City
Where to find the best steaks in the city
This legendary restaurant started as a speakeasy in 1927, a true Prohibition-era bar that didn’t turn into a steakhouse until the 1930s. Long Island-born restaurateur Dean Poll bought it in 2013 and revamped it shortly after. Still, he maintained the restaurant’s meat cooler that can be spotted from the street, one of the rare steakhouse dry-aging rooms still available for public viewing. Start off with the bacon-studded clams casino, then pair a funky dry-aged ribeye with fries and a wedge salad drenched in blue cheese. Call ahead for the prime rib, one of the city’s best.
This Brazilian steakhouse features servers waltzing table to table, wielding long spits of meat sliced tableside. Diners pay a fixed price for a varied selection of unlimited steak, sausages, and other grilled meats, plus sides that run from rice and beans to fried polenta and french fries. A salad bar is included in the price, stocked with greens, veggies, and creamy potato salad. Dessert and drinks aren’t included in the $80-per-person spread.
Major Food Group’s elegant chophouse remains one of the city’s most posh places to eat beef, due in no small part to the landmark room by architects Ludwig Mies van der Rohe and Philip Johnson. On a larger menu studded with caviar, gumbo, and Dover sole, the Grill offers a variety of steakhouse staples at premium prices. Expect Montauk oysters, littleneck clams, an excellent crab cake, big New York strips, bigger porterhouses, and a variety of sides like dressed tomatoes, cottage fries, and whipped potatoes.
This classic French bistro and butcher shop in Midtown remains one of the city’s finest institutions for kosher beef. Among the notable selections include exceedingly tender beef jerky, buttery roast chicken, Uruguayan grass-fed entrecote (a boneless cut from the rib), and best of all, La Surprise, the $59 butcher’s cut.
Simon Oren, Dudi Sasson, and chef James Tracey are behind this art deco Midtown brasserie with a Miami-pink hue, where prime rib au jus is served tableside, along with sides like potato puree, cauliflower gratin, and broccolini or delicata squash. Other options include a 40-day dry-aged porterhouse, tenderloin, and a 30-day dry-aged strip.
This Midtown steakhouse that opened in 1885 used to be home to a famous theatre and literary group, and after that, a pipe club. Dozens of pipes still line the restaurant, giving it a warm, unique vibe not like any other restaurant in the city. The signature order here is the mutton chop. The restaurant also sells a smaller portion as a $29 as special.
The Press Club Grill
Top Chef Masters alum and co-founder of mid-aughts lunch spot, Little Beet, Franklin Becker steers the Mad Men-era menu at this restaurant in the Martinique Hotel. Named for the history of the neighborhood — having been home to the New York Times and the New York Herald Tribune — the Press Club Grill serves Continental classics like beef Wellington, Waldorf salad, and chicken Kyiv. Yes, there are steaks, from the 60-day, dry-aged porterhouse to the hanger steak with frites. Don’t miss desserts from pastry chef Sam Mason, a WD~50 alum who co-founded Oddfellows ice cream.
Laurent Tourondel’s Chelsea spot specializes in the lowly skirt-steak cut, which allows it to reside among the city’s least expensive steakhouses. The prix fixe menu is $45 (up from $28 when it first opened and $39 a few months ago) and comes with a salad, bread, and endless fries. Sides and desserts can be procured from a trolley roaming through the dining room for $12 each.
Chef David Shim and Simon Kim’s Michelin-starred hotspot occupies a particular niche in the city’s high-end beef scene: It’s a cross between a classic steakhouse and a Korean barbecue restaurant, decked out with comfy booths and dim lighting. The main event is a collection of four USDA Prime and American wagyu cuts priced at $68 per person, accompanied by banchan and classic sides like egg souffle, scallion salad, and kimchi stew. High rollers can order the $225 steak omakase with premium dry-aged cuts.
Old Homestead Steakhouse
This Chelsea restaurant dates back to 1868, making it one of the oldest steakhouses in the city. It’s recognizable from the outside by a giant neon sign and a sculpture of a cow declaring that the restaurant is “the King of Beef.” It’s a classic that’s since been replicated in Las Vegas and Atlantic City.
Here’s a casual steakhouse for the vinyl lover, with a collection of 2,500 records on display. Like the record collection, the menu has the classics: wedge and Caesar salads, shrimp cocktails and crab cakes, porterhouses steaks, ribeyes, filets, and New York strips. The burger is Prime, with shallot jam and shoestrings for $30.
This London-based chain became one of the city’s better steakhouses when it opened in 2021. Note that Hawksmoor, like, Gallaghers, is one of the few city venues to grill its dry-aged steaks over charcoals. One can easily order expensive ribeyes, filets, and strips, but the restaurant also offers a fine rump cut at just $36. Desserts, including pavlova or the peanut butter Louis, can merit a trip in their own right.
Bowery Meat Company
Consider a three ounce wagyu for a small luxury, or if you’re a big spender, a porterhouse for two. The duck lasagna that can feed up to six is also popular, along with Wednesday prime rib night that’s $88 for meat and sides. Also? It’s a butcher shop.
When St. Anselm opened in 2010, the Williamsburg restaurant bucked all the tropes of a classic New York City steakhouse: formal dining rooms, white tablecloths, expensive wine lists, and break-the-bank steaks. Several cuts of meat are priced by the pound, with a hanger steak and pork porterhouse priced around $32 each. The menu also lists less conventional steakhouse dishes, like swordfish, lamb saddle, and fish collars.