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10 Stand-Out Steaks in Unexpected NYC Restaurants

Forget the stuffy Midtown steakhouse — these cuts of beef range in price, style, and flavor

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There is no doubt that New York City has mastered the steak — the city is swimming in classic steakhouses that handily take down anywhere else in the country that dares to come close. But this map of standout steaks in NYC isn’t about classic.

These dishes, found at taquerias and Korean barbecues and Japanese imports, are instead about steaks that rise above in restaurants not necessarily focused on beef. Some are affordable, some are expensive. Some are old, some are new. But all are excellent renditions of beef right now.

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. The Grill

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99 E 52nd St
New York, NY 10022
(212) 375-9001
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The Grill is a majestic recreation of a midcentury chophouse, meaning steaks are just one subset of its larger meaty menu. There are larded squabs, Amish hams, and honey mustard ducklings. But make no mistake; owner Major Food Group does steaks right, dishing up peppered filet mignons, dry-aged strips, and best of all, a spit-roasted prime rib, served with an intensely salty deviled bone. Right on.

A prime rib being sliced up on a white plate and placed on a bed of scallions, all placed on a silver tray.
The Grill’s prime Rib
Photo by Gary He

2. La Esquina Criolla

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9467 Corona Ave
Queens, NY 11368
(718) 699-5579

Looking out from a spectacular corner location at Junction Boulevard and Corona Avenue, La Esquina Criolla is a utilitarian Argentine and Uruguayan steakhouse that evolved from a butcher shop. The meat cases are still there in the back of the restaurant, which means you can select your own steak. It’s then cooked on a charcoal grill in the front window. Like most South American steaks, these are thinner, a little tougher, and supremely flavorful — the way the patrons like ’em.

Sirloin steak La Esquina Criolla

3. Westville Chelsea

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246 W 18th St
New York, NY 10011
(212) 924-2223
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Local American chain Westville is the epitome of a weeknight dinner spot, there with reasonably priced and vaguely healthy, varied options in a low-key setting. The grilled skirt steak, though tender and flavorful, does not stand out for any sort of unusual treatment or sourcing — it’s the portion size and value that is marked here. For $24, there’s a generous cut of steak served with chimichurri, baked rosemary potatoes, and marinated red onion and arugula salad. This is the steak to order (whether at the restaurant or for delivery) when a last-minute craving calls.

Westville Photo via Westville/Facebook

4. Cote Korean Steakhouse

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16 W 22nd St
New York, NY 10010
(212) 401-7986
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David Shim and Sim Kim earned themselves a coveted Michelin star with this Flatiron hotspot, which takes the rubric of a Korean barbecue spot — multi-colored banchan, egg soufflees, in-table grilling — and laces it with the fatty indulgences of an American steakhouse: martinis, bacon, and dry-aged beef. Dinner is best experienced as a tasting at $48 per person, or at $125 per person for more luxurious cuts (must be reserved in advance).

A circular beef-filled tabletop grill sits at the center; around that gold-rimmed grill are small banchan, including kimchi and egg omelet
A butcher’s feast at Cote
Photo by Daniel Krieger

5. Ikinari Steak East Village

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90 E 10th St
New York, NY 10003
(917) 388-3546
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In Manhattan, there are currently eight branches of this Japanese import steakhouse with an unusual concept. Diners choose and spec their steak while standing at a counter, take their place at a counter, wait for their steak to be delivered — then gobble it standing up (or sitting down, as newer locations have acquiesced). The steaks (sirloin, ribeye, filet, or a combo) are quite good and arrive with a heap of corn on the side.

Mixture of three steaks, with optional potatoes

6. Oxomoco

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128 Greenpoint Ave
Brooklyn, NY 11222
(646) 688-4180
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At this stylish Greenpoint newcomer, the flank steak tacos are the way to go. Each individual piece is delightfully thick — far more so than typical for a taco, which is a welcome surprise since they cost $16 for two. Despite the heft, the steak is juicy and and nicely-charred. It’s topped with roasted onion, zucchini, and salsa pasilla, but there’s never any question that the beef is the star of the show. Order a frozen margarita, too.

7. Le Relais de Venise L'Entrecôte

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40 Thompson St
New York, NY 10013
(212) 334-2580
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The premise of Le Relais, a chain import from Paris, is very populist: For $29.95 per person, there are two rounds of ribeye and frites — seriously, ask for seconds — preceded by a salad and accompanied by an addictive, buttery green sauce. It’s all very simple, but the value is unbeatable.

8. Morgan’s Brooklyn Barbecue

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267 Flatbush Ave
Brooklyn, NY 11217
(718) 622-2224
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The smoked steak at Morgan’s Brooklyn Barbecue in Prospect Heights is having a well-deserved moment. The New York strip steak gets treated to smoked salt and about 20 minutes in the smoker before then being finished on the grill. Those smoked flavors cut through the meat, making it a very different but worthy steak experience.

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9. Chavela's

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736 Franklin Ave
Brooklyn, NY 11238
(718) 622-3100
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While Chavela’s in Crown Heights isn’t exactly a meaty destination, the Mexican fare it serves consistently delivers. The bistec tampiqueña comes on an oval plate with colorful accompaniments, like roasted poblano peppers, melty queso quesadilla, guacamole, refried beans, and salsa verde. None of that overpowers the thin sirloin though. And at $23, it’s on the lower end of NYC steak price points.

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Chavela’s
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10. Fu Shen

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6003 7th Ave
Brooklyn, NY 11220
(718) 439-8808

This Sunset Park restaurant aimed at Taiwanese millennials offers great Black Angus steaks expertly flame grilled, but with some unusual accoutrements. The main course is preceded by baguette toasts squiggled with sweetened condensed milk. The sirloin or ribeye itself arrives cooked to order on a bed of spaghetti, along with a fried egg and a vegetable mélange, making a nice alternative to the usual bovine platings.

Rib eye steak at Fu Shen

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1. The Grill

99 E 52nd St, New York, NY 10022
A prime rib being sliced up on a white plate and placed on a bed of scallions, all placed on a silver tray.
The Grill’s prime Rib
Photo by Gary He

The Grill is a majestic recreation of a midcentury chophouse, meaning steaks are just one subset of its larger meaty menu. There are larded squabs, Amish hams, and honey mustard ducklings. But make no mistake; owner Major Food Group does steaks right, dishing up peppered filet mignons, dry-aged strips, and best of all, a spit-roasted prime rib, served with an intensely salty deviled bone. Right on.

99 E 52nd St
New York, NY 10022

2. La Esquina Criolla

9467 Corona Ave, Queens, NY 11368
Sirloin steak La Esquina Criolla

Looking out from a spectacular corner location at Junction Boulevard and Corona Avenue, La Esquina Criolla is a utilitarian Argentine and Uruguayan steakhouse that evolved from a butcher shop. The meat cases are still there in the back of the restaurant, which means you can select your own steak. It’s then cooked on a charcoal grill in the front window. Like most South American steaks, these are thinner, a little tougher, and supremely flavorful — the way the patrons like ’em.

9467 Corona Ave
Queens, NY 11368

3. Westville Chelsea

246 W 18th St, New York, NY 10011
Westville Photo via Westville/Facebook

Local American chain Westville is the epitome of a weeknight dinner spot, there with reasonably priced and vaguely healthy, varied options in a low-key setting. The grilled skirt steak, though tender and flavorful, does not stand out for any sort of unusual treatment or sourcing — it’s the portion size and value that is marked here. For $24, there’s a generous cut of steak served with chimichurri, baked rosemary potatoes, and marinated red onion and arugula salad. This is the steak to order (whether at the restaurant or for delivery) when a last-minute craving calls.

246 W 18th St
New York, NY 10011

4. Cote Korean Steakhouse

16 W 22nd St, New York, NY 10010
A circular beef-filled tabletop grill sits at the center; around that gold-rimmed grill are small banchan, including kimchi and egg omelet
A butcher’s feast at Cote
Photo by Daniel Krieger

David Shim and Sim Kim earned themselves a coveted Michelin star with this Flatiron hotspot, which takes the rubric of a Korean barbecue spot — multi-colored banchan, egg soufflees, in-table grilling — and laces it with the fatty indulgences of an American steakhouse: martinis, bacon, and dry-aged beef. Dinner is best experienced as a tasting at $48 per person, or at $125 per person for more luxurious cuts (must be reserved in advance).

16 W 22nd St
New York, NY 10010

5. Ikinari Steak East Village

90 E 10th St, New York, NY 10003
Mixture of three steaks, with optional potatoes

In Manhattan, there are currently eight branches of this Japanese import steakhouse with an unusual concept. Diners choose and spec their steak while standing at a counter, take their place at a counter, wait for their steak to be delivered — then gobble it standing up (or sitting down, as newer locations have acquiesced). The steaks (sirloin, ribeye, filet, or a combo) are quite good and arrive with a heap of corn on the side.

90 E 10th St
New York, NY 10003

6. Oxomoco

128 Greenpoint Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11222
Read Review |

At this stylish Greenpoint newcomer, the flank steak tacos are the way to go. Each individual piece is delightfully thick — far more so than typical for a taco, which is a welcome surprise since they cost $16 for two. Despite the heft, the steak is juicy and and nicely-charred. It’s topped with roasted onion, zucchini, and salsa pasilla, but there’s never any question that the beef is the star of the show. Order a frozen margarita, too.

128 Greenpoint Ave
Brooklyn, NY 11222

7. Le Relais de Venise L'Entrecôte

40 Thompson St, New York, NY 10013

The premise of Le Relais, a chain import from Paris, is very populist: For $29.95 per person, there are two rounds of ribeye and frites — seriously, ask for seconds — preceded by a salad and accompanied by an addictive, buttery green sauce. It’s all very simple, but the value is unbeatable.

40 Thompson St
New York, NY 10013

8. Morgan’s Brooklyn Barbecue

267 Flatbush Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11217
Morgan’s Brooklyn Barbecue
Morgan’s Brooklyn Barbecue
Photo via Yelp/Morgan’s Brooklyn Barbecue

The smoked steak at Morgan’s Brooklyn Barbecue in Prospect Heights is having a well-deserved moment. The New York strip steak gets treated to smoked salt and about 20 minutes in the smoker before then being finished on the grill. Those smoked flavors cut through the meat, making it a very different but worthy steak experience.

267 Flatbush Ave
Brooklyn, NY 11217

9. Chavela's

736 Franklin Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11238
Chavela’s
Chavela’s
Photo via Instagram/Chavela’s

While Chavela’s in Crown Heights isn’t exactly a meaty destination, the Mexican fare it serves consistently delivers. The bistec tampiqueña comes on an oval plate with colorful accompaniments, like roasted poblano peppers, melty queso quesadilla, guacamole, refried beans, and salsa verde. None of that overpowers the thin sirloin though. And at $23, it’s on the lower end of NYC steak price points.

736 Franklin Ave
Brooklyn, NY 11238

10. Fu Shen

6003 7th Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11220
Rib eye steak at Fu Shen

This Sunset Park restaurant aimed at Taiwanese millennials offers great Black Angus steaks expertly flame grilled, but with some unusual accoutrements. The main course is preceded by baguette toasts squiggled with sweetened condensed milk. The sirloin or ribeye itself arrives cooked to order on a bed of spaghetti, along with a fried egg and a vegetable mélange, making a nice alternative to the usual bovine platings.

6003 7th Ave
Brooklyn, NY 11220

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