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Posted by nycbroker on 02/28/2007
Great place! I went for a dinner with my wife last week and we had excellent meal. They were very busy we waited for the table about twenty minutes but it was worth it. Their porterhouse was excellent and the service was very good. Great wine list as well. I am definitely going back…
Posted by fat guy knows his food on 02/26/2007
The reviewer below listed 3 2nd tier steakhouses which are all chains by the way in justifying their review. All I can say is if those are the standards, you are correct, don't go here. This is a top notch NY steakhouse and is in a different league. By the way, get a real steak like a porterhouse, not a filet...
Posted by Anonymous on 02/23/2007
I frequently visit Smith and Wollensky's and The Palm, as well as the Capital Grille on occasion. Thought I would try Ben and Jack's tonight, because of its Peter Luger pedigree. What a mistake. Four of us ordered the filet mignon, and they were gristled, fatty pieces, one of which the cook absolutely butchered. Our waiter was extremely unhelpful, with an attitude. And the atmosphere certainly didn't add to anything. I've never had a bad meal at any of the three steakhouses mentioned above. Had a poor first meal at Ben and Jack's, and would NEVER go back.
Posted by Jen on 02/21/2007
This is one of the best steak houses period. I was very impressed by the caliber of service and atmosphere. I had the ribeye steak and it was cooked to perfection. My date and I did not have to ask for anything, all of our needs were met. Great baked potato too! I will becoming back!
Posted by qb on 02/18/2007
Had high hopes, but we were disappointed. Steak was fatty and needed salt. Didn't have any "punch". (Did not taste better as next day's leftovers!) All sides/salads/apps were good but average. (Caesar salad was diner quality.) Made worse mentally by automatic comparison to Luger's and other spin-offs. Service was uneven. Rushed at the start, then neglected (but OTOH, we were not rushed out.) If you're going to do the "fix napkin while patron is at the loo" routine, at least you can fold it. Decor is "boring traditional". At least the other spin-offs have tried to improve or re-work something from their collective ancestor.
Posted by Anonymous on 01/21/2007
We had a group of 10 for dinner and had a table in the middle of the room where we were bumped into by every waiter the whole evening. The servers had no idea what table they were assigned to and we had many through the evening. On the good side, the food was amazing. From the crabmeat appetizers to the 4lb. lobster and the many orders of steak that were done to perfection. Sides that were great were the mushrooms, peas and also the potatoes. For dessert we had the apple struedel, and the cheesecake. YUM!!! I would go back in a heartbeat but please be awre that this is a very crowded and noisy restaurant so be prepared.
Posted by steakfan on 01/18/2007
This is by far the best steak in Manhattan. It is nearly identical to Lugers (Porterhouse). I could care less about the ambiance when I am eating steak so all my attention is on the meat. Sizzling steak, drowned in butter, cooked to perfection on a plate that can cook the steak even further its so hot. I have tried all the rest in the city and even the steakhouses that try too hard with their creations. Hands down go here. It makes Old Homestead porterhouse taste like roast beef. The butter makes all the difference and I wouldnt go anywhere else except Luger and Luger spinoffs. This is the best Luger spinoff.