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Posted by Nick UWS on 12/06/2008
I've been to all the top NYC steakhouses and DelFrisco's is definitely at the top of the list. Anyone who complains about the price should go to Tad's steaks or Taco Bell. You're paying for amazing steak, a great scene and amazing service. Deal with it. I took my dad out last night and we both had the bone in filet...amazing. Melted in my mouth the minute I took a first bite. Ordered the onion rings (fantastic) and mashed potatoes (not a fan). Also started out with the caesar salad and had wine. Yes it was expensive, but this is an amazing place and you really only go for a special occasion or on an expense account. Great service, our waiter didn't rush us and we were seated in a prime location downstairs. Will be back again.
Posted by Nov08Trip on 12/03/2008
We went here late Nov 08. I had shrimp cocktail (5 large king prawn size shrimp - ok but sauce...for any Brits out there, not the mayo based one - like a spicy, vinegar based tomato sauce. Just laid on large lettuce leaves so a bit unimpressive looking) hubby had the crabcake - not too big which is good, and finely shredded white crab meat - great taste! Wow those waitresses have a great memory and can talk incredibly fast! We had a bit of a problem remembering the long list of specials she went through and ended up going for the rib eye on the bone with sides of cauliflower & brie au gratin and skillet potatoes & onions. The steaks were huge....well seasoned (we like our beef with salt and pepper so just perfect for us). Great taste but in some ways should have gone for the smaller fillet.... its hard though when you want the tastier marbling you get with rib eye! The cauliflower gratin was really good but huge... the potatoes weren't so good...more like home made potato crisps covered with fried onions - ate some of the onions... One thing we don't get though - why is US wine so expensive? We got a sauvignon blanc - it was great, but would have been around £18 over here in a restaurant for a similar relatively local one - this was Californian - and it was $54 a bottle? The wines started around the $35 mark... We shared a chocolate mousse - the SIX layer lemon or chocolate cakes sounded a bit toooooo big!!! :-) It was a treat meal for my birthday - cost us $300... (steaks were $48 each). We could have done it a bit cheaper, (cheaper wine, different entrees). All in all, would we go again....probably not... We'd made the reservation specifically asking for the mezzanine (for the view) and were seated in a small room at the back - we queried it and got moved to the location we'd asked for. Sounds like a small thing but its a pretty intimidating place...probably a bit out of our normal comfort zone to be honest but hey - special occasion! The waitress was incredibly smiley, incredibly efficient but a bit like being waited on by a showgirl who knew her lines really well and wanted to say them for the nth time as fast as she could... difficult to explain :-) Also, it seems to be a place where quite wealthy people go to be seen / order but not eat...? Two or three mouthfuls and they're done - what a waste! It was happening alot around us.
Posted by I Like Steak on 11/17/2008
I agree with all of the negative reviews that mention the food was mediocre. Steaks are ok, lots of pepper makes them worse. You can ask for them without the seasoning, which makes it pretty clear why they load them up with salt and pepper (meat has no flavor). But one thing I did like was the atmosphere. If you like the hustle and bustle of New York, and a classy atmosphere, this is the place. You also never know who you will run into. This time around we saw P diddy and Ben Stiller.
Posted by happyflake on 10/10/2008
This is by far the BEST steak I have ever had in NYC, and i have been to many others including Smith & Valinsky, Spark, Strip House, and Old Homestead. Bar-none Del Frisco is the best! The wait staff is so warm and welcoming, and make you feel like home all the time. Ambience is nice and upscale. I took many of my friends there for steak and d a few steak lovers because of it. It is definitely a must try! Don't forget to get their home made lemon cake. it is soooo delicious.
Posted by I understand on 09/04/2008
The place is set up like an amphitheater that makes it too noisy. There are plenty of places that are business dinner central that aren't as noisy. The place is set up with a main floor and then an upstairs with very high ceilings. The noise comes from the lack of damping in the restaurant. I have no complaints on the food but when my server is yelling and my party of 8 at a round table has trouble hearing her the place could use work.
Posted by Eater on 08/28/2008
To all those who have complained about Del Frisco's, you are certainly out of your league. Too noisy? Are you serious? This is business dinner central. You are in the middle of corporate America not central park. Too peppery and salty? No. Salt helps make steaks more tender. Bread from Friday's. No they bake it daily. All in all this is a great steak house. It is not cheap, but they're not trying to be a value play. They cater to utives and every realm of the finance world. I'm sure many of the poor reviews came from tourists who walked away with sticker shock. Yes, this restaurant is not meant for a romantic evening but it fulfills its purpose well. I also love how many of the negative reviews did not include suggestions of more favorable steaks houses. My only negative comments would be for the spinach, but it might just be due to my disliking of bacon with vegetables.
Posted by DoctorTed on 06/12/2008
Unbelievably crowded, mostly tourists. Noise level supersonic, unbearable. Bring earphones and Motrin. We had a good waier Crabcake App was good. Caeser Salad had no dressing. Oysters ok. Filet Migno too peppery, chewy. Chatea potatoes salty. Cheesecake good. Ambience here is so nerve shattering it ruins the meal. Too many other good steakhouses. Avoid.