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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.
Posted by don on 06/02/2008
Was looking forward to this steak house but was sorely dissappointed in almost all aspects of the restaurant. The service was slow - we waited an hour and half for our meal. The steaks were overcooked and coated with pepper...the meat was tough but we were all so hungry it didn't matter. The side dishes were soggy and overcooked especially the spinach. Have eaten at some great steak houses and this would not be in the same league. The restaurant was ridiculously huge and so noisy you could barely hear anything... Pass on this place... the only possible plus was the dessert - lemon cake...but not worth the price of the meal which was $200 per couple.
Posted by Business guy on 05/30/2008
I agree with several of the more negative reviews here, even though I have friends who will always recommend this place. For me there's too many faults that combine to make it an average yet expensive experience. Ambience is bar noisy and yes there is canned music that is kinda chintzy: Bread basket is the Wonderbread equivalent of restaurant loaves. It's tastes fine but certainly is low rent for a top steak house. Steaks were cooked perfectly to each persons order , meat quality good but not great, What kills it for me is they insist on slathering on huge quantities of pepper/salt seasoning. There's no prior warning and you can literally scrape it off. Even doing that still leaves it ridiculously spicy and just kills the taste of the meat. Doesn't make any sense to me to hide good meat with cheap pepper but thats their deal. On the night I went the creamed spinach was borderline grass-clipping raw which also detracted from the experience. I've been there twice and am fortunate not to have to pay out of my own pocket but would not chose this if I were to be paying. There are far better steakhouses out there.
Posted by Bob from Westfield on 05/12/2008
Reading a lot of differing opinions here. I entertain a lot of Clients reguarly across the country and this remains my top pick for steaks. Simply amazing and always consistent over the last few years. I recommend this place to anyone looking for a satisfying meal in the city.
Posted by anonymous on 05/06/2008
This restaurant was a total disappointment. My husband and I are big foodies, and we read about this restaurant in Zagat. We should have looked at Menupages first! The bread was nothing better than Fridays and the obnoxious 70's Rock and Roll blasting on the stereo system cheapened the place. The waiter recommended the stone crabs and the tasted like they were right out of the freezer section of the grocery. My salmon was mediocre and the baked potato was soggy. Please don't waste your money..there are far better steakhouses in the city.
Posted by Tom from Westfield on 04/07/2008
Forget what the previous review has to say. This is a high octane, take no prisoners steakhouse that is not for the faint of heart. Do you wait at the bar even though you have a reservation? Sure you do, its New York City. Are the prices rather high, sure, but not for the best steak in Manhatten. Recently had the honor of being invited to a "get together" with 17 buddies and the wait staff never missed a beat. All 18 dinners arrived at the table at the same time. By the way, not one steak went back to the kitchen. Every one was done to perfection. The wine list is basically the length of War and Peace but take your time and some true beauties will be found within. Can't say we made it to dessert but the appetisers were fantastic. If I had to pick a favorite go for the crab cake. Perfectly seasoned and basically 95% lump crab. Bottom line, don't go there to order light flaky fish or complain because its loud. Its loud for a reason. Listen carefully and you will hear the sound of grown men and women crying out like small children on Christmas morning when they get a look at the steaks as they are placed down on the table.
Posted by Sue on 03/27/2008
We had a reservation, but they seated us 25 minutes after our reservation time. It was my birthday, and I wasn't thrilled with waiting in their crowded downstairs area. The bar was noisy - lots of voices, but especially the music - and it didn't go away when we moved to our table upstairs. (I had to say "What?" a lot, and I was sitting right next to my husband.) The atmosphere was very corporate-after-work. There's even a bar upstairs with a tv screen playing sports, which is not something I want to see in a nice restaurant. The service was excellent - friendly without being overly solicitious or in our faces too often. They got one thing wrong, but noticed it before we even said anything. He was also knowledgeable enough about wine (I know nothing about wine) to help steer me towards a chardonnay that I loved. The food was okay - the waiter suggested we order our steaks medium, when we're used to medium rare, and I should have gone with my own instinct. My husband absolutely loved the crabcake. The potatoes au gratin side was huge (more than enough for two people), and very good, but also felt like something I could have gotten at a Friday's-type place. I love a good steakhouse, and this one just didn't rate high enough to me for the price. I won't be back, and I won't recommend it.