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Ruth's Chris Steak House
Posted by Happy diner on 02/01/2006
Went for lunch on Restaurant Week with certain misgivings based on the reviews, but I'm happy to say we were pleasantly surprised. The seafood gumbo was very good and the salad looked nice too and you had four choices for entree. We both had the filet mignon which was perfectly cooked as requested, and was the best tasting meat we've had in a long time, tender and delicious. Only one choice for dessert, however, which was huge and very rich, so I would suggest a second, lighter choice. The service was professional and the atmosphere very pleasant so all in all it was a very satisfying experience. As for their regular prices, they are high but not much different from other steakhouses in NY.
Posted by Lou on 02/01/2006
This is a steak house or so I thought. When we ordered our steaks well done. The waitress comes back and tells us that the steaks are medium/rare done. Is that Ok? Maybe it's me, but if you know exactly what we want, why would you ask us if the alternative is fine, especially if it is only leaving the steak on the grill longer. We decided this would be the last time we dine there. Because my wife was with me, I did not raise a fuss but if I was alone ...
Posted by Tribeca Kid on 01/10/2006
Steaks are very tasty - rest of the menu is somewhat limited, but what they have they do very well. Service is good, suffers from the fact that the place is packed with tables and always crowded. Prices seem too high, but it's in Midtown and is probably compatible. Last time I was there (Xmas Eve) the floor of the place was dirty and food all over the place, but they seemed short handed. If you're in midtown, and on an expense account, well worth the money.
Posted by Anonymous on 09/28/2005
Major issues: Sloppy and very slow service before, during, and after all parts of the meal. First appetizer came out right away, then salad came out 25 minutes later. Clearly they forgot about us for a while. Salad was not good. Also, they don't seem to know how to prepare a filet which they had over an hour to prepare. Ordered two of them, Medium. One was rare, other was medium well. Not knowing how to make steak at a steakhouse is a big problem! And for over $30! We were never presented with dessert menus or asked if we wanted coffee. Not once in 2 hours did our waiter ask if we needed anything or even make eye contact. Finally I located the manager and asked for a check so we could finally put the experience to an end. The manager had the decency to offer a gift certificate for our next visit. I informed him I would not be returning after this experience and that it should be applied to today's bill, which he promptly did.
Posted by KE on 09/06/2005
The appetizers were great, but it's a steakhouse, and the steaks were not good at all! Throw salt, pepper & butter on your steak at home and it's like you're eating at Ruth's.
Posted by Anonymous on 08/21/2005
The quality of meat used in this Steakhouse is poor, you could easily find a place to eat thats food is not only less expensive, but also better flavored. I found that the steak was a bit chewy and was often sawing my knife through the meat as if it was solid wood. Before having my main coarse i orded the recomended tomato with mozarella which was subpar, the tomato was not ripe and the cheese was not of good quality. Although the meat could be improved along with the appetizer, I enjoyed the sides very much so. The mashed potatoes, a staple side order, were very lite and savory. The store itself was beautiful and well finished off. All in all, Ruth's Chris is an alright steak house with a pleasant atmosphere, providing a nice place to bring a companion who is not a avid steak critic.
Posted by Chris P on 08/10/2005
What a great dinner! We waited at the bar (Great bar service) for people and salivated over the way the whole restaurant smelled. As soon as they came, we were seated... a true rarity for 7:30pm on a Saturday night, even with reservations. The crab cakes were great, but I thought the crab stuffed mushrooms were better. The real treat was when the meat came: we could hear it from 10 feet away. The porterhouse for two was so gorgeous, we almost didn't want to eat it, and it tasted even better than it looked. As far as I'm concerned it buried Wolfgang?s. The lamb chops were also world class. The sides were slightly disappointing, with the exception of the creamed spinach. The onion rings were just too much food, too much fried and greasy batter. I could barely eat one. The mashed potatoes were a little stiff, yet still tasty. The Cr?me Brul?e was all right, but the dessert of the evening was the warm apple tart, which is easily split-able. My only real beef is that everything was drenched in sizzling butter, which left me feeling a wee funky afterwards. All of the service was also top notch.