NEW YORK CITY STEAKHOUSES
The New York City steakhouse is as much an icon of the Big Apple as the Statue of liberty. The first steakhouses in New York City opened in the mid-19th century, and since then they’ve established a reputation for serving the highest quality red meat.
New York Chef Victoria Blamey knows a good steak when she sees it. Pete Welles of the New York Times says, “she’s a Chef worth following,” and those who want a good steak are encouraged to follow her advice that fat content is one of the key factors in judging a steak’s quality. More streaks of fat – or marbling -- in a piece of meat means that the steak is more likely to receive a USDA prime designation, and that’s what you’ll find at New York City’s best steakhouses.
Here are some of the oldest, finest, and best New York City steakhouses.
- Delmonico’s: First established in 1837 at 56 Beaver St. in the Financial District, Delmonico’s is the oldest steakhouse in New York City. The Delmonico steak (boneless prime rib eye) was first served by the brothers John and Peter Delmonico. After turning their pastry shop into a fine dining restaurant, they moved and then moved again. Finally, new owners re-opened Delmonico’s at the original location, where it remains justly famous for their Delmonico steak.
- Old Homestead Steakhouse: Established in 1868 at 56 9th Ave, Old Homestead Steakhouse famously serves its most popular dish: a USDA prime-aged dry steak of sirloin, with creamed spinach, colossal crab cakes, and potato hash. The Delmonico’s steakhouse may technically be older, but the Old Homestead Steakhouse is the oldest continuously operating steakhouse in the United States.
- Keen's Steakhouse: Since 1885, Keen’s Steakhouse has been serving its most popular dish – the mutton chop – but it also serves dry-aged steak dishes. Keen’s Steakhouse was originally part of the Lambs Club, the famous London-based theatre and literary group. Keen's steakhouse became a popular spot for celebrities, and it’s so full of antiques you might think it’s a museum. To this day, it continues to serve the mutton chop and the prime rib.
- The Palm: Founded in 1926 at 840 2nd Ave by Pio Bozzi and John Ganzi, The Palm is known for its most popular dishes: USDA prime New York steak (A la stone), jumbo Shrimp cocktail, chicken parmigiana, creamed spinach, and Half & Half (onions and cottage fries).