Danny's Steakhouse & Oyster Bar - Queens
In downtown Flushing, Danny Lye has created a casual, comfortable place that he promises “rivals any top steak house in the city as the ingredients are from the same prestigious purveyors that deliver to the over-priced and over-crowded steakhouses.” This neighborhood classic gives you what you expect: some of the best steak you’ll find in NYC.
Danny’s Steak House and Oyster Bar is not your run-of-the-mill Manhattan steak house; it’s much more relaxed. How relaxed? Well, they have a kid’s menu, if that’s any indication of the laid-back atmosphere. Aside from that, this is a serious place for a steak house experience.
The seafood starters are reassuringly familiar and classic: oysters Rockefeller, clams casino, shrimp cocktail, you know – and probably love! – the drill. There’s also French onion soup and Caesar salad, but you no doubt guessed that: it’s part of the steak house ritual, very popular in Queens and pretty much everywhere in the U.S.
All steaks at Danny’s Steak House and Oyster Bar are USDA prime, hand-picked and dry aged at the restaurant. You can get a dry-aged porterhouse for 2, 3 or 4 people, and, of course, filet and sirloin.
As with many steak places, there’s an Italianate inflection to the menu: linguini with clam sauce, shrimp scampi, and seafood pasta. When you’re talking seafood at Danny’s Steak House and Oyster Bar, a standout is the salmon Wellington, an aquatic variation on a classic that features the fish, topped with crabmeat, in a brioche with mustard brandy sauce. Superb.
For a side that will make you say “wow,” and that goes well with steak, check out the wasabi mashed potatoes, with slight heat from the Asian horseradish mellowed out by milky creaminess of the whipped spuds.
This is a largely neighborhood place, attracting a lot of loyal locals. Some of the desserts are prepared at La Cheesecake, located right across the street.
The prix fixe lunch menu is a bargain at around $20, which gives you an app, an entrée (including a filet mignon burger) with two sides, and dessert. A deal.