DeStefano’s - Brooklyn
DeStefano’s Steakhouse in Brooklyn offers some of the best steak in New York, as well as menu items that sometimes surprise with their innovation. Small and intimate, suitable for duos at dinner or big family gatherings, DeStefano’s has earned a reputation for excellent service and food, in a convivial and cozy environment of genuine hospitality.
There are many expected favorites on the menu for DeStefano’s Steakhouse, including short rib rolls (the meat, with carrots and mashed potatoes, in a roll, kind of like an extra meaty spring roll) and asparagus bundles (the vegetable, wrapped in bacon and roasted).
In a steakhouse, of course, it’s the steaks that will get the most attention, and DeStefano’s steaks are worthy. The filet mignon, available in smaller or larger sizes, is dressed with a burgundy shallot sauce and, get this, the dry aged ribeye comes with roasted fennel, an idiosyncratic combination of flavors that seems to please DeStefano’s customers.
It’s those kinds little small but intriguing quirks that perhaps inspired Robert Tutton, writing in “Food & Wine,” to call DeStefano’s Steakhouse “the ultimate Brooklyn steakhouse,” explaining “that’s DeStefano’s brand – offering a classic experience that diverges just enough from convention to stand out. A lot of steakhouses serve slabs of bacon, but they rub theirs with spices and glaze it with brown sugar. Many steakhouses are big, clamorous dining halls, but at DeStefano’s it’s like you’ve been invited into someone’s home. Of course, there’s a reason for that: The building, on the corner of Conselyea and Leonard Streets in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, has been in John’s family ever since his great-grandparents immigrated from Italy and bought it in 1919.”
Though DeStefano’s Steakhouse is somewhat in the shadows of nearby and legendary Peter Luger’s, this smaller place is more casual and comfortable, though like Luger’s, they have their own sauce so you can whip up a DeStefano’s-like steak at home (or at least try to; it won’t be easy to be that excellent).