Gallagher's Steakhouse - New York
For over 85 years, Gallagher’s Steakhouse, Time Square and Broadway have been in the same neighborhood, and one of them serves some of New York’s best steaks and cocktails. Gallagher’s Steakhouse is a step back in time to an era of three-martini lunches and steaks cooked over an open fire, a place that satisfies almost as much with vibe as food.
At Gallagher’s Steakhouse, after working your way through a sizeable raw bar of clam, crab, lobster, shrimp and other delicious creatures of the sea, you’re confronted with a list of steaks that will make your eyes big and that will make you wish you had a bigger stomach.
There’s are porterhouse steaks big enough for two, three or even four, a New York sirloin (or do you call it a Delmonico?), rib eye, roast prime rib of beef (order ahead; these tend to sell out) and even, if you’re not in the mood for a steak, chopped beef. As reported in New York Magazine, this place is all about the meat: “When you walk into Gallagher’s, the first thing you see is a room filled with hunks of beef hanging from the wall and stacked on shelves. This is the meat cooler, where steaks sit for 21 days at exactly 36 degrees—dry aged to eliminate moisture and draw out flavor…On the walls are thousands of framed photographs of the more notable patrons, and celebrities still make the occasional appearance. The vestiges of this old-fashioned aplomb remain: complementary coat check and a deadpan wait staff of mostly old German men dressed to the nines. But don’t come unless you’re in the mood for meat.”
The meat is prepared in a way uncommon among New York steak houses: it’s cooked over live hickory coals, giving each piece of meat a crusty sear and a light smokiness.
And what to have with your steak? Red wine would be the obvious choice, but there’s also a bar where you’ll be able to get old school cocktails made right, the way they always have been at Gallagher’s Steakhouse. Right at the start of Prohibition, Gallagher’s earned a reputation as the place you could get a drink; on the menu, you’ll notice “The Other Soup (MP),” which is, of course, a jokey reference to the once outlawed booze, designated by these innocent-sounding codes words to escape the notice of law enforcement (though it’s highly likely the boys in blue stopped by for an illegal sip now and again).