Maloney & Porcelli - New York
Though founded in 1996, Maloney & Porcelli gives off an old school vibe: martinis, seafood and some of the best prime steak around. Tending toward the traditional, there is a range of preparations for the red meat and a lot of fish and seafood options…plus the Crackling Pork Shank with Firecracker Apple Sauce. Be prepared for awesome wine options.
On the main stage at Maloney & Porcelli, are steaks, all prime, dry-aged and butchered in house, and shanks.
For an appetizer, you can kick off a memorable steak dinner with Wagyu carpaccio accompanied by white truffle paste, or a dry-aged meatball with cheese fondue. If you prefer to go aquatic, there’s a very tightly curated selection of high-quality surf selections, including traditional lobster bisque and rock shrimp cavatelli. This Italian influence is further pulled through with the somewhat novel pizzette, small pizzas with a spicy sopressata or goat cheese and fig toppings.
There’s dry-aged prime rib and sirloin, and you have no choice but to love a place like Maloney & Porcelli that has a separate menu section devoted to only filet mignon. You can have this tender cut prepared in the classic manner, but also Cajun spiced, Roquefort crusted, Oscar style, in a Wellington Rossini, or…a Bronson Pinchot, which the “New York Times” describes as “a spin on steak au poivre that Maloney has named for the star of the 1980s sitcom, ‘Perfect Strangers,’ prepared tableside, on a cart.”
The pig is obviously the star of the Crackling Pork Shank with Firecracker Apple Sauce, featured on the Food Network and applauded for its balance of lush, crisp pork and spicy-sweet apple sauce accompaniment. If you’re in the mood for meat but maxed out on beef, the Crackling Pork Shank with Firecracker Apple Sauce is the only reasonable alternative.
Every night after 8pm, there’s the renowned Maloney & Porcelli Wine dinner, where guests get an app, entrée and dessert and, get this, unlimited tasting of four carefully selected wines. Whoa.