Ocean Prime - New York
Named by Open Table, 2016, as one of “the best steakhouses in America,” this midtown Manhattan red meat wonderland serves some of the finest USDA prime cuts you’ll find in the city. The international focus of the place is evident in the menus translated in German, Japanese, French and Spanish…because the whole world comes to Ocean Prime for steak.
Admittedly, the name Ocean Prime does not make the place sound like a steakhouse, but you’ll be glad to know that there are more and better steaks on the menu at this midtown restaurant than there are at some places that have “steakhouse” in their names. Three sizes of filet mignon, and one big one with bone-in, New York strip, Kansas City strip and ribeye, and here’s the thing: they’re all cooked at 1200 degrees. Why is this important? Basically, because with a good tender piece of beef, the less time the beef is under heat, the more tender it will be. Moreover, high heat ensures you get the longed-for Maillard Reaction: the crusty, slightly crisp exterior that gives the meat a most pleasing texture.
Ocean Prime’s steaks include USDA prime cuts that are aged to achieve maximum tenderness and flavor.
As the name implies, though, fish and seafood are also very big at Ocean Prime. Seafood is selected every day for freshness, and the chefs focus on wild and naturally harvested seafood that’s been approved by Monterey Bay Aquarium’s Seafood Watch, which regularly evaluates specific types of fish and their harvesting locations in terms of sustainability.
How’s all this working out? According to Zagat, responding to Ocean Prime in typical Zagatese: “’Delectable seafood’ and ‘fabulous steaks’ share the ‘broad menu at this ‘modern’ Midtown link of an upscale surf ’n’ turf chain; an ‘excellent staff helps make the ‘chic,’ ‘sprawling’ space feel ‘inviting,’ further ensuring it’s ‘worth the pricey tab.’”
The Ocean Prime wine list is massive but manageable, with a focus on reds (no surprise there!).
So, make no mistake, though the name suggests fish and seafood, and although you can get excellent seafood at Ocean Prime, you want to go to Ocean Prime for the steak.