Mar 15, 2018
New York City’s steakhouses are growing ever more inventive, bringing global variety to ravenous meat-lovers. When your carnivorous cravings can’t be ignored, here are Manhattan’s top bets for magnificent meat, from classic, historic steakhouses to newcomers with international flair.
Merakia: Greek Mountain Thief Spithouse + Steak
Merakia: Greek Mountain Thief Spithouse + Steak restaurant pays storied homage to the Greek revolutionaries who stole sheep and other livestock grazing on mountains during the Greek War of Independence of 1821, then cooked them on spits. Specialities that showcase Greek cuisine range from lamb shank slow-cooked with herbs and spices to pork marinated 24 hours in wine made from moschofilero grapes, and lamb chops served with feta fries or spit-fire roasted potatoes. Steaks include petit filet and bone-in rib-eye.
Japan-based steak restaurant Ikinari’s three outposts in New York City are conveniently located in Hell’s Kitchen, the East Village, and Chelsea. Guests order their steaks by the ounce (almost 30g) from the chef’s butcher station and choose from three cuts of meat — rib-eye, sirloin or filet — that have been wet-aged for at least 40 days. Steaks are cut to order and weighed in front of guests, then cooked over an open fire and presented on a cast-iron platter. Diners can get to know their neighbours when they tuck into their meaty meals at the restaurant’s communal counters.
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With dishes ranging from cheesesteak egg rolls to coffee-braised pork shank, Del Frisco’s has deliciously upended and expanded the traditional steakhouse menu, with a three-steakhouse empire in New York City. Del Frisco’s Grille at Brookfield Place is near downtown attractions such as One World Observatory and the Oculus, and a second Del Frisco’s Grille is in Rockefeller Plaza. Del Frisco’s three-storey Double Eagle Steakhouse in Midtown has floor-to-ceiling windows, so that you can enjoy views of Rockefeller Center while digging into such outsized selections as a 24-ounce prime porterhouse and decadent side dishes like lobster macaroni and cheese.