Even though we are experiencing “Fake Spring,” I always crave a juicy steak during the winter months. When it’s chilly outside, a belly full of steak keeps my soul warm.
Royal 35 Steakhouse (1 E 35th Street) If you’re in midtown, don’t miss this 5,000 square foot restaurant featuring sizzling steaks dry aged in house. Their signature 40 ounce double porterhouse for two ($98) is specialty dry aged for 35 days with Himalayan sea salt blocks. The steaks range from 8 ounces (starting at $49) to a 76 ounce steak for four as a bone in rib eye, New York strip, filet mignon and more. Try a slice of freshly cut extra thick Canadian bacon ($6) and the sauteed onions ($8) with your meal. Wine bottles adorn the restaurant walls and an impressively large, custom glass meat locker is on display for diners viewing pleasure. The staff really does go out of their way to help you choose the right dining option. I love letting an experienced server make menu choices for me.
Greenwich Steakhouse (62 Greenwich Avenue) This newcomer is definitely not your fathers stuffy New York City steakhouse. Brought to you by Chef Victor Chavez, former Executive Chef at Smith & Wollensky’s for 30 years, Greenwich Steakhouse offers a uniquely upscale New York City experience in an exquisitely designed three story West Village townhouse. Signature items include a three pound prime dry aged porterhouse for two ($119), double cut roast lamb chops ($49) and a 14 ounce roasted veal chop ($48). The wine list includes 300+ bottles of both old and new world wines. My perfect pairing was starting with the super chunky crab cake ($20) and a perfectly cooked filet mignon ($47). They have redefined the typical steakhouse feel with a French sleek design and light color palate while still maintaining a bistro vibe. Guests are welcomed by an elegant bar and an exposed glass-enclosed kitchen on the first floor. The third floor is adorned in burgundy velvet and 5,000 wine bottles offering a unique private dining experience for 25 people.
Capital Grille (3 locations) With three roomy locations, Capital Grille is a master of accommodating both large and small parties with a love of grilled meats. Although most steakhouses sear meats to the perfect desired temperature, Capital delivers consistently pitch perfect entrees. I’m a filet mignon ($49) gal and have never been disappointed with the quality. Definitely order the roasted wild mushrooms ($14) and the parmesan truffle fries ($12) to accompany your meal. Keep your eyes opened for their Generous Pour wine event this summer. They spotlight seven or eight wines that you can “generously” savor with your meal for around $30. It’s a great way to try new wines at an extremely reasonable price. They participate in Restaurant Week and throughout the year plan special wine and dining events so be sure to check the website or sign up to stay in the loop.