Jay Cheshes' piece in Time Out New York on where to eat great steak in non-steakhouses in New York got me thinking. Where would I tell people to go for a hunk of profoundly satisfying red meat if they didn't want to go to one of those testosterone-driven restaurants known as steakhouses?
A number of Cheshes' choices, namely Morandi, Prune, Employees Only, and Convivium Osteria, are intriguing (only Gotham Bar & Grill struck me as extraneous), even surprising. But the red meat hounds here at Serious Eats World HQ have come up with a few prime additions to Cheshes' list.
Artisanal: The hangar steak at Artisanal ($25.50) has a fabulous crust and comes with terrific fries. And if our ship ever comes in, we're dying to try the Cote de Boeuf for two. Yes it's $110. 00 (ouch!), but it's prime corn-fed beef dry-aged for a minimum of 35 days. Do you get french fries with that? Yes, indeed-y.
Ssam Bar: We swear by David Chang's roasted dry aged ribeye for two from Four Story Hill Farms (it could easily serve three or four), served with a shallot confit—even at the hefty price tag of $140. Believe it or not serious chefs do not make much money using dry-aged prime beef, which is insanely expensive. But if this dish is too rich for your blood, try Ssam Bar's marinated hanger steak ($26), served with ginger, scallion, kimchi, and bibb lettuce
Blue Ribbon Sushi Bar and Grill: The insanely flavorful hangar steak here comes topped by wild mushrooms and Tokyo scallions. We haven't tried the bone-in rib steak for two ($72) here, but we sure are planning to.
Where do my fellow serious eaters go for their red meat fix when they don't feel like experiencing steakhouse madness?
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