Best Steakhouses - Upper East Side, NYC
Best Steakhouses on the Upper East Side, NYC. The concept of the traditional steakhouse in NYC has been re-invented by young, forward-thinking restaurant owners and chefs.
For the most part, along with a contemporary menu, Manhattan's steakhouses also offer a sleek, trendy atmosphere that is far removed from the dated, old school, stuffy ambiance that these types of restaurants were famous for. Or perhaps we should say infamous.
Happy hours that feature delicious craft cocktails together with lighter entrees are doing more to make Manhattan's cutting-edge steakhouses destination places for a girls night out.
From the Upper East Side and Midtown all the way down to Chelsea and SoHo, Manhattan's diverse neighborhoods are home to some of the best steakhouses in the country.
Parlor Steak and Fish - Upper East Side
Just by the name alone, you know that you are in for something tasty and truly different at this trend-setting restaurant that draws a stylish, young crowd.
Helmed by the personable husband and wife team of Michael and Susy Glick, this Upper East Side foodie favorite attracts hungry diners from the outer boroughs, as well. New Yorkers know a good thing when they see and taste it.
The focus here is on fresh, locally sourced ingredients. A plentiful raw bar, creative fish dishes and salads share the spotlight with some of the best steakhouse standbys that you'll ever eat.
One of the highlights of your meal here, especially if you go with the rib-eye or prime New York strip steak are Executive Chef Carlos Manansala's unique signature sauces.
Michael and Susy have created three dining areas within the restaurant, each one with its very own, distinct memorable ambiance.
Take a seat at their lively, spacious bar and enjoy some interesting company and creative cocktails, wine or domestic and imported beer. Catch up with what your favorite team is doing on one of the bar's three huge HDTVs.
Parlor Steak and Fish has a main dining room that sits over 70 people. The decor is well beyond classy. It's an enjoyable space in which to break bread with friends or business associates.
You can also dine inside their magnificent, glass-enclosed cafe room. There's really nothing like it anywhere in the city.
And when the weather turns nice, you can enjoy your steak or slow-roasted salmon on the outdoor terrace, which overlooks Third Avenue.
Aside from the delicious food, the most popular thing about this inviting restaurant are the Prix Fixe menus. These special menus are highly affordable and offer something for everyone.
The bottoms-up brunch Prix Fixe comes in at an extremely reasonable $29. You get one brunch entree such as steak and eggs, Brioche French toast or the celebrated Parlor salad, along with your adult beverage of choice (Bellini, Bloody Mary or Mimosa).
The lunch Prix Fixe is priced at $29 and includes an appetizer, entree, dessert and a glass of house wine or beer. You can't beat that sort of deal.
Forty dollars entitles you to Parlor's wonderful dinner Prix Fixe. Appetizer selections include a refreshing classic wedge with blue cheese and bacon, a chopped salad featuring a bounty of Kalamata olives or a Caesar salad with anchovies.
Entree options include a delicious grilled Branzino, fish and chips, pan-roasted chicken, an 8 oz. filet mignon or the Parlor cheeseburger.
For dessert, it will be hard for you to choose between the New-York-style cheesecake with house-made cherry compote or the dark chocolate cake with caramel frosting. You cannot go wrong with either one.
Location and Hours
1600 Third Avenue
New York, NY 10021
Monday to Friday 11:45 AM to 10:30 PM
Saturday 11 AM to 10:30 PM
Sunday 11 AM to 10 PM
Club A Steakhouse - Upper East Side
Located within walking distance of Bloomingdale's as well as a bevy of upscale East Side boutiques and shops, Club A Steakhouse is a true family affair.
Founded in 2008 by noted restaurant owner Bruno Selimaj, Club A is named after his three sons, Arben, Agron and Alban.
If you are a typical New York foodie, then you are probably familiar with Bruno Ristorante, which enjoyed a highly successful run of over 30 years. Bruno enjoyed that delicious venture. But seeking a new challenge that would involve his sons as partners, Bruno decided to present local residents with his take on the traditional steakhouse.
Great hospitality and giving his customers only the freshest food are the core principles upon which Club A is based. Everything comes from the heart.
Red is the decorative color scheme here, which makes for a rather colorful but elegant setting in the dining room.
Directly above the black and red-hued brocade banquettes hang a series of sketches and paintings. These portraits of tuxedo-clad men and women dressed in their evening finery could be straight out of the pages of New Yorker magazine.
Available for private gatherings, the smaller dining area has a fireplace, glass and wood display cases of wine bottles and ornate, floor to ceiling windows.
The eclectic menu and decor give customers a contemporary version of the classic steakhouse, with a tasty twist or two.
Appetizers run the gamut from an excellent steak tartare (tenderloin, capers, dijon, shallots and egg yolk) to crab cakes with remoulade and field greens.
The steaks and chops portion of the menu is succulent and inviting. There's so much to choose from, including a savory hanger steak with au poivre sauce, a fork-tender porterhouse, the very popular double-cut T-bone veal chop and a juicy, roasted half chicken.
Among the seafood highlights are Chilean sea bass with leeks and fingerling potatoes as well as blackened swordfish.
But it's with the side dishes that the chef's creativity really shines through.
A dash of nutmeg gives the creamed spinach a flavor all its own. Another standard steakhouse staple, Brussel sprouts are dressed up with maple and lemon. Your side of asparagus is served with a wonderful bearnaise sauce along with toasted almonds.
Together with the bread crumb-topped macaroni and cheese, though, the most popular side has to be the mushrooms with garlic, butter and thyme.
There's nothing snobbish about Club A, despite the name. If anything, it's a "club" for people who love great food that is served in a friendly atmosphere.
Location and Hours
240 East 58th Street
New York NY 10022
Monday-Tuesday 5 PM to 10 PM
Wednesday-Saturday 5 PM to 11 PM
T Bar Steakhouse - Upper East Side
This cozy, vibrant neighborhood steakhouse is a favorite of both the afterwork crowd and local foodies who crave a good steak every now and then.
The dark wood-accented main dining room provides an intimate, romantic contrast to the bar and lounge space, with its theatrical lighting and modern furnishings that have that all-too-elusive cool factor.
T Bar is definitely not the kind of steakhouse that your granddad or his friends would be comfortable in, unless they were very hip, indeed. However, they would relish the food. It's that good.
Some of the price points may be just a little high, but you do get what you pay for.
Table shares include made-from-scratch guacamole and truffle rice balls. When it comes to appetizers, you will adore the house-chopped salad, which consists of green beans, tomatoes, cucumbers and hearts of palm.
Chef Segundo's veal meatballs and the foie gras chicken liver parfait are much sought after as bar bites by the stylishly dressed men and women who flock to the lounge.
At T Bar, all steaks are certified Black Angus and are seasoned with kosher salt and black pepper.
Simple and basic translates well to your plate. You will delight in every bite of the aged New York strip steak, a delicious bone-in rib-eye, or the porterhouse for two.
Not feeling a red meat dinner at the moment? Not a problem! T Bar's chef has got you covered with delectable dishes such as the vegetarian mushroom risotto, the wildly popular all-natural Amish turkey burger with caramelized onions and the cavatelli pasta in a light veal ragout.
The mac n' cheese is good, but you can find this dish at any steakhouse in the City. Go for the sauteed Haricot Verts or the Mascarpone-creamed spinach. You'll be glad that you did.
At T Bar, new American cuisine meets everything that you love about a steakhouse... and a whole lot more!
Location and Hours
1278 Third Avenue
New York, NY 10021
Monday to Saturday 11:30 AM to 12 AM
Sunday 11:30 AM to 9:30 PM
Blu on Park - Upper East Side
There is so much to like about Blu on Park, a thoroughly modern style of steakhouse that is located inside of a renovated brownstone that dates back to the 1920s.
Neighborhood regulars agree that, in addition to a fantastic raw bar and happy hour Blu on Park boasts some of the best steaks and cocktails in the city. This is, indeed, an elegant venue: a place to see and to be seen.
Roaring 20s era glamour and sophistication can be found on all three of the restaurant's floors, together with some very contemporary touches.
The blue and gold detailing in the first floor lounge is a visual feast. Try to get a reservation to sit in the magnificent mezzanine dining area. It's great for people watching. The third floor houses two very luxurious private dining rooms. All in all, Blu on Park is quite an experience.
However, the absolute star of the show is Chef Rory O'Farrell's innovative and scrumptious menu.
Kick off your dazzling evening here with chef's roasted beet salad with caramelized goat cheese and a balsamic glaze. The salmon tartare is a perfect delight, complete with sriracha aioli, avocado mousse and a fluffy rice cake.
The Hawaiian-style tuna poke dish is something that you won't find on any steakhouse menu. It is light yet filling.
Chef Rory's entrees are as intriguing as they are delicious. His signature four-hour braised short ribs with roasted root vegetables and apple puree well deserves the acclaim that it receives from critics and local residents.
You'll rave about the succulent baby lamb chops that are accompanied by goat cheese macaroni and a serving of arugula.
Among the more traditional red meat menu selections, your date will love the petite filet mignon. You will both adore (and devour) the USDA prime, dry-aged Tomahawk steak for two.
They also have a very special red wine sauce that goes well with just about any steak on the menu.
Location and Hours
116 East 60th Street
New York NY 10022
Monday to Saturday 11:30 AM to 10:30 PM
Sunday 11 AM to 10:30 PM
Arlington Club - Upper East Side
The setting is spectacular. The food, simply out of this world. A treasure trove of culinary delights awaits you when you dine at Arlington Club, the place for steaks and so much more.
No matter how many restaurants that you've dined in throughout the city, guaranteed, you've never had the pleasure to visit a steakhouse with ambiance like this. Blending trendy sophisticated decor with a cool, industrial-chic vibe, this bilevel restaurant has high, soaring arched ceilings that will take your breath away. Everywhere one looks, there is exposed brickwork and hardwood.
Candlelight and expertly designed nooks and crannies do a great deal to soften the cavernous look of Arlington Club. If you're on a romantic date, try to grab a table near the bar area. Vintage turn-of-the-century light fixtures adorn the wooden beams that support the mezzanine seating area.
Okay, now we know that Arlington Club is one of the city's best-dressed steakhouses. But what's good on the menu? Just about everything, it seems.
The succulent steaks are from Meyer Farms and are USDA natural prime beef. Highlights include the Wagyu skirt steak, a classic porterhouse and the signature Arlington Burger, which consists of a house-blend beef patty, aged cheddar, Nueske bacon, onions, house sauce, herbed fries and a pickle.
Specialties of the house range from lobster sliders and pastrami short ribs to sauteed Dover sole and Berkshire pork belly in an apple-cider glaze.
One of their most requested dishes, though, is the natural, milk-fed veal chop with fresh mozzarella and San Marzano tomato sauce.
They have a fully stocked bar here. You may order anything from domestic or imported beer to sparkling wine and champagne. The barkeeps mix a great cocktail and their wine list is extensive. The bar even has an excellent selection of dessert wines.
Speaking of dessert, if you have the willpower, please do try to leave room for one of the kitchen's sweet endings.
What will it be tonight, the Bourbon pecan pie sundae, the house-made peanut butter and chocolate bar, a slice of NY cheesecake or the sinfully delicious banana cream pie with Nutella fudge?
Seasonal fruit plates and a tempting collection of sorbets and gelato are also available.
Arlington Club is a bit on the expensive side but it is so very worth it. This is the quintessential "be good to yourself" restaurant. If you've had a bad day, treat yourself to a nice meal here. It will improve your day to no end.
Location and Hours
1032 Lexington Avenue
New York, NY 10021
Monday to Sunday 4 PM to 11 PM
Ottomanelli's Grill - Upper East Side
This charming restaurant with an old-world ambiance may not be a steakhouse in the strictest sense of the word, but at Ottomanelli's they are all about the meats... and then some. And that includes succulent cuts of steak that are sourced daily from the family's very own artisan butcher shop.
Now, how many so-called steakhouses can say that?
An immigrant success story, the Ottomanelli family opened their first neighborhood butcher shop way back in 1900.
By 1917, Ottomanelli's had already achieved a well-earned reputation for being one of the finest purveyors of quality meat in the entire city.
The fourth and fifth generation of this hard-working family are represented by Joseph and Nicolo. While staying true to the family tradition, they have taken the business to a whole other level. There are now several Ottomanelli butcher shops scattered throughout the city, from Manhattan to Queens. The family also operates a popular cafe on 86th Street and York Avenue as well as their famous grill at 93rd Street and Lexington.
The Ottomanelli name is synonymous with the best cuts of meat in America. You'll taste the difference when you dine at their welcoming grill.
The Otto's prime time meats portion of the menu pairs delicious steaks and chops with Italian-inspired family recipes.
You'll savor every bite of the 8 oz. Tuscan steak, which consists of sliced, grilled strip steak over a bed of sauteed spinach. It is all topped with a sauce of Italian herbs, garlic and oil.
The kitchen's steak pizzaiola has just enough cheese on it without overwhelming the beef itself. A sauce of red wine, tomatoes and mushrooms only adds to your enjoyment of this signature dish.
One of the restaurant's most popular items are the grilled baby lamb chops that are served with mint jelly, smashed potatoes and seasonal veggies.
Tasty, expertly prepared burgers are a specialty here. The Sicilian is a soon-to-be foodie classic. This all-beef burger is topped with fresh mozzarella, roasted peppers, and an addicting basil pesto sauce. They also do an excellent, juicy turkey burger that comes with house-made cranberry ketchup and waffle fries.
All pasta dishes are served with fresh-baked garlic bread. The spaghetti Bolognese and Lasagna is made with chopped meat sourced directly from one of their butcher shops.
This is a great place to have a business lunch or take the family out for a well-deserved dinner.
In addition to serving up some great food, the family has a nice sense of humor, particularly when it comes to explaining the grill's popularity.
On the menu, underneath the Ottomanelli logo, are the words "Never trendy. Seldom sexy. So, it must be the great food."
Location and Hours
1424 Lexington Avenue
New York, NY 10028
Monday to Sunday 11 AM to 10 PM
BLT Steak - Upper East Side
BLT Steak brings you the classic steakhouse experience, but with more than a little pizzazz and glamour thrown in for good measure.
Located amidst the luxury residential towers of Manhattan's charming UES, BLT Steak has a welcoming, bistro-like atmosphere.
You'll be talking about the striking decor here long after you have finished your meal. Photos of the Macassar ebony tables and matching suede booths will compete for attention on your Instagram page, with snapshots of the photogenic citrus-ginger salmon or hunter-style hanger steak.
BLT's award-winning wine list features close to 500 wines from around the world, including well-known brands as well as reds and whites from small, boutique vineyards.
Here at BLT, lobster is a steak lover's best friend. A wide variety of surf and turf options are available to top any steak, including grilled lobster or shrimp. In fact, you'll find delicious lobster dishes throughout the menu, ranging from lobster cocktail with ginger aioli and a savory lobster bisque to a mouth-watering lobster Cobb salad with slices of avocado, cheddar cheese and pancetta.
Steaks at BLT are flavorful, tender and well worth your time and money. Come hungry and see if you can decide between the 22 oz. cowboy rib-eye or the 20 oz. Kansas City prime bone-in strip.
If you are so inclined, feel free to accompany your protein with a healthy veggie side like the heirloom carrots, broccolini with fennel and olives or the sauteed kale and spinach combo.
BLT has the very best baked potatoes. They are not overcooked or dry. You can also indulge your culinary senses in creative fare such as the truffle mashed potatoes, duck fat hash browns or the hipster fries. A generous dusting of Parmesan cheese, shishitos and beef jerky make this a must-have side.
Really, how can you not love a restaurant that has hipster French fries on its menu?
Location and Hours
106 East 57th Street
New York, NY 10022
Monday to Thursday 11:45 AM to 10:30 PM
Friday 11:45 AM to 11 PM
Saturday 5:30 PM to 11 PM
Sunday 5 PM to 10 PM
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