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America’s 50 Best Steakhouses

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I know, I know. You’ve made a resolution to eat healthier and exercise, and your spouse will probably frown at you the moment you put that first gorgeous piece of USDA Choice or Prime beef on the plate in front of you.

But guess, what? Life is too short! If you can eat dessert first, why not go ahead and enjoy that steak? (No emails please that I said you could do it every day…just sayin’).

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To help you in your quest, or even as an option to add as a travel bucket list adventure to find the best beefy choices, The Daily Meal, the world’s largest food and drink lifestyle site, has announced America’s 50 Best Steakhouses of 2015.

The steakhouses that made it into the ranking this year are, literally, all over the map. As you might imagine, New York and Vegas top the list with the most (six) steakhouses, followed closely with five in L.A., and three each in San Francisco, Dallas, and Chicago.

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From there, the regional honors go to seven in the Northeast, 12 in the West, nine in the Southwest, 12 in the South, and 10 in the Midwest.

There is no doubt, a wealth of delicious great options in between the miles. So how did they choose which ones made the cut? (pun intended).

Well, they started with a list of over 200 of America’s leading steakhouses as reported by leading authorities’ pre-existing rankings, as well as some of the country’s best restaurateurs and chefs. Multiple location chain restaurants were eliminated, as well as Ethnic steakhouses (think Brazilian churrascarias), and joints whose primary focus is not steak (meat-centric, but not steak).

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Now, I was thinking that the Daily Meal chose a willing and able team of steak lovers—knives, forks, and napkins in hand—“to take one for the team” and set out to taste and find their favorites. They did, in a way, but there was much more to it than that.

Their keen eyes and strict criteria took into account whether the meat was sourced reputably and USDA Choice or Prime; dry-aged, and if not, as high-quality as possible; consistently served (and with a dash of class) at the proper doneness; and do both locals and visitors alike clamor for it and sing its praises from the highest mountaintop.

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“From ripping-hot broilers to mesquite grills, the steakhouses that made it onto our list do it right,” said Dan Myers, Senior Editor, Eat/Dine at The Daily Meal. “We also considered the overall steakhouse experience. No matter the setting, the service must be top-notch, the attention to detail should be spot-on, and diners should feel compelled to sit back in their chair after their meal, pleasantly stuffed and content in the knowledge that they just ate one heck of a steak.”

Who could ask for anything more? Except for, maybe another bite!

To get you started on your merry way, here are the Big Apple pics, and a bit about what the Daily Meal felt made them the best of the best.


Porter House #27

Fall in love with the filet mignon steak tartare, roasted beef marrow bones with toast and other unique meaty delights.


Keens #2

If Babe Ruth and Teddy Roosevelt thought it was worth the experience, then you should too. Bring some friends though. You’ll definitely need them to finish the porterhouse for two, or porterhouse for three!


Gallaghers #30

Described as a timeless steakhouse experience, this former 1900s speakeasy is reportedly the only NYC steakhouse grilling its steaks over hickory coals, but before dining, the public can take a gander at the beef from their legendary humidity-controlled aging room. Seeing is believing!


Sparks #25

“Unmistakably masculine” featuring service that is “friendly-brusque,” is how they describe Sparks. Here, classic Manhattan style meets history, as it was on these premises that crime boss Paul Castellano and one of his posse were gunned down three decades ago.


Peter Luger#4

Still old-school since its opening in 1887, only cash payments are accepted. But that ties into its historic past, coupled with great attention to detail, making this Williamsburg neighborhood spot in Brooklyn, where the steak is dry-aged and butchered on-premises, one of the best.


Old Homestead #44

This says it all: “One of the last remaining reminders of the days when New York’s Meatpacking District was still an actual meatpacking district,” offering 40-day dry-aged rib steaks, filet mignon on the bone and center cut sirloins.

P.S. If Santa brought you money for Christmas, go for the 12-ounce, $350 Japanese Kobe steak.


Written by Lysa Allman-Baldwin

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