Don’t read this list if you’re hungry. I’ve found some of the best and oldest steakhouses in NYC that you need to try ASAP. Writing restaurant reviews gives me a lead on the best places to go to eat any type of food. When it comes to steakhouses there are a few that I am dying to try out. These old-school NYC Steakhouses are famous for their history, celebrity guests, and of course their delicious menu.
Oldest Steakhouses in NYC
1. Bull & Bear
I love anything that entails playing with the big boys, so it’s no surprise that I wanted to eat at this former men’s club. Bull and Bear was established in 1931 at the Waldorf Astoria in Manhattan. Celebrities such as Diamond Jim Brady and Buffalo Bill Cody used to stop by for a visit. The Bull & Bear’s famous prime rib is a popular menu item and the most recommended meal to try when visiting.
2. Keens Steakhouse
Keens has a deep history in theater and entertainment. Albert Keen opened Keens Steakhouse back in 1885 in the west village. Keen was a famous figure in the Herald Square Theater District at that time. The most talk about meal on the menu was the mutton chops and it still is! I’ve heard people say that it’s absolutely phenomenal. Keens mutton chops have appeared in newspapers since ever since its first write-up in the New York Times back in 1935.
3. Peter Luger’s Steakhouse
The famous Peter Luger’s is in one my favorite neighborhoods – Williamsburg, Brooklyn. Peter Luger’s steakhouse is an old school classic. The Brooklyn location is the original spot, that’s been open since 1887, and the second location opened in Great Neck, Long Island. The Peter Luger steak sauce is the most popular item on the menu. It’s also featured on an appetizer with tomatoes. The beef is also popular, of course. It’s USDA prime, dried, and aged. It’s mouth-watering.
Gallagher’s has been located in Times Square for over 85 years and is the spot where sports teams announce their wins. This place is also a well-known stop for celebrities to get food and have a good time. When it comes to the dining experience, Gallagher’s is known best for their cocktail list and meat locker, which has a window facing 52nd street.
Spark’s is an award winning restaurant due to its recent New York Magazine Award for 101 Best Restaurants. Spark’s is located on E 46th street near Grand Central Station. There’s an extensive wine list that makes it easy to find the right one for your meal. Spark’s most popular meal on the menu is the steak fromage topped with Roquefort cheese. Mmm!
6. Smith and Wollensky
Smith and Wollensky has been sitting on the corner of 49th and third avenue since 1977. The owner chose the surnames for the restaurant at random from a telephone book. Their USDA prime steaks are dried, aged, and hand butchered on site. Gourmet Magazine marked Smith and Wollensky as the “The Quintessential New York Steakhouse”. The pea soup is one of their signature items, along with the pecan pie and carrot cake.
7. Wolfgang’s Steakhouse
Starting out as the head server at Peter Luger’s Steakhouse, Wolfgang Zwiener took his restauranter skills and created an empire. Wolfgang’s Steakhouse has five different locations in Manhattan, including Times Square, Park Ave, and TriBeCa. The must-have item on the menu is the porterhouse steak. Dried and aged for 28 days on site at the restaurants aging box, it can’t be missed. The steak is typically broiled and served with a glass of Cabernet Sauvignon.
8. Strip House
The Strip House has a few different locations in Manhattan. Each one has rave reviews from restaurant critics and top-notch magazines. They’re top-of-line steak list includes a 20 oz bone in rib-eye steak. There’s a variety of delicious sides to pair with this steak. The thing I want to try most on the menu is the black truffle creamed spinach.
9. Old Homestead Steakhouse NYC
Old Homestead Steakhouse has been in the same location for over 100 years. The restaurant was opened in the meatpacking district located in Manhattan. It’s been in business since 1886 and is still known for their huge prime-aged USDA beef. I heard that they are all amazingly good and cooked perfectly. The most famous cuts at Old Homestead Steakhouse are the porterhouse, filet mignon, and the sirloin.
A great experience at a steakhouse should always be enjoyable and comforting. You can’t go wrong with my picks for the oldest steakhouses in NYC.
About The Author
Whitney Marquise Acoff is a freelance Journalist. She has her own news publication called The Inside Report and writes for a variety of fashion, food, and political publications. You can find and follow her social media at @whitneymarquise