The burgeoning restaurant scene in the Financial District has facilitated the growth of a number of exciting new places to eat and drink. From world-acclaimed bars like The Dead Rabbit to seasonal, upscale restaurants like Juni, The Financial District is quickly attracting establishments that are putting it on the forefront of the NYC culinary scene. One such restaurant is Reserve Cut, which stands out even among its groundbreaking counterparts.
That,of course, is not to say that Desmond's can't do steak: they blow the classics out of the water. From the cow to the plate, their meat is expertly prepared and expertly served. Oklahoma and Nebraska-farmed, house-aged beef is presented in several cuts, from Filet Mignon to Sirloin to Rib Eye. If you're feeling really hungry and you've brought a friend, go for the Aged Prime Porterhouse for Two. Referred to by Kelley as "the best of both worlds", this behemoth dish is a dual cut of Filet Mignon on one side and and Sirloin on the other, which comes on a massive sizzling platter that fills the entire dining room with a knock-out aroma of buttery, meaty flavor that only gets better as soon as it's sliced and placed on your plate. Accompanying sides are also amazing: when you go, do NOT miss the Sauteed Wild Mushrooms with Truffle Oil (one of the best steakhouse sides we've ever tried).
People often associate two things with the Big Apple: the Yankees, and an authentic New York steak. In a collision of the city's staples, an American steakhouse was born.
NYY Steak had its grand opening party last night in Midtown, Manhattan. Owned by Hard Rock International and Yankee Global Enterprises, the restaurant held a Blue Carpet event true to its NYC style. Guests included television personalities like Kris Jenner and James Lipton; Hard Rock big wigs like Hamish Dodds (President and CEO) and James F. Allen (Chairman, and CEO of Gaming Operations for the Seminole Tribe of Florida); and of course, the Yankees.
A staple of Gramercy's dining scene, Parea Bistro, recently re-branded and now presents Parea Prime, a fusion of Greek cuisine and traditional steakhouse. The first of its kind, the restaurant features a sophisticated Mediterranean dining experience, as well as the conventions of an American steakhouse. General manager Jean Christophe Villard says, "I wanted to create a unique restaurant concept, to provide fine diners with meat and more exciting European items." And that he did.
The menu features hand-selected USDA Prime Dry Aged steaks and chops from Pat LaFrieda & Sons, each aged at least 28 days in the LaFrieda Himalayan Salt room. In addition to their meats, Parea Prime also offers a fine selection of classic Greek dishes like tender lamb riblets and hearty vegetable moussaka, as well as a raw bar. Joonbug had the opportunity to attend an exclusive tasting at the recently re-branded restaurant and we were happily scarfing down all they had to offer. From the meatballs and the flavorful spanakopita to the expertly selected wine, we enjoyed everything that came across our plate (and glass). The restaurant has an in-house sommelier to help you with any pairings, as well as an expert mixologist ready to serve you cocktails. Additionally, every Friday evening from 8-11pm, the restaurant features live Greek music as the perfect backdrop to your meal.
Parea Prime is located at 36 E. 20th St.
As you walk down the stairs from the N train platform that runs above 31st Street in Astoria, you feel far removed from the hustle and bustle of the busy Manhattan streets. Everywhere you turn there are people running errands, returning from work, or meeting friends for coffee sitting at an outdoor section of a Greek café to better enjoy the summer weather. Off the beaten path, on a mainly residential section of 23rd Avenue is Christos Steakhouse. Ideal for special occasions, or whenever your inner carnivore needs a fix, Christos is the perfect blend of high-end steak house with a Mediterranean Greek flare not found in other steakhouses on the opposite of the East River.
Whether you love or hate the Vegas-style monolith of a resort on Miami Beach, any self-respecting foodie has to admit that the Fontainebleau complex offers one of the best concentrations of fine dining to be had anywhere in South Florida. While it would be a dream-come-true to one day get a Michelin-starred restaurant in Miami, such a thing won't realistically happen for quite some time. Fortunately, there are some other awards that an exceptionally good restaurant with a lot of financial backing can aspire to that aren't as unattainable and are much less "francocentric". The much-coveted AAA Four Diamond award has already been awarded to two of the Fontainebleau Resort's restaurants. Scarpetta, perhaps the best Italian restaurant in South Florida, was the well-deserving recipient of one, and Hakkasan, the resort's gourmet Cantonese restaurant, was the recipient of the other. The Fontainebleau can now add Gotham Steak to its list of award-winning restaurants, for it too has caught the attention of critics and has scored the resort its third AAA Four Diamond award, making The Fontainebleau the only resort in Florida to have three restaurants with such an distinction.
And then sometimes you want something completely different.
If you're in the mood for a rib-sticking meal but still want to be surrounded by NYC's most beautiful people, you're in luck. Trendy steakhouses (or red meat-friendly restos) are having a moment right now and you don't have to look far to find a solid meal and a good party. So whether you're looking to feel like a piece of meat or eat one, check out Joonbug's picks for Sceney Steakhouses.
85 year-olds aren't sexy.
But let's not underestimate the benefits of having a little work done (we know we'll want some at that age).
This month marks the 85th anniversary of The Palm Restaurant and, yesterday, they invited Joonbug over to check out their new look and updated menu. And, while we don't usually say this about those of such a distinguished age, they were looking fine.
The restaurant's revamp began a few months back and examined each of the brand's 28 spaces from every angle. "We looked at everything down to the bread and butter," said Palm's executive vice president and great grandson of one of the founders, Bruce Bozzi Jr. "We literally looked at the way we served the butter and wanted to make it better...to go back to our history." And that history is now playing a starring role in each space. The menu, the logo and the server's uniforms have all taken a step back in time to more closely resemble or reflect the fact the the brand has been steadily serving excellent meals since 1926. They've also started playing background music- modern crooners with old school attitudes like Buble and Connick Jr.- which lends a more celebratory aspect to dining at the restaurant.