Tri Tip Grill: Steakhouse Meets Fast-Food in Midtown
Try the tri tip, it'll be worth it.

Tri Tip Grill
30 Rockafeller Plaza
Concourse Level
New York, NY 10112
(212) 664-1124


A California transplant is taking "steak" in New York.  It's not quite a fast food chain (the meat is real!), and it's not a sit down chain restaurant either, but it is a chain, of sorts.  Tri Tip Grill is providing New Yorkers with the same grub that made them big in California.  They stick to what they know, and do best which is a particular cut of meat called the tri tip.  Although not particularly common, do not underestimate the impressiveness of this cut.  At Tri Tip Grill is goes something like this:

  • The tri tip comes from the part of the sirloin that is flavorful, tender and lean.
  • Their meat is Certified Angus Beef, aged for 21 days
  • Then it's rubbed in a special marinade and seasoning
  • It hits a roaring flame for some brisk searing
  • The tri tip is finished in a wood smoker and oven

The result is juicy, medium to medium-rare slices of meat that find their way into sandwiches, atop leafy salads, in entrees, alongside mashed potatoes, French fries and onion rings.  You can order tri tip on a roll with the simple fixins' of caramelized onions and an au jus dipping sauce (a.k.a. the Roadhouse Buck) or a spicy version like the Border Buck that comes with chipotle sauce and melted pepper jack cheese. 

If you're not a meat-eater they have chicken, salmon and veggie options as well.  The salmon entrée comes on a bed of greens dressed with a light vinaigrette, a house made tarragon aioli sauce and fresh lemon wedges.  Not bad for a place that is serving a primarily lunch-based crowd in an area overrun with tourists, tourist traps and overpriced Midtown lunch spots. 

Could we go so far as to say, it seems like it's a bargain? (based on all things considered- quality, quantity and price).  A sandwich with 6 oz. of Certified Angus Beef runs you $8. Add $3 and you get a drink (soda or water) and your choice of a side: french fries, red mashers with gravy, roadhouse onions or a garden salad.  There are burger options, too.  The Rock burger has a douse of house made burger sauce, avocado, melted swiss cheese, apple-wood smoked bacon, lettuce, tomatoes and onions ($8).

Ok, so this is might not be the place you want to bring a date.  Or even your friends visiting from out of town.  But it is a place you want to hit if you need lunch quickly, are tired of deli sandwiches, or are experiencing a serious beef craving.  It's a no frills way of getting some good grub.