Salads and sushi are fine for dieters. Meanwhile, the butcher-to-table dining scene is sizzling in NYC. Vegans and vegetarians, look away. The rest of you game hunters can feast your eyes on these NYC spots where a drink and a plate of meat go hand-in-hand. By Selena Ricks-Good.
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An NYC institution, this former gentlemen-only steakhouse was established in 1885 and continues to be a mecca for carnivores. In addition to steak, the mutton chop is the signature dish, a fatty cut of lamb. Pair the hearty cuisine with a classic martini or your choice of more than 200 single malt Scotches while you take in all the nostalgic memorabilia.
465 Court St.
The owners of adjacent Frankie’s Spuntino opened this vintage gem in 2009 when the farm-to-table trend and mustachioed bartenders were cutting-edge. The restaurant and bar are still a hit with a loyal crowd seeking dishes such as steak tartare, organic grilled pork chops and dry aged black angus. Don’t miss the carefully crafted cocktails such as the Applejack Sazerac (bonded apple brandy, maple syrup, Peychaud’s bitters and an absinthe rinse) or the Friend of the Devil (Smith & Cross Rum, Carpano Antica, Cocchi Americano, mezcal and Angostura bitters).
Porter House New York
10 Columbus Circle
New York, NY
A traditional steakhouse outfitted in masculine decor fit for the executive crowd, Porter House has a surprisingly creative cocktail menu. Try the Japanese Kiss (Yamazaki 12 year old whisky, muddled strawberries and fresh ginger) or the Tequila Rose (Don Julio Tequila Blanco, fresh basil, bing cherry syrup and Malbec with a salt rim) before you dive into roasted bone marrow or dry aged Porterhouse steak.
Momofuku Ssam Bar
207 Second Ave.
New York, NY
David Chang’s Ssam Bar is a meathead magnet known for its pork and offal dishes such as steamed pork buns, veal sweetbreads and a pork shoulder steak that serves six to 10 people. Wash down the juicy goodness with cocktails such as the Mountainside (Japanese whisky, fennel and orange bitters), or choose from the selection of wine, beer and sake.
239 W. 4th St.
New York, NY
Revamped earlier this year to fit the current nose-to-tail dining trend, the circa-1917 Fedora offers eclectic cuisine by Montreal chef Mehdi Brunet-Benkritly. Highlights include beef tartare with kimchi, crispy pig’s head and the black angus rib steak. A standout cocktail menu featuring $12 drinks such as the Honey Badger (Rittenhouse Rye, Combier, lime juice, honey syrup and house-made beef jerky bitters) keep this hotspot bustling into the wee hours.
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Selena-Ricks Good writes about drinks and produces events as the Dizzy Fizz.