A Cut Above: 10 Classic NYC Steak Houses
by Julie Besonen
Photo: Daniel Krieger
13 E. 12th St., 212-328-0000, Union Square, Manhattan
Strip House is bordello red, its walls chockablock with risqué burlesque-era photos and headshots of bygone actors and opera stars. The photos belonged to the space's previous inhabitant, Asti, which lasted for 75 years. The 10-year-old Strip House seems destined for a long run itself, if only for three little words: goose-fat potatoes. Don't stop there, though. Stay for the marbled rib eye, salt-and-pepper crusted New York strip, black truffle creamed spinach and thick-cut roasted bacon with arugula salad. Make sure to pluck the fluffy onion roll from the bread basket and apply lots of good butter. The acoustics are another plus—the ability to talk without shouting while a nostalgic mix of Jimmy Durante, Nat King Cole and Ella Fitzgerald plays in the background.