A Cut Above: 10 Classic NYC Steak Houses
by Julie Besonen
Photo: Clayton Cotterell
Knickerbocker Bar & Grill
33 University Place, 212-228-8490, Greenwich Village, Manhattan
Since 1977, this Greenwich Village mainstay has been known for its 28-ounce T-bone and barbecued St. Louis ribs as much as for its swinging jazz. On Friday and Saturday nights, longtime patrons slide into leather booths to hear greats like Ron Carter and Bucky Pizzarelli jamming until 2am. The burnished, wood-detailed dining room offers a home-away-from-home ambience and is adorned with original Al Hirschfeld drawings. Rich caviar pie and the classic Caesar are musts for every table. Night after night, steak after steak, Knickerbocker's is comfortingly consistent. Sides are a bonus—dreamy mashed potatoes and creamed spinach that's not overly creamy.