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A Cut Above: 10 Classic NYC Steak Houses

by Julie Besonen

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  • Quality Meats
    57 W. 58th St., 212-371-7777, Midtown West, Manhattan
    The charcuterie bar at the City's grooviest steak house has adapted to the summer's heat. The Quality Cake Counter, as the bar is now known, serves baroque ice cream cakes and freshly squeezed lemonade. Past the bar is a shimmering subterranean dining room packed with a dressy crowd that's a generation younger than those found at the City's other venerable meat palaces. Consequently, global house music sets the tone and "How we doing over here, guys?" is heard more often than "sir" or "madam." The splendidly cooked aged rib steak is ace. For appetizers and sides, the menu is innovative, with custard-like corn crème brûlée and Yorkshire pudding brimming with creamed spinach. British visitors nostalgic for home will also find bubble and squeak.

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