Manhattan – Midtown West
50 W 33rd St between Broadway and Fifth Ave
Manhattan, NY 10001
Look at the size of those!" said one man dining at Ricks, a gentlemen"s club near Madison Square Garden. He was referring to the jumbo shrimp cocktail, which sports three gargantuan shrimps--each the size of a turkey leg--clinging to the edge of a bowl. Everything"s massive at this Texas-based chain: The 26-ounce prime rib steak, the 28-ounce porterhouse, the four-pound lobsters, the cushiony seats in the dining room and especially the prices. The least expensive bottle of wine costs $75. The steaks cost around $55 a pop. And if you want to cavort in a private room with one of the lovely ladies, it"s $200 an hour (the fee is waived if you order dinner) and $400 per hour for the girl"s time. Is it worth it? At strip clubs, it rarely is, but at Rick"s they do their damnedest to keep the standards high: The steaks are dry-aged for 21 days and come with a choice of three tasty sauces--Brandy-peppercorn, Rick"s house sauce or A1--all served on the side. The service is attentive and friendly, but not too friendly. And there"s no hard sell to get a lap dance; the dancers have been instructed to leave patrons alone--at least while you"re eating. The restaurant, in fact, is located at the back of the second floor, in a low-ceilinged spot where diners can"t see the action onstage--but can hear their own conversations (and watch sports shows on the plasma screens). That"s not exactly why you go to a strip club, but it"s one more sign that management really does expect people to take the eatery seriously.
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