By Christopher A. Pape
There is no meal more quintessentially New York than a good steak dinner. And there are few steakhouses in New York who provide the level of food and service like BLT Steak. And yet, there is more to this restaurant than the thrill of eating a perfectly prepared steak. After a visit there recently, it became abundantly clear that the restaurant has an atmosphere that speaks of the monied class and an attentiveness of service which is professional without being intrusive.
Without a moment’s pause, I must admit that dinner at BLT Steak ranks as one of the best steak dinners I’ve ever had. From the moment we sat down to the end of our meal, every bit was powerful, exhilarating and bold.
We started with the restaurant’s famed popovers, bread that resembles a mix of the horn of cornucopia and a croissant. It is both substantial and fluffy. If that was all the restaurant had served, I would have left a happy man. However, as the meal continued I was converted as a zealous devotee. The appetizers were filling and plentiful. Their crab cake served with Meyer lemon and a radish salad. It was a pleasant combination of refreshing and hearty. And we especially loved the crispness of the radishes. The most memorable of all these dishes were the grilled double cut smoked bacon which was savory and salty goodness personified. If God was asked what his most pleasurable creation was, he might respond: a slab of smoke bacon.
We then began in earnest with the main dishes and the sides that joined then. Being the steak fanatic that I am and knowing the restaurant’s reputation, I was inclined to order the porterhouse for two. Of course, I had the kitchen cook it to rare perfection (as all steaks must be eaten). We loved the luxuriousness of the cream in the creamed spinach and the fried goodness of the onion rings.
If you are looking for more than just great steak come visit BLT Steak. With a hip atmosphere (it’s very Manhattan) and excellent service, the restaurant stands out from the crowd. But beyond that, they are serving superior food (both steak and non-steak options). Since my visit I have returned and have found it to be just as good, just as memorable and just as rewarding. Why not go and confirm what everyone in New York knows, BLT Steak is one outstanding restaurant.
106 East 57th Street
New York, NY 10022