I just love Restaurant Week. Obviously New York City is one of the best cities for foodies, and what could be better than Restaurant Week here? This year lunches consist of two courses, which will cost you $26 dollars, and dinners have three courses for $42. Of course I had more than a handful of reservations, and I particularly loved these three following lunches that I made at some of New York’s finest Steakhouses.

Strip House Speakeasy

To be quite honest, I wasn’t sure if I was walking into a strip club! The Striphouse Steakhouse is located right below Union Square and has two parts to it, the main steakhouse, and the speakeasy in the lower level. There’s a cutout of a young lady on the restaurant’s sign that has you checking for you ID in your pocket to prove you’re 21. I loved it, because deep down I knew it’s just a good restaurant with some unusual ambiance. The food is really, really good! A Fire Roasted Tomato and Artichoke Soup with a Brioche and Gruyere Grilled Cheese was perfect for the cold weather. Following was a Dry-Aged Demi Strip Steak with Smoked Pommes Pureé, Brussels Sprouts and a Port Wine-Foie Gras Emulsion. It didn’t even feel like Restaurant Week, but a great night out with even greater food!

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Benjamin Steakhouse Prime

This upscale steakhouse is located in midtown Manhattan, and I’ve had my eye on it for a while now. It’s a beautiful, spacious place with great service and even greater steaks. Don’t expect a giant steak for Restaurant Week, but do expect a good one! My appetizer was a Jumbo Lump Crab cake with Tartar Sauce and a Beet Remoulade. That remoulade was something I’ve never tasted before, which in and of itself is something I love, and it was honestly delicious. The steak was a USDA Prime Junior New York Sirloin with veggies and potatoes, and it was of course cooked perfectly with a perfect sear. Loved it!!

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Empire Steak House

Plush is the word. This place is just gorgeous. Spacious with large tables and high ceilings, beautiful booths line the walls, it’s comfortable and luxurious. The waiters look like they put in at least a decade, and know what they’re talking about. It’s classic Steakhouse excellence. My appetizer was an Extra Thick Sizzling Slice of Canadian Bacon, and Lorda Mercy, I loved it. I’m a big fan of bacon, pork belly and Canadian bacon, and this one was exquisite. My dinner consisted of Medallions of Filet Mignon with a Mushroom Sauce, and it was just what the doctor ordered. Tender, juicy and delicious. This is such a nice spot…

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Can’t wait for this summer’s restaurant week, the tasting and exploring will continue for minimal cost! Check out NYCGO.com for the summer dates!