Monday, May 4, 2009

BLT Steak's Bone-in-Ribeye

Much to the chagrin of the the envious Crew Member Tandori who is currently in some little village in Africa tutoring a bunch of kids (and likely eating all their food), I had fifteen steak dinners during the month of April. Hands down the best of the lot was the dinner I had at BLT Steak in Manhattan during a recent business trip. What made this steak dinner the most enjoyable wasn't the fact that the close-to-a-grand tab was picked up by a couple of banker friends, but rather it was the preparation of the bone-in-ribeye - my favorite cut of steak.

While many steak houses offer great bone-in-ribeyes (Del Frisco's, The Palm, are couple of favorites), BLT does something that I've never seen in other restaurants: they cut the bone and offer up the delicious marrow. If you've never tried bone-marrow, you're probably part of the boring chicken-breast eating set. Try it. It is simply one of the most decadent things you can put in your mouth, especially when it's done right like it is at BLT.

While the bone marrow was the best part of the meal, the 100% Certified Angus Beef was also pretty damn good. While I'm a bit of a steak purist and typically eschew things like sauces and toppings on my meat, I tried my buddy's blue cheese sauce and have to admit that it was quite heavenly. We also ordered the shellfish sampler (lobster, oysters, clams) which was as good as expected - honestly how can you really screw that up - and a number of sides including the mushrooms, creamy spinach, and potato gratin...all prepared well. The wine list was decent and our banker friends picked out a few bottles that we downed to the last drop. We skipped the dessert menu since we were absolutely stuffed and had to try to find some room for our after-dinner drinks and cigars.

While New York is packed with many great and legendary steak houses, definitely give BLT a try. They've also got other locations across the country. And please, try the bone-in-ribeye.

106 East 57th Street,
New York, NY, 10022
between Park and
Lexington Avenues



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