Owned by two native Irishmen, The Wicked Wolf Restaurant combines comforting culinary fare with the warm, welcoming hospitality of the Emerald Isle. Inside the cozy eatery, warm brick walls and rich mahogany woods embrace diners as they peruse the extensive menu. Meals march on hunger pangs with appetizers such as the potato pancakes, paired with applesauce and seared with medieval calligraphy from the Book of Kells. For more traditional pub fare, diners can brace bellies for a bounty of fish ‘n’ chips dipped into homemade tartar sauce. Tongues may also book passage aboard a cruise of more upscale Celtic cuisine, sailing toward succulent New Zealand lamb chops or a piping pot roast paired with red cabbage and potato pancakes and smothered in beef gravy.
It's hard to find a press outlet that hasn't heaped praise on Peter Luger Steak House at some point. Zagat, for instance, named it the best steakhouse in New York 28 years in a row. The owners protect its reputation by personally selecting meats on daily market visits and dry-aging them on-site.
The "strip" in Strip House doesn't just refer to the restaurant’s New York strip steak, whose thick salt-and-pepper crust makes it the menu all-star. It also suggests the Las Vegas strip, the vibe of which the restaurant evokes with neon red lighting that glows over red leather booths and red couches.
Slicing into a thick porterhouse, it's easy to picture yourself schmoozing with the famous clients who have been patronizing Keens since it was founded by a prominent Herald Square theater figure in 1885. Reminders of its chummy pipe club history are everywhere, most notably in the form of thousands of churchwarden pipes that once belonged to Buffalo Bill Cody, Teddy Roosevelt, and other legendary figures.
Don't be surprised if half the dining room is celebrating at this old-school Jewish eatery. Given that meals often erupt into folk dancing and singalongs accompanied by live lounge music, a visit here is bound to be a party, even before they break out the Ketel One bottles frozen in blocks of ice.