Each horseshoe-shaped table at Teppan Steak House features two metal hibachi grills surrounded by chairs, allowing the chefs to entertain guests with their juggling skills while they sear orders of vegetables, lobster, or filet mignon directly in front of their peckish audiences. The chefs play catch with a fresh egg and a spatula, and toss salt and pepper shakers into the air and grab them behind their backs. They also build enough mini fires to properly flamb? the food and make any pyromaniacs happy.
As the teppanyaki chefs impress crowds with their showmanship, the sushi chefs adopt a more subdued mindset working behind their bar. From this spot, they deftly assemble 50 different rolls, including a california roll topped with baked scallops and drizzled with eel sauce and spicy mayo. The sushi chefs' flair for the dramatic is apparent in their artful presentations.
Channeling the rough-and-tumble west in its ambiance and rustic decor, Winchesters Grill & Saloon pays homage to its state's history with plentiful pictures of the Duke, cowboy memorabilia hanging from the walls, and a mélange of seafood and steak entrees. The menu resembles the geographic diversity of California, with fresh seafood entrees mingling with thick, rare steaks and juicy hamburgers. Winchesters owns up to its title as well, pouring more than 40 ales and beers on draft from Magic Hat to Moose Drool, and they serve any mixed drink under the sun on their year-round, heated outdoor patio.
From the bustling streets of Times Square to the equally vivacious streets of Hong Kong, people walk around with smiles after enjoying the japanese barbecue cuisine at Gyu-Kaku. The restaurant has more than 700 locations worldwide, each rooted in the belief that some of the strongest bonds between friends are forged at the dinner table. Groups dine on a huge variety of Japanese dishes, from popular meat and veggie dishes such as Harami Skirt Steak, Kalbi Short Rib, and Mushroom Medley - to unique Japanese-American appetizers such as the Spicy Tuna Volcano, Pork Gyoza Dumplings, and Chicken Karaage. The real excitement takes place around individual grills, however, where diners can barbecue their own slabs of filet mignon, grilled ahi tuna, or chicken with basil sauce until they are ideally tender or encircled by on-duty firemen.
The Grill on the Alley recaptures a bygone era; one of crisp white linens, impeccable service, and steaks as big as your head. Inspired by the steakhouses of San Francisco and New York, The Grill’s founders replicated the American tradition in L.A. The first location, which opened in Beverly Hills in 1984, still sits mere steps from Rodeo Drive (four Californian branches now exist, along with ones in Chicago, Dallas, and Aventura, Florida). Though its menu might match Rodeo in sophistication—order the 8-ounce filet mignon, ahi tuna, or a sip of spirits for proof—the staff works hard to maintain a distinctly welcoming, unpretentious atmosphere. And if a constant stream of good press is any indication, they succeed.
Ease into dinner with the smoked-salmon quesadillas ($10) or a jumbo-shrimp cocktail served with spicy diablo sauce ($14). Signature steaks include everything from 12-ounce marbled rib eye ($29) to the lighter 10-ounce filets ($29) for those who accidentally already ate. There are also fish, chicken, lamb, and vegetarian options (from $16). Supplement your protein-packed dishes with sides, including Porterhouse’s infamous fries ($9), broccoli ($6), mushrooms ($9), or grilled onions ($5); or have another steak laid neatly atop your first. You’ll also find a well-edited list of affordable wines priced by the glass and bottle.
Some might say Mastro’s Steakhouse has multiple personalities. On the first floor, dimly lit leather banquettes exude a traditional chophouse vibe. But upstairs, similar décor seems somehow fresh thanks to abundant natural light from panoramic windows. Regardless of setting, the steaks will impress—the largest weighs in at 48 ounces.