The Brook Tavern doesn't need a tractor beam to incite diners into its cozy, wooden interior. Passersby need to simply smell the juicy steaks and burgers to stop whatever they were doing and indulge in a hearty meal. Once inside, a selection of starters makes an introduction to more food to come, with helpings of buffalo wings, macaroni and cheese, and Hotsy Totsy shrimp with a spicy tomato sauce. From there you can move onto thin-crust pizza with toppings like pear and gorgonzola, or go all in with The Big rib eye, an 18-ounce steak. If you want something a little different, try one of the many other entrees such as the pan-seared salmon or blue cheese burger paired with 1 of 20 beers on tap including Stella Artois, Brooklyn Blast, and Redd's apple ale. All of this can be enjoyed while watching the big fight on TV, celebrating a birthday in the private party room, or competing in a beef-skewer-eating contest, sans the beef.
Operated by veteran restaurateur Peter Sideris (who has worked at New York's Smith & Wollensky), Hamilton & Ward Steakhouse serves meticulously prepared cuisine with world-class Kobe beef, prime beef that been dry-aged for a minimum of 28 days, and high-quality seafoods. Hamilton & Ward's dinner menu is loaded with several scrumptious cuts, from its signature 48-ounce porterhouse for two ($79) to the 32-ounce Flintstone ($54), a bone-in rib eye that'll stimulate Stone Age–era taste buds and tip over most foot-powered cars. Disguised bears, meanwhile, can hunch into their trench coats and break into a few fresh Maine lobsters (market price) or savor the restaurant's grilled Atlantic salmon ($25). Keep first-date conversations lubricated with any of the 400 wines in Hamilton & Ward's exquisite Mediterranean wine cellar, or guarantee a second with a glamorous glass of Louis XIII Black Pearl cognac, the only liquor to have been elected president of a Micronesian island.
Bloomfield Steak & Seafood House dishes up a dry-aged menu of steak, seafood, and Italian classics. Dinner guests marvel at the building’s 341 years of history before being startled into the present by the wild-eyed stare of angry jumbo shrimp ($12), a spice-flecked starter that careens from the kitchen still glistening from the pan. Having undergone 28 days of in-house dry-aging, steaks, such as the 16-ounce new york strip, fill plate centers, flanked by a garden salad and a choice of garlic mashed potato, baked potato, yellow rice, french fries, or broccoli ($36). Pelagic delights swim amid the menu's steak islands, as well, singing siren songs with such entrees as jumbo shrimp stuffed with jumbo lump crabmeat and butter sauce ($22) and add-on options including broiled 6-ounce lobster tails ($16). Moods can be marinated in soft drinks ($2), house wine ($21/bottle), or a selection of draft beers and spirits.
Executive chef Seth guides a roster of culinary concoctors, gracefully hewing a menu of steakhouse fare from fresh produce and hormone-free beef. The chef-recommended pomegranate-glazed hanger steak includes mashed yams and brussels sprouts ($35), and the turduckin is a covert operation that employs a chicken disguised as a duck, disguised as a turkey to disrupt diabolical hunger schemes ($24). Peruse the entire Etc. Steakhouse menu online and inculcate the brain with delicious options.
Situated in Manhattan and Forest Hills, the pair of urbane steak houses known as (aged.) pair their modern culinary innovations with a classic look, hanging repurposed European-oak-barrel chandeliers over plates filled with all-American Black Angus beef from Creekstone Farms. Blueprinted by renowned interior designer Lesly Zamor, both environs emanate an aura of elegant rusticity with antique oak bistro seating and a 20-foot repurposed wood rafter spattered with lit candles like a giant redwood's birthday cake. Authentic ales from Trappist monasteries mingle with West Coast craft brews behind the bar, and fresh seafood is imported directly from Atlantis each morning. Three-course prix fixe lunches tempt tongues every Monday–Friday, and chefs meld meals into brunch every Saturday and Sunday.
Named after owner Bruno Slimaj’s three sons, Arben, Agron, and Alban, Club A Steak House features a menu of elegant steakhouse cuisine chock-full of protein that ranges from prime New York strips and American Kobe ribeyes to blackened gulf swordfish and the restaurant’s famous three-claws lobster. A collection of sauces can augment the tender meats, including hollandaise, whole grain mustard, or Club A’s own steak sauce. Guests dig into their selections from the comfort of a red dining room accented by gold tablecloths and cherry wood chairs. The restaurant can make private events even more special with venues that include white and gold rooms or the wine cellar, where guests can dine among bottles of wine or play multiple rounds of spin the bottle at once.