AJ Maxwell’s Steakhouse
Lenny Passarelli grew up within the bustle of busy kitchens and developed a palate for decadent food at his family’s fine-dining establishment, Scotty's in Rockville Center, which the clan ran for more than 45 years. When he started his own legacy at AJ Maxwell's Steakhouse, he wanted to combine the two ingredients he'd learned to be most important to a restaurant: food and fun. In the fine-food category, Passarelli serves live Maine lobsters, dry-aged sirloin steaks, and massive porterhouses capable of feeding up to four. Attentive servers, who are trained to be sensitive to whether a gathering is a celebration or business meeting, keep the drinks flowing and the experience joyous.
The gentle glow of the overhead chandeliers reveals an intricate full-wall mosaic mural depicting ancient Roman life, which the owners discovered during the restaurant’s renovations. The mural was left behind by New York's Forum of the 12 Caesars, which was famous for being the city’s most expensive and over-the-top theme restaurant from the 1950s through the 1970s, attracting celebrities with its lush atmosphere and their pets with the promise of top-notch doggy-bag service.