Steaks, along with black coffee, entire pies, and eau de lawnmower, are an essential part of the 1950s Tough Gent's Diet Plan. Put some meat on your bones with today's Groupon: for $20, you get $40 worth of steaks, seafood, and drinks at The Port Hotel Restaurant, located in the heart of downtown Port Washington.
The Port Hotel Restaurant dishes up generous portions of tender steaks and fresh seafood with a German flair, accompanied by locally brewed ale and fine wines. Kick off the big gastronomic game with a glass of Louis M. Martin ($7.25), with hints of blackberry, mint, and dill, or the Concha y Toro Casillero del Diablo sauvignon blanc ($6.75), infused with melon, pears, and grapefruit. The perfect party favor for crustacean birthdays, the pan-fried lobster cakes ($10.95) come sprinkled with breadcrumb confetti and lemon-dill sauce. Drenched in a cognac-flavored brown sauce, the steak au poivre ($24.95), a 24-ounce New York–strip steak, arrives on a packed platter with a baked potato, french fries, or fresh vegetable medley. Dive tongue first into the flounder ($19.50) stuffed with crab meat or the Oscar ($22.95), a breaded veal or chicken cutlet cloaked in asparagus and sea legs, sprinkled with hollandaise sauce and awards-ceremony acceptance speeches.
Set in a turn-of-the-century hotel dripping with Old World charm, The Port Hotel Restaurant bathes walls in rich draperies and tables in crisp white cloths and fresh flowers. During balmy months, dine al fresco on the lush patio shaded from the obtrusive glare of fireflies and glowworms by tastefully striped umbrellas.
The Port Hotel Restaurant
If the walls of The Port Hotel could talk, they'd tell a tale dating back to 1902. In that year, John F. Thill tore down an existing hotel and tavern and constructed a brand-new one comprised of 40 guest rooms, which is four times the number you’ll find today. Thill installed electric lighting and warmed the rooms with steam heat—both luxurious features in those days. The hotel closed down in 1973, but the restaurant maintained a lively business.
The summer of 2005 saw the grand reopening of The Port Hotel, restored to its original state of elegance with 10 uniquely appointed guest rooms and chef-prepared breakfasts served in bed. Joseph Zankl and his family now operate this historic property, preserving its turn-of-the century charm while introducing modern amenities such as wireless Internet and plasma picture boxes. The Port Hotel Restaurant continues to serve up steaks, seafood, and other rib-sticking goodness in a stately dining room or on a breezy outdoor patio.