New York’s Great Steak Houses: A Series

                      Empire Steakhouse

Walman Report Rating: A Major

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Website:
www.empiresteakhousenyc.com
Notes:
Private Parties Major Credit Cards
Hours:
Lunch Mon-Fri: 11:15am-3:45pm Dinner Mon-Thu: 4pm-10:30pm Fri: 4pm-11pm Sat: 4pm-11pm Sun: 3pm-10:30pm
Serves:
Lunch, DinnerEmpire Steakhouse features the same dry-aged portherhouse for two that made Ben & Jack’s famous. Because heir reputation is based on steaks, Empire Steakhouse serves only the highest-quality USDA PRIME meats, personally handpicked the best loins, fresh from the area’s best markets. Each loin is closely inspected to ensure the optimal mix of color, fat and bone quality. Once at Empire, the loins rest in spacious coolers, where they are dry-aged for a full 21 to 28 days

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Founded by the charming Jeff Sinanaj, along with his brothers-owners of the storied Ben and Jack’s Steakhouse – Empire Steakhouse brings the time honored tradition of quality steaks to Midtown West. With a combined experience of over 25 years as former Peter Luger Waiters, the Sinanaj Brothers are experts at providing the finest dining experience.

Empire’s famous porterhouse for two is a standout. Equally impressive are the succulent seafood dishes, superb side dishes, and knockout desserts.
The food is complemented by a wine list that is expansive, yet highly selective – and features many of California’s most sought-after vintages.

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Housed in the former premises of Michael Psilakis’ and Donatella Arpaia’s Anthos  space, the room at Empire is also a highlight. A temple of glass and steel, where large windows and ample light abound. The overall feeling is bright, warm and inviting. Some walls are mirrored, other hung with framed pictures. Tables are set with crisp white tablecloths and deuces are not discriminated against, being given a four-top with ease. There are comfortable upholstered chairs, while a faux gas chandelier and assorted wine cases round out the comfortable atmosphere. There is a pleasant bar upon entering and an upstairs area for private parties and overage.

Service is a strong point at Empire and you won’t find it better, more friendly, helpful and professional at any NY steak house. Enjoy one of the excellent cocktails or a selection from the terrific single malt list, with the perfect Jumbo Lump Crabmeat Cocktail. No shells, tender and moist, Absolute heaven.The warm rolls, bread and butter are good. Go easy, Portions are generous and you must taste the amazing Sizzling Canadian Bacon ,extra thick by the slice, ($2.50)  and the least expensive dish on the menu, before diving into fresh salads, or any of the excellent appetizers. For a treat to your eyes as well as your tummy, indulge in the Cold Seafood Platter  (served family style featuring lobster, jumbo shrimp and crab meat cocktail).

 

 The Elaborate Seafood Platter (Below) empire seafood platter

Follow this with  any of the superb grilled meats. Numerous choices include the city’s premiere Porterhouse (aged 21-28 days) order  it for 2, 3 or 4 people. The Prime New York Sirloin Steak is a winner. Ours arrived sliced and cooked exactly as ordered: charred, very rare, but not cold and juicy. There is also Filet Mignon, Rib Eye, Prime Rib and the most delicious (and enormous) Veal Chop imaginable. Let’s not neglect luscious Lamb Chops.

Empire’s famous porterhouse for two (below) empire steak3

 

Seafood lovers will also delight in the expert preparations (See Below) empire fish

 

.Grilled Filet Of Salmon, Filet Of Sole Francese, Steamed Or Broiled Lobster Tail or a 4 Lb. Jumbo Lobster (broiled or steamed) all fill the bill and are all perfect accompaniments to the delicious sides. We loved the heady German Potatoes and creamed spinach.

When it comes to dessert, the pecan pie with schlag, Junior’s New York Cheesecake, chocolate mousse and the gooey sundae are perfect with excellent cappuccino and an after dinner drink. The wine list is heavy on Californias, but best value lines in the Spanish and French arenas. We loved the elegant, smooth Blasson D’Issan, 2007 (especially after being decanted for 30 minutes, It opened and proved that Margauxs take beautifully to steak). The second wine of Issan, this is 62% Cabernet Sauvignon and 38% Merlot. Classically styled nose, attractive and slightly  oak-tinged with juicy plum-cherry fruit 

Located at the heart of midtown (, on the edge of Rockefeller Center, Empire Steakhouse is accessible by bus, train, car and by foot. However you go, it is (as the French would say) worth the detour.

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MENU & PRICES SUBJECT TO CHANGE
Appetizers

Jumbo Shrimp Cocktail
17.95

Lobster Cocktail

Jumbo Lump Crabmeat Cocktail
18.95

Seafood Platter per person

Maryland Crab Cake
16.9**5

Fresh Oyster on the half shell
12.95

Little Neck Clams on the half shell
11.95

Baked Clams
13.95

Fried Calamari
13.95

Sizzling Canadian Bacon extra thick by the slice
2.95

Soup

French Onion
8.95

Soup Of The Day
9.95

Salads

Caesar Salad
11.95

Mixed Green Salad
9.95

Empire’s Salad serves 2
19.95

Beefsteak Tomato & Onions sliced or chopped
12.95

Fresh Mozzarella & Beefsteak Tomatoes serves 2
16.95

Choice Of Dressing: House Vinaigrette, Russian, Roquefort, Blue Cheese.

Steak & Chops

U.S.D.A Prime, Dry Aged – In Our Own Aging Box.

Porterhouse order for 2, 3 or 4 people
81.90
122.85
163.80

Prime New York Sirloin Steak
40.95

Filet Mignon
40.95

Rib Eye Steak
40.95

Prime Rib
40.95

Veal Chop
40.95

Lamb Chops
39.95

Seafood

Chilean Sea Bass
33.95

Filet Of Sole
33.95

Grilled Yellow Fin Tuna
32.95

Grilled Norwegian Salmon
30.95

Maryland Crab Cakes
32.95

Shrimp Scampi Over Rice
32.95

Lobster Tail

Surf & Turf

4 Lb. Jumbo Lobster broiled or steamed

Potatoes

German Potato
10.95

Cottage Fries Or Steak Fries
10.95

1/2 Cottage Fries & 1/2 Onion Rings
11.95

Mashed Potato
9.95

Jumbo Baked Potato
5.65

Vegetables

Creamed Spinach
9.95

Sautéed Spinach
10.95

Sautéed Mushroom
12.95

Asparagus sautéed or steamed
11.95

Broccoli sautéed or steamed
9.95

Peas And Onions
10.95

Sautéed Onions
8.95

Fried Onion Rings
8.95

A La Carte Lunch

Served 11:15am-3:45pm.

Appetizers

Baked Clams
11.95

Fried Calamari
10.95

Fresh Oysters On The Half Shell
12.95

Soup

Soup Of The Day
9.95

French Onion Soup
8.95

Starter Salads

Caesar Salad
8.95

Mixed Green Salad
7.95

Empire Salad
12.95

Cold Asparagus Vinaigrette
8.95

Tomato & Onions
9.25

Sandwiches

Filet Mignon (U.S.D.A Prime Beef) served on baguette
19.95

Sirloin Steak (U.S.D.A Prime Beef) served on baguette
19.95

Prime Rib (U.S.D.A Prime Beef) served on baguette
19.95

Grilled Chicken Or Chicken Milanese served on baguette
15.95

Maryland Crab Cakes served on roll
16.95

All Sandwiches Are Served With French Fries Or Fried Onion Rings.

Hamburgers

U.S.D.A Prime Beef.

Empire Burger w/ lettuce, tomato and onion
16.95

Hamburgers Are Served With French Fries.

Meat

U.S.D.A Prime Beef.

Medallions Of Filet Mignon w/ mushroom sauce
25.95

New York Sirloin Steak
(12oz) 21.95

Prime Rib
21.95

Grilled Veal Chop
19.95

Chicken

Roasted Half Chicken
16.95

Chicken Parmigiana
21.95

Chicken Francese
21.95

Seafood

Shrimp Scampi served over rice
21.95

Grilled Filet Of Salmon
18.95

Filet Of Sole Francese
18.95

Steamed Or Broiled Lobster Tail

All Meat, Chicken And Seafood Entrees Are Served With Vegetable And Potato.

Pasta

Pasta w/ seafood
19.95

Spaghetti w/ white or red clam sauce
16.95

Rigatoni Or Penne w/ meat sauce
16.95

Penne w/ mixed vegetables in marinara or garlic & oil
15.95

Entrée Salads

Strips Of Filet Mignon over caesar or mixed green salad
21.95

Grilled Shrimp over caesar or mixed green salad
21.95

Grilled Chicken over caesar or mixed green salad
16.95

Rockefeller Salad w/ chicken milanese, mozzarella cheese and chopped tomatoes
16.95

Spinach Salad w/ crispy bacon, mushrooms and tomatoes
15.95

Price-Fixed Lunch $29.95

Served 11:15am-3:45pm. All Entrees Served With Mixed Green Salad Or Soup, Potato, Vegetable, Dessert And Coffee Or Tea. All Meats Are U.S.D.A Prime.

Medallions Of Filet Mignon w/ mushroom sauce

12 Oz. Sirloin Steak

Shrimp Scampi served over rice

Roasted Half Chicken

Chicken Parmigiana

Chicken Francese

Grilled Filet Of Salmon

Filet Of Sole Francese

Grilled Veal Chop

Grilled Lamb Chops

Pasta w/ seafood

Spaghetti w/ white clam sauce

Rigatoni Or Penne w/ meat sauce

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WINE LIST (SUBJECT TO CHANGE)


California
Cabernet Sauvignon


100   ST. SUPERY, Napa Valley, 2001
101   KENDELL JACKSON, Vintner’s Reserve, 2004
102   ROBERT MONDAVI, Napa Valley, 2004
103   BV RUTHERFORD, 2003
104   ARTESA, Napa County/Sonoma County, 2003
105   BERINGER KNIGHTS VALLEY, 2004
106   RUTHERFORD HILL, Napa Valley, 2002
107   KENWOOD Jack London, Sonoma Valley, 2003/04
108   STERLING, Napa Valley, 2004
109   SIMI, Alexander Valley, 2004
110   CLOS DU VAL, Napa Valley, 2004
111   ROSEMOUNT ESTATE, Show Reserve, 2003
112   RAYMOND, Reserve, Napa Valley, 2003
113   ST. CLEMENT, Napa Valley, 2003
114   B.R. COHN OLIVE HILL, Sonoma Valley, 2002/03
115   PINE RIDGE 2004
116   ZD WINES, Napa Valley, 2004
117   IRON HORSE, Vineyards, Alexander Valley, 2003
118   SEQUOIA GROVE, Napa Valley, 2003
119   CHALK HILL, Sonoma County, 2002
120   HEITZ WINE CELLERS, Napa Valley, 2002
121   CHATEAU MONTELENA, Napa Valley, 2003
122   SILVERADO, Napa Valley, 2004
123   FROG’S LEAP, Napa Valley, 2004
124   JOSEPH PHELPS, 2003
125   CHATEAU ST. JEAN, 2002
126   JORDAN, Sonoma, 2002/03
127   STAG’S LEAP, Artemis, 2004
128   CHIMNEY ROCK, Stags Leap District, Napa Valley, 2004
129   SWANSON, ALEXIS, Napa Valley, 2003
130   SHAFER, Napa, Valley, 2004
131   GROTH, Oakville, 2004
132   GRGICH HILL, Napa Valley, 2000/02
133   JUSTIN, 2005
134   MARA, RESERVE, Alexander Valley, 2001
135   SILVER OAK, Alexander Valley, 2002/03
136   BARNETT, Spring Mountain, 2002
137   SIMI RESERVE, Alexander Valley, 2003
138   CAYMUS, Napa Valley, 2003
139   NICKEL & NICKEL, Napa Valley, 2003
140   CAKEBREAD CELLERS, Napa Valley, 2004
141   ROBERT YOUNG, Estate Winery, Alexander Valley, 1999
142   PLUMPJACK, Oakville, Napa Valley, 2003/04
143   STAG’S LEAP, Fay, Estate Napa Valley, 2003
144   CAIN FIVE, Napa Valley, 2003/04


California

Cabernet Sauvignon – Special Selection


170   PINE RIDGE, Stags Leap Napa Valley, 2002
171   DUCKHORN VINEYARDS, Napa Valley, 2002/03

172   CASK, Coppola Rubicon, 2002
173   CHERRYBLOCK, Sebastiani, 2003
174   SILVER OAK, Napa Valley, 2002
175   SILVERADO, Napa Valley Reserve, 2002
176   ROBERT MONDAVI RESERVE, Napa, 2003/04
177   FAR NIENTE, Napa 2004
178   DUCKHORN, Estate Cabernet Sauvignon, 2002
179   CHATEAU MONTELENA ESTATE, Napa Valley, 2002
180 KENDALL JACKSON, STATURE Limited, 1999
189   ROBERT MONDAVI, Reserve, 1999
181 ZD RESERVE, Cabernet Sauvignon, 2002/04
182 DOMINUS, Estate Cabernet Sauvignon, 2003
183   JARVIS VINEYARDS, Estate Grown, 1996
184   CAYMUS VINEYARDS, Special Selection, 2004
185 JOSEPH PHELPS, Insignia, 2001/03
186 OPUS ONE, Napa, 2003
187   SHAFER HILLSIDE SELECT, Napa Valley, 2002
188   ZD WINES, Abacus #6


California

Merlot


201   ST. SUPERY, Napa Valley, 2000/02
202   MARKHAM, Napa Valley, 2003
203   WATERSTONE, Napa Valley, 2004
204   SWANSON, Napa Valley, 2003/04
205   ST. FRANCIS, Sonoma, 2002
206   RUTHERFORD HILL, Napa Valley, 2003
207   FERRARI CARANO, Sonoma, 2002/04
208   FRANCIS COPPOLA, Blue Label, 2004
209   JOSEPH PHELPS, Napa Valley, 2002
210   STAG’S LEAP Wine Cellars, Napa Valley, 2004
211   SHAFER, Napa, 2004
212   CAKBREAD CELLARS, Napa Valley, 2004
213   DUCKHORN VINEYARDS, Napa Valley, 2002/3


California

Meritage


301   ELU, St. Supery, 2002
302   GEYSER PEAK, Reserve Alexander, 2003
303   BEAULIEU VINEYARD, Tapestry Reserve, 2003

California
Pinot Noir


401   FRANCIS COPPOLA, Silver Label, 2006
402   ROBERT MONDAVI, 2005
403   SAINTSBURY, CARNEROS, Reserve, 2005
404   ARGYLE RESERVE, Oregon, 2004/05
405   SANFORD, Santa Barbara County, 2004
406   BELLE GLOSE, Napa, 2005
407    “J” WINES RESERVE, Russian River, 2003/04
408   DUCKHORN GOLDENEYE, Anderson Valley, 2004
409   ZD WINES, Pinot Noir, 2005
410   WILLIAMS SELYEM, Russian River Valley, 2004

California

Zinfandel


501   RIDGE SONOMA, Three Valleys, 2005
502   FRANCIS COPPOLA, Red Label, 2004
503   QUIVIRA ZINFANDEL, Anderson Ranch, 2004
504   GRGICH HILLS, Napa Valley, 2003
505   MARA RESERVE, Napa Valley, 2002
506   FROG’S LEAP, Napa Valley, 2005


California

Syrah


550   TWO ANGELS, High Valley, 2005
551 TERLATO VINEYARDS, Dry Creek Valley, 2003


Australia


601   PENFOLDS, Bin 28, 2003
602   PENFOLDS, Bin 407, 2004
603   PENFOLDS, Bin 707, 2002
604   PENFOLDS, GRANGE, Shiraz, 2002

Shiraz
620   HILL of GOLD, Rosemount Estate, 2003/04
621 GREG NORMAN, 2005
622   ELDERTON, Barossa Valley, 2003
623   PUNTERS CORNER SPARTACUS, Reserve, 2002


CHILE


650   MONTES ALPHA, Cabernet Sauvignon, 2004
651 DALLAS CONTE, Merlot, 2002


ARGENTINA


670   BROQUEL, Cabernet Sauvignon, 2004

FRANCE


701   CHATEAU SIMARD, Saint Emilion, 1995
702   CHATEAUNEUF DU PAPE, Louis Bernard, 2004
703   CHATEAU LA GRAVE a POMEROL, 2002
704   CHATEAU MONT- REDON, 2003
705   CHATEAU BEYCHEVELLE, Saint Julien, 2002
706   CHATEAU TALBOT, Saint- Julian, 2001
707   CHATEAU FIGEAC, Premier, Grand Cru, 1997/02
708   CHATEAU LYNCH BAGES, Pauillac, 1998
709   CHATEAU LAFITE ROTHSCHILD, Pauillac, 1999
710   CHATEAU MOUTON ROTHSCHILD, Pauillac, 1998/99
711   CHATEAU MOUTON ROTHCHILD, Pauillac, 1995
712   CHATEAU PETRUS, Pomerol, 1986


ITALY


801   PINA DI NOVA, Toscana, 2003
802   TENUTE MARCHESE, Antrinori Riserva, 2000/01
803   RUFFINO, Riserva Ducale Gold, 2003
804   BAROLO ROCCA, 2003

805   BAROLO Ceretto, 2001
806   BARBARESCO, Rocca de Mari, 2201
807   BRUNELLO di MONTALCINO, BARBI 2001
808   BARBARESCO, Campo Quadro
809   BRUNELLO di MONTALCINO,FATTOI, 2001
810   BERTANI, Amarone, 1999
811   BRUNELLO DI MONTALCINO, Castello Banfi, 2001
812   AMARONE TOMMASI, A Rolar Selection, 2001
813   GAJA, Ca’ Marcanda Toscana, 2003
814   BAROLO Pio Cesare, 2002
815   TIGNANELLO Antinori, 2003
816   BRUNELLO di MONTALCINO, BARBI RISERVA 1999
817   GAJA, Conteisa, 2001
818   SOLAIA, Antinori, 2001
819   SASSICAIA, Bolgheri, 2002


SPAIN


901   MIGUEL MERINO, Rioja Reserva, 2000
902   VEGA SICILIA UNICO, Reserva Special

CROATIA


951   BURA, Dalmatian Coast, 2003

California
Chardonnay


1000   BEN & JACK’S, Alexander Valley, 2004
1001   SILVERADO, Napa Valley, 2005
1002   SONOMA CUTRER, Russian River Ranches, 2005
1003   STAG’S LEAP, Napa, 2005
1004   CAKEBREAD, Napa, 2005
1005   CHALK HILL, Sonoma, 2004
1006   FAR NIENTE, Napa, 2005
1007   ZD WINES RESERVE, 2005

FRANCE


1020   LOUIS JADOT, Pouilly-Fuisse, 2005
1021   LOUIS JADOT, Puligny Montrachet, 2004

GERMANY


1030   MARKUS MOLITOR RIESLING TROCKEN, Mosel-Saar-Ruwer


ITALY


1040   SANTA MARGHERITA, Pinot Grigio, 2006
1041   GAVI DI GAVI, La Scolca, 2005


1050   PERRIER JOUET, Grant Brut
1051   MOET & CHANDON, White Star, NV
1052   VEUVE CLIQUOT, Brut Label, NV
1053   DOM PERIGNON, 1998
1054   LOUIS ROEDERER, Cristal Brut, 1999



1060    ROBERT MONDAVI WINERY, Moscato d’ORO , 2005, 375ML.
1061   CHATEAU D YQUEM, 1999 375 ml.

1062   CHATEAU D YQUEM, 1999 750 ml.


M.100   BERINGER, Knights Valley, 2001
M.101   ROBERT MONDAVI, Napa Valley, 2002
M.102   SAINTSBURY CARNEROS Reserve 2004
M.136   BELLE GLOS, Pinot Noir, 2005
M.138   RAYMOND Reserve, Cabernet Sauvignon, 2003
M.105   NICKEL & NICKEL, Syrah, 2003
M.107   ZD WINES, Napa Valley, 2004
M.108   ST. CLEMENT OROPPAS, Napa Valley, 2001
M.109   TREANA, Cabernet, Merlot & Syrah, 2000
M.110   STAG’S LEAP, Artemis, 2004
M.111   RUFFINO, Reserve Ducale Gold, 2001
M.112   CAIN CONCEPT, Napa Valley, 2002
M.139   GROTH, Oakville, Napa Valley, 2004
M.113   DUCKHORN VINEYARDS, Napa, Merlot, 2003
M.114   JORDAN, Sonoma Valley, 2000
M.116   PINE RIDG, Stag’s Leap District-Napa, 2002/03
M.118   AMARONE TOMMASI, 2001
M.120   TIGNANELLO, Antinori, 2003
M.121   ROBERT MONDAVI RESERVE, Napa, 1999
M.122   FAR NIENTE, Napa Valley, 2002/04
M.123   DUCKHORN, Cabernet Estate Grown, 2002
M.124   STAG’S LEAP FAY, 1998
M.125   DOMINUS, Napa, 2000
M.126   BERINGER, Private Reserve, Napa, 1999
M.128   OPUS ONE, Napa, 1997
M.130   JOSEPH PHELPS, Insignia, 30th Anniversary, 2003
M.131   TREFETHEN, Estate Grown, Napa Valley, 1997
M.137   TIGNANELLO, Antinori, 2003
M.134   CHATEAU MOUTON ROTHCHILD, Pauillac, 1986

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