Great Steaks, Celebrity Diners, and a Touch of History
228 West 52 Street, New York City, (212) 245-5336
Open seven days a week from noon to midnight.
Reservations suggested. All major credit cards accepted.
By Nancy Walman
Great Steaks, Celebrity Diners, and a Touch of History. That’s Gallagher’s. The most casual of New York steak houses, with its checkered tablecloths and photos of sports greats on the walls, Gallagher’s makes no pretensions. From the moment you walk through the door, time stands still and customers are pampered and the food improves with each visit.
For starters, there is a first rate shrimp cocktail (or split the smallest lobster, which start at two pounds). You won’t be disappointed with the famous dry-aged steaks (especially the melt-in-your-mouth Sirloin);.The Roast Beef is the best in town. All potato dishes and the fabulous onion rings are recommended.
Vegetables, whether steamed or creamed, are terrific and the wine selection is easily accessed and affordable, with an abundant selection available by the glass.(There is an excellent choice of single malts). You won’t complain about the Rice Pudding, creamy Cheesecake or wonderful Key Lime Pie. Add the easy-going service and you’ll agree that Gallagher’s is a heavy-hitter in the steak house league.
Steak, with a Side of Jazz:
Dinner at Gallagher’s Steak House (228 West 52nd Street) will be "jazzed up" on New Year’s Eve, Thursday night, December 31, when 18-year-old trumpet player RhysTivey is joined by Ross Pederson on the drums, Dan Foose on bass, and Dean Anbar on guitar for a live jazz performance beginning at 9:00 pm through midnight at the famed New York eatery. For reservations, patrons can contact 212-245-5336 and mention JAZZ to be seated accordingly. A two drink minimum is required for those making reservations who are not dining.
Quick Info: Live Jazz on New Year’s Eve at Gallagher’s Steak House
What: Live Jazz Performances on New Year’s Eve
Where: Gallagher’s Steak House, 228 W. 52nd St., New York
When: Thursday night, December 31, 2009
Time: 9 p.m. – midnight
Who: Jazz quartet ensemble featuring 18-year-old Rhys Tivey, joined by Ross Pederson on the drums, Dan Foose on bass, and Dean Anbar on guitar
Admission: two drink minimum to be seated for those not having dinner.
Reservations: 212-245-5336, mention JAZZ to be seated accordingly
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YOUTHFUL PERFORMERS JOIN AGED STEAKS ON MENU AT GALLAGHER’S STEAK HOUSE; LIVE JAZZ QUARTETS INCLUDE 18-YEAR-OLD RHYS TIVEY EVERY FRIDAY AND SATURDAY NIGHT
Gallagher’s Steak House owner Marlene Brody is introducing “the next generation of jazz musicians” to New Yorkers, and at the same time enhancing the dining experience at the Theater District mainstay restaurant with the on-going live jazz entertainment series, every Friday and Saturday night. The program, which was introduced in mid-August, will continue in 2010. Rhys Tivey, an 18-year-old up-and-comer, spearheads the quartets of young musicians showcasing their talents at Gallagher’s two nights a week. The performances are from 9 p.m. to midnight.
Mrs. Brody, who is also the owner of Gallagher’s Stud located in upstate Ghent, New York, has long been a supporter of the Empire State Youth Orchestra, a group through which she met upstart Tivey. “The goal is for Gallagher’s to become a stepping stone for young artists, and give fine up and coming musicians the opportunity to earn money in the heart of the entertainment capital of the world through their musical talents,” says Mrs. Brody.
Tivey’s group has been joined by such notables as Gilad Heckselman (guitar), Francois Moutin (bass), Andy Galore (electric bass), Ross Pederson (drums), Alexis Quadrado (bass), Anthony Pinciotti (drums) and Aviv Cohen (drums) The live jazz has been embraced by Gallagher’s patrons and jazz aficionados alike. Opening night saw legendary Knicks Hall of Fame guard and music impresario, Earl “The Pearl” Monroe, and his wife, Marita Greene, stop by for a visit.
Gallagher’s Steak House is located at 228 West 52nd Street just west of Broadway in New York City. For reservations contact 212-245-5336, and mention JAZZ to be seated accordingly. Pre-performance reservations will be taken for 8 and 8:30 p.m., so that diners can place their orders prior to the start of the entertainment, while later seatings through 11:30 p.m. will also be accepted. There is a two-drink minimum required for those not dining.
p. 2, Jazz at Gallagher’s
About Gallagher’s Steak House
Established as a speakeasy during the prohibition years, Gallagher’s Steak House is celebrating 81 years of operation in the New York City theater district as the home of the original New York Strip steak. Gallagher’s is best identified by its signature meat aging room stocked with the best USDA Prime dry aged beef: a popular restaurant feature since 1964 when Jerome Brody (of then Restaurant Associates, Rainbow Room and Four Seasons fame) purchased the restaurant. What sets us apart is our commitment to using the best quality ingredients, dry-aging in-house and cooking on a hickory coal grill. Our steaks without any additions (like clarified butter) deliver a sensation of tender, silky and buttery all in one burst. Politicians from JFK to Bill Clinton to Rudy Giuliani have been known to frequent Gallagher’s. In recent years, Gallagher’s has become known for its sports-related luncheons and handicapping seminars for such events as the Kentucky Derby and Belmont Stakes. Such celebrities as Sean Penn, Aretha Franklin, and James Gandolfini, and sport stars including Mets champions Ron Darling and Ron Swoboda, and Hall of Fame Knick Earl Monroe. Gallagher’s has franchises in Tampa, Las Vegas, Atlantic City and Newark Airport.
Gallagher’s New York Steak House, Inc. (“Gallagher’s Steak House”), was established in 1927 by Helen Gallagher and Jack Solomon. It was Broadway’s first steak house and the inventor of the “New York Strip” steak.
Gallagher’s Steak House was designed to be distinct from the formal, plush elegance adapted from Europe that was the restaurant decor style of 1927. Instead, the restaurant employed basic style elements: plain plank floors, wood-paneled walls and red checked tablecloths. The look simultaneously incorporates the feel of a speakeasy.
In 1927, with Prohibition hanging heavily over the land, Gallagher’s was the first speakeasy -a Runyonesque gathering place for gamblers, sports figures, and showbiz folk and other stars of the Broadway firmament., whose photos adorn the walls.
Helen Gallagher knew how to lure celebrities; she was something of one herself. Until the mid-20’s, she had been a Ziegfeld Girl and the wife of a household name, Ed Gallagher, who with Al Shean made up the comedy team of Gallagher and Shean. They were the leading vaudeville and recording duo of their day until the death of Ed Gallagher. Helen then married Jack Solomon, a colourful restaurateur/gambler with a loyal and large following among what was then called the sporting element.
Helen died and Jack Solomon married Irene Hayes. Hayes was the owner of the top floral design shop in the city. Soon after Solomon dies and Irene Hayes is sole owner.
In 1964, Mrs Hayes decided to sell the restaurant; out of hundreds of potential buyers, she selected Jerome Brody. Mr. Brody was a distinguished restaurateur, and the originator of the famed Restaurants Associates who’s accomplishments included the Four Seasons, the Forum of the Twelve Caesars, the Fonda del Sol (designed by Alexander Girard) and many other renowned, successful restaurants in New York City. In 1963 Jerome Brody started the Brody Corp. he restored the Rainbow Room to its former glory, created: L’Etoile (designed by Alexander Girard), Raffles (a private club designed by Cecil Beaton), the ground floor in the new CBS building (designed by Kevin Roche)
Upon buying Gallagher’s in 1964, Jerome Brody had ingenuity and foresight to enclose the meat aging room that was at the front of the restaurant and installed glass windows so that the contents could be seen from the street. Brody stocked it with the best USDA Prime Beef and dry-aged it to 28 days at a constant 36 degrees insure tenderness. This practice is still followed to this day.
Gallagher’s is celebrating its 80th anniversary – 44 of them under the guidance of Jerome Brody, the decor remains exactly the same as it was and so does the extraordinary mix of our clientele- showbiz people from all over the world, sports figures in the boxing, horse, football, baseball, basketball and hockey world, and business professionals.
In 2006 Jerome Brody’s widow Marlene commissioned , Pierre “Peb” Bellocq to paint a mural depicting some of the many celebrity figures that have frequented Gallagher’s over the years. Images depicted include Bill Clinton, Sarah Jessica Parker, Robert De Niro, Joe DiMaggio, Mohammed Ali, John F Kennedy and Marilyn Monroe.
The knowledge and know-how that Jerome Brody brought to Gallagher’s will live forever as a great restaurant landmark in New York City.