Stephen Hanson’s Sizzling Strip-House-Midtown is One Of NY’s Best Fine Dining Steak Restaurants

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Strip House Midtown
Open for Dinner: Wednesday, October 10, 2012
Open for Lunch: Monday, October 22, 2012
Address: 15 West 44th Street between 5th Avenue & 6th Avenue
Phone: 212-336-5454
Website: www.striphouse.com
Social Media: Facebook.com/StripHouseSteak | Twitter @striphouse
Cuisine: Steakhouse
Owners: BR Guest Hospitality
Chefs: Corporate Executive Chef: John Schenk
Executive Chef: Michael Vignola
Hours: DINNER: Monday – Wednesday, 5pm – 10pm; Thursday – Friday, 5pm – 11pm; Saturday, 4pm – 11pm
Sunday, 4pm – 10pm
LUNCH: Monday – Friday, 11:30am – 2:30pm
Capacity: Main Floor: 120, Mezzanine: 85
Credit Cards: All Major Credit Cards
Dress Code: Smart Casual
Reservations: Recommended
Subway Lines: Bryant Park (B, D, F, M, 7), Times Square (1, 2, 3, N, Q, R, 7, S), Grand Central (4, 5, 6, 7, S)
Designer: Inspired by David Rockwell original design; BR Guest Design Director Tara Oxley

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Strip House Midtown’s Elegantly Seductive Atmosphere

The original Strip House opened in New York City in 2000 and has since expanded nationwide, becoming widely known as one of the best steakhouses in the country. With a loyal customer following, Strip House restaurants are known for perfectly charred cuts of steak and decadent sides complimented by an atmosphere evoking old world glamour and modern sophistication, set off by siren red interiors and mood lighting. The double entendre name refers to the restaurant’s signature cut of steak and to the series of early 1900’s Studio Manasse black and white nudes that adorn the walls.

Strip House Midtown, at 44th Street, is the latest member in a league of upmarket steak houses, spanning their reach from Greenwich Village to the Vegas Strip. Strip House Midtown  brings all the Strip House signatures to a brand new bi-level space for lunch, dinner and private dining. Visit the new NYC location for a classic cocktail at the bar, or a full steakhouse experience of  the combination of charred cuts, perfectly paired with decadent sides,

Housed in the former premises of Jewel of India, the new venue is a sight to behold, The bi-level space seats 120 on the main floor and 85 on the mezzanine level. The décor includes striking sculptured chandeliers, comfortable seating in booths, banquettes and tables, and soaring pillars, extending to high ceilings.Stephen Hanson and BR Guest Hospitality can always be counted on for restaurant-theater, superb service and a first class act. Food is never an afterthought and Strip House Midtown’s interpretation of a NY Steak House adds Fine Dining to the equation, without the stuffiness that often accompanies it.

Corporate Executive Chef John Schenk, an eight-year Strip House veteran is spearheading culinary operations and Michael Vignola, most recently Executive Chef of Strip House 12th Street, brings his culinary talent to the new location as Executive Chef. The food is, in a word, perfection.

 

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The Signature Steak

We loved the warm and professional reception at the door and the silky service, as executed by general manager Eric Hammer. A horseshoe booth on the more intimate mezzanine is an ideal spot for four to enjoy some of Manhattan’s most serious cocktails. Expert martinis and Manhattan’s with house infused cherries, served in lovely glassware are accompanied by warm bread from Tom Cat and Eli’s. Wine list is a joy. Beautifully selected and fairly priced, it is strong on American choices with bows to the old and new worlds. Our penchant for Spanish wines was rewarded with a selection by Mr. Hammer  of a Valdeorras Avanthia, 2009 that developed beautifully after 15 minutes and displayed a Merlot-like softness with lovely tannins. It worked beautifully with all the food, including lobster. The are also 17 choices by the glass (starting at $11) with Cliquot priced at $19 and a nice choice of Reserves from the Cruvinet in 3 and 6 ounce portions, ranging from $15 to $68.

An Amuse Bouche followed. It was a light potato-based soup with an herbal infusion and totally delicious. Next we suggest some of the most sparklingly, fresh seafood imaginable..Go for the SEAFOOD PLATEAU (HALF 49 / FULL 98) consisting of  OYSTERS 3 east coast / 3 west coast /; LITTLENECKS; COLOSSAL U6 SHRIMP; LOBSTER COCKTAIL; a fabulous TUNA TARTAR and terrific SCALLOP SEVICHE.
JUMBO LUMP CRAB COCKTAIL is also exceptional.

Appetite permitting, don’t miss the incredible STRIP HOUSE ROASTED BACON with
Baby Arugula and Russian Dressing. But leave room. Entrees are standouts. A special on our visit was a bone-in FILET MIGNON. I usually prefer a more flavorful cut than filet, but the remarkable meat, execution and most-of-all the bone made it the best filet I’ve ever tasted.The accompanying Béarnaise sauce was exemplary.  Our two and 1/2 POUND GRILLED LOBSTER was also fantastic. Recommended sides include the CRISP GOOSE FAT POTATOES and BLACK TRUFFLE CREAMED SPINACH.

Not many Steak Houses excel in the dessert arena, but Strip House Midtown’s   BAKED ALASKA  of Bruléed Meringue, Pistachio & Chocolate Ice Creams is a winner and the amazing STRIP HOUSE 24 LAYER CHOCOLATE CAKE must be seen to be believed.Lovely pralines accompanied coffee and were a perfect conclusion.

We loved Strip House Midtown and give it our highest recommendation: A + on The Walman Report

 

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Superb Cocktails

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The 24 Layer Chocolate Cake

 

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Clubby and Comfortable Seating


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