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Bobby Vans – You Should Listen To Your Steak Club

I hate to be an “I told you so,” but in this case, it’s the truth. When SteakClub7 speaks, you should be listening. Some of you did, including the people seated at the table next to mine and those people have thoroughly enjoyed.

What the hell am I talk about? Thrillist Rewards and a Bobby Van’s “Choose Your Steak” adventure. Hopefully you’re already a member of Thrillist Rewards so you know about how glorious it is to get that email every Tuesday which grants you access to the coolest stuff in NYC. But if you aren’t, what are you waiting for? Sign up now here so the next time something like a $50 steak adventure at one of the SteakClub7 top rated Steakhouses, like Bobby Vans, comes up as a reward, you won’t be missing out.

Pardon me if I about to be preaching to the choir, please feel forward to skip over this and get right to the Steak porn.

Let’s back it up. Thrillist is a daily email that clues you in on the best and newest stuff, be it restaurants, music, bars, equipment, parties, clothing, services and just about anything else. It’s an editorial based recommendation service that’s created by a bunch of folks who clearly have great taste. They specialize in 20 cities in America with more on the way. At the beginning of 2001,  Thrillist did two really great things for New Yorkers. A. They launched Thrillist Rewards, a service for their nearest and dearest readers that creates Thrillist-Approved, one-of-a-kind, limited quantity, locals-only type experiences that you can purchase through them directly and B. they brought me on board to help source the deals with local merchants.

So what’s the first thing I do with the opportunity, I call one of SteakClub7’s favorites, Bobby Vans Steakhouse in the Financial District.

Bobby Vans teamed up with Thrillist Rewards to offer your choice of a Sirloin of Filet Mignon Steak, choice of a fresh Mozzarella / Tomato or Crab Cake appetizer,  your choice of Avion Tequila cocktail and sides of Mashed Potatoes and Creamed Spinach all for only $50!!! Not enough to whet your whistle? Add in 1/2 off all bottles of wine and an additional option of a $20 off-menu Filet Mignon Cheesesteak and if you aren’t already bummed you missed this, perhaps you shouldn’t be reading this site. Well since I am not just a member of the Thrillist Rewards team, I’m also a fan, you can bet your sweet little bippy that I bought a stack of these rewards for myself. With reward in hand, my wife and I headed down to Wall Street with our friend Paul to enjoy our steak adventure.

We started off with a little tequila. Paul and Cara got a Cheech and I went for a Margarita.

I can’t stand Seafood, so the appetizer choice for me was an easy one; Tomato and Mozzarella. The Mozzarella was SO creamy, you could’ve almost be considered it as Burrata. Topped with the most perfectly prepared Roasted Red Peppers ever made this a tasty winner. Cara, a huge Seafood fan, might argue over her Crab Cake.

My Mother used to tell me “you can’t have your Cake and eat it too,” but that clearly didn’t apply tonight as we ordered both of Thrillist Reward options; Steak + Cheesesteak. Now I’ve had this off-menu Cheesesteak before and it is spectacular so there was no way I was going to pass it up. The sandwich comes overflowing with savory cheese and sliced Filet Mignon and you’d be a crazy person to attempt to tackle it by yourself. Show the love and share with your friends. It’s an intense and awesome sandwich that will leave you salivating for more.

Awwwwwww Steak. It’s the reason for the season baby and no one, I mean NO ONE does it like the Bobby V. They only use the highest of high quality cuts of Beef and cook them to an absolute perfection every damn time. If you’re gonna go out for a nice Steakhouse meal, go to a restaurant that does with love and precision like Bobby Vans. With plates and plates of tasty vittles, the Steak Adventure hit full throttle. The waiter brought us a side of Béarnaise sauce that once applied to the creamy Mashed Potatoes made a great side dish even better.

No Steak meal is complete with out a little vino tinto and with an opportunity to choose ANY wine on the Bobby Vans list for half-price, we splurged and selected a deep and rich Italian Borolo from 2000.



Damn. That was a meal fit for a King, a Queen and another King and all for a great price at an amazing and historical restaurant. While I say thank you to Bobby Vans and to Thrillist, you can say thank you to me and SteakClub7 for making your awesome New York life even more awesome.

If you aren’t following SteakClub7 on twitter yet, now would be a good time to start.

4.5 out of 5 knives
-Rev

 

Les Halles – A Switch Up and a Swing For The Fences

It’s been nearly 6 years since we started what has become the “world’s #1 Steak Club” and one would think at this point, we had even nearly every steak in NYC. Truth be told, we probably never will and that is the beauty of eating great steak in the world’s greatest city. We started with 7 members and have since lost 2 both of whom were replaced with 2 more great members and still remain, focused on our goal of eating great steak once a month while, in the spirit of SC7 member, the Big P.A., “sharing out a night with the chaps.”

November was my month to pick the restaurant and the battle is the same every time; somewhere new, somewhere favored or something completely different. This time around, I decided to switch hit and pick a non-traditional NY Steak House and instead go for a restaurant whose entire menu is celebrated with positive reviews. I thought it was an appropriate move since our special guest for the month was Big Datti Marc, one of the Steak Club 7’s original members. This was going to be Marc’s last big meal in his home town before moving across the country to Las Vegas.

For those not in the know, Les Halles is the restaurant that put everyone’s favorite surly Travel Channel’s “No Reservations” show host, Anthony Bordain into the food spotlight. Choose from either the John Street, FiDi location where the menu is very French in nature or do as we did and make a reservation at the Les Halles’ Park Avenue restaurant located in an area of NYC known as the Gramercy. While still serving a primarily French influenced menu that includes Cassoulet, Clams Casino and Confit de Canard, this location also has an impressive list of steaks. Be sure to get a reservation as it’s, as you can imagine, very popular and tell em Steak Club 7 sent you, our table is #31. That may or may not get you anything but I can tell you that despite them being very busy, the entire staff is not too involved to stop by to find out your thoughts on the food, drink or service.

Everything at Les Halles is great and even the butter and bread appetizer is fantastic!

Les Halles as a great charcuterie that doesn’t just rely on cured pork meats. The Salumi is magnificent but don’t be afraid of pulled pork confit. The texture is not what you’re used to and a little creamy but it’s well worth trying. Personally I never liked pate but that’s because any I’ve had before didn’t taste like this!

It’s not on the menu but ask and be sure to ask VERY NICELY for an appetizer of bacon. ITS STUPENDOUS!!! Don’t expect any sweetness, as the flavor of all natural pork is savory and smoky.  If you are too timid to ask or just want more, you can get the same bacon on the bitter frisee salad. Chopped into smaller bite sized pieces, it’s tossed in a very, very light dressing that provides merely provides a background for the salad. Oh man the bacon!

Each and every steak is prepared with the utmost of care and attention and if you ask for it to be cooked medium rare, expect a steak that practically defines the cooking temperature.  My NY Strip was one of the most tender and well-cut steaks I’ve ever had the pleasure of eating.

Nearly every dish at Les Halles is served with Frites and there is a reason, these truly “French” fries taste like hot, full-bodied potato chips as opposed to just being a greasy blast of hot starchy grease.

Les Halles gained and maintain their popularity with the highest level of some of the best personal service and quality prepared foods.

4.5 out of 5 knives
-Rev

Bonjour Big Datti, please hold us a table at Delmonico’s.

DeStefano’s Steakhouse – Definably Old School

After 5 years of running the world’s “#1 steak club” in NYC, finding a steakhouse we haven’t tried is rare (pun-intended.)  There is only so many times you can Google “best steak nyc” or hit refresh on “Best of Citysearch NYC” – Steak category and watch for new steak openings on New York Mag before you just run dry of new ideas. That’s why I got really excited when I just happened to walk by DeStefano’s Steakhouse in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. A quick peek in the window, followed by a few moments of research online revealed a cut of old school New York that I was dying to try!

Amongst the new buildings, hipsters and cool new posh restaurants, DeStefano’s stands as modern piece of Brooklyn history. It’s a restaurant that has been family owned, as is the building its in for the better part of a decade. DeStefano’s has a local oriented, family friendly, establishment where everyone is treated like a regular and regulars are treated like family. The walls are covered in local history, family memories and NYC nostalgia and with only a handful of tables, it’s the kind of NYC steakhouse that helps to create the definition.

With a later than normal reservation on 9 pm, we were among the only people in the restaurant. As a result, we had impeccable service from the overly accommodating staff. Something tells me though, everyone is treated that way, regardless of how many patrons are seated within. While we were still making our selections, the waitress came over and said “we don’t serve bacon appetizer but please try our bacon wrapped prunes with walnuts stuffed inside. Admittedly, my first thoughts weren’t that positive and I wouldn’t really call myself a fan of prunes. But after only 1 bite, I was willing to arm wrestle to get a second helping!! Thankfully, no violence was needed! After seeing just how fast they disappeared, the waitress brought over a second plate. Be sure to ask for these!!!

Orders were placed for various appetizers and salads. I got what was essentially a wedge salad with blue cheese and bacon. It was bigger than I expected and I ate as much as I could until I got full / bored. We also got bacon wrapped asparagus, shrimp cocktail and the item I was most excited about – the Short Rib Rolls with Horseradish Creme Fraiche. Covered in a  thin, light, flaky dough, these little numbers were essentially spring rolls stuffed steak, chived mashed potatoes and shredded carrots.

With a few glasses of this and little splash of that in our stomachs before we even began to eat, the vibe of the meal was pretty upbeat. The man you see below hiding is face is our very own joeC. Joe is a NYC transplant from the town that claims his favorite baseball team, the Boston Red Sox. Insert joke here ____________.

Before things got too out of control and a new curse of the Bambino was manifested in SteakClub7, the steaks hit the table. While I would normally join one of my brethren in a Porterhouse for 2, I let the BIG P.A. and the Meat God go for it, while I ordered a NY Strip. The quality cut of delicious beef was so big that for the first time in my life, I finally felt like Fred Flintstone ordering a Brontosaurus steak. Try as I did, I could not finish and therefore did not earn my Clean Plate club badge for the evening.

Each steak on the menu at DeStefano’s comes with your choice of 2 sides, a rarity in the NYC steakhouse. Most restaurants charges you for sides. We of course didn’t realize or expect that and ended up ordering more sides than we could possibly eat. It did however, give us a chance to really make our way around the menu. We tried nearly every side on the menu; Broccoli Rabe with Sweet Peas, Sautéed Spinach, Maple Glazed Carrots, Oven Roasted Potatoes and Garlic Mashed Potatoes. While the garlic mash were quite delicious, their closely related cousins, the oven roasted potatoes weren’t any really special. The maple glazed carrots on the other hand, were damn good and definitely my favorite side dish.

With extremely full bellies we all ordered our preferred after dinner drinks of choice and sat back in our seats, enjoying the company of great friends having a great time. The waitress then demanded we try the homemade cheesecake. Being close to rupturing from being too full, I lightly bit into the slice of dessert. It’s delicious flavor overwhelmed the senses and allowed me to get a few bites in before I had to stop eating.

We left the restaurant with huge smiles on our faces and bellies full of tasty treats. 2 signs on the way out of DeStefano’s best told the tale of our outing;

If you’re looking for a quality steak, a great atmosphere, fantastic service and look into the past that helped shape this wonderful city, I suggest making a reservation at DeStefano’s. Tell ’em the SteakClub7 sent you and don’t forget the bacon wrapped prunes!

4 out of 5 knives
-Rev

Entrees12 oz Filet MignonSeared and Roasted to perfection this “king of steaks” is served with mashed potatoes and maple glazed carrots$38.8924 oz. Rib Eye SteakOur signature dry aged rib eye is enhanced with the sweet anise flavor of sauteed fennel – a fabulous complimentto the Rib Eye – which turns this dish into something Italian and special.$42.8940 oz. Porterhouse Steak for TwoDry Aged to perfection and simmering in its own juices, this meat lover’s cut is best served medium rarebut the chef – to his despair – will prepare it to your taste.$78.89Lamb Chops with Pistachio Nut CrustBaby Rib Lamb Chops rubbed with garlic and herbs and grilled to perfection. Finished under pistachios-butter crustfor added flavor and texture. Served with garlic mashed potatoes and carrots.$38.8920 Oz. Veal ChopRapidly becoming a customer favorite, this double thick French cut chop combines with mushrooms, sherry, baconand red onion to create a dish that is guaranteed to please.$44.89Skirt Steak ItalianoGrilled Skirt Steak topped with whole grape tomatoes that are sauteed in garlic and oil. Served with DeStefano’s Home Fries and Sauteed Spinach.22.89Hangar Steak with Pomegranate ReductionThe sweetness of the pomegranate combines with smoked paprika to create a unique flavor that enhances the steak without overpowering it.Choice of potato and vegetable.$22.89Chicken Cordon BleuSautéed Chicken breast stuffed with Ham and Fontina cheese drizzled with a white truffle cream sauce.Choice of potatoes and vegetable.$22.89Native Lobster RavioliOur lobster ravioli are filled with bite size pieces of lobster. These gourmet ravioli are served in a lobster infused cream sauce.$22.89Porcini Mushroom RavioliPorcini Ravioli in a delicate sauce of Cream Basil and Cherry Tomatoes.$16.89House SidesIndividual ………. $5.89 For Two ………. $9.89Broccoli Rabe with Sweet Peas, Sautéed Spinach, Maple Glazed CarrotsOven Roasted Potatoes, Garlic Mashed Potatoes, French Fries

Sing It Loud, It’s Steak Night!

That’s right J.D. and Turk …. It’s Steak Night!!

The SC7 is very excited for their first outing in 2009. Peter Luger’s here we come!!

You know you love bacon!

I advise all bacon lovers to click this link.

This is not spam (it’s bacon)!

Free yourself from web 2.0 and try web B.O!

– SC7

Meat Box – That’s Jody said …

Are you familiar with the statement “have your cake and eat it too?” The basic premise is that one can have 2 things when being asked to choose only 1. This dream is made reality by the porterhouse steak. The porterhouse, also sometimes wrongly accused of being a t-bone, is a cut of beef that has a portion of fillet and a portion of sirloin, separated by a bone. The t-bone, for the sake of reference is not as thick nor as marbled as the porterhouse. A real steak eater goes for the “PH” as we call it in Steak Club 7.

The porterhouse is a cut made famous by the city we call home, New York and no steak house is more famous for the PH than Brooklyn’s Peter Luger’s. In our humble opinion, don’t bother to pay them a visit unless you are in for the PH. You can order by the number of people at your table.

However, what you can’t order, at least to our knowledge, is a tour of the Peter Luger’s “Meat Box.” Thanks to a recent article in the NY Times, we are now aware of its existence.

PEter Lugers Meat Box from the NY Times

Peter Luger's Meat Box from the NY Times

According to the NY Times article; “A 2,000-square-foot industrial walk-in cooler, the meat box is larger than many city domiciles, and is equally congested, packed from floor to ceiling at any given time with 30,000 pounds of raw, aging meat.”

Be sure get dizzy and click the for a panoramic view of the meat box. Once you’re done wiping the saliva from your mouth, marvel at modern technology and it’s ability to put you in face first in the world’s most exciting fridge.

Wow! It’s like the Willy Wonka chocolate factory is real! Now, if we can only get them to issue 7 golden tickets, of course all of which the Steak Club7 deserves, we could be invited in to see the inner workings of the “Meat Box.”

With that in mind …

Dear Jody Storch,

We here at Steak Club 7 wanted to make you aware of a few things about our unique group.

1. We love Steak
2. We love porterhouses
3. We love you
4. We love Peter Luger’s
5. We especially love Peter Luger’s bacon
6. We would LOVE a tour of your meat box
7. We would love to write a story on the SC7 website about your meat box
8. We would love to come dine with you and share it with the world in attempt to spread the cheer and joy of the Peter Luger legacy with all of the world

Thanks and love

Steak Club 7
P.S. Peace and joy to all this holiday season. May Santa, Hanukkah Harry, Papa Noel, Jack Skelington or Peter Luger’s bring you good tidings of steak to you and your family!

STK from ARG at EZE – Solo Mission

After 10 beef filled days in Argentina, it was time to return home. As I approached my gate, blissful thoughts ran through my mind of all the delicious steak I had eaten while there but honestly, I really wanted a piece of broccoli or a nice salad. All beef and no play, makes Rev a fat boy.

I normally stroll through duty free like I am a ghost town as I know the prices are over inflated and its generally items I have no interest in purchasing what so ever but when I saw the ARG stand, I stopped dead in my tracks. Then I saw it. It was right there in the Duty free section. Right between the perfumes, candy and local wines…a fresh beef shop. God bless you ARG Natural Beef, don’t let travelers out of your sights without spreading the word of your steaky goodness.

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Fresh cut, raw steaks, right there in duty free. All cuts and sold custom freezer packed to survive those long flights. Unfortunately I live in NYC which means almost no kitchen to speak of and certainly no grill or backyard situation. As much as I wanted the victorious feeling of travelling with steaks as my companion, I couldn’t bring myself to do it. It would just be too disrespectful to the steak to bring it home and fry it up in a 6 inch pan in the closet that is supposed to be a kitchen.

I soon shant forget you ARG at EZE and we will reunite and it will be glorious.

– Rev

Yes Chowhound.com, Steak Is Good!!

Thank you for the props “steakisgood” maybe you should join us for a SC7 event!! We agree with your name, your suggestion and that chowhound.com is a great site for foodies.

http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/568545

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However, “chocolatebirthdaycake,” becareful there with your descriptions of business men. Steak is for whomever can truly appreciate and afford, regardless of attire.

As for midtown – try Ben Benson’s. Tell ’em Steak Club 7 sent you.

Steak Club 7 Scranton, PA!??!?!

Dear Meredith,

We here at Steak Club 7 have had the mighty sirloin steak and we applaud your dedication.

MEREDITH’S CONFESSION!

– SC7

NYC Cheeesteak Crawl

SC7 sends out mad props to Jason Santa Maria for organizing a “cheesesteak” crawl of Manhattan. We collectively submit our vote for Carl’s Steaks. They’re the best in town.

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Who needs ambience?

Who needs ambience?

Good luck Jason, please tell Carl’s we said hello.