Bruno Selimaj, launched Lincoln Square Steak, 208 West 70th Street, as a follow-up to his Club A Steakhouse in Midtown East and hands down this is the best steakhouse in town. From the moment you walk in, you are enveloped in a reddish glow, that leads to private dining rooms, chandeliers and art deco-esque mural by Giancarlo Impiglia, that embraces the back wall. The feeling is of spaciousness and warmth. A piano plays in the bar, that is sizable and inviting. Photo’s of celebrities and wine bottles grace the walls. Despite Lincoln Square Steak being rather full on a Monday night, I still always had the feeling of my own space, which is rare in New York.
As my guest and I sat down warm, fluffy, golden popovers arrived with fresh whipped butter. They are nearly a meal in themselves and heavenly.
I started off with a Beet Salad ($12) with arugula, pecans and a dollop of sour cream on the bottom. Though this salad was really tasty, it needs a dressing. Trying to get one for it was not so simple.
Next up was a Chicken Cutlet Parmigiana ($40), that was so inviting and interestingly shaped like a pizza. We had them cut it into 8 slices and would have devoured the whole thing, but we had a lot more coming. We each ate a piece which had warm mozzarella that almost had us going overboard. We mustered our control and had them wrap the rest. The came back with a coat check for our doggie bags. I am so glad we did take it home, because it got even better the next day and the day after that. This truly was the best Chicken Parmigiana, I have ever eaten.
My guest is a huge steak fan, so naturally he ordered the Prime Dry Aged Rib Eye 24 oz ($54) and Garlic Herb Fries ($8). The succulent steak melted in your mouth and was superb and yes truly the best. Perfectly cooked, hardly any fat and a generous portion. The fries had just the right amount of seasoning and were also scrumptious!
I had the Braised Short Ribs ($33) and the Truffle Mac and Cheese ($8). Served over polenta in a mushroom gravy, the savory short ribs, were so tender they just fell apart. The polenta was the perfect compliment. The Truffle Mac and Cheese was again the best I have ever had and I have had a lot. Crusty, with just the right amount of cheese. The truffle taste was perfectly blended in.
Now the wine list is extensive and any other time I would be reporting on this, however both my companion and I were on antibiotics so that wasn’t an option. Our meal was so amazing, we decided this was not going to be our only time coming here.
We lingered over our dinner and was surprised at the low noise level. It was easy to have a conversation.
To our surprise meals here come with a gorgeous plate of cream puffs, cheese cake, tiramisu and a creamy Creme Brûlée with the restaurant’s compliments.
Mr. Selimaj stopped by to ensure everything was just right. Now since I was reviewing this would be normal, however he stops by every table making his guests feel welcome. If you have a birthday or anniversary, he takes a special photo and puts it in a signed card for you to keep. At Lincoln Square Steak everyone is treated like royalty.
Make reservations for Christmas Eve, Christmas, New Years Eve or anytime you want food that is out of this world. For New Years Eve Lincoln Square Steak is offering their regular menu or a four course prix fixe menu and a champagne toast for $125pp. it will be the perfect culinary way to end the year.