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Chain Reaction: LongHorn Steakhouse

LongHorn's Black and Bleu burger offers a welcome one-two punch. The rich and creamy melted blue cheese has some serious tang to it, with the beef to hold its own, thanks to LongHorn's 7-pepper seasoning, which completely encrusts the patty and provides a super spicy kick that you'll still feel on your tongue hours later. More

NYC: Keens Steakhouse Burger Delivers Plenty of Juice

Despite $50+ prices for dry aged steaks at night (plus more for à la carte side dishes), steakhouses can offer some of the best lunch deals in town. We've previously commented on a few of Keens Steakhouse's lunch steak options, as well as the awesomely decadent Prime Rib Hash, and I'm happy to report that if you're into brick-thick steakhouse-style grilled burgers, theirs is a steal worth braving the dark, oak-covered, and suit-filled pub room for. More

In The Midnight Hour: Wollensky's Grill

Like most steakhouses, Smith and Wollensky's is a power scene—a place for women and men of business to soak their stresses in red wine and beef fat. And though it's an impressive 33 years old, the space feels older, dressed in dark woods, cream tones, and soft lighting nestled into atmospheric fixtures—suggesting money as much as meat. But unlike most steakhouses, this one can go late-night. More

The Art of the Lunch Deal: Peter Luger

Peter Luger 178 Broadway, Brooklyn NY 11211; map); 718-387-7400; peterluger.com Service: Gruff, cantankerous. Would you want it any other way? Setting: 19th-century beer hall Compare to: Keen's, Old Homestead The Deal: Small steak and fries, $31.95 While the steakhouse... More

Richman Takes Down Sparks

Not a Sparks steak, but quite a beauty. [Photo: Robyn Lee] Alan Richman has penned many a takedown, but his recent experience at famed steakhouse Sparks left him (and his steak) cold: The kitchen correctly prepared two of five... More

Did You Watch the 'Bon Appétit' Food Network Special?

I'll admit it. We didn't go out this past Saturday night, so I found myself watching the Bon Appétit Best American Restaurants special hosted by Alton Brown on the Food Network. The show itself was reasonably entertaining, though no one would call it suspenseful. Brown is perhaps my favorite Food Network personality, but he looked totally bored and disengaged on this particular show. Andrew Knowlton and Barbara Fairchild of Bon Appétit were knowledgeable and credible as the magazine's on-camera experts, but they kept talking about passion without exhibiting very much themselves.... More

Porter House New York

Porter House New York: A steakhouse with a chef back where he belongs. Photograph courtesy of Jason Perlow Steakhouses don't usually have chefs in charge. For example, who's the chef at Peter Luger? Or Gene and Georgetti in Chicago? Or the Pacific Dining Car in Los Angeles? I don't know, and I am willing to wager a steak dinner at Luger that nobody else does either. That's because steakhouses are traditionally not chef-driven; they're prime, preferably dry-aged meat and perfectly golden hash-brown-potato driven. Although celebrity chefs have gotten into the steakhouse game (because they love red meat and love developing concepts that can be cloned and yield profits with minimal oversight), I can think of only one serious chef... More

It's Like a Waiter Wrote It

Augieland hits the nail on the head most of the time he writes, but his essays on tipping, respecting your server, and not ordering filet mignon in a steakhouse get it especially right. Augs, on behalf of food-service workers everywhere, thank you.... More

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