Socially Superlative was invited to review the opening of the second Empire Steak House location, and I brought my hubby with me for a nice lunch.
Manager Nick Velic was there to greet us and answer our questions. He spent time showing us around their new place and showing us their plans for the future. Empire Steak House on 54th Street has a great ambiance and is a high-end, modern restaurant – but when the food is this good, everything else matters less because you just go into total bliss. Yes, the food was that good.
We wanted to have a good selection of items that was on the menu, so we tried an appetizer, prix fix lunch menu and their signature dish the porterhouse steak for two and all of this was accompanied with a glass of wine.
We started with the Tuna Tartar on a bed of avocado, which we shared as the portion was huge. It was dressed with very fresh seaweed salad and some balsamic vinegar on the side. It was so fresh that you would not have known that it was coming from the sea. There was no fishy smell or taste and the tuna had a very clean flavor.
We then shared the prix fix menu which is $30 for a 3-course meal, $46 if you choose to get the surf and turf with soup or salad, entree and dessert with coffee or tea. For lunch, this is a very good price, and the location for business and hotel costumers is very good.
We chose the surf and turf to check out their lobster, with the dish came mashed potatoes and broccoli. I just had lobster at a place that specializes in lobster and seafood, yet the Empire Steak House did a much better job. The lobster was tender and cooked to perfection, soft, succulent and just delicious. I have not cared for lobster, until now!
The porterhouse steak was from their A La Carte menu and the porterhouse steak was out of this world. Having just dined at Peter Luger, you see where the family of chefs, The Sinanaj Brothers, gets their inspiration. The brothers have their roots from Peter Luger and Empire Steak House’s porterhouse steak is just as good, if not even better. The porterhouse steak had more flavor than you knew what to do with, that you just ended up in food heaven. The steak was so tender that all you needed was your fork.
It is a restaurant that has a lot to offer and depending on your price range and your desires of meat they have it. The wines were great: we had the Riesling and the Malbec, which paired very well with the food. Everything on their menu had a purpose.
This is a place you must go and try, if you are any lover of food and particularly if you are a fan of really really good steak.
– Line B.
Empire Steak House
237 West 54th Street
btw. Broadway and 8th Ave
Photos via Empire Steak House and by Socially Superlative