With all the holiday celebrations going on, you should save your calories for a few choice meals. One of those worthy choices that should be on your list is 212 Steakhouse in Midtown East, a great option for either a cozy winter date night or for a celebration with a close group of friends.
What separates 212 Steakhouse from other run-of-the-mill steakhouses is that it is the only restaurant in Manhattan that is certified to serve authentic Kobe beef. With that said, you can expect all of their cuts to be of exceptional quality.
We started with an appetizer and went with the grilled octopus which were diced and mixed in with sweet peppers, red onions, and capers in a red wine vinegar sauce. There are a number of excellent seafood options to share, including the grilled calamari paired with artisan tomatoes, the jumbo shrimp cocktail, and the New Zealand mussels.
If you want options but don’t want to think too hard, opt for the seafood platter for two that includes half a Maine lobster, PEI oysters, and octopus. For a non-seafood option, go for the classic burrata with heriloom tomatoes, roasted mini peppers, baby arugula, and Kalamata olives.
Onto the main event: meats! 212 Steakhouse prides themselves on their Kobe beef and offers three options: Ribeye, Striploin, and Tenderloin. You can take your pick and order by the ounce (minimum of 3 oz. at $25/ounce). If you can’t decide, get the Kobe Tasting for a 3 0z. portion of all three cuts.
Another specialty is the Australian Wagyu, where they offer four options: skirt steak, dry-aged T-bone, dry-aged bone-in ribeye, and dry-aged porterhouse. The ribeye and the porterhouse are meant for two people to share – unless you’re incredibly hungry. 212 Steakhouse also offers USDA Prime filet mignon, a dry-aged bone-in filet mignon, and the New York strip.
If after perusing the menu you are overwhelmed and want to try them all, we recommend going for the 212 Premium Selection. This gives you a taste of all the best: Kobe beef (2 oz.), Australian Wagyu skirt steak (10 oz.), and USDA Prime Filet Mignon (6 oz.) for two people at $60pp.
And of course, you can’t have steak without accompanying sides. Choose from different options of potatoes, from truffled mashed, marbled potatoes, and potato gratin, to baked sweet potatoes with manchego. To get your daily dose of vegetables, get the sauteed spinach, mixed mushrooms, brussel sprouts, creamed spinach, or broccoli with oil and garlic.
We rounded out our meal with some delicious wine, cocktails, and dessert. If you are stumped about what wines to pair with your dishes, the sommelier will come by to make excellent recommendations that will suit your tastes. For dessert, it’s definitely a challenge to narrow down from their list of amazing options, but I highly recommend the caramel soufflé. It is a bit if a departure from traditional soufflés, but it is a delicious salted caramel ice cream parfait on top of a sponge biscuit base.
Take your crew of meat lovers to 212 Steakhouse who are in for a great holiday treat.
Photos via 212 Steakhouse and by Socially Superlative
316 East 53rd St
New York, NY, 10022