Whether you're celebrating that overdue promotion or simply treating yourself to a steak dinner, New York City has a place to indulge in a juice filet mignon. This tender cut is one of the most luxurious ways to enjoy steak, and here's where to order it in the Big Apple.
Smith & Wollensky
The legendary names of Smith and Wollensky were chosen at random from a phone book in 1977. Today, Smith & Wollensky is famous for its USDA prime dry-aged steaks and award-winning wine selection. There are five ways to celebrate filet mignon on the dinner menu. Order one at your preferred temperature for $55 or amp it up four ways. There are au Poivre, Cajun, Roquefort and, last but not least, a lobster tail variation. Pair your filet with decadent sides like creamed spinach.
Gallaghers Steakhouse is unique in that it only grills its steaks over hickory coal grills. The extra flavor makes it one of the more popular Midtown steakhouses. Its filet mignon comes in a ten or whopping 14-ounce portion. The crunchy steak crust comes in blue cheese, bone marrow, pepper with bourbon au Poivre, porcini and coffee and more. If you manage to save room, the chocolate layer cake is a sumptuous way to end the meal.
Old Homestead Steakhouse
Old Homestead Steakhouse was originally a dockworker's eatery, but now it's one of the most legendary chophouses in the city. This steakhouse does not skimp on the portions—each USDA prime cut is massive, so come hungry. There are two 10-ounce filet mignon options on the dinner menu. The first, a classic cut with seasoned potato and bordelaise for $59 and the second, wrapped in applewood-smoked bacon with the same accouterments for a dollar more.
Since 1977, Sparks Steakhouse, in its East 46th Street location, has been serving up some of the best aged beef and fine wine in the city. The 27,000-square-foot space can seat 684 hungry diners. The filet mignon is cooked to your preference a la carte. Delicious vegetable sides accompany the tenderest cut on the menu, including three kinds of potatoes, creamed spinach, broccoli and more. Sparks is open Monday through Saturday.
The interior decor at Quality Meats evokes old-world butcher shops with warm wood, stainless steel and slick marble finishes. Created by the son of one of the Smith & Wollensky founders, the tradition of great steak is clearly in the bloodline. The classic filet mignon is $55 and seared to your ideal temperature. Don't sleep on the decadent sides—the corn creme brulee and the gnocchi and cheese are not to be missed!
Steps from Herald Square, Keens Steakhouse has been delighting diners for more than 100 years. Once a staple of the Herald Square Theatre District, it's not the sole surviving operation from those days. The prime filet mignon comes in two portion sizes, eight or 12-ounce. For an additional charge, add on au Poivre, bearnaise, mushroom or a red wine sauce. Or enjoy the surf and turf option with steamed Maine lobster and filet mignon!