Monday, September 9, 2013

Splurging at S. Prime Steakhouse

Image by Meg Cotner

Image by Meg Cotner

Since Dan and I have been pretty diligent about eating healthy and cooking at home, we decided to splurge the other night and had dinner at S. Prime Steakhouse.  I've been there once before with Meg and loved it - and now wanted Dan to have a taste too.  Having the foresight to buy a Groupon, we had even more of an incentive to go, as it provided a nice savings.

Here are the tasty highlights of our experience:

Spicy Tuna Tartare - Wanting to start out light, we ordered the tuna tartare, which was deliciously fresh and had a nice bite from the spicy aioli that was used to bind all its ingredients.  The piece-de-resistance were the crispy wonton chips, which we used as a vehicle to transport all that tuna and avocado goodness.

Porterhouse Steak for two - S. Prime prides itself in dry aged steaks, and this is what we came for.  Since the steaks are quite large and pretty pricey too, we thought we'd get the best value by getting the Porterhouse for two, which included both the New York Strip and Filet Mignon cuts.  Packed with 48 ounces of juicy goodness, we both loved the steak, which was cooked perfectly to a medium rare.  Although it didn't need much sauce, I enjoyed dipping the filet into their signature tangy steak sauce.  The NY Strip, the more marbled of the two didn't need much embellishment.

The Sides - Divided by "good" and "bad" sides, we got one of each.  Our good (if you can call it that) was the creamed corn you see above and the "bad" was the Monster Baked Potato, which came with a whole tray of fixins.  Both were excellent, and I loved the interactive element of the potato, which came with a healthy dose of chives, bacon lardons, sour cream, butter, and parmesan cheese.  The bacon was a superior topping, which we devoured with the tender flesh of the potato.  

Enjoying the corn as well, you can tell it was cooked fresh off the cob and then mixed with fresh herbs and spices.  It was even delicious when put on top of that colossal potato.  

Service and Cost:
Even though the food was a total home run, the service was not.  I'm sad to report that it took quite a while for our waiter to appear and take our order.  We were checked on pretty rarely and waited about 35 minutes for our steak to appear.  Unfortunately, no one apologized or even addressed the issue, so we had to flag down our waitress and pester her about it.  It wasn't a smooth experience to say the least.

Costs are expensive and definitely wallet breaking.  The Groupon helped a lot (you can still get one), and after we cashed that in, we still owed an additional $85 including tax and tip.

2 Mmmms

S Prime Steakhouse - 35-15 36th Street, Astoria NY 11106
N/Q Train to 36th Avenue or R/M Train to Steinway Street

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