NYC Restaurants

Bistro Le Steak
1309 Third Avenue
New York, NY, 10021
212-517-3800 Map

Cuisine: Steakhouses , French

Menu:   View the Menu

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Cititour Review:
New York steakhouses can sometimes be too intimidating
with their surly waiters, boys-only clubhouse atmosphere, and obscenely large portions. Fortunately, Bistro Le Steak is anything but your typical steakhouse in those regards, making it an ideal spot for either an every-day dinner or a special occasion (such as this writerís recent birthday).

Unlike other steakhouses as well, appetizers here are basically single portion-sized. The fried calamari is nicely crispy, as are a plate of fried oysters accompanied by a small salad. Speaking of salads, a platter of lettuce, tomatoes and Roquefort dressing was a big hit with one finicky tablemate, while another adored a special salad made with green apples. For a particularly hearty beginning, you wonít go wrong with the first-rate wild mushroom streudel.

The houseís steaks, while maybe not quite as good as Peter Lugerís, are all consistently delicious, from the filet mignon au poivre to the truly beefy 16oz New York cut sirloin (the menuís most expensive item at $29.95). If you like, the steaks can be made even more succulent by a dash of Bistro Le Steakís unusual provencale steak sauce. The restaurant also offers naturally raised beef, which we were told was tasty if a bit tougher than the standard cut; itís also considerably less expensive. Non-steak lovers arenít left out; the menu includes a variety of fish and seafood dishes, as well as chicken, lamb and duck options

Side dishes are a la carte, and you can get by with one for a table of two or three. But go ahead and sample a bunch, from the excellent pomme frites to the fine creamed spinach to the addictive onion rings. You wonít be sorry.

You will be sorry, however, if you donít leave a little room for dessert. An excellent lemon tart topped with a smattering of blueberries was a wonderfully refreshing finale, but chocolate mousse or crŤme brulee can also satisfy your sweet tooth.
Review By: Brian Scott Lipton

Neighborhood: East 70s


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