It was well past rush hour and Rockefeller Center was emptying out, but one spot was still packing 'em in for dinner. Tri-tip Grill it turns out is the go-to spot for a steak dinner without those steakhouse prices you will find at nearby Del Frisco's and STK Midtown. But can a steak for under ten bucks really satisy that craving for red meat.
I'm happy to report that at Tri-Tip it can. First off, this cut of meat is very close to brisket. Thick slabs of the 100% Angus Beef is cooked over an open flame giving it a thick crust and a deep, smoky flavor. I went for the small tri-tip plate ($8.99) that includes three slices of meat, about a quarter inch thick each, served medium rare with a huge helping of deep-fried onions. The steak is delicious especially when combined with one of the accompanying sauces; an au jus and a creamy horseradish sauce which provides a nice bite. The small plate is just the right amount for a light meal. While space is limited inside the restaurant, there is plenty of space for dining al fresco at rockefeller plaza or grab a table inside the concourse.
Tri-Tip is also serving up steak sandwiches like the Little Buck (4 oz for $6.99) and the Big Buck (6 oz for $7.99). Each is smothered caramelized onions. You will also find a Bacon Cheddar Buck and a Philly Buck topped with provolone. Grilled salmon and chicken dishes also make an appearance on the menu. Add $2.99 for the meal which includes a drink and yourm choice of a potato side or garden salad. Kids eat for $5.99.
Where else in this tourist mecca are you going to find a steak dinner for under ten bucks? That even tops Tad's.