The 10 best steak houses on Long Island: Eat here now
Long Island is steak country. Ask anyone what meal he or she would spend the most money on, and a steak dinner is likely to be high on the list. There are numerous beef emporiums in Nassau and Suffolk at all grades of quality. Here are the 10 best.
Bryant & Cooper Steak House(Credit: Bruce Gilbert)
Bryant & Cooper Steak House, Roslyn: Bryant & Cooper evokes nostalgia, in the decor and on the plate, and succeeds with both as a traditional steakhouse -- including some surprises. Nearing its third decade, B&C quickly makes you feel like a regular. Recommended: porterhouse steak for two, three or four (pictured); filet mignon; sirloin steak; prime rib; stone crab claws in season; shrimp cocktail; broiled lobster; linguine with clam sauce; salads; chicken Parmigiana; Lyonnaise potatoes; cottage fries; creamed spinach; fried zucchini; banana cream pie; Key lime pie; and cheesecake.
A husky prime rib is one of the signature dishes at Bryant & Cooper Steak House in Roslyn.
Union Prime Steak & Sushi(Credit: Jeremy Bales)
Union Prime Steak & Sushi, Great Neck: Union Prime Steak & Sushi moved into the former address of Burton & Doyle and transformed it. Remodeled and brightened, the newcomer stands out for sizzling steak, but also for uncooked fish. Recommended: porterhouse steak for two, Kansas City strip steak (pictured), filet mignon, bone-in rib-eye steak, traditional sushi, a tuna "wonton" with raw tuna fashioned into a purse shape and filled with crab, shellfish cocktails, grilled octopus, steamed lobster, crabcake with Sriracha aioli, creamy mashed potatoes, hash browns with bacon, sauteed onions, and an oversize, warm cinnamon bun.
An oversize, warm cinnamon bun is one of the top desserts at Union Prime Steak & Sushi in Great Neck.
Insignia(Credit: Randee Daddona)
Insignia, Smithtown: The Vegas version of a Long Island steakhouse, minus gambling, Insignia is a traffic stopper on Nesconset Highway. Everything is big and over the top, ambience to tab. The food is suitably opulent, and so is the beef. Recommended: porterhouse steak, Kansas City strip steak, filet mignon, bone-in rib-eye steak (pictured), toro tuna tartare, sashimi and sushi, colossal shrimp, grilled jumbo shrimp, short-rib Kobe sliders, steamed lobster, whole grilled Mediterranean fish of the day, mashed potatoes, grilled artichokes, black truffle macaroni and cheese, and vanilla mascarpone cheesecake ''in a jar.''
Crispy pork belly is served with garlic sausage, braised red cabbage and red wine mustard at Insignia in Smithtown.
Tellers: An American Chophouse(Credit: Doug Young)
Tellers: An American Chophouse, Islip: Situated in a dramatically converted vintage bank building, Tellers offers 30-foot ceilings, art deco touches and wine storage in the old vault. The steaks are just as rich. Recommended: the house's epic, signature rib-eye steak (pictured); bone-in filet mignon; porterhouse steak for two; Black Label hamburger; pork chop schnitzel; black pepper bacon; wedge salad with Roquefort cheese; crab and shrimp cocktails; tuna sashimi; steamed lobster; spicy pan-fried "millennium" lobster; local fluke oreganata; house-made Tater Tots; lobster macaroni and cheese; fudge layer cake; and cheesecake.
A seafood tower of oysters, clams, shrimp, tuna, and jumbo lump crab is served at Tellers: An American Chophouse in Islip.
Rothmann's(Credit: Alessandro Vecchi)
Rothmann's, East Norwich: The Rothmann name dates to 1907 at this address, with a brief interruption as Burt Bacharach's. Today, it's a first-class spot for steak and does well with seafood, too. Recommended: porterhouse steak for two, bone-in rib-eye steak (pictured), Kobe bacon cheeseburger, kung pao calamari, grilled octopus with white beans and tomato, crabcakes with chipotle aioli, shrimp cocktail, sashimi, honey-chile glazed swordfish, hash browns, sauteed onions, creamed spinach, pecan pie, New York-style cheesecake, carrot cake and a chocolate peanut butter mousse bar.
Steamed lobster is split and served with sides of sweet potatoes and asparagus at Rothmann's in East Norwich.
Peter Luger Steak House(Credit: Johnny Simon)
Peter Luger Steak House, Great Neck: Is any restaurant more synonymous with steak than Peter Luger? This is the suburban offspring of the Brooklyn landmark. It's more Tudor than Teutonic in style, and payment still is by cash, personal check or debit card only. Recommended: tomatoes and onions, extra-thick bacon by the slice, shrimp cocktail, crabmeat cocktail, broiled lobster; prime rib, hamburger, chopped steak, and the elemental and essential porterhouse steak, for two, three or four (pictured). On the side: German-fried potatoes and, to conclude, cheesecake or a hot fudge sundae.
Peter Luger Steak House in Great Neck serves a no-frills burger, accompanied only with a sliced onion on the roll and fries.
The Palm in the Huntting Inn(Credit: Daniel Gonzalez)
The Palm in the Huntting Inn, East Hampton: The Palm is one of the country's major steakhouse chains. The downtown East Hampton branch is a very countrified link. It arrived in the village in 1980, and the building goes back to the 1700s. The food is steak-house classic with Italian side trips. Recommended: double-cut New York strip steak, bone-in rib-eye steak, filet mignon, beef carpaccio, shellfish cocktails, sauteed shrimp Bruno finished with mustard sauce, crabcakes with chipotle tartar sauce and mango salsa, chicken or veal parmigiana, broiled lobsters three pounds and up, cottage fries and fried onions. (Pictured: 28-day aged prime sirloin steak.)
Broiled lobsters are served at The Palm in the Huntting Inn in East Hampton.
Frank's Steaks(Credit: Daniel Brennan)
Frank's Steaks, Rockville Centre: The two branches of Frank's Steaks are very dependable, casual, unpretentious, fairly priced and a good time. The Rockville Centre restaurant looks clubby and upscale; the Jericho one, homey and easygoing. Both have the same warm style and are suitable for the whole family. Recommended: Stilton-cheese-topped strip steak, Romanian skirt steak (pictured), porterhouse steak, garlic-pepper-rubbed rib-eye steak, shellfish cocktails, salads, whole roast chicken, sesame-crusted yellowfin tuna, the summer ''lobster feast,'' creamed spinach, potato puffs and sweet potato fries. (The Rockville Centre location is at 54 Lincoln Ave.; 516-536-1500.)
At Frank's Steaks in Rockville Centre, New Zealand rack of lamb is marinated first with thyme, rosemary and garlic and then served with mint jelly.
Blackstone Steakhouse(Credit: Angela Datre)
Blackstone Steakhouse, Melville: An upbeat party-in-progress, high-end Blackstone works for business or social dining. The design mixes urban, prairie-style and comfortable suburban. Service excels, and so does almost every dish. Recommended: all steaks, Kobe beef sliders, bacon cheeseburger, shellfish plateau, crabcake, bay-and-sea scallop risotto, traditional sashimi and sushi, sushi rolls, double-cut pork chop, grilled whole fish, roast chicken, wedge salad, lobster macaroni and cheese, all potatoes, cheesecake, banana cream pie and Greek yogurt panna cotta. (Pictured: Tomahawk steak.)
Rib steak is served at Blackstone Steakhouse in Melville.
Prime(Credit: Johnny Simon)
Prime, Huntington: Prime shares the same ownership as Tellers: An American Chophouse and stars with steaks. Prime boasts a terrific water view, outdoor dining, fine service, a sushi bar and more. Recommended: the 40-ounce Tellers ''signature'' rib-eye, bone-in filet mignon, New York strip steak, American bison rib-eye steak, lamb chops, gnocchi with Parmesan-truffle sauce, shellfish cocktails, pan-seared Alaskan halibut with heirloom tomato salad, steamed lobster, whipped potatoes, skillet potatoes, cheesecake and chocolate fudge cake. (Pictured: Beef Wellington.)
Long bone rib-eye is paired with a plate of green lotus and assorted sashimi at Prime in Huntington.