Nassau and Suffolk are prime country for steak. Good and better beef houses abound. And they’re the restaurants where diners are most willing to pay the often well-marbled tab. Here are Newsday’s selections for the 10 best steak houses on Long Island.
Blackstone Steakhouse(Credit: Angela Datre)
Blackstone Steakhouse, Melville: A destination for both business and social dining, Blackstone is the high-end destination along Route 110. It boasts handsome design, with a prairie-style touch, and first-class service to match the food. Recommended: shellfish cocktails; the raw bar; sushi and sashimi; crabcakes; Wagyu beef sliders; the house burger; porterhouse steak for two, three, or four; bone-in rib steak; filet mignon; lamb chops; Kurobuta pork chop with apple-celery root puree; grouper with polenta and eggplant fries; roast chicken; creamed spinach; cheesecake. (Pictured: Tomahawk steak).
The lobster roll is served at Blackstone Steakhouse in Melville.
Bryant & Cooper(Credit: Bruce Gilbert)
Bryant & Cooper, Roslyn: Bryant & Cooper has been a top steakhouse since it opened in 1986. Clubby, traditional, nostalgic, the restaurant also can surprise you. Recommended: shellfish cocktails; stone crab claws in season; raw oysters; linguine with clam sauce; broiled lobster; swordfish any style; chopped sirloin steak with onions; porterhouse steak for two, three, or four; rib steak; sirloin steak; filet mignon; chicken Parmigiana; Lyonnaise potatoes; cottage-fried potatoes; fried zucchini; creamed spinach; Key lime pie; banana cream pie; pecan pie; cheesecake. (Pictured: Porterhouse steak).
A prime rib is served at Bryant & Cooper in Roslyn.
The Butcher's Bar & Grill(Credit: Daniel Brennan)
The Butcher's Bar & Grill, Williston Park: New to the Top 100, the BBG comfortably fills a niche for seafood as well as steaks, friendly service and modern style. Recommended: colossal shrimp and colossal crab meat cocktails; crabcake rémoulade; grilled octopus with red onion, olive oil and lemon; Greek salad; the house-blend cheeseburger; dry-aged rib-eye steak for two; porterhouse steak for two; filet mignon; Kurobuta pork chop with roasted peppers, potatoes and onions; steamed lobster; grilled swordfish; grilled salmon; baked potato; creamed spinach; the high-rise chocolate cake "tower." (Pictured: Long Bone Steak).
The 20-layer chocolate "tower" cake is served at The Butcher's Bar & Grill in Williston Park.
Frank's Steaks(Credit: Daniel Brennan)
Frank's Steaks, Multiple locations: Both branches of Frank's Steaks add up to fair prices and a good time. They're steakhouses for the whole family, unpretentious and openhanded. The Rockville Centre restaurant, where the Lincoln Inn once reigned, looks more upscale; the original in Jericho, homey. Recommended: crab meat and shrimp cocktails; double-Gorgonzola bread; tomatoes and onions; sirloin burger; bison burger; meat loaf; prime rib; skirt steak; strip steak with melted Stilton cheese; peppercorn rib-eye steak; the summertime "lobster feast." (Pictured: Romanian skirt steak).
New Zealand rack of lamb is marinated with thyme, rosemary and garlic, and served with mint jelly at Frank's Steaks in Rockville Centre.
Insignia Prime Steak & Sushi(Credit: Randee Daddona)
Insignia Prime Steak & Sushi, Smithtown: Insignia makes its mark with an opulent, eye-grabbing style suitable for Las Vegas Boulevard, minus gambling. Everything is eminently oversized, from design to food to tab. Recommended: bone-in rib steak; porterhouse steak; filet mignon; lamb chops; pan-roasted halibut; grilled whole branzino; the raw bar; sushi and sashimi; "signature" sushi rolls; carpaccio of tuna, hamachi and salmon; stone crab claws in season; shellfish cocktails; crabcake; Wagyu mini-burger flight; maple-glazed slab bacon; mashed potatoes; mixed berry salad. Same ownership as Blackstone Steakhouse in Melville. (Pictured: Bone-in-rib steak).
A sushi platter is served at Insignia in Smithtown.
The Palm at the Huntting Inn(Credit: Daniel Gonzalez)
The Palm at the Huntting Inn, East Hampton: Here's a bucolic link in the major steakhouse chain. It opened in 1980 in a building that dates to the 1700s. In addition to steakhouse mainstays, you'll find Italian-American specialties. Recommended: carpaccio of beef tenderloin; crab meat cocktail; jumbo lump crabcake; baked clams oreganata; shrimp Bruno sautéed in mustard sauce; veal Milanese; chicken Parmigiana; broiled lobster, starting at three pounds; double-cut New York strip steak for two; bone-in rib-eye steak; rib lamb chops; potatoes au gratin; cottage fries and fried onions; cinnamon-sugar doughnuts; cheesecake. (Pictured: 28-day aged prime sirloin steak with homemade potato chips and onion rings).
A waiter carries out two plates of broiled lobsters at The Palm at the Huntting Inn in East Hampton.
Peter Luger(Credit: Johnny Simon)
Peter Luger, Great Neck: The Brooklyn landmark's suburban offspring, Peter Luger in Great Neck has a Tudor look compared with the Teutonic style in Williamsburg. But the porterhouse is peerless at either one. Both are cash, check or debit card only. Recommended: the porterhouse steak for two, three, or four; rib steak; chopped steak with onions; hamburger; prime rib; loin lamb chops; broiled lobster; shrimp cocktail; crab meat cocktail; bacon by the slice; tomatoes and onions; German-fried potatoes; baked potato; creamed spinach; cheesecake, pecan pie with whipped cream. (Pictured: Sliced porterhouse steak for two).
The Luger buger is served at Peter Luger in Great Neck.
Prime: An American Kitchen & Bar(Credit: Michael Nagle)
Prime: An American Kitchen & Bar, Huntington: The water view is delightful, as is the outdoor dining, at this big, stylish establishment. Fine service. And as adept with surf as with turf. Recommended: shellfish cocktails; raw oysters; shellfish plateau; crabcakes; gnocchi with Parmesan-white truffle sauce; sushi rolls; flat iron steak with onion rings; "Tellers rib-eye"; bison rib-eye; porterhouse steak for two; New York strip steak; steamed lobster; butter-poached lobster addition; seared yellowfin tuna; pan-seared sea scallops; whipped potatoes; macaroni and cheese; brunch. Same ownership as Tellers: An American Chophouse in Islip. (Pictured: Long bone rib-eye and a plate of sashimi).
An individual classic Beef Wellington, with filet mignon, mushroom duxelles, bordelaise and brie fondue is cooked in a puff pastry and served at Prime: An American Kitchen & Bar in Huntington.
Rothmann's Steakhouse(Credit: Alessandro Vecchi)
Rothmann's Steakhouse, East Norwich: Except for a brief period when it was Burt Bacharach's, this site has held the Rothmann name since 1907. And it's at its best now, for steak and for seafood. Recommended: onion soup; lobster-and-shrimp bisque; kung pao calamari; grilled octopus; crabcake with chipotle aioli; yellowtail-jalapeno, with Sriracha-cilantro oil and yuzu-soy; broiled or steamed lobster; seared foie gras; Kobe burger; New York strip steak; bone-in rib-eye steak; Wagyu tomahawk steak; Japanese Kobe steak; roasted fingerling potatoes; mashed potatoes; creamed spinach; cheesecake; crème brûlée. (Pictured: Bone-in Rib Steak).
Assorted sashimi is served at Rothmann's Steakhouse in East Norwich.
Tellers: An American Chophouse(Credit: Doug Young)
Tellers: An American Chophouse, Islip: The dining room, in a 30-foot ceiling converted bank building, is one of Long Island's most dramatic. The wine cellar is in the old vault. Art deco accents add to the vivid visuals. Recommended: the Tellers "signature" long-bone rib-eye steak; New York strip steak; porterhouse steak for two; filet mignon; pork chop schnitzel; roasted chicken; tuna sashimi; the raw bar; spicy pan-fried lobster; steamed lobster; crabcakes; duck-fat fries; black-peppercorn bacon; wedge salad; grilled asparagus; cheesecake; crème brúlée; fudge layer cake. Same ownership at Prime in Huntington. (Pictured: Ribeye steak).
A seafood tower of oysters, clams, shrimp, tuna, and jumbo lump crab is served at Tellers: An American Chophouse in Islip.