Long Island loves steak and the restaurants that serve it. This year, based on reader and viewer response, the steakhouse was the most popular type of restaurant for dining out in Nassau or Suffolk. Steakhouses come in different styles and occasionally at different price points. But the red meat is what counts the most.
Note: Most dishes mentioned are samples of the restaurants’ menus and may not be available at all times. Seasonal changes and dish substitutions are common.
Blackstone Steakhouse (10 Pinelawn Rd., Melville): Handsomely appointed in a vaguely Frank Lloyd Wright way, Blackstone is one of three Anthony Scotto restaurants to make this list. The others are Insignia and Rare 650. But Blackstone is extra sharp. Recommended: the seafood plateau, bluefin toro tartare roll, sushi and sashimi, steamed or broiled lobster, Kurobuta pork chop with apple-celery root puree, Nueske's slab bacon, bone-in rib steak, sirloin, filet mignon, porterhouse for two, three or four, all potatoes, creamed spinach. More info: 631-271-7780, blackstonesteakhouse.com
Porterhouse steak is served at Blackstone Steakhouse in Melville.
Bryant & Cooper
Bryant & Cooper (2 Middle Neck Rd., Roslyn): Bryant & Cooper has been sizzling since 1986. It looks more genteel these days. But that's just part of the appeal. A veteran waitstaff enhances the experience. Recommended: Caesar salad, Gorgonzola salad, shellfish cocktails, stone crabs in season, linguine with white clam sauce, broiled lobster, prime rib, sirloin steak, filet mignon, porterhouse steak for two, three or four; creamed spinach, sauteed corn, banana cream pie, cheesecake. More info: 516-627-7270, pollrestaurants.com
Prime rib is served at Bryant & Cooper in Roslyn.
The Butcher’s Bar and Grill
The Butcher's Bar and Grill (75 Hillside Ave., Williston Park): This restaurant, also known as The BBG, is a destination for red meat and more. Service is accommodating and the style welcoming. Check the blackboard. Recommended: onion soup, Greek salad, Greek spreads, wedge salad, zucchini fritters, crabcake rémoulade, grilled octopus, long-bone rib-eye steak, porterhouse steak for two, BBG burger, Kobe burger, bacon burger, giant meatball, slab bacon, pork chop, oysters, Memphis-style ribs. More info: 516-213-0019, tbbgny.com
Long bone steak is served at The Butcher's Bar and Grill in Williston Park.
Frank's Steaks (Multiple locations): Unpretentious, friendly and fairly priced, the two branches of Frank's Steaks in Jericho (4 Jericho Tpke.) and Rockville Centre (54 Lincoln Ave.) are restaurants for the whole family. Recommended: first, the knockout Romanian skirt steak; double-Gorgonzola bread, shrimp and crab meat cocktails, Cajun-spiced calamari, porterhouse steak for two, peppercorn rib-eye steak, New York strip steak with melted Stilton cheese, pan-seared shrimp, bison burger, meat loaf. More info: frankssteaks.com
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
Insignia Prime Steak & Sushi (610 Smithtown Bypass, Smithtown): Showy, extravagant, crowded, pricey, Insignia has more than a hint of Vegas to it. But the food is no gamble. Recommended: the 40-oz. Tomahawk rib-eye steak, the 18-oz. Kansas City sirloin, the 18-oz. bone-in filet mignon, Colorado lamb chops, porterhouse veal chop, steamed lobster, grilled whole branzino, burrata with roasted peppers, sushi rolls, nigirizushi, creamed spinach, black truffle macaroni and cheese, mashed potatoes, six-layer chocolate cake. More info: 631-656-8100, insigniasteakhouse.com
Juniper-crusted venison chop with figs and white truffle honey is served at Insignia Prime Steak & Sushi in Smithtown.
The Palm at the Huntting Inn
The Palm at the Huntting Inn (94 Main St., East Hampton): Celebrities alight onto many East Hampton restaurants. But The Palm still can be the toughest reservation in town. It's the very countrified branch of the group, which serves more than superior steak. Recommended: carpaccio of beef tenderloin, thick-cut bacon, colossal crab meat cocktail, shrimp cocktail, clams casino, linguine with white clam sauce, veal and chicken parmigiana, double-cut strip steak for two or three, New York strip steak, filet mignon, broiled lobster. More info: 631-324-0411, thepalm.com
Surf 'n' turf is served at The Palm at the Huntting Inn in East Hampton.
Peter Luger (255 Northern Blvd., Great Neck): The Long Island offspring of the Williamsburg classic, this Peter Luger also serves history and peerless beef. The look is more Tudor than Teutonic. Bring cash, check, debit card, or your Peter Luger card. No credit cards. Recommended: the porterhouse for two, three, or four; prime roast rib of beef; hamburger at lunch; broiled lobster; shrimp and crabmeat cocktails; sliced tomatoes and onions; extra-thick bacon; German fried potatoes; cheesecake; hot fudge sundae. More info: 516-487-8800, peterluger.com
A burger with sliced onion is served with French fries at Peter Luger in Great Neck.
Rare 650 (650 Jericho Tpke., Syosset): A magnet for socializing, complete with high-decibel sound, and the style to go with it. Rare 650 still is a serious steakhouse, best when not so crowded. The service is excellent. Recommended: porterhouse steak for two, three, or four; bone-in rib-eye steak; New York strip steak; crabcake with corn bisque; mini-Wagyu burger flight; golden beet salad,; wedge salad; raw bar; sushi, sushi rolls, and sashimi; grilled octopus; creamed spinach; roasted corn; baked potato. More info: 516-496-8000, rare650.com
A sushi combination platter is served at Rare 650 in Syosset.
Rothmann's Steakhouse (6319 Northern Blvd., East Norwich): The original Rothmann's was established in 1907. There's history from Theodore Roosevelt to Burt Bacharach. Today, it's as good as ever, with well-appointed dining rooms. Recommended: kung pao calamari, grilled octopus, smoked slab bacon sushi, Maryland crabcake with chipotle aioli, Kobe burger, filet mignon, New York strip steak, bone-in rib-eye steak, Wagyu Tomahawk steak for two, porterhouse steak for two, three or four; broiled or steamed lobster, hash browns. More info: 516-922-2500, rothmannssteakhouse.com
Steamed lobster is split and served with sides of sweet potatoes and asparagus at Rothmann's Steakhouse in East Norwich.
Tellers: An American Chophouse
Tellers: An American Chophouse (605 Main St., Islip): In a high-ceiling converted bank building, Tellers makes a vivid impression, from food to wine, which is cellared in the former vault. Recommended: tuna tartare, duck fat fries, the raw bar, black-pepper bacon, 40-oz. signature rib-eye steak, porterhouse steak for two, filet mignon, Colorado lamb chops, steamed lobster, lobster thermidor, creamed spinach, house-made Tater Tots, "loaded" baked potato, scalloped Parmesan potatoes, onion rings, fudge layer cake. More info: 631-277-7070, tellerschophouse.com
A seafood tower of oysters, clams, shrimp, tuna, and jumbo lump crab is served at Tellers: An American Chophouse in Islip.