Dine almost anywhere in the world and you'll see a New York (style) steak on the menu. But nothing beats the real thing. New York is known for its steakhouses: dark, enchanting, and romantic with a Mad Men charm that makes even the most tech-savvy of people take a step back in time (regardless of the fact that they're probably uploading photos of their meal while Frank Sinatra croons in the background).
Angus Club Steakhouse opened in early 2014, but feels as if its a fifty year old New York institution. Beige walls hanging Art Deco mirrors, high ceilings with oak chandeliers, black leather chairs, and crisp white tablecloths illuminated by candlelight give off all the accutrements of an old-school fine dining establishment, enough so that no one would guess the space recently belonged to a Midtown club.
Chef Edward Avduli's food matches the sophisticated style of the ambiance. Steaks, seafood, and hearty sides are all best enjoyed family-style, and an attentive team of servers will make sure your plate is never empty (and that portions are shared equally, though the server dishing out my creamed spinach definitely seemed to favor the ladies, portion-wise).
Attempt to start your meal with appetizers on the lighter side, as the meal is sure to only get heartier from there. The wedge salad is heftier than expected, topped with generous crumbles of bleu cheese and plump bacon bits. The fried calamari comes with an excellent spicy tomato sauce, and could easily be an entree itself. In the same vein, it would be simple to make a meal from the side dishes, making this a steakhouse even vegetarians could enjoy. Truffled macaroni and cheese, three types of spinach, asparagus, mushrooms, baked potatoes, and mashed potatoes are all flavorful and prepared with expertise. But of course, they are all expert company for slices of juicy, Angus beef steaks, aged on site for 30-35 days, producing the maximum amount of flavor.
The restaurant's wine cellar boasts over 1000 bottles of wine, some of them starting at just $35, mainly from California, but the restaurant plans to expand to a more global list soon.
Open for both lunch and dinner, Angus Club Steakhouse is the perfect place to enjoy a classic New York meal in an enchanting ambiance. It's the type of place that makes you want to ponder life's challenges over a glass of scotch at the marble bar, while dressed in a black suit, of course, but also a restaurant where you want to share a meal with family and friends, enjoying plates of comforting, upscale food, at this new New York classic.