If you enjoy a dining experience which feels like you’re in the middle of a nightclub with people probably on Ecstasy creating their own dance floor next to you, then you’ve definitely come to the right place. STK fortunately serves high quality food to make up for the inability to hear the person sitting next to you, with the likes of Whitney Houston blasting in the background throughout the entire meal. They truly rock their motto, “Not Your Daddy’s Steakhouse.”
We arrived the restaurant, located in the Meatpacking District, early to take advantage of one of the best aspects of STK, their rooftop. On a perfect Saturday, summer night just at sunset, the view of the Hudson was breathtaking. If you want to impress a girl, take her here. One of the best views in the city allows you to look past the insanely overpriced drinks. I sipped on my $15 sweet mojito with glee enjoying the pink sky fade into darkness as the entire city lit up.
Around 9:15, we headed back downstairs to the nightclub of a restaurant for our dinner. We were seated right next to the lounge-like bar area, which became increasingly more crowded as the night went on. Now, I’m no stranger to NYC nightlife, but who in the world knew that it was a hot commodity to get into the STK bar area on a Saturday night.
We glanced over the simple, yet complex menu. It gets straight to the point, boasting a wide selection of steaks in various cuts and sizes, along with seafood and a few appetizers.
We decided to start off the meal with fresh seafood platter. The waitress read off the list of what was included, and we decided to create our own combination. Shrimp and Crab with an appetizer portion of Tuna Tartare.
The waitress then brought out the most wonderful smelling pull apart bread to start.
Served in an iron skillet, with a light infused olive oil on the side, the presentation itself was beautiful. But then you rip a piece, releasing all of the steam inside. The rosemary, salty Parmesan and light warm fluffy bread melts in your mouth. A delicious way to start off the meal. My taste buds couldn’t wait for the rest of the food to arrive.
Finally, the tartare and seafood were placed in front of us. I usually have a strict rule about making everyone wait for a picture before diving in, but this time even I broke my own rule. So I apologize for the lack of photo.
These shrimp were easily the size of my hand. Absolutely gigantic and perfectly cooked. The variety of dipping sauces, including my favorite a wasabi mayo, elevated the flavor of these delicious fish.
I absolutely love a good tartare, and this one did not fall short. The delicious crunchy outside with the sesame oil and seeds created a necessary crunch and umami flavor. It was served on an light crisp to use for that elevated bite with the tuna.
Then onto the whole reason for coming to this restaurant, STK (steak). We ordered the necessary sides of truffle fries, creamed spinach and mashed potatoes to compliment. I selected the small 6oz filet steak, medium rare, with the complimentary side sauce of blue butter.
The truffle fries were to die for. Thick and lightly coated with cheese, they melted in your mouth and proved to be on that high end steakhouse level. I would go back for the fries. The potatoes and creamed spinach were delicious, as well, but nothing completely out of the ordinary.
Cooked to perfection, this steak lived up to the appropriately named restaurant. The crusted outside and pink, juicy middle made each bite melt in your mouth. The addition of the blue butter, melting as it touched the warm steak gave that perfect added richness and bite of flavor. Blue cheese and steak has to be one of my favorite combinations and this version did not fall short by any means. Although the piece was small, it proved to be extremely filling, leaving me absolutely satisfied and content.
Overall, the food was delicious. However, for the atmosphere, I think I prefer the likes of Peter Luger’s or other more intimate, old school steak houses. The loud music, while fun at first, continued to get louder with night, making me feel older and cynical when I couldn’t hear a word from across the table. I could definitely see this being a fun, birthday spot when you want to be silly, dancing while eating with your friends. The food was delicious, making it definitely worth it for a one time experience.
STK – 26 Little West 12th Street – New York, NY
Location: Meatpacking, NY
Type: Steakhouse, Drinks
Perfect For: Big Groups, Date Night, Outdoor Seating, Drinks
Reservations: Recommended, via OpenTable
Favorite Dishes: Tuna Tartare, Truffle Fries, Creamed Spinach, Filet with Blue Butter