I used to be a hardcore carnivore but now my diet has become a lot more varied and I can go to any restaurants that have good food, whether they serve meat, seafood or vegetables. That also means I don’t go to steakhouses as much as I used even though New York certainly isn’t short on steakhouses in the city. The BLT franchise from ESquared Hospitality group has long been on my radar, but they always lagged behind in my hit list given that there are so many other places that I want to check out. I recently received a surprise gift card from my client at work and a close friend visiting from out of town wanted to have a steak dinner, so I figured this is the perfect opportunity to check out BLT Prime in Gramercy area. Overall, I was pleased with the quality of steak at the restaurant.
A good steakhouse always has a nice bacon dish (like Peter Luger or Wolfgang’s). The one that I had at BLT Prime, which came with grilled prawns, wasn’t as impressive. I thought the bacon wasn’t as tender as I expected, and there was nothing that I could remember about this dish. On the other hand, I thought both steak dishes we ordered (NY strip and filet mignon) were quite nice. They were properly seasoned (i.e. no overuse of salt) and cooked more or less perfect medium rare. I really enjoyed the texture of the dishes, and the side dishes of creamed spinach and truffle mashed potatoes certainly helped enhance the experience. I was beyond full after a period of intense devouring of the meats but it was really hard to stop! Ice cream and sorbet (we tried banana ice cream as well as strawberry and lemon sorbet) helped me sooth the meaty sensation in my mouth a bit.
The restaurant has a bit more modern vibe than other traditional steakhouses, with a lot of young crowd instead of gentlemen in suits that you would typically associate steakhouses with. Getting a reservation wasn’t that difficult, although the restaurant was nearly fully packed throughout the course of our meal. BLT Prime has a full bar, with extensive wine selection (I wish they could’ve stocked a little more affordable wine bottles). I wouldn’t say it is the best steakhouse in the city, but BLT Prime more or less delivers if you have a huge craving for steaks.
- Creativity: 7.0/10
- Execution: 8.0/10
- Ingredients: 7.5/10
- Flavor: 8.0/10
- Texture: 8.5/10
Address: 111 East 22nd Street, New York, NY 10010
Telephone: (212) 995-8500