And then sometimes you want something completely different.
If you're in the mood for a rib-sticking meal but still want to be surrounded by NYC's most beautiful people, you're in luck. Trendy steakhouses (or red meat-friendly restos) are having a moment right now and you don't have to look far to find a solid meal and a good party. So whether you're looking to feel like a piece of meat or eat one, check out Joonbug's picks for Sceney Steakhouses.
Abe & Arthur's-You're not spending an evening in the Meatpacking District for the food. But, if you're going out there anyway, why not enjoy a great meal? This upper level to the ever-packed club SL, is backed by nightlife gurus, Eugene Remm and Mark Birnbaum. The crowd is perpetually model-heavy but the food is not for tepid eaters. Try the Black Angus Sliders ($13) for a light appeatizer or the Dry-Aged New York Strip Steak ($45) for a more significant meal. If you have a partner to share with- and a few dollars to burn- you can't do better than the 21-day Dry-Aged Prime Porterhouse ($98). 409 W. 14th Street 646.289.3930
STK- Another Meatpacking favorite, STK consistently walks the line between traditional steakhouse and full-on club. But with an always spinning DJ, leather-lined walls and ample dark corners for leaning into your date, you might forget that you actually came for the food. That is, until it arrives and you taste some of the best dishes you've had in a long time. Their "waistline conscious" menu features standouts like a pear and endive salad ($13), but you're better off forgoing the diet in favor of the Bone-In Rib Steak ($44) or the Porterhouse ($64). They also featuring "small" steaks for those who want moderate induglence. 26 Little West 12th 646.624.2444
Quality Meats- When you're looking for a spot that comfortably lands between uber-hip club and stuffy steakhouse, you'll find the happy medium at Quality Meats. The AvroKO-designed space lends itself to formal dining in a completely modern way (think bright light wood, glam chandeliers and a faux cow's head attached to the restaurant's entrance). The menu features expected classics- Aged Bone-In Sirloin($42.50), Double Rib Steak for Two ($55)- but also includes an electic array of other "New Classics" like Buttered Edamame and Corn Creme Brulee (both $11.50). 57 W. 58th Street 212.371.7777
Saxon + Parole- The former Double Crown space was recently revamped into a "game meat"-friendly restaurant, also designed by the AvroKO group. White tableclothes and equestrian-themed art offer the new incarnation an All American feel but the food, from chef Brad Farmerie, is no joke. Steaks, which are farm-raised and Dry-Aged for 28 days, are served with Bone Marrow Bernaise and Housemade Steak sauce. After the meal, head next door to Madame Geneva (the accompanying bar) which has remained in-tact through the transformation. 316 Bowery at Bleecker 212.253.0350