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153 E. 53rd St., New York, NY 10022 40.758219 -73.970549
at Third Ave.  See Map | Subway Directions Hopstop Popup
212-888-3828 Send to Phone
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  • Cuisine: American Traditional, Hamburgers, Seafood, Steakhouse
  • Price Range: $$$

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Sun-Mon, 11:30am-10pm; Tue-Sat, 11:30am-11pm

Nearby Subway Stops

6 at 51st St.; E, M at Lexington Ave.-53rd St.



Payment Methods

American Express, MasterCard, Visa

Special Features

  • Bar Scene
  • Business Lunch
  • Dine at the Bar
  • Great Desserts
  • Live Music
  • Lunch
  • Singles Scene
  • Online Reservation


  • Full Bar


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Gothamites have never had much love for national chain restaurants. They've always believed an integral feature of Manhattan dining is its exclusivity—available to Denverites and Chicagoans only via LaGuardia. Hillstone (formerly Houston's) poses a distinct challenge to this kind of gastronomic snobbery: It has franchised, Starbucks-style, a reliably satisfying business-meeting steakhouse that fits into Midtown just as comfortably as it does in a Phoenix shopping center. The plush leather banquettes, large modern paintings, and hardwood tables conjure a certain Pottery Barn aesthetic, but the furnishings also convey the macho-and-classy image often favored by corporate types and their clients. Diners dig into hearty, oversized portions with equally oversized forks and steak knives, while an almost uncannily well-choreographed waitstaff (programmed upon being hired with precise phrasings and responses to patrons) bring dishes, refill drinks, and bus tables in what seems like record time. Several excellent salads are served, along with what is rumored to be the absolute best veggie burger in town. Most evenings the bar area is teeming with affluent singles in pinstriped suits trading pick-up lines over Cosmos.

Recommended Dishes

Campfire barbecue ribs, $36; Hawaiian rib eye, $42; grilled chicken salad, $21; house-made veggie burger, $23