Minetta Tavern

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85 Very Good

Keith McNally’s big-money revamp of a Village classic is now one of the city’s most charming steakhouses.

113 MacDougal St., New York, NY, 10012

212-475-3850

http://minettatavernny.com

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The lowdown

Keith McNally’s high-end revamp of a storied, nearly 100-year-old corner space on Macdougal Street is, in short, one of the city’s most indispensable restaurants. When it reopened in 2009, its reservations instantly became the most sought-after in town. Now, though, you see many more tourists filling the tables within the dark, low-ceilinged saloonlike space, but the overall charm remains intact, as does the quality of the cooking. Meat is the thing to get — especially a massive côte de boeuf or the fabled Black Label Burger, dripping with fat and perfumed with the funk of dry-aging — and if you can do so while eating in the back room, with a few of the bar’s excellent cocktails or maybe a bottle of vintage Pomerol as the hour closes in on midnight, all the better.

What you need to know

Recommended DishesRoasted marrow bone; Black Label burger; New York strip; veal porterhouse; côte de beouf.

DrinksFull Bar

Noise LevelBring earplugs!