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Old Homestead Steakhouse

56 Ninth Ave., New York, NY, 10011
nr. 15th St.
212-242-9040

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7
Food: 8
Service: 6
Décor: 7
"Recommended"

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58% would go back.

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manly yes, but i like it too !

By tastebud on 1/27/2003

  • Overall Rating: 10
  • Food: 10
  • Service: 10
  • Décor: 7
  • Yes, I would go back!

you don't hear much about the old homestead restuarant anymore , but it is the best steakouse in the city. it has a sort of cigar and big fight night [boxing] atmosphere without the smell.the food is great , my partner and i love the porterhouse for two, always cooked just right but you must start with the crabcake , pure crab!,or the shrimp cocktail, i have never seen shrimp this big. Don't forget the garlic bread, light like lady fingers only you may forget your manners when dunking into the creamy garlic sauce, to die for.Everthing is alacarte so don't forget the garlic mashed potato's, fried onions and creamed spinach. Sorry, we never seem to have any room left for dessert but if it's half as good as the dinner you will love it.

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167 out of 333 people found this review helpful.

Underrated! The Best

By ssherry on 2/26/2003

  • Overall Rating: 10
  • Food: 10
  • Service: 10
  • Décor: 6
  • Yes, I would go back!

this place is not given its due credit. It is the TOP stakhouse in Manhattan and the only thing that comes close to comparing is Lugers. while most steak houses are suffering right now, you would think the recession doesnt exist inside the homestead

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204 out of 428 people found this review helpful.

Dated; better steaks elsewhere for less

By zeecee on 3/30/2003

  • Overall Rating: 6
  • Food: 6
  • Service: 6
  • Décor: 6
  • No, I would not go back!

We used to go to this place for years when we wanted steak, but it became more and more filled with people from other boroughs as trendier and better places arose in the neighborhood. For steak we now go to The Knickerbocker. Old is the operative word here. Nothing feels as if it's aware of the changes, but they maintain hefty prices. Just got tired of it. A dark, clubby feel, but it's had its day.

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250 out of 433 people found this review helpful.

Vintage Steakhouse Feel

By colpo on 5/29/2003

  • Overall Rating: 8
  • Food: 9
  • Service: 5
  • Décor: 8
  • Yes, I would go back!

Last time I went, I messed up and ordered the "Chelsea Steak", a wet preparation with peppers and onions. It was very good, but you lose the crust that's essential to ordering steak at such a place. I'll go back to my strip standby next time. Meat is excellent, as are the assorted sides. Great atmosphere. The servers can be a little too up in your face - they either keep too much distance or they're hounding you. The west side location also very much works for me. For me, it's third to Jordan's and Luger's (in that order).

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202 out of 404 people found this review helpful.

Keep the place a secret from the hordes.

By USMC19661970 on 9/11/2003

  • Overall Rating: 10
  • Food: 10
  • Service: 9
  • Décor: 9
  • Yes, I would go back!

Family celebrates various dates here about 6 or 7 times each year. Have never had a bad meal but once in awhile the waiter/waitress needs reminding. Reminding does not spoil meal and the Garlic Bread (alone) is good enough to get us in the door.

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243 out of 500 people found this review helpful.

Cow's Gone MAD!

By Danalleva on 1/11/2004

  • Overall Rating: 7
  • Food: 9
  • Service: 5
  • Décor: 5
  • Yes, I would go back!

The Old Homestead continues to be a REAL New York secret as well as a true to form New York dining experience. While service and décor can be improved (weekends often result in waiting thirty minutes and more for your reserved table and food coming out of the kitchen taking waaayyy too long), the meat and fish served here appear to be some of the freshest in the city. While the room has a casual feel to it, one gets a kick out of watching boro boys chow down on real meat while wearing ties. Food can also arrive not truly cooked to your liking, and one needs return items making the wait and the experience tying. The emphasis here is on good food, and trying to get you to drink the rather delicious bar drinks while you wait. The check will send you for the tums, but you’ll wake up the next morning feeling like you had a truly delicious meal.

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296 out of 598 people found this review helpful.

Expensive

By MikePrim on 11/23/2004

  • Overall Rating: 9
  • Food: 8
  • Service: 10
  • Décor: 8
  • Yes, I would go back!

The food was ok.The shrimp were huge and very good,the garlic bread was the best ive had,not so much the bread,but the garlic sauce you dip it in.But as far as the steak goes,for the price your paying,Peter Luger is much better.

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268 out of 588 people found this review helpful.

total waste of money

By LoveMySteak on 11/24/2004

  • Overall Rating: 5
  • Food: 7
  • Service: 3
  • Décor: 5
  • No, I would not go back!

2nd visit proved to be far worse than the first, 1st time there, they ran out of the kobe steak, 2nd time there i ordered a kobe steak for 2 and it came out luke warm, after waiting for my unattentive waiter to come by to no avail, i had to get out of my seat and find him, i kindly told him my steak was undercooked just not to sound like a pain, and if he could cook it some more, when he brought it back it was STILL luke warm, on top of that the steak was veiny and i had to chew it pretty hard. The drinks were very weak for the price and $4 for a west coast oyster? All i have to say is that i was born in the day time, but it wasent yesterday. Sparks,Peter Lugers and smiths are light years ahead 2 ppl $350 check plus tip (would have tipped more under different circumstances) definetly not worth it

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307 out of 602 people found this review helpful.

Revolting

By Londoner on 3/30/2005

  • Overall Rating: 3
  • Food: 3
  • Service: 1
  • Décor: 5
  • No, I would not go back!

Should have turned around and walked straight out of the door when we were greeted by a cold hostess but maintained our composure as we were told it was the best place for Kobe beef. Turned out to be a major disappointment as service was extremely slow despite a practically empty restaurant and numerous wait staff. Our waiter seemed to have disappeared to never never land shortly after our starter arrived. Took ages for the main course to appear only to discover that it was cold, medium rare was over-cooked and medium was extremely under-cooked. What a waste of good meat.

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301 out of 639 people found this review helpful.

The Classic NY steak house holds on 4 Ever

By freebird on 8/15/2005

  • Overall Rating: 9
  • Food: 9
  • Service: 10
  • Décor: 4
  • Yes, I would go back!

Forget Peter Luger, The Striphouse, Morton’s and any of the other of the houses of more recent fame. If you are a true carnivore looking for the best steaks in NY this is the place. I am a Bronx native and Westchesterite who spends two weeks every other month working in NYC for my job which moved its headquarters to Boston after 9/11. During the last four years I have been eating at every chop house in the Apple and if you find a better cut of meat with the level of old world service that the Homestead can provide I haven’t found it. The atmosphere is dark and the wood paneling darker but if you want to eat like Bogey and Bacall did give this place a try. I recommend the Porterhouse.

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