Ben & Jacks (44th Street) overall score: 90
I’ve been a big fan of Ben & Jack’s for a few years now, after several delicious visits to the location down in the Flatiron area. They recently re-opened their East 44th Street location, so I went in to give it a try with another food blogger pal of mine. Chef Admir wouldn’t let us order for two. Instead he fed us enough food for five. Check it out below:
This baby was cooked perfectly. It had a great char on one side, and it was cooked to a nice pink throughout.
Cajun Rib Eye: 9
What a great crust on this baby. And I could really taste the dry-aged flavor coming through. The cajun spice treatment didn’t overwhelm it at all.
Prime Rib: 9
This prime rib was definitely roasted to perfection, and since it was dry-aged, the flavor was extra intense and delicious.
As you can see, however, it almost looks as if the meat hit a hot surface to get an additional sear or cook on the cut.
Perhaps it was sliced on a hot surface, or it was a cut that was exposed on one side while roasting. Either way, it was delicious and worthy of your attention.
Choice of Cuts & Quality Available: 9
This place uses Master Purveyors to supply the beef, and Chef Admir dry-aged everything in-house in a custom aging room. Everything is prime, and really friggin’ good. There’s a huge variety of cuts here, running the gamut on all the standard cuts and then some.
Portion Size & Plating: 9
Portions here are good here. The plating is basic yet rustic and elegant on the steak and sides, but with the apps you will get some very beautiful looking platess.
I can’t take away points when my meal was free, but this place comes in average to below average on prices, which is great given the midtown location.
Great big marble bar with lots of light coming in from the nearby wall of windows. They mix a nice martini too. I’d definitely hang out here and chow down on a burger or something before ordering a steak.
Specials and Other Meats: 9
I didn’t poke around too much into the specials and other meats sections of the menu, but there is good representation here. One thing I will mention is their happy hour burger special. For just $13.95 you get an 8oz dry-aged wagyu burger with fries. Awesome.
It just needs a potato bun and a sauce. Then it’s perfect.
Apps, Sides & Desserts: 8
Great creamless creamed spinach, just like at the other location. Really unique mac and cheese, made with shallots and butter in the mix for a bomb of flavorful decadence. Great crispy hash brown potatoes, sliced thin and cooked with onions. Also some really awesome thick cut steakhouse bacon.
Seafood Selection: 10
I didn’t try any here yet, but I know the other location was great, and the same kind of variety in menu items is present here as well, so I’m piggy-backing the 10 score over here.
Top notch. Always. These guys are great and will make you feel like royalty.
This is a brand new restaurant with really nice space and elegance. There’s even an outdoor area in the back for when the nice weather finally gets here.
BEN & JACK’S STEAKHOUSE
219 East 44th Street
New York, NY 10017