BLT Steak overall score: UNRATED
This is a special sort of review, so I am keeping it unrated for now (flavor on all of the cuts was a 10/10 though, just for your own edification). I recently became friendly with the owner of Kow Cattle Co., a domestic wagyu producer out of Iowa that ships directly from the farm to customers and restaurants. No distributors get their hands on this stuff, and the beef goes right back to them after the slaughterhouse. Needless to say they create some great product, most of which is grading out at BMS scores of around 8. This dinner was a special tasting of a few different cuts of Kow, since BLT is now going to serve some of their products on the menu. Check it out:
Wagyu Tongue Reuben
This baby is on their lunch menu, and it is amazing. You may be freaked out by the idea of eating tongue, but it is tender, marbled and delicious. When cooked properly, this is one of the most delicious cuts of the animal. Go give it a shot.
Vietnamese Style Tri-Tip
Perfection! I hope this is on their regular menu, because it is an amazing way to treat an off-cut, or not-so-common cut (uncommon here in NYC steakhouses anyway). There was a hit of fish sauce, fresh herbs like cilantro and scallion, pickled daikon and carrot. Amazing. And look at that sear on the outside!
Wagyu Tenderloin/Filet Mignon
This is pure butter. So friggin good. Great cook temp, great crust on the outside, and super soft inside.
Wagyu Tomahawk Rib Eye
This is served sliced and off the bone. I loved it. Everyone goes nuts for the tenderloin from these Kow folks, but I am a traditionalist. Give me that rib eye!
As for some of the other items we tried from the BLT bullpen, their awesome popovers:
A really nicely crafted terrine/head cheese:
Lamb bacon, which I was excited to see on the menu:
A standard wedge salad:
A great blue cheese olive martini:
Some kind of flourless healthy vegan brownie, that was actually good:
And mini cookie ice cream sandwiches. Good ice cream, but cookies needed to be softer.
Anyway, that does it. I’ll definitely be back for seconds on the Reuben for lunch, and I need to take my wife for the Viet tri-tip.
By the way, you can order all of these Kow steaks online from THEIR WEBSITE. I highly recommend.
106 E 57th St
New York, NY 10022