Tudor City Steakhouse overall score: 86
My wife and I came here to shoot photos for Instagram and try out some of the tasty cuts of beef they have on the menu. Here’s what we thought:
Rib Eye: 9/10
This baby packed the most flavor and tenderness. They nailed the cook temperature as well, and it had a great crust on the edges.
We left nothing behind. This came out with a truffle butter “sauce” that was really decadent and flavorful. More like drawn butter than a sauce, but either way it was not needed due to the greatness of the beef. Their standard steak sauce is like a very good cocktail sauce (tomato- and horseradish- based).
This baby came out at a solid medium as opposed to medium rare, but it still had great flavor and a really kickass crust.
I think this steak would have tied or even perhaps overtaken the rib eye had it been cooked properly.
We ordered the cherry peppers and onions “sauce” for this, but it turned out to be regular bell peppers, and not much of a sauce (more like a side item). Skippable.
Choice of Cuts & Quality Available: 8
You’ve got all the basic steakhouse cuts here, plus a few budget steaks. Nothing too complicated. All steaks are dry aged in house, and USDA prime grade.
Portion Size & Plating: 10
Portions are large, and especially bountiful given the price point. Our ceviche appetizer was pretty big considering some of the dainty portions we’ve been seeing lately for nearly anything that isn’t an entree.
The prices here are considerably less (by $5 to $10 per steak) than most midtown rival steak joints. Our bill would have come to about $250, which I thought was fair for two drinks, an appetizer, a rib eye, a porterhouse for two, a side, two desserts and two coffees. In fact I’d say that’s a steal.
The bar here is small, but it greets you warmly as you enter the joint. The bartender mixes a good martini and there’s a healthy selection of nice, affordably priced wines.
Specials and Other Meats: 7
There were no specials read to us, but, then again, I didn’t ask since I knew what I wanted before I even entered the joint. They do offer veal, lamb and chicken by way of alternative-meats.
Apps, Sides & Desserts: 8
This Peruvian mixed seafood ceviche had a nice squid ink and citrus base that really made it stand out from other ceviche dishes I’ve had in the past. It contained shrimp, mussels, fish and scallops.
Truffle Creamed Corn
Sorry, no pic. This was tasty, and had a nice bread crumb crust, but it was light on truffle flavor compared to the butter sauce mentioned above, and the cheese baked into it was a bit grainy at times.
Banana Cream Pie
This was great. Smooth, creamy, not too sweet, and just the right amount. I really liked this.
This dessert, on the other hand, didn’t quite deliver. The chocolate was a bit too dense overall, and I was expecting something more creamy and mousse-like. To their defense, I do not really know what a “cremeaux” is.
Seafood Selection: 10
There’s sushi, sole, salmon, tuna, sea bass, shrimp and trout on the seafood entree menu here. That’s pretty impressive! From the ceviche that I tried, I would say that these guys know their way around fish. Perhaps ordering a seafood entree to share as an appetizer is a good move.
The service here is fantastic. The waiters are attentive but not in your face all the time. The food is paced out properly and no one is waiting around or rushed.
Bread is pretty standard; sliced baguette or Italian bread style, with regular butter.
The space here is beautiful, and the dining room has a few nooks and crannies where you can achieve a more private feel if needed.
The entrance on Tudor City Place is very quaint and welcoming, and it feels like you’re stepping into someone’s apartment building.
TUDOR CITY STEAKHOUSE
45 Tudor City Pl
New York, NY 10017