I was really looking forward to going to Ruth's Chris in Weehawken for two reasons: first I love Ruth's Chris that I consider one of the best steakhouses I ever been to (and trust me: I went to many); second because somebody told me one time that the Midtown location was good, but not the others. So, it was a way to see if this place was consistent across locations.
Weehawken is a fairly small city, conveniently served by a ferry that will bring you there from NY in close to eight minutes. You wonder how such a big place like Ruth's Chris would end up there; well, it is right next to a Sheraton Hotel and also benefits from the parking of the shopping center, allowing diners from the cities around to come without any headache about parking. We went on a Saturday and it was packed for sure.
The restaurant is fairly big, with an elegant decor and a nice light as it benefits from the large windows that are all around.
As we sat, they brought us a loaf of bread with some whipped butter. I was surprised as most of the steakhouses will bring you a bread basket that has all sorts of breads, like pretzel, Italian sticks...But not there: just some warm and crispy bread that I had to stop eating, thinking about what was coming.
Jodi passed on the appetizer, but I could to resist ordering their blue crab cakes.
Like the steaks, they came on a pipping hot plate (500 degrees - see the bubbles on the photos). They were made of jumbo lump and did not have any filler that would overshadow the delicious taste of the crab. There was for sure lots of butter and I guess it is one of the characteristics of Ruth's Chris steakhouses: they cook dishes in butter, lots of butter and if you are on a diet, you'd better go somewhere else (although I am sure you can find steamed vegetables on the menu...). In fact, when Jodi got her petite filet mignon, there was still on top of it some butter in the process of fully melting.
On my side, I ordered a petite ribeye. Yes petite size, 12 ounces, that is not something you do not see often and is a perfect portion, but still at a steep price ($45).
When the steak came, besides the sound of the sizzling dishes that make you look around each time you hear it, wondering what people ordered, there was this delicious smell of meat and butter that made me want to skip taking photos and get a first bite right away. Both steaks were very tender and tasty, the ribeye having of course a stronger taste and being delightfully fattier.
Temperature wise, it was not exactly what we ordered: Jodi wanted a medium steak and got it more on the medium rare side, but as the steak continued to cook on the 500 degrees plate, it was not an issue. On my side, I wanted it medium rare, but it was slightly on the medium side, but still delicious as my empty plate attested.
To accompany my ribeye, I decided to get a glass of Pinot Noir, Au Contraire, Sonoma Coast, California, that had a bold taste perfect for the meat I was eating.
Last was dessert, that we decided to share: warm apple crumb tart.
Made with Granny Smith apples, it was cooked in an amazing buttery crust with a thick streusel crust on top that I ate with delectation. The two crusts were very addictive and I had to pace myself not to over eat. The apples were perfectly cooked, soft and sweet, perfect with the vanilla ice cream that was slowly melting.
We had a fantastic dinner at Ruth's Chris Steakhouse in Weekhawken and I definitely recommend this place if you are in New Jersey or live in New York and want a change of scenery.
Enjoy (I did)!
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