For our birthdays, Jodi and I are always picking where we want to have dinner and not surprisingly, I always choose a steakhouse…So this year, it was Charlie Palmer Steak in the Archer Hotel. I was looking forward to it as I heard so many great things about that place. Unfortunately, it did not meet my expectations. The steak was just ok: I ordered a ribeye, my favorite cut, medium rare; it was cooked medium and when I mentioned it to the waiter, he first denied it but upon my insistence, apologized and sent it back. The bone-in ribeye is a $65 dish, so, it should be cooked well, especially in a steakhouse and if not, I think it is normal to send it back. It spoiled a bit the dinner as the sides were already there, and I ate them separately, before they got cold but also because Jodi was also served and I did not want her to wait longer. Finally my steak came back properly cooked and they gracefully comp’d my drink (a glass of Talisker 10 y/o Scotch), realizing I was right…But still, the ribeye, dry-aged for 30 days, although juicy, was not as tender and tasty as I expected. Too bad. I also paired it with a lobster tail that was quite small for the price but fortunately well cooked. At least the sides were delicious: we chose the Mac and cheese that was really creamy as well as the crunchy hash brown. For appetizer, I went for the East Coast oysters, served with a Champagne mignonette and lemon: no complaint there as they tasted fresh. On her side, Jodi got a Bibb salad without bacon (for sure, vegetarian dishes are more limited in a steakhouse…).
Last was dessert: we went for the key lime pie that was quite good, deliciously tart with a great Graham cracker crust and at least a nice way of ending the meal.
Still, I was a bit disappointed although I had a good birthday with Jodi. I was expecting more from Charlie Palmer Steak and would not recommend it.
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Charlie Palmer Steak - 47 West 38th Street, NY 10018