I have never been a fan of Gallaghers, the famous close to a century old steakhouse with its meat locker where they dry age their cuts visible from the outside, like a tourist attraction. But my last visit might have changed my mind. It is true that I went there years ago, before the change of ownership and complete revamping, making it more upscale but keeping a certain charm and authentic feel. Impossible to miss if the open kitchen in the back where the magic happens and I was surprised to see their grill where they cook the meat over hickory logs.
I started my meal with their version of an old fashioned, their 52nd st old fashioned, named after their location. It was a mixture made of Old Grandad Bonded Bourbon, Old Overholt Rye, Demerara sugar and bitters. Strong for sure as they are generous on the whisky!
This was a good start but the appetizers were even better, especially the crab cake that was amazing, made with big lump crab, these were some of the best I ever had. The second appetizer was the shrimp and lobster dumplings that were surprising to see on a place like this, but well executed, the shell not being too thick and with a tasty filling.
Then came the long awaited steak: the porterhouse that was tender, juicy and perfectly cooked medium-rare, as ordered and with a nice crust.
With it, I tried the hash brown that was good but I would have preferred it thinner and crispier, as well as the Mac and cheese that was very creamy (it was made with two cheese: gruyère and cheddar).
Last was dessert: banana cream pie and key lime pie were on the menu, both good and not too sweet fortunately.
So, overall I was not disappointed with Gallaghers, to the contrary : the food was good and the service excellent. I would go back for sure!
Enjoy (I did)!
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Gallaghers - 228 West 52nd Street, NY 10019