If you step in Tuscany Steakhouse in Midtown Manhattan, you would never guess that it is a Steakhouse and would more be inclined to think that it is an Italian restaurant, the masculine decor of classic steakhouses being totally absent. But it will stop there: as soon as you get the menu, you understand where you are but cannot not help but notice some Italian dishes here and there that set the tone. But then you are not sure what to do: Italian? Steak? Both? Well, you can if you come with somebody else as I did and share dishes or if you are alone and have a huge appetite. At least if not everybody in your party like steaks and is fed up with always ending up with a salad or sides, you have a bit more choices like pasta. So it is like your everyone’s restaurant and I have to say that they serve a pretty good food. Here is what I tried:
For a cocktail, I got an Aperol Spritz (they do not have a cocktail list but have a full bar):
We did not go crazy on appetizers considering what was coming and just had some slices of Canadian Bacon that were superb, especially with their steak sauce.
For the entrees, we tried the lamb chops that were perfectly cooked medium (pink in the center):
And the veal Milanese that was incredible: I did not have that dish for a very long time and the first bite was fantastic. It might be because of the amount of cheese they use and the delicious tomato sauce that did not make me regret not ordering a ribeye.
I ate it with a glass of Chianti (Ruffino Chianti Classico Res. ) that was decent. Interestingly, they had only one Italian wine by the glass that was surprising for an Italian restaurant as you would think that they would promote more wines from Italy.
As sides, a must have is their Mac and cheese that was creamy and loaded with cheese:
And the spinach a la creme that was ok for me, preferring a creamier version of it (translation: much more cream than spinach...).
Last was dessert: we had the tiramisu that was good: light and creamy.
They brought us a glass of Porto but it had the taste of the cork...Nice gesture otherwise although we were wondering if they were doing it to get rid of a bad bottle! So overall it was a delicious meal. Tuscany Steakhouse stands out from the other steakhouses by proposing an Italian fare that could attract more than the hardcore carnivores. I would definitely go back.
Enjoy (I did)!
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Tuscany Steakhouse- 117 W 58th Street, New York, NY10019