My brother and nephew Valentin invited us to Lincoln Square Steakhouse, a restaurant I never heard about before, admitting that I rarely hear about steakhouses on the Upper West Side. Well, that was a surprising experience. On the facade, I noticed two things: "Family style" and "Italian steakhouse". In fact, the only things that combined both on their menu was their Italian family style section that serves two, proposing dishes like eggplant parmesan, lasagna, or rigatoni a la Bolognese, as well as their dessert sampler that had cannoli and tiramisu.
It is a large place with a decor reminiscent of the 60s, far from the usual dark colors and leather banquettes you would find in classic steakhouses, and with enough light to see what you are eating or if, as you will see after, your steak is at the correct temperature. I should mention that, everyday, they have a live band, adding a nostalgic feel to the place.
They started off by bringing us some popovers, first time my nephew tried them. It is a nice change compared to the usual bread basket with the only problem that they were addictive. I would have asked for another one, but knew that, with what was coming, it would not be reasonable...
I then got a cocktail and chose the Lincoln carré, made with Rittenhouse rye, Laird’s bonded apple Brandy, Carpano Antica, Benedictine, Angostura and Peychaud’s bitters. That was good, but quite strong and my negative answer when they propose to bring a second one was not because I did not like it!
We decided to skip appetizers and go straight to steaks. With Valentin, we decided to share beef and lamb and so chose the ribeye as well as the lamb chops. The lamb was perfectly cooked, juicy, deliciously fatty, but we sent back the ribeye as it was cooked medium whereas we asked for medium rare. No questions asked, they refired another one and few minutes later, we got another piece of steak, better but still on the medium side. I admit that at that point we gave up, too hungry to wait longer and thinking that there was definitely a problem in the kitchen...Anyway, the ribeye was quite good: tender and juicy, with a nice char on the outside.
Jodi got a filet mignon, ordered medium, also a bit overcooked, but it was fine for her.
With the steaks, we got a delicious béarnaise sauce, as well as a thick slice of bacon, mushrooms, mac and cheese (gooey) and some crispy onion rings: the perfect sides for us.
Last was dessert: they offered us a sampler, maybe because of the issue with the steak. Who knows? It had cannoli, carrot cake, cream puffs and tiramisu. The best was definitely the cannoli and the cream puffs: I do not like carrot cake so I did not even try. The tiramisu was just ok, missing some creaminess.
We had a nice evening for the last week end of my nephew in New York, full of laughter and food. Concerning the latter, I think that, if you are on the Upper West Side and want steak, you can try Lincoln Square Steakhouse: it is not the best for sure, but it is decent.
Enjoy (I did)!
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Lincoln Square Steakhouse - 208 W 70th Street, New York, NY 10023