Located a few steps from Penn Station and The Madison Square Garden, The Statler Grill is one of these steakhouses that has some history. As they wrote on their website:
"The Statler Grill harkens back to the golden age of the big band era, and is named after Ellsworth Statler, who ran the Hotel Pennsylvania from 1919 to 1954, when musicians such as Tommy Dorsey, Count Basie and Glenn Miller played at the Café Rouge, the hotel’s main dining room".
But for me, it will stop there. This place might have had some history, it did not impress me: hot dining room, poor service, ok food with high prices, it gave me the impression that they care more about foot traffic than having returning customers. I was looking forward to going there and regretted it.
Here is what we had:
Statler Grill Old Fashion made with Bulleit bourbon, sweet vermouth, cherry bitters, brown sugar and cherry (well more a small piece of cherry: that started well!):
Crab cake: overpriced considering the sad looking crab cake I had on the plate. It was just ok and definitely not lump crab.
Filet mignon for Jodi, cooked medium:
Prime ribeye, medium rare, for me:
The steaks were of a good size, but were lacking char and with an ok taste. In fact, I could get the same quality at Trader Joe’s...
For sides, we got the truffle Mac and cheese that was greasy.
And the mushrooms that were quite good.
Considering the experience we had, we decided to skip dessert. No regret for sure.
The Statler Grill was very disappointing. For the same prices, you can get much better food in New York. For instance, at Tratorria Fiorentina on Theater Row or at Uncle Jack’s Steakhouse. I forgot to mention that when they greeted us, they asked if we had a coupon, as many people get one on Groupon to dine there. If paying full price is like our experience, i cannot imagine what it is with a coupon! So, I’ll pass on that one...
Enjoy (I did)!
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The Statler Grill - 136 West 33rd Street, New York, NY 10001