Statler Grill near The Madison Square Garden

 Statler Grill in NYC, NY

Statler Grill in NYC, NY

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.

 Statler Grill in NYC, NY

Statler Grill in NYC, NY

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!):

 Old Fashioned at Statler Grill in NYC, NY

Old Fashioned at Statler Grill in NYC, NY

Crab cake: overpriced considering the sad looking crab cake I had on the plate. It was just ok and definitely not lump crab. 

 Crab cake at Statler Grill in NYC, NY

Crab cake at Statler Grill in NYC, NY

 Crab cake at Statler Grill in NYC, NY

Crab cake at Statler Grill in NYC, NY

Filet mignon for Jodi, cooked medium:

 Filet mignon at Statler Grill in NYC, NY

Filet mignon at Statler Grill in NYC, NY

 Filet mignon at Statler Grill in NYC, NY

Filet mignon at Statler Grill in NYC, NY

Prime ribeye, medium rare, for me:

 Ribeye at Statler Grill in NYC, NY

Ribeye at Statler Grill in NYC, NY

 Ribeye at Statler Grill in NYC, NY

Ribeye at Statler Grill in NYC, NY

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. 

 Mac and cheese at Statler Grill in NYC, NY

Mac and cheese at Statler Grill in NYC, NY

 Mac and cheese at Statler Grill in NYC, NY

Mac and cheese at Statler Grill in NYC, NY

And the mushrooms that were quite good. 

 Mushrooms at Statler Grill in NYC, NY

Mushrooms at Statler Grill in NYC, NY

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

 
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