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106 E. 57th St., nr. Park Ave. (Midtown East)
New York, NY
(1) 212-752-7470 | www.bltsteak.com
HOURSMon.-Thurs.: 11:45am-2:30pm, 5:30pm-11:00pm; Fri.: 11:45am-2:30pm, 5:30pm-11:30pm; Sat.: 5:30pm-11:30pm; Sun.: 5:00pm-10:00pm
BEST FORLunch; dinner
PRICE (APPETIZER; ENTRÉE)USD 10-34; USD 26-92
FAMOUS PLATESNew York strip; creamed spinach; signature popovers
DRINKS AND WINECocktails; wine; beer; full bar
# OF SEATS100
PRIVATE ROOM AVAILABLE?Yes
SUBWAY59th St.-Lexington Ave. (4, 5, 6, F, N, R); 5th Ave.-53rd St. (E, M)
This is a bona fide steakhouse with a "polished Manhattan" vibe. Charming bistro décor including glossy designer tabletops, massive flower bouquets, and curvy suede booths draws a steady crowd of suits and banker types along with hardcore steak zealots. Guests can sit at the long zinc bar or opt for the plush couches in the lounge in exchange for regular table dining. The kitchen adds a bit of modernity to traditional steakhouse fare; apart from beef, the menu offers seafood, salads, onion rings, blackboard specials, and a range of steak sauces (from horseradish to Béarnaise).
The dining room hosts expense accounters, hungry tourists, and all-around steak lovers.
WHAT WE WOULD WEAR
Dressy-ish, business attire might include a sleek skirt with open-toed pumps.
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WHY WE LIKE IT
This isn’t your grandfather’s steakhouse; it’s more about polish than tradition and testosterone.
WHAT WE WOULD CHANGE
Because of its location, the restaurant tends to get overrun by power suits and business lunchers. The crowd is not as varied as some of New York’s more hip venues.
GOOD TO KNOW
The initials stand for the restaurants former, more formal name, “Bistro Laurent Tourondel” (after the chef himself). The second floor plays home to a space available for private parties of 18-30 and comes with a plasma screen, DVD player, and surround sound. Laurent Tourondel operates a food empire, with restaurants such as BLT Prime, BLT Fish, BLT Burger, and BLT Market among others in New York and elsewhere.
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