Who the heck doesn’t like Steak? (Besides Vegans/Vegetarians/Pescatarians, ugh just writing this is exhausted). Steakhouses run the muck here in New York City, with many of them offering a variety of foods inside and outside of steak to appeal to your appetite. Luckily, for all of my readers I have discovered this great new spot right in the heart of midtown that combines great tasting food, music, setting and location all into one. I am talking about Mastro’s Steakhouse, located on 52nd and 6th Avenue right in the heart of midtown and across the street from the world famous Rockerfeller Center. Here is some more about the new location.
Mastro’s Steakhouse opened its doors in New York City on Wednesday, November 12 as the twelfth Mastro’s Restaurant location in the U.S and the first on the East Coast. The iconic restaurant celebrated by diners and critics alike is renowned for indulgent, signature dishes such as their two-foot-tall seafood tower, lobster mashed potatoes, and melt-in-your-mouth Signature Warm Butter Cake.
The upscale steakhouse is located in the heart of Midtown Manhattan, convenient to New York’s Central Park, Rockefeller Center, across from Radio City Music Hall and a wealth of high-end shopping and museums nearby. Mastro’s will offer a first-class dining experience with the highly attentive, genuine service and hospitality that guests have come to expect.
The menu, traditionally consistent across all of Mastro’s Steakhouse locations, features only the highest quality, freshest seafood and USDA Prime steaks, complemented with a wide selection of sharable appetizers, family-style side dishes and house-made desserts. Lunch is served Monday – Friday from 11:30am – 3pm and will offer salads, sandwiches and burgers in addition to Mastro’s legendary menu items.
“New York City is the center of the universe, and arguably the top culinary destination in the world. It was natural to choose this market, already brimming with high-caliber restaurants, as the next evolution of Mastro’s,” said President and COO Mark Levy. “We’re very excited to serve the New York City community, as well as the many people who visit each year, with our beloved dishes and outstanding attention to the dining experience.”
I took a friend to Mastro’s a week ago to experience all the hoopla first hand and was quite impressed by a lot of things. First off, I loved how it was two levels as depending on your noise level it can really make or break your night. On the top level there was this fantastic band playing for a more uptempo crowd, and on the lower level was a bit more relaxed and a calm atmosphere, per se. We decided to sit on the lower level and were treated with the utmost professionalism by the entire staff. It was quite wonderful. Mastro’s itself is very buzzy by nature and was jam packed, which is fantastic for any establishment on a Friday night, yet our needs were attended to ten fold and we got our food in a swift and efficient matter regardless of how busy it was. That is a huge key in how good a restaurant can keep up with things especially under the added pressure of a large amount of people inside.
Now onto the food of course. The food itself was beyond out of this world and was savory and satisfying in every way possible. So let’s hypothetically say you are eating a meal with someone else and you want to navigate the best route from start to finish. For an appetizer, I would recommend going BIG and getting The Seafood Tower as it is a combination of all your favorite seafood all in once tower of deliciousness. If I were to recommend a soup I would go with a personal favorite, The Lobster Bisque. I can’t stand when I go to places the the bisque is thin and runny. In my opinion, a Lobster Bisque is supposed to be thick with a great creamy texture, and that was my experience in trying this. Both great choices to start your meal off.
The picture above of the Lobster Mashed Potatoes doesn’t describe just how truly delicious it tasted in person. It was their best side dish of all the side dishes that we tried, but that doesn’t knock how delicious other side dishes were like the Gorgonzola Mac N Cheese, Roasted Brussel Sprouts or Creamed Corn and Spinach. Absolutely delightful. For the main courses, I surprisingly didn’t go the steak route (although the options run the gamut from Filet, Strip and Ribeye) and tried the Herb Roasted Chicken. The skin on the chicken was salted generously and tasted freaking amazing, and the chicken itself was cooked to perfection. My friend opted for the Rack Of Lamb which was plentiful in size and just like the chicken was cooked perfectly and tasted great.
Finish the meal off with their Signature Butter Cake, with fresh ice cream on top and whipped cream on the side. Heaven doesn’t describe. Overall a 10/10 in my book. Next time you are in midtown and want to try out a great new location I would recommend Mastro’s completely. For more information on Mastro’s, check out their official site.