Lincoln Square Steak
Credit: Lincoln Square Steak

For me, I like to think of Manhattan as still having some of those classic vibes that date back to the 50’s and 60’s.  You know, the Sinatra era where you felt like you were living in Old New York at some incredible establishments that would only work in The Big Apple.  Those sorts of places can still be found if you really open your eyes and see past all the clutter that has inhabited this city since the millennium.  One of those spots is Lincoln Square Steak in the Upper West Side, and it is definitely one of those classic spots you’ll want to visit in 2018.

There’s something about the Upper West Side that always puts a major smile on my face, especially during the winter time.  This area just seems to have a different life to it, as its surrounded by major New York City landmarks like Lincoln Center, Columbus Circle and more that make it that much more special when you hope off the 1/2/3 line and experience it for yourself.

It also happens to be one of my favorite places to eat, as some of the best restaurants we have reviewed for Manhattan Digest come from this area (Jacob’s Pickles, Burke & Wills, etc) and Lincoln Square Steak is now added onto that list of fabulosity.

Classic truly is the name of the game here at Lincoln Square Steak, where the ambiance inside truly brings you back fifty years to the 1960’s.  If I had it my way, The Rat Pack would be sitting at a big table with a bunch of their friends in tuxedo’s as they would laugh, eat and drink the night away.  Can’t really get that, but you know what I mean.  This place evokes that sort of feeling when you walk inside.

Owner Bruno Selimaj really knows what he’s doing when it comes to the execution of Lincoln Square Steak, in terms of everything from seating to food to service.  Top notch for all of it, as you would expect from any sort of great steakhouse in Manhattan.  What I love about steakhouses is that there is no pretentiousness to it, no “molecular gastronomy” or any nuances that would just complicate your thought process in ordering.  The menu is to the point, easy to order, yet packed with a ton of flavor and taste that it will leave you incredibly full once you are done.

Here is what I recommend you ordering, from appetizer to dessert.  There really is no need to get too descriptive, the food speaks for itself and each dish really does what it’s supposed to do in an environment like this.

For an appetizer, get some Sizzling Canadian Bacon and Seared Sea Scallops.  Best of both worlds in terms of land and sea.  The sauce that they provide with the bacon should be bottled and sold at fine retailers across the country, because my god it was that good.  The scallops were perfectly seared with just the right amount of color on it, and tasted great to boot.

If you want to grab a salad, go a bit hearty and do the Tomato and Buffalo Mozzarella. It’s classic, no musk no fuss, and darn good.

For the meats, this is a steakhouse, so it’s going to be great no matter what you get.  I actually opted for a poultry option (shocker, but I was in the mood) and got their Half Roasted Organic Chicken with a side of mashed potatoes.  My friend got Hangar Steak with a side of mushrooms.  The meat options were perfectly cooked, with the chicken having a skin that was crisp and loaded with so much flavor.  The steak had a similar effect, and the sides just complimented the already stellar meat.

For dessert, go all out and try their Cheesecake, Carrot Cake or Tiramisu.  You can’t go wrong.  Treat yourself and finish off strong.  If you want to start 2018 off on the right foot, then head to Lincoln Square Steak.

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