Nothing caters to a dad’s Father’s Day desires more than a quality cut of meat, and from filet mignon to T-bone, New York flaunts some of the nation’s finest steakhouses. Whether your old man is old-school or modern-minded, this city may not know much about sleep, but it certainly knows its steak.
American Cut was created in the vein of the steakhouses of yesteryear—with a twist. Frequently commended as one of the nation’s best steakhouses, the popular eatery boasts Marc Forgione as chef-partner and prides itself on a tasteful mix of old-world luxury and creative modernity. With locations in both midtown and Tribeca, the restaurant provides an upscale dining experience in a new-age social setting—perfect for the pops who’s always thinking of the next best thing. 363 Greenwich St., 212-226-4736; 109 E. 56th St., 212-388-5277
Widely recognized as the “first fine dining restaurant in the country” (and the first to have tablecloths), Delmonico’s, established in 1837, is an American institution. Known for introducing a new epicurean era, the storied spot has hosted American icons, including Abraham Lincoln and Mark Twain, and has been referenced in countless pop-culture novelties—from the musical Hello, Dolly! to the film Dinner at Eight, to John Wayne’s El Dorado. Serving both seafood and various steak preparations, Delmonico’s is ideal for any father looking to feign fame for a night. 56 Beaver St., 212-509-1144
Initially opened as a speakeasy during the Prohibition, this New York City institution has played host to some of history’s most iconic figures. Founded by former Ziegfield girl, Helen Gallagher, the restaurant was Broadway’s first steakhouse and served as a hidden hotspot for showgirls, gamblers, and even gangsters to quell their carnivorous appetites. Today, steaks are aged in an on-site meat locker for 21 days and grilled on one-of-a-kind hickory coals. Perhaps most notably, a street-facing front window allows passersby a peek into the magic behind the famous meat—further heightening the restaurant’s juxtaposition of elegance and edginess. 228 W. 52nd St., 212-586-5000
Also famous for its secret speakeasy origins, Frankie & Johnnie’s opened in 1926 in the heart of the Theater District and moved its original location—which was once the townhouse of actor John Barrymore (grandfather of Drew Barrymore)—from 45th Street to 46th Street earlier this year. The new location mixes vintage posters and photos of famous patrons with high ceilings, industrial lighting, and a more expansive bar. Between the highly coveted steak sauce, classics like the porterhouse for two, and new favorites such as tuna tartar with avocado relish, stop in before a show to keep dad satiated all performance long. 320 W. 46th St., 212-997-9494
For the dad who would have done well with the hipster generation, Bowery Meat Company from John McDonald and chef Josh Capon invites guests to taste a market-driven menu in a modern, millennial-friendly atmosphere. From eclectic cocktails and a substantive beer list to dishes ranging from filet mignons to a roasted cauliflower steak, the menu walks the line between high and low with slightly playful takes on steakhouse staples. Guests might even catch a celebrity sighting—a perk for which the buzz-worthy restaurant has become recognized. 9 E. First St., 212-460-5255
Infusing the static notion of “steakhouse” with an unforgettable air of showmanship, Strip House adds unrivaled flair to indulgent fare. Prints of 1930’s burlesque stars line the walls, while the bright red interior coats the experience in an unforgettable degree of drama. Table-side carvings and an oft-discussed 24-layer cake make for a standout experience, while Father’s Day specials—baked Montauk clams and a 24-oz. dry-aged T-bone steak—invoke a more traditional surf-and-turf taste profile. 13 E. 12th St., 212-328-0000