My inaugural Minetta Tavern visit did not yield the best impression. My party of four was wedged into a wobbly table located in the middle of the cramped dining floor while servers brushed past our chairs every few minutes. Our goal was to try the $26 Black Label burger - delicious but not worth the price.
With that being said, their 45-day Dry-Aged Côte de Boeuf ranked high on a list of best steaks to try in NYC so...
Sammy was able to secure a reservation and we wasted no time when we sat down.
“Good evening, gentleman, welcome to Minetta Tavern. Can we start you off with something to drink or an appeti --”
“We know what we want. Côte de Boeuf. Prepared Rare.”
“Oh, and a side of spinach with potatoes too,” chimed Sammy.
After a short wait, the moment had arrived. We heard the sizzle of the steak before we saw it being paraded out from the kitchen on a huge hot plate and gently placed on our table. The server explained that the steak was aged for 45 days offsite at the Pat LaFrieda warehouse.
The first bite was heaven - the musky smell from the dry-aging translated into an earthy taste in the mouth. The marbling of the meat was countered by the crisp charred crust; rich and bold in flavor.
At that moment, we both looked up and realized that our benchmark for the best steak - Wolfgang’s/Peter Luger’s - was now eclipsed by Minetta.
Simply put, this was the BEST steak we’ve ever devoured.
Oh, I almost forgot to mention the 3 brontosaurus-sized bones that accompanied the steak. At one point, we were no longer talking as we were too busy scooping out oily chunks of bone marrow to smear onto the steak for that perfect bite.
We assuaged our guilt with a few bites of the spinach before we left.
For those of you going to Minetta, keep in mind that this $140 steak for two can feed 3 people easily.