DH and I went with another couple to Quality Meats last week - it wouldn’t have been my choice, but our friends love the place. I should have known better than to trust people who like their beef cooked medium well (at least he does!).
DH and I shared the ribeye for two, which we ordered rare - it came raw instead, ice cold in the center, and so tough and bland that if blindfolded, I wouldn’t have known I was eating beef. I was also unimpressed by the appetizers - DH ordered the bone marrow and I had the foie gras terrine. The bone marrow was fine in and of itself, but the accompanying vegetables didn’t offer any contrast to the richness. My foie gras was bland as well, obviously not of the best quality, and accompanied by an apricot relish that was pretty much just reconstituted dried apricots in simple syrup.
Dessert was also nothing to write home about - I didn’t order anything myself, because all of the choices looked overly sweet and uninteresting. DH had a browned butter ice cream with praline and pecan pie (so obviously, SWEEEEEEEEEEEEEET), and my friend had a sticky toffee pudding with fig ice cream (again, SWEEEEEEEEEEEEEEET). I will say the fig ice cream was good, but I would have liked it paired with something tart instead of the sweet pudding. Anyway, a very disappointing meal, especially given the price tag.
So, if this comes up again, I need some midtown steakhouses to suggest instead. 40s-50s, east or west. Keen’s is my favorite, but it’s a little far downtown for this particular situation. Thoughts? Thanks HOs!