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Quality Meats, Midtown West

57 W. 58th Street
Midtown West
New York City , New York
Tel: 212 371 7777
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Until Quality Meats opened in 2006, the New York steak house as a classic manly institution hadn't changed a lick in more than a century. But this youthful restaurant, with interiors by design stars AvroKO, pays homage not to the smoke-filled rooms of yore but to the mom-and-pop butchers who once supplied the whole city. That means white-tiled walls and butcher-block tables and portraits of butchers in blood-spattered coats. The look can be a bit macabre (see the meat cleavers as wall art), but the meat hooks repurposed into overhead lights are a real feat of design and engineering. The steaks, of course, are as straightforward as they should be: gorgeous well-aged specimens sourced by Smith & Wollensky (the owner's father runs the venerable chain), amply seasoned and nicely charred. Chef Craig Koketsu's starters and sides—such as gratinéed oysters with sweet pickled peppers and a mashed baked potato studded with andouille sausage and waffle chips—are just as delicious.—Jay Cheshes

Open Mondays through Wednesdays 11:30 am to 10:30 pm, Thursdays and Fridays 11:30 am to 11:30 pm, Saturdays 5 to 11:30 pm, and Sundays 5 to 10 pm.

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