Monday, January 20, 2014

Vic & Anthony's Steakhouse

As a mini-indulgence after a few months of hard work in the US, M and I decided to meet up and spend our Christmas and New Year’s in hectic New York. Known as the city-that-never-sleeps, the cacophony of noise, and the sheer mass of people is probably something that I would never get used to.

Thankfully, there’s plenty of good food to be had. On a freezing cold winter night, we headed off to Vic & Anthony’s Steakhouse near Union Square to get our fix of, well, steak.

Vic & Anthony's Steakhouse

Vic & Anthony's Steakhouse
Cosy and warm with a friendly atmosphere, the restaurant had a focus on hearty meat-based meals, and suitably strong red wines to match. We decided to start with half a dozen natural oysters.

Fresh Oysters
They were accompanied by simple dressings intended to enhance their flavour. I’m still getting used to the milder flavours of US oysters vs. the Australian ones, but the most important element for an oyster dish is that they are fresh. These were certainly so.

For the mains, I continued the seafood theme (and broke the expectations of coming to a steakhouse), by ordering the sesame-crusted Ahi tuna. Still, tuna 'steak' is still steak right? 

Sesame Crusted Ahi Tuna with Wasabi, Picked Ginger and Soy Ginger Glaze
Firm yet delicate, the slightly sweet glaze added a nice counterpoint to the meat-y flavour of the tuna. The crust was crunchy and not too thick, and the refreshing ginger and wasabi were requisite elements to complete the dish.

M chose the feature-dish in a filet mignon full of beautiful fat marbleised throughout the meat. 

Filet Mignon with Port Peppercorn Sauce
Rich and moist, it was a pretty perfect steak. The peppercorn sauce was creamy and not overly salty and helped balance out the heaviness of the meat.   

We had a great nice overall at Vic & Anthony’s. The service was efficient and the general ambiance was relaxing and romantic, but not overly so (a business dinner would be fine here). The food was excellent and while on the expensive side, easily justifiable for an indulgent night out. Next time, we’ll order dessert and a few more glasses of red to make it a perfectly decadent night.

Vic & Anthony's Steakhouse
233 Park Ave S, New York, NY
Mon 12pm-10pm, Tue-Sat 12pm-11pm, Sun 4pm-9pm

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