New York's 10 best steak frites

By David Farley

Steak frites is one of the simplest yet most delicious dishes the French have given to the world—a juicy steak plus crispy fries manages to marry two of our taste buds’ favorite things. So simple, yet not all steak frites are created equal. Here—in no particular order—are 10 spots in the city that take their steak frites game seriously.

Vaucluse
Chef Michael White strayed from his usual Italian formula by going Gallic at this elegant Upper East Side eatery. So, naturally, his steak frites is no ordinary meat and potatoes. The in-house dry-aged New York strip is nearly fork tender and doused in a light pepper sauce, perfect for dipping those crispy fries in.
Neighborhood: Upper East Side MAP

Houseman
This spot where SoHo meets the Hudson should be more on diners’ radar, especially for its steak frites, which is sautéed in butter and garlic before being placed in the oven. The fries get a dousing of what’s left of that heavenly garlic-butter concoction before this taste bud–exploding dish lands in front of the diner.
Neighborhood: SoHo MAP

Bar Boulud
Order the steak frites at Daniel Boulud’s “bar” and you get to choose the cut: bavette or the pricier dry-aged New York strip. We say splurge a little. After all, the NY strip, which comes with a choice of béarnaise or Bordelaise sauce, is tender and juicier—more to sop up with those hot, salty fries.
Neighborhood: Upper West Side MAP

L’Antagoniste
At this French fine dining restaurant in Brooklyn’s Bed-Stuy, the steak in the steak frites comes from Royalton Farms in Vermont and has a nice marbly look and unctuous taste to it. It comes with sauce Béarnaise goes down particularly well with the crunch and snap of the pommes frites.
Neighborhood: Bedford-Stuyvesant MAP

Le Relais de Venise L’Entrecôte
This French import offers a novel and affordable option: For just under $30, diners get a juicy cut of steak, fries, and a green salad. A bonus is the sauce that comes atop the meat. It’s a highly coveted secret, but whispers suggest it’s made up of anchovies, chicken livers, white wine, mustard, and, of course, a lot of butter. Whatever it is, ask for some bread to sop it off the plate once you’ve devoured your steak.
Neighborhood: Midtown East MAP Neighborhood: SoHo MAP

Minetta Tavern
Situated on a rowdy block that’s popular with NYU students, this classic, subdued old New York eatery serves up a steak with a beautiful char that belies the tender juiciness it holds inside. The thin and crunchy fries are addictive, and act as one-two punch to your palate. Diners get the choice of maître’ d butter or béarnaise sauce.
Neighborhood: Greenwich Village MAP

Le Barricou
If Brooklyn and Paris somehow collided it might look (and taste) a lot like this Gallic eatery in Williamsburg. Case in point: The classic steak frites here is a Creekstone Farms hangar steak in a red wine–veal sauce with ultra-crispy, addictive pommes frites.
Neighborhood: Williamsburg MAP

Le Marais
This kosher Gallic–accented steakhouse serves up a hearty slab of pepper-encrusted steak nearly hanging off the plate, along with a mound of crispy French fries spilling over onto the meat. It’s a picture of deliciousness.
Neighborhood: Midtown West MAP

Raoul’s
Fans of grilled meat flock to this diminutive SoHo spot for the heavenly hamburger. But the dining cognoscenti know the real secret: it’s the steak frites, which is sprinkled with a creamy pepper sauce. And the real piece de resistance? The fries, of course, which are cooked in luscious duck fat.
Neighborhood: SoHo MAP

Almond
This Hamptons import in the Flatiron District does not just one mean steak frites, but three: Choose between marinated hangar steak, a 13-ounce dry-aged New York strip, or, our favorite, the lusciously tender grass-fed Flatiron, which comes with either Bordelaise (plus marrow), pepper sauce, or chimichurri. Tip: Go with anything with bone marrow in it.
Neighborhood: Flatiron MAP

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