Parlor Steak & Fish

Parlor Steak & Fish

An air of brisk pretension, de rigueur at most steak houses, is nowhere to be found at this inviting Upper East Side spot. It’s not the kind of place where you get your meat fix and get out. Parlor is a marathon, not a sprint. The genial waitstaff, modern and unfussy decor (huge windows, bleach-white walls and a smooth mahogany bar) and the killer cocktails encourage you to sit back, relax and enjoy your meal. The food is classic; sides like mac and cheese and twice-baked potatoes are sublime, the hearts-of-romaine salad and hearty shrimp cocktail soul-satisfying and delicious. And then there are the steaks, each of which—from the bone-in rib eye to the prime filet—comes with roasted garlic and a plate of four sauces. The executive chef, Lucas Billheimer, is a Lure Fishbar alum, and noncarnivores will be thrilled by the array of options. In old-fashioned homes, the parlor was a place to put people at ease and encourage the fine art of conversation. This restaurant wears its moniker well.

sweet seats

A wall of floor-to-ceiling windows lights up the space to the right of the main dining room. Score one of these prime tables and have your privacy and people-watching, too.

chew on this

Parlor’s pastry chef, Andrea Bucheli, toiled in sugar and spice and everything nice at Country and at Fresh before landing at Parlor, so even though you think you want that fourth side dish, shelve it for next time and order dessert.


lunch: Mon.–Fri. 11:45 AM–5 PM
dinner: Mon.–Wed. 5 PM–10:30 PM; Thurs. 5 PM–11 PM;
Fri.–Sat. 5 PM–11:30 PM; Sun. 5 PM–10 PM
brunch: Sat.–Sun. 11 AM–5 PM

price range

$17 (cheeseburger) to $65 (24-ounce T-bone)