Old Homestead has been around since 1868, which makes it even older than Peter Luger, Keens, and every other steakhouse in New York City. That’s one reason that it tends to have about as many tourists as Chelsea Market, and another reason probably has to do with its location across the street from Chelsea Market. But the three-floor space on the Chelsea/Meatpacking border is big enough that you can get a table here more easily than at Luger or Keens, which you should take advantage of because the meat here is similarly fantastic. There are 15 different steaks on the menu, and while you can get a $350 12-ounce cut of A5 wagyu, even the least expensive steak here is excellent. The center-cut sirloin has a thick crust of pepper and herbs, which have a lot of flavor, but don’t take away from the juicy meat. Pair it with a martini and a skillet of buttery mashed potatoes, or come here for lunch, and still pair it with those things.
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