New York is the hub for great steakhouses, most of them with lasting legacies. A couple old-school restaurants come to mind when people think “rib-eye,” but they need to watch out because there’s a new player in town.
While Ocean Prime is part of an established chain, the Rockefeller Plaza location is a newcomer. We had the pleasure of dining here twice, once for their one-month anniversary and a second time as a private dinner. During the event, we were given a huge spread, ranging from savory beef sliders to the chilled seafood tower brimming with crab to our own private sushi chef who made more rolls than could possibly have been devoured by our group. Our favorites that night were the lamb lollipops, which magically removed any “gamey” flavor normally associated with lamb, as well as the lobster mashed potatoes which was so delicious I could have eaten it as a main entrée. Throughout the night, the bartender/server Channing helped pick out the perfect pours and drinks with his extensive whisky knowledge.
(L-R: Lamb Lollipops, Baked Alaska)
Having had such a pleasant experience, we readily accepted a second invitation. We opened with the delectable French Onion Soup (just the right balance between the salt, the bread, and the cheese) and the tuna tartar. For our main dish, we ordered the rack of lamb (since we had loved it so much last time) and the bone-in rib-eye. I ordered it Oscar style on the side, and I am so glad that I did it on the side because the thick sauce would have masked how perfectly cooked and seasoned the rib-eye was. It was one of the best cuts of meat I have ever had. I would strongly dissuade anyone who is considering the Oscar sauce on their steaks.
The best part of an Ocean Prime experience is always the dessert. My favorite is their 10-layer carrot cake which, although undeniably sweet, comes with a tangy pineapple sauce that creates an unexpected balance. We have yet to try their infamous butter cake, so I know what we’ll order the next time we stop by!