Thursday, August 13, 2009

Best Place to Get an Inexpensive Steak in late 80s Mobster Luxury

Embers, 9519 Third Avenue (between 95th and 96th Street), Fort Hamilton
Its mirrored dining room looks like Alice’s Restaurant and a Barbizon studio had a love child, but the charred on the outside pink on the inside cuts of meat are right on the heels of Peter Luger’s. The 25-year-old restaurant lies in the shadow of the Staten Island Bridge and adjacent to a 53-year old butcher shop of the same owner, where the finest cuts of beef were reserved for Embers' notorious patrons. The now closed butcher shop serves as part of the kitchen, and the owner still waxes nostalgic about the days when Brooklyn’s most feared filled the two dining rooms and he didn’t have to take credits cards. The T-bone for 2 at $40 is half what you’ll pay at Luger’s and it will leave you bursting at the seams and every bit as meat drunk. It comes with broccoli and a delectable potato cake stuffed with prosciutto and mozzarella. Be sure to request the au poivre sauce, the best in Brooklyn and worth a 30-minute ride on R train. Select any of the very reasonable wines under $25 and save your money for a much-needed cab ride home.

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