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BWW Reviews: 212 STEAKHOUSE in NYC for Kobe Beef and So Much More

BWW Reviews: 212 STEAKHOUSE in NYC for Kobe Beef and So Much More

We visited 212 Steakhouse, where they feature the finest beef at the finest prices. This stylish new restaurant is located in the heart of Midtown East. It is perfect for business gatherings, Grand Central commuters, date night, friendly get-togethers, family groups and area shoppers. 212 Steakhouse not only specializes in Kobe Beef and delicious steak entrees but they have so much more to satisfy people who love seafood, salads, appetizers, creative sides, and desserts.

The elegant surroundings welcome you from the minute you walk through the door. The dining room is beautifully appointed with soft pendant lighting, rustic woods and subtle golden tones. 212 Steakhouse also has a spacious bar separate from the dining room where you can relax and enjoy drinks, appetizers, small plates or a complete dinner. Service is gracious and attentive. Do not hesitate to discuss your dietary preferences with the wait staff.

212 Steakhouse is the unique concept of Nicolay Volper. His desire to bring the best cuts of beef to the public while maintaining excellent pricing is well realized. It is the only restaurant on the East Coast that is officially approved to serve Kobe Beef by the Kobe Beef Marketing and Distribution Promotion Association. This special delicacy is renowned for its flavor and tenderness. Kobe Beef refers to cuts of meat from the Tajima strain of wagyu cattle, raised in Hyogo Prefecture, Japan. 212 Steakhouse also features USDA Prime and Dry Aged Bone-In Filet Mignon.

Executive Chef Christos Kalmvokis has an impressive culinary background. He has created a menu with a Mediterranean flair that compliments steak choices, but the menu is not all about steak. There are many other tempting selections.

For starters, we suggest their signature salad, the 212 ($18). The baby romaine mix has wonderful garnishes and is finished with their fig balsamic dressing. Their Grilled Octopus ($24) is the most tender we have ever had. Organic Spinach Soup ($12) is a special recipe that uses yogurt as a base making it creamy, yet light and tasty. A house specialty, Zucchini Chips ($9) may be addictive. They are perfect for snacking while waiting for your main course.

212 Steakhouse beef prices are advertised at 60% to 80% less than other steakhouses. We were not only impressed by this, but delighted by the quality, presentation and care that accompanies every dish. Wonderfully prepared Kobe Beef ($15 per ounce, usually $45 per ounce), Tender Filet Mignon ($18) and Gold Label Striploin ($49) can be served with a choice of rich, delicate sauces like their Béarnaise or Green Peppercorn. For those wishing to depart from a meat entrée, we highly suggest their Branzino ($27 per pound), Swordfish Kebabs ($25) or Wild Mushroom and Truffle Risotto ($18).

Sides that compliment entrees include their savory Sautéed Baby Brussels Sprouts ($10) and delicious Truffle Mashed Potatoes ($11).

The pace at 212 Steakhouse is relaxed and refined, a spot with a truly broad appeal. Take time to enjoy their house made desserts that include a rich chocolate soufflé and their special crème brulee.

In addition to their gourmet food selections, 212 Steakhouse has a delightful cocktail menu, and serves the finest wines and spirits. And, trust your knowledgeable server to help you select the perfect beverage to accompany your meal.

212 Steakhouse is located at 316 East 53rd Street between 1st and 2nd Avenues. Visit their web site at or call 212-858-0646, is open for dinner Sun-Thurs 5pm-11pm, Fri-Sat 5pm-11:30pm and is available for private events. Reservations are strongly encouraged.

Photo Credit: Courtesy of 212 Steakhouse

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