Hickory-Mopped New York Strip @ Steakhouse 55

Price: $48.00

When: November 12, 2016, 8:00 PM

Reservations: Recommended

Verdict? Not recommended

One of the joys of eating at a steakhouse is getting Steak Done Right™. After all, you’re at a steakhouse. Steak is their business! Their thing! What they do! And if you’re shelling out for a premium joint – say, Steakhouse 55 – your expectations are, rightfully, higher. The premium price means premium quality. (Or, at least, that’s supposed to be the deal.)

All of this is a long way of saying that I was super disappointed by my Hickory-Mopped New York Strip at Steakhouse 55.

There’s nothing explicitly horrible about this steak. But that’s faint praise. There’s nothing particularly right about it, either. And for nearly fifty bucks, I expect to be delighted, if not outright wowed.

This New York was a solid cut of meat, but flavor-wise, there wasn’t much there. It was medium-rare, but surprisingly dry. The hickory mop was mild to the point of nonexistence (almost didn’t notice it). I found myself grabbing the salt.

The side (bone marrow with lemon zest) wasn’t my thing, either. But don’t be distracted: this dish is 100% about the protein. And the steak didn’t deliver.

Not recommended.