*Allendale Steakhouse: Steakhouse; Allendale; 95 W Allendale Av; 24/19/$55; 201-962-9797; Excellently flavored steaks; Closed Monday; BYO – hugely rare for a steakhouse; Try the porterhouse for 2 or the lamb chops; Great chilled seafood platter appetizer; Jumbo lump crabmeat; Chef is a former Benjamin Steakhouse & Lugar allum; Surf & Turf for $41; Rib Eye; Swordfish; Great sides. Thick cut bacon; Buffalo Mozz; Chilean Sea Bass; Lobster; Cornish Hen and steaks galore! www.allendalesteakhousenj.com
*Steve’s Sizzling Steaks: Steakhouse; Carlstadt; 620 Rt 17 @ Passaic Av; 23/15/$45; 201-438-9677; Thick, juicy well seasoned steaks; Down home, relaxed setting; Perfect before a trip to the NJ sports complexes; French Onion soup outstanding; Steak Fries epic; Also, known for an excellent burger. Inexpensive for steak. Fun website. As casual and welcoming as it gets. Mixed reviews on service. Full bar. Jumbo Crab Claws; Grilled Steak Tips over salad; Cowboy, Ribeye, Porterhouse, Filet, Sirloin. www.steves-sizzling-steaks.com/
*Sear House: Steakhouse; Closter; 411 Piermont Rd; 24/25/$64; 201-768-2011; www.searhouse.com; Finally a steakhouse with a gorgeous, sleek interior and romantic female-friendly vibe; Excellent bar scene and wonderful cocktails; Very attentive service; Amazing thick bacon by the slice; Menu highlights: Crab Cake; Mozz & Tomatoes; Onion Soup; Rib Eye; NY Sirloin; Porterhouse; Sushi grade Tuna; Lobster; Broiled Shrimp. Lobster Mashed and Mac N Cheese; Just high quality rivaling The Park.
*Fleming’s Prime Steakhouse: Steakhouse; Edgewater; 90 The Promenade @ River Rd; 24/22/$66; 201-313-9463; www.flemingssteakhouse.com; Excellent restaurant; Check out the website loaded with specials and graphic detail on the food; Incredibly fresh seafood; Expert cocktails; Mouthwatering steaks- Rib Eye & Filet way to go; Beautiful views of NY. They stick to a formula with less of a typical old boy feel. Nice happy hour. Feature 100+ wines by the glass; Comfortable seating. Dinner only. Prime Rib featured Sundays. Burrata. Chilled seafood tower for two.
*River Palm: Steakhouse; Edgewater; 1416 River Rd @ Palisade Terrace; 201-224-2013; www.riverpalm.com; One of the best known steakhouses in NJ; Sides are very inexpensive with many to choose from- as are the salads; Steaks are $27 – $40 on average; Also Lamb chops, Lobster, Shrimp, and chicken dishes. Expensive sushi- tons of rolls – in Edgewater & Mahwah locations; Fish selections as well…. Truly a massive menu for a steakhouse. They do it right. Each location has a different personality. 201 Mag 3-time winner Best Steakhouse.
*Sofia: Steakhouse; Englewood; 36 Engle St; 25/23/$62; 201-541-8530; www.sofiaenglewood.com; Formally Smoke Chophouse; Smoker’s room downstairs; Nightlife scene after it gets late – cool bar area; This is an ideal date spot – good looking crowd; Lunch & brunch served; Brunch features $5 cocktails; Raw bar and a half dozen steaks; Lots of seafood, pasta options as well; Huge wine list; Happy hour 3-6pm weekdays.
*Cliffs Steakhouse: Steakhouse; Englewood Cliffs; 18 Sylvan Av; 22/16/$58; 201-944-0233; www.cliffssteakhouse.com; From the owners of next door’s Café Italiano, this is a service-focused restaurant with a great menu featuring lots of daily specials; Seafood shellfish appetizer is incredible but very pricy; Steaks and seafood come out on a very hot plate keeping everything warm; Manager will banter with you & regulars are treated extremely well; Try porterhouse for two. Sizzling bacon; Fresh Mozz; Smoked Salmon; Pasta Dishes.
*River Palm: Steakhouse; Fair Lawn; 41-11 Rt 4 W @ Saddle River Rd; 24/19/$58; 201-703-3500; www.riverpalm.com; One of the best known steakhouses in NJ; Sides are very inexpensive with many to choose from- as are the salads; Steaks are $27 – $40 on average; Also Lamb chops, Lobster, Shrimp, and chicken dishes. Expensive sushi- tons of rolls – in Edgewater & Mahwah locations; Fish selections as well…. Truly a massive menu for a steakhouse. They do it right. Each location has a different personality. 201 Mag 3-time winner Best Steakhouse.
Prime and Beyond: Steakhouse; Fort Lee; 501 Main St; 25/12/$55; 201-461-0033; www.primeandbeyond.com; Very small, casual Korean-owned steakhouse; They use the highest quality meats; BYO- with $5 fee; It is a small menu featuring Porterhouse, T-Bone, Filet Mignon & Ribeye; Apps include Kimchi and other Korean dishes; Double Smoked Bacon app; Some salads, Various Vegies. There is one daily pasta dish and no fish dishes. You come here for Meat! No Tips accepted! Oxtail Soup for lunch served.
*Morton’s Steakhouse: Steakhouse; Hackensack; 274 Riverside Sq; 25/23/$83; www.mortons.com; Large steakhouse chain located in Riverside Mall; Drinks are very reasonably priced for genre; Jumbo Lump Crab Cakes; Ahi Tuna Tower; Filet Mignon; Bone-In Rib Eye; Prime Rib and Porterhouse; Also- King Crab, Shrimp and Lobster dishes; Mac N Cheese as a side option. Very expensive but damn good! Also, the service is absolutely outstanding. Great for birthdays. Great desserts. Plan to spend at least $75/person.
*Dino & Harry’s: Steakhouse; Hoboken; 163 14th St @ Bloomfield; 22/21/$58; 201-659-6202; www.dinoandharrys.com; This steakhouse is all the rage in Hoboken; Modern, hip look to it; Full bar; Known for steaks cooked just right; Set in a former saloon; Great nightly piano music and jazz; Salmon tartare; Raw bar; Halibut, salmon, shrimp risotto; Sirloin is $44; Filet Mignon, Rib Eye the same; Lamb chops; Smoked Bacon; Service iffy.
*Rare, The Steak House: Steak; Little Falls; 440 Main St @ River Rd; 22/20/$58; 973-256-6699; www.rarestk.com; Fairly new steakhouse that incredibly serves about 15-20 items that are NOT steak including many pasta dishes, lamb, chicken and others; Serves the usual steak selections; Usual sides – including Mac n Cheese; Great appetizers; More affordable than most in genre; $5.50 draft beer for God’s sake; Prime Rib, Porterhouse, Filet Mignon, Veal Rib Chop, Sirloin, Lobster. Great website – check out. Raw Bar. Smoked Salmon, Burrata, Chilled Seafood platter for $33. Happy Hour 4-7pm.
Sear House Grill: Steakhouse; Little Falls; 1 Newark Pompton Tpk; 23/24/$64; http://www.searhousegrill.com/; From the owners of Sear in Closter, another location of their stylish steakhouse; Huge menu; Gorgeous, sleek interior and romantic female-friendly vibe; Excellent bar scene and wonderful cocktails; Very attentive service; Happy Hour daily; Options for anyone and perfect for small private events.
Segovia Steak & Seafood: Steakhouse; Little Ferry; 217 Main St; 23/18/$40; 201-814-1100; www.segoviasteakhouse.com; Spanish chophouse with great prices for the genre; Try the rib eye and lobster tail combo; Seafood Paella is delicious; Massive pork chops; Full bar; Huge portions; Awesome bread; Get a pitcher of sangria; Extremely reliable for steak and seafood overall and a fun atmosphere; Very popular. Tapas menu. Endless specials. They will prepare grilled calamari for you.
*River Palm: Steakhouse; Mahwah; 209 Ramapo Valley Rd @ Rt 17; 24/19/$58; 201-529-1111; www.riverpalm.com; One of the best known steakhouses in NJ; Sides are very inexpensive with many to choose from- as are the salads; Steaks are $27 – $40 on average; Also Lamb chops, Lobster, Shrimp, and chicken dishes. Expensive sushi- tons of rolls – in Edgewater & Mahwah locations; Fish selections as well…. Truly a massive menu for a steakhouse. They do it right. Each location has a different personality. 201 Mag 3-time winner Best Steakhouse.
*Capital Grille: Steakhouse; Paramus; Garden State Plaza; 25/24/$73; 201-845-7040; www.thecapitalgrille.com; NY pricing for steaks expertly prepared; Best side is the Lobster Mac n Cheese; Shellfish available; Delicious salads including Mozz & Tomato; Lamb Rib Chops, Sirloin, Porterhouse, Filet Mignon, Lobster, Sushi grade Seared Tuna and Lobster and crab stuffed shrimp. Great wine list; Perfect for power lunch. All so good and the service is top notch. Not a fan of chains normally but this one hits the mark.
103 Prime: Steakhouse; Park Ridge; 103 Spring Valley Rd; 22/24/$62; 201-391-2220; www.103prime.com/; Large Italian Seafood-Steakhouse at this gorgeous home called Valentino’s; Menu includes cheese and salami plates, Burrata, Grilled Octopus; Oysters Rockefeller, Homemade Meatballs, a raw bar, Tuna Tartare, Ahi Tuna, Shrimp Scampi, Bronzino, Veal Chop and an assortment of steaks. Relatively affordable for the genre. Classy service. Inexpensive beer list, wine and more pricy cocktails.
*Park Steakhouse: Steakhouse; Park Ridge; 151 Kinderkamack Rd; 25/20/$59; 201-930-1300; The house specialty is the Sirloin; 80 seat dining room; Top shelf service and excellent cocktails- especially martinis; Perfectly cooked steaks and seafood; 200 bottles of wine; Raw Bar; Really innovative menu with fabulous appetizers to choose from; Excellent website and top of the line service. Female friendly menu as well including Ahi Tuna, Buffalo Mozz, Grilled Octopus, Raw Bar, Chilean Sea Bass. Suckling Pig. 201 Mag Best Steakhouse. www.theparksteakhouse.com;
LongHorn Steakhouse: Steakhouse; Rochelle Park; 160 Rt 17 North; 20/18/$48; 201-587-0673; This is a chain restaurant I used to frequent in high school and college so it is dear to my heart; Remains quite reliable; Better than Outback; Try the Wild West shrimp; Ribeye; Salmon and Chicken options; Pretzel sticks with dipping sauces; T-Bone; Steak and Shrimp combos; Surf and Turf; Prime Rib; Blackened Shrimp; Ribs; and Lamb Chops. All for very cheap for the genre. http://www.longhornsteakhouse.com/locations/nj/rochelle-park/rochelle-park/5146;
Regina’s: Steakhouse; Teaneck; 827 Teaneck Rd; 23/18/$54; 201-862-1996; http://reginassteakhouseandgrill.com/ Surprisingly high quality food and setting; Full bar; Lunch, dinner and parties welcome; Menu is far more than steaks; Choices include Lobster Roll, Mozz & Tomato; Great chopped salads; Filet, Rib Eye, NY Strip, Pork Chops, Bronzino, Lobster, Seafood Black Fettuccine, Duck, Mahi Mahi, Swordfish and Ahi Tuna. Happy Hour 3-7pm weekdays. Closed Sunday. Wine/cocktails $11.
*Ruth’s Chris Steakhouse: Steakhouse; Weehawken; 1000 Harbor Blvd @ 19th St; 26/22/$74; 201-863-5100; Easily the best chain steakhouse in the country; Sizzling butter-topped steaks are especially juicy; Huge sides and large variety; Great view of Manhattan; Large menu of steak and non-steak items; Spot on service; Not as stuffy as some competitors. Juiciest steaks I’ve had. Large variety and a nice bar menu. Specialty drinks & cocktails. Lots of seafood items as well. Ahi Tuna; Lobster. https://www.ruthschris.com/restaurant-locations/weehawken/