Porterhouse. Rib Eye. Filet Mignon. Are you hungry yet? From city-style hot spots to down-home dining rooms, here are eleven of the Valley’s best places to find the beef
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Photograph courtesy of Angelo's 677 Prime
677 Broadway, Albany
Back in the olden days when entrepreneurs had plenty of cash (circa 2005), Angelo Mazzone spent well over a million refurbishing this Capital Region eatery — and it shows. Rich cherry paneling, luxurious leather upholstery, original paintings, swanky light fixtures, and a granite-topped bar — it’s posh, elegant, and urban, with a deep-pocketed clientele to match. There’s even a wine club, the Prime Wine Society, whose 60 members fork over $5,000 to get a personalized cherrywood wine locker, 20 percent off any wines they order, and a guaranteed table and valet parking, among other perks (there is a waiting list to join).
Naturally, all the beef is dry-aged Prime; those up for a splurge can try the real Japanese top grade Kobe New York strip at $15 an ounce. A raw bar, oysters Rockefeller, and caviar service (described as “lavish”), plus a la carte sides such as lobster mashed and toppers like seared foie gras, shaved black truffles, and bone marrow fondue, are other signs that here the high life still exists.
But don’t despair if all this seems a little too highfalutin for you. There are moderately priced wines on the 230-plus list, and locals rave about the lunch, where prices are moderate. Go for a burger (a mere $10) or maybe the steak sandwich for $15, have a slice of coconut cream pie, soak up the stylish surroundings, and you’ll feel like a million bucks yourself.
Crowd pleaser: Prime porterhouse for two.
Special appeal: Virtual Manhattan, hip, high-energy — and you may spot a legislator chowing down.
Bottom line: From $33 for the filet rib eye Certified Angus to $95 for the 40-ounce porterhouse for two.
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