Harking back to a mob hangout, this basic steakhouse slings mouthwatering dry- and wet-aged cuts with a aspect of Hollywood glamor
New York Metropolis of the early 20th century has been immortalized in movie like maybe no different time and place ever will probably be. From the opulence of Jay Gatsby to the key dealings of Michael Corleone, it represents success, exclusivity and above all, luxurious. On a bustling nook in Da Kao, New York Steakhouse Saigon (25 Nguyen Dinh Chieu, D1) is an open love letter to 1920s New York Metropolis that manages to be genuine in its personal proper with excellent meals and an intimate ambiance.
New York Steakhouse occupies an (appropriately) artwork deco-themed construction close to the nook of Nguyen Dinh Chieu and Dinh Tien Hoang. Inside, one is greeted by plush crimson cushions, darkish wooden furnishings and crisp white tablecloths. Black and white photographs of classic film stars adorn the partitions. There are romantic cubicles for in addition to giant tables for group celebrations. A lot of the tables line the partitions of the room so every visitor has an unique, non-public eating expertise.
Our night started with a 2016 Chateau Le Grand Verdus Bordeaux Supérieur (VND1,340,000) and a bread basket. This easy starter, like all the dishes, comes with an array of condiments—on this case butter, roasted garlic and rooster liver. The menu is as anticipated for a conventional luxurious steakhouse. Appetizers embrace soups, salads and small bites of meat or seafood, and the perimeters are thought of vegetable dishes and a few decadent treats like Mac & Cheese and Parmesan Truffle Fries. We started with a Caesar Salad (VND250,000) and Potatoes Au Gratin (VND120,000). Each are good-sized parts, expertly ready and thoughtfully introduced.
The decor of New York Steakhouse persistently factors towards classic cinema and New York Metropolis. One standout is the Alfred Hitchcock smoking room, enclosed by a sliding glass door and with a big window overlooking Nguyen Dinh Chieu, which doubles because the restaurant’s wine cellar. The area is adorned with the identical classic actresses, this time all smoking, surrounding portrait of the legendary filmmaker himself. There are giant, plush sofas and chairs and delightful thrives of ornament all through. One can’t assist however think about a banker and a gangster having fun with a celebratory cigar after a secret handshake over dinner.
Earlier than the primary course, the server brings a collection of steak knives for every diner to select from. Entrees embrace steaks from 230- to 800-gram, and most can be found Dry-aged or Moist-aged. Dry-aging, as our server defined, slowly removes a lot of the moisture from the meat leading to increased saturation of taste and a extra tender steak, as a result of pure enzymes being in a great surroundings to interrupt down the connective tissue of the meat. Along with steaks, poultry and seafood choices are additionally out there in particular person and group parts.
Our first selection was the 300-gram Dry Aged Ribeye (VND950,000) served with out the bone, cooked a juicy medium uncommon with a lightweight searing. Three completely different sauces, pepper, mushroom and onion, are served on the aspect. Whereas dry-aging leads to a barely denser steak with a thinner line of fats across the edge, the method solely removes the moisture, so the flavour is extra concentrated. It’s a dish to be eaten slowly and savored. We additionally had the Broiled Salmon Filet with Sautéed Haricot Vert (VND500,000). The massive portion of salmon is nicely marinated, tender and fatty with a crispy pores and skin, and is served with a wealthy bitter cream and onion sauce. Each dishes present an uncompromising collection of meats and an clever ability in preparation.
All entrees at New York Steakhouse are served with an array of condiments: a spice rack with salt, pepper, basil, thyme, paprika and garlic, and small jars of tomato preserves, walnut butter and two kinds of mustard. Though every dish comes nicely seasoned, all wishes are anticipated and accounted for.
As dinner ended, it was troublesome to depart—due in equal elements to the inviting ambiance and to the extravagant parts of wealthy meals we had simply consumed. However we had been joyful to linger. A celebratory feast is finest adopted by an extended, heat dialog, simply as a wet Saigon night is nicely spent escaping to the glamor and magnificence of 1920s New York. Come for the steak, and keep for the reminiscences.
Photographs by Vy Lam