Dark soft leather seats, beautiful red wines and dim romantic lighting – these are the thoughts that cross my mind when I think of a classic steakhouse. A few weeks ago I was invited to visit Morton’s The Steakhouse in Yorkville (4 Avenue Road) and it was all those things and more. It was my first time visiting the steakhouse and I was looking forward to indulging in their menu full of fresh seafood and fish, decadent side dishes, short ribs and lamb chops – this place means business and is more than just steak.
It was a Saturday night and Morton’s was busy – full of regulars, couples enjoying date night and a few lively groups sharing laughs and sipping their cocktails. It was a good vibe, which made me want to sit back, relax and enjoy the ride.
First things first, we ordered cocktails – for me: dirty gin martini, for him: mojito.
From there we dived into the cold seafood platter for two – this came with freshly shucked oysters, crab legs, shrimp, lobster and chunks of lump crab. Between bites we sipped on a cold glass of sauvignon blanc and dipped our seafood into a creamy lemony aioli and classic seafood sauce.
The main event, steak and sides – for me: Five Peppercorn Rubbed Prime Strip Steak, for him: Center-Cut Prime Ribeye. We shared the Morton’s salad (bibb lettuce, chopped hard boiled egg, blue cheese and topped with anchovies), creamed spinach, and Parmesan truffle matchstick fries. It was paired beautifully with a full cabernet sauvignon.
The finishing touch – baked fresh and right out of the oven, a massive chocolate soufflé. It was served to us tableside and topped with a big scoop of whipped cream.
The meal and service were both fantastic. To be honest, Morton’s was never on my ‘need to dine here next’ list, and now? I really can’t wait to go back – what an awesome experience!
In the know – Morton’s loves serving large portions and encourages you to take home the leftovers for brunch the next day. Thanks for the great idea guys – we enjoyed another small feast, each and every bite.