This kind of in-between weather makes me crave a juicy steak with a full-bodied glass of cabernet. They warm the soul. We all know New York is full of “classic” steakhouses, but prime cuts can be found in many places. Yes, they are pricier than other entrees, but if you want to splurge, make sure it's worth it!
Don't let the pinstripes and tourists fool you, this Yankees-affiliated steakhouse delivers a home run for meat and seafood fans. My 8-ounce filet was cooked perfectly, tender and full of flavor. For seafood lovers, the ahi tuna tartare over avocado was amazing. Visit during Pinstripe Power Hour (weekdays from 4-6 p.m. and 9 p.m.-close, and Sunday from 5 p.m. onward) for $8 wines and cocktails, and half off the entire bar menu. Try the lamb lollipops or the tuna tacos. 7 W. 51st St.
I like Crispin's for its homemade pastas, but on my last visit I decided to try some new things. The 14-ounce ribeye with a Barolo reduction ($30) was outstanding. If you need a little meat with your carbs, order the garganelli ossobucco. This small neighborhood gem delivers big flavors and great value. Perfect for a date night. 764 10th Ave.
If you're all about classic New York, Sparks is my pick. I always get the beef scaloppini, a sliced filet with peppers and mushrooms. It is heavenly. The lump crab meat appetizer is also wonderfully fresh. For dessert, order the fresh berries with homemade whipped cream. I don't know how they get the freshest berries, but they are just delightful. 210 E. 46th St.
Monica DiNatale is a Deals Expert and Author of “365 Guide New York City,” a treasure trove of restaurant deals and bar specials in New York. Monica has been featured as the Dining Expert for PIX 11and Good Day New York and has hosted segments for The New York Chocolate Show and The New York City Craft Beer Week Festivals. “365 Guide New York City” is available in paperback and e-book.