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Fine Dining in NYC: Strip Steaks and Strippers

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Fine dining and strip clubs are words you don’t normally find in the same sentence. Anyone who’s ever claimed they frequented a strip joint for the fine quality of its strip steaks would be laughed out of the room. But what if that guy was a food critic from The New York Times?

There’s at least one strip club/restaurant that is truly as proud of its cuisine as it is of its fine-looking, scantily-clad women.

Robert’s Steakhouse in the Penthouse Executive Club in New York ranks among a Michelin-starred list of the most expensive places to eat in the country, coming in at #12 on Bundle.com’s list with a guest check average of $516.

A New York strip steak costs patrons $53, but it’s the cost of alcohol that can really drive up the tab at Robert’s. Champagne cost range from $200 to $750 for a standard bottle; wine from $65 to $1,000.

Also on the menu at Robert’s are lap dances, which can set you back $20 per song.

Women can be seen throughout the restaurant dressed in low-cut tops and lingerie, gyrating on platforms at the corner of an atrium, which looks down onto the first floor stage.

The restaurant has won accolades from food critics at The New York Times and Vogue for its flavorful aged steaks. The Times’ Frank Bruni called his dinner of porterhouse steak and onion rings a “possibly perfect meal.” Perhaps it was the presence of the lovely ladies that put him in such a generous mood, but who knows?

Jeffrey Steingarten of Vogue Magazine was similarly impressed—with the food. He concurred on the porterhouse, calling Robert’s the place to get “the best steak dinner in town,” and adding that the restaurant had “incredible food and service.”

We’re not sure exactly what the “service” entailed, but Mr. Steingarten certainly sounds like he enjoyed his experience.

Joe Erickson, head of operations at Robert’s, notes the eatery has a dry aging facility on the property that he says “really enhances the flavor of the meat.”

Well, looks like we need to list Robert’s Steakhouse as one more place to visit on a tour of New York City, right along with the Statue of Liberty, Times Square, and the Empire State Building. Just remember to bring plenty of singles.

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