Eating + Drinking

5 Steak and Whiskey Pairings for the “World’s Best Dad”

A man has room for only so many pairs of socks, after all.

When it comes to celebrating one of the two people responsible for bringing you into the world, we think you can do better than a pair of socks. This year, treat Dad to a night of rib eyes and ryes at New York’s finest steakhouses and whiskey bars. It’s the gift that says “World’s Best Dad”—no yard-sale-bound mug required.

Get your steak at: St. Anselm
Get your stiff drink at:
Noorman’s Kil

The chefs at Brooklyn staple St. Anselm cook their steaks in an open kitchen, so you and Dad can watch your meat reach its perfect char while talking about when he’s going to get grandkids. Get the trademark dish, a butter-slathered hanger cut they call the Butcher’s Steak. 355 Metropolitan Avenue, Williamsburg

Seats fill up quickly at the relatively small St. Anselm, but don’t be discouraged if a table isn’t immediately available. In fact, the longer the wait, the better you’re off when you visit Noorman’s Kil for a predinner tipple. It’s hard to go wrong picking something from its 400-strong whiskey list, but try the reliable Kentucky bourbon from Bulleit to match the homey brick-and-wood vibe you’ll find when you (eventually) get your table over at St. Anselm. 609 Grand Street, Williamsburg

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Steak at St. Anselm. / Photo by JonnyPrimeC.C.-Yelp

Get your steak at: Augustine
Get your stiff drink at: Vintry Wine and Whiskey

The white tablecloths, painted tile work, and wrought-iron chandeliers at Augustine make it look like it’s been open since Vito Corleone was jumping on rooftops. In fact, this old world–ish gem inside the Beekman Hotel only opened in 2016, but it works hard to make you forget that. The rib eye is an especially eye-popping gift: Dry aged, shipped in from Kansas, and weighing in at 12 ounces, it’s perfectly cooked and tender. 5 Beekman Street (at the corner of Theatre Alley), Tribeca

Walk off dinner by heading over to Vintry Wine and Whiskey, a suitably fancy follow-up to Augustine’s opulence. Sit at the bronze-walled bar and have a quiet talk over something from its 17-page (!) whiskey menu. Try the Bunnahabhain 12-year. A single malt from Scotland’s Islay region, it’s smoky and impossibly smooth, without the acidic bite you’ll find in many good scotches. 57 Stone Street (off Hanover Square), Tribeca

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Augustine / Photo by Ron Haviv

Get your steak at: Minetta Tavern
Get your stiff drink at: Highlands

Though its status as a reliable haunt for New York’s high-powered celebrities has cooled, Minetta Tavern still serves top-notch food in the ambience that once regularly lured Gotham’s most well heeled. Minetta’s signature dish has Dad’s name written all over it: the Black Label burger, a juicy hunk of ground prime Kentucky beef covered in clarified butter. If you feel like sticking to true steaks, indulge in the filet mignon au Roquefort, a cheese-covered and bacon-wrapped medallion that’s so juicy it should come in a soup bowl. 113 MacDougal Street (at the corner of Minetta Lane), Greenwich Village

End the night with a Lily & Thistle cocktail from Highlands, shaken with a pair of fabulous whiskeys (Glenlivet 15-year French Oak Reserve and Maker’s 46 Bourbon), brown sugar, and smoky bitters. 150 West 10th Street (between Waverly Place and Greenwich Avenue), West Village

 

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Minetta Tavern’s filet mignon. / Photo by Emilie Baltz

Get your steak at: Prime Meats
Get your stiff drink at: Van Brunt Stillhouse

Located in a very parent-friendly part of Carroll Gardens, Brooklyn’s Prime Meats is the place to be if you have a hankering for high-quality chops. The farm-to-table restaurant has a relatively sub-rosa Germanic theme and is famous for its handmade sausages. But if you’re after steak (and willing to splurge), you’ll want to split its dry-aged côte de boeuf, a $152 slab of perfection for two. 465 Court Street, Carroll Gardens

For drinks, travel down to the very end of Brooklyn (more or less) to Van Brunt Stillhouse, a working whiskey distillery. Obviously, you’ll have to have some of the stuff it makes in-house. We recommend the spicy Stillhouse rye, a classic American variety of whiskey (that was once the domain of broke alcoholics), which has come back in fashion in recent years. And with good reason! 6 Bay Street, Red Hook

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Photo courtesy of Van Brunt Stillhouse

Get your steak at: 21 Greenpoint 
Get your stiff drink at: The Moonlight Mile

Speaking of dads, 21 Greenpoint co-owner and chef Homer Murray got his own very famous one, Bill Murray, to kick off the opening of his light and leafy Brooklyn restaurant with a guest bartending shift back in 2016. The steak here is served in populist French style as steak frites (that’s steak and french fries, in case your dad doesn’t parlez français). 21 Greenpoint Avenue, Greenpoint

Finish with an after-dinner drink at The Moonlight Mile, just a few blocks away. Try local favorite Hudson Baby bourbon whiskey, a 100 percent corn whiskey distilled just a bit upstate in Tuthilltown, New York. But if Dad wants to take it up a notch, ask your waiter about the Aviator flight, a tasting of MM’s limited-edition and top-end whiskeys. 200 Franklin Street                                                                                                                                                                                                                          , Greenpoint

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Photo courtesy of The Moonlight Mile/Facebook

Get your steak at: Keens Steakhouse
Get your stiff drink at:
Keens Steakhouse!

For our final suggestion, feel free to stay in one place. Keens Steakhouse is a true New York oddity and piece of history. Founded in 1885, it has a collection of more than 50,000 smoking pipes dating to when members of its pipe club (which included Babe Ruth and Theodore Roosevelt) left their pipes there for future use. For 150 years, it has been famous for its nearly two-pound mutton chops, but it also does a good steak. Keep it classic with a New York prime rib sirloin.

Keens also features New York’s most extensive single-malt scotch list, with more than 300 different labels. Indulge in the Laphroaig 18, a soft and sweet whiskey. It’s not uncommon to hear someone mention it, in a whisper, as the best they’ve ever had. Dad deserves it (and so do you). 72 West 36th Street (between Fifth and Sixth Avenues), Herald Square 

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Photo courtesy of Keens Steakhouse

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