Empire Steakhouse - 237 West 54 Street off of Broadway

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Steakhouse
Empire Steak House, conveniently located at 237 west 54 street near Broadway, showcases modern décor in a classy, but trendy atmosphere. The all-white marble bar and sprawling dining room provide an additional air of sophistication. While Empire's steaks are acclaimed for its famous dry-aged porterhouse for two, the rest of the vast menu is equally stellar, featuring a wide range of fresh seafood such as 4-to 5-lb lobsters, Chilean Sea Bass, Salmon, Yellow Fin Tuna, towering seafood platters, and much more. The eatery offers a highly selective wine list and features many of California's most sought after vintages. The Zagat rated restaurant is owned and operated by the Sinanaj family. The Sinanaj’s success dates back to their first restaurant opening of Empire Steak House in 2010. The space is 4,500 square feet and can accommodate 230 guests for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, private rooms available!
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1 review
Dined 20 hours ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Service was wonderful and food was delicious.

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MK
1 review
Dined on June 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The sweetest front of the house staff! We each got some appetizers and the emperors steak and it was melt in your mouth delicious. Staff were attentive and food came out right on time. Each and everyone of those people working that night acknowledged we were there and made us feel special ❤️ Will definitely go back!

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BN
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on June 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great service, great food food (fillet mignon for me, my wife had a 14oz lobster. We were addressed by name by the staff and all of our needs were timely fulfilled. This is my new favorite NYC steakhouse and will visit them again the next time I attend a show at Studio 54.

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CA
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on May 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Attentive and helpful staff. Great steaks but plenty of options for non meat eaters.

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Baton Rouge
1 review
Dined on May 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Anniversary

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HW
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on May 18, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

The service was lovely - personable, timely, with a good sense of humor. Food was good - octopus and greens was a huge hit, as was the French Onion soup. The "quick lunch" was a bargain.

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VP
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very nice dining experience! Food was delicious and the service was excellent.

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F
1 review
Dined on May 10, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

If you are in the mood for a good porterhouse steak this is a good place to go. The potatoes and the onion rings and the caesar salad were just mediocre. The creamed spinach was outstanding. The onion soup was really bad. My husband sent it back!!! They gave us a beef barley soup instead which was excellent. The service is good and the atmosphere is nice. There were two negatives. The rest room is in the lobby of the hilton. It's nice but kind of inconvenient. The other real negative is that the prices and selections on the internet menu were totally different from the actual menu. I feel really ripped off because the waiter never even suggested that there was a pre theatre menu. We probably would have ordered the same thing because we wanted steak but it would have been nice to have a choice. Also, the happy hour is just at the bar and it's kind of a rip off. So again, If you want steak thats quite good and you don't care about money or the side dishes, this place is for you.

Empire Steakhouse - 237 West 54 Street off of Broadway
Responded on June 3, 2019

Good afternoon, Thank you so much for taking the time to write a review about your experience, and for dining with us! I see that you find our food to be too expensive. We believe our prices are fair for our type of cuisine in NYC. We hope to see you soon! Best, Tony S.

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1 review
Dined on May 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Expensive, classy, delicious (emperors steack for two was enough for our couple)

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OT
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on May 9, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

Great location and very attentive wait staff and management. The constant up sell of menu items was an annoyance.

Empire Steakhouse - 237 West 54 Street off of Broadway
Responded on June 3, 2019

Good afternoon, Thank you so much for this honest and valuable feedback, and for dining with us! We believe our current pricing model is fair for our type of cuisine in NYC. Our goal is to provide you with an experience and a meal that is worth every penny. We hope to see you soon! Best, Tony S.

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B
New York Area
100 reviews
Dined on May 7, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Better decor than the Eastside restaurant. Both, excellent service and nice thick steaks.

Empire Steakhouse - 237 West 54 Street off of Broadway
Responded on June 3, 2019

Good afternoon, Thank you for posting your feedback, and for dining with us! Reviews such as yours are so valuable because they help us to better serve our guests. It's great to hear that our staff has provided you with helpful and friendly service, as we always expect. I'll be sure to send along your compliments to the team! Best, Tony S.

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MS
Orlando
1 review
Dined on May 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

The food was great but very pricey. Service was a little on the slow side. Arrived earlier than our 9pm reservation and Were kept waiting even though the dining room
Was empty.

Empire Steakhouse - 237 West 54 Street off of Broadway
Responded on June 3, 2019

Hi Margie, Thank you for the review, and for dining with us! It’s wonderful to read that you are a big fan of our food! I see that you find our food to be too expensive. We believe our prices are fair for our type of cuisine in NYC. We hope to see you again soon! Best, Tony S.

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J
Kansas City
33 reviews
Dined on May 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

First, location, location, location! The Empire is across the street from Studio 54, so its perfect if you’re going there for dinner. The main dining room is intimate, even though there’s no wasted space.

The food is killer. We each had a superb French onion soup. I had a Caesar salad as well. My bride had shrimp scampi, and I had the bone on ribeye.

Come hungry. The portions are huge!

Empire Steakhouse - 237 West 54 Street off of Broadway
Responded on June 3, 2019

Hi John, Thank you so much for taking the time to write a review about your experience, and for dining with us! It’s great to see that our fresh ingredients are appreciated by our guests. You chose some excellent dishes and we can’t wait to have you back to try some more! Best, Tony S.

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MN
1 review
Dined on May 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A must do when in NY, massive portions though so don’t be scared to share

Empire Steakhouse - 237 West 54 Street off of Broadway
Responded on June 3, 2019

Hi Melissa, Thank you for the review, and for dining with us! It’s wonderful to read that you are a big fan of our food! We cannot wait to have you back for another great meal. Best, Tony S.

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RM
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on April 27, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

Manager too aggressive including upfront high tip % on the bill for a group of four. It soured the dining experience.

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on April 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Best steak around. Great service

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D
Seattle
5 reviews
Dined on April 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food & service.

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RW
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on April 20, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 2

We were seated at an under table behind a pillar. We asked to move to another set table. Our food was average and for the price not the quality it should have been. Disappointing.

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on April 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Visiting NYC as tourists

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Denver
1 review
Dined on April 12, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

On vacation with our adult children.

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M
New York Area
21 reviews
Dined on April 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

All six of us loved our lunch. We all had the Salmon with Broccoli. The salmon was cooked perfectly. Our waiter was friendly and attentive.

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MM
New York Area
1 review
Dined on April 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I brought my friends from Dallas,Texas who always thought that their State had the best and greatest steaks and steakhouses. After our dine,they changed their mind like I knew they would. This is why I took them here than to Peter Lugers.

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EM
1 review
Dined on March 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love this place. It’s attached to the Hilton Garden Inn (which I also highly recommend). The porterhouse steak for 3 was a dream. Great wine selection. Had a wonderful breakfast there too. Service was very nice and the waiters were super sweet and funny. Can’t wait to return!!

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CM
1 review
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Thank you Empire! It was a wonderful experience! We were in NYC for my wife's birthday and I made a reservation based on reviews and proximity to where we were staying. In the reservation I noted it was my wife's birthday and inquired if they could place a candle in whatever dessert she ordered. When we arrived the hostess wished my wife happy birthday, which told me they do a great job in paying attention to detail. The food was exceptional and the portions were generous, I "only" gave the food four stars because I felt I had to nitpick something in the review and I've had a better version of the appetizer I ordered, although not by much! The service was accommodating, prompt, and knowledgeable. Although I asked for a candle to be placed in my dessert, the entire waitstaff came out to sing happy birthday and they brought out a whole dessert platter, which was complimentary. The atmosphere and ambiance of the restaurant worked for our tastes, as it was tasteful and refined without any risky design frills. The value I believe was terrific, as the prices were fair for a Manhattan steak house yet while the quality, portion size, and service were above average. Honestly I was uncertain about what to expect in deciding to dine at Empire opposed to one of the more well-known steak houses, but in the end I'm glad I did and will be recommending it and hopefully sooner than later! Again, thank you Empire!

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P
New York Area
22 reviews
Dined on March 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

FABULoUS steak experience. A favorite and must go back!

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M
1 review
Dined on March 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Restaurant was chosen for proximity to theater for matinee performance. Lovely dining room , fantastic service and delicious food. Already recommended to friends seeing same show in a few weeks. It was a great discovery.

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MM
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Thank you for an excellent service! Made the event special and nice

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OT
1 review
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was great!!! Service was the best I’ve experienced in upscale dining!!!!

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MF
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on March 1, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

Go if you want a good, relatively expensive steak. Otherwise, it’s a pretty expensive place without too much to distinguish it from other steakhouses in NYC.

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M
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on February 21, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

I ordered salmon which came just fine.
My friend had filet mignon and was pleased.

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P
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on February 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We did a pre- Broadway fixed price dinner. The menu was varied, offering many choices. I had the Pasta e fagioli, my friends had salad to start. I chose filet mignon, my friends chose rack of lamb and salmon, all served with a side of broccoli and mashed potatoes. We had carrot cake and tiramisu. Everyone was very pleased with their choices. Service was attentive and helpful. Atmosphere great. This is on our go to list for the next time we come to see a play. Amazing value! We all cannot wait to come back!

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LG
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on February 19, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 2ambience 3

My salad, lettuce wedges with blue cheese was very attractive but the dressing was too thick and
Insufficient for the amount of lettuce. The lobster and pasta was delicious. Very generous portion
And enough for two people to share. The service, however, left a great deal to be desired. The waiter was very handsome but poorly trained for a restaurant competing with other fine steak restaurants in New
York City. When waiter picked up my salad plate, he carefully took my dirty fork and knife off the plate
Where I had placed them and told me they were for my next course. I asked him to remove them and bring me a new fork and a sharp knife for my main course, which he did. Sadly he brought me and my guest salad forks for the main course. We noted this but decided not to complain. The thing that happened was that the waiter returned, grabbed the sharp knife and told me I did not need a sharp knife
For the next course and gave me a standard knife. I have lost a great deal of strength in my hands and Find cutting meat or certain fish such as lobster hard with a regular knife. Again, we decided not to
Complain. He then returned with two plates and dropped a huge plate of food....a lobster cut into four
pieces with a huge pile of pasta. We were left with two salad forks and not one serving spoon or offer to
Serve us some of the food. The waiters were all standing Ina row but not one looked over in our direction.
We managed to get the food on our plates with some difficulty. Unfortunately, the waiter was pleasant but poorly trained.

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EW
Tampa
10 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 1ambience 3

The waiter was not responsive, slow, and not attentive. We asked to have our leftovers placed in a bag ( lobster and broccoli), they put some chocolate covered strawberries in our bag instead. They overcharged me for another tables drinks and didn’t want to refund $ , waited said just take it out of his tip.

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OT
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great ambiance along wall of high top 2-seater tables, fabulous food and great, friendly service.

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OT
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 1ambience 3

Went here for a birthday party and regretted the decision. First of all there are a lot of better steakhouses throughout the city to spend your money on. This experience seemed like we were dining at a busy diner. Did not enjoy the service at all. The waiters all seemed to be in a rush, running around the tables, bumping into the chairs, and did not seem to be up to par to a dining experience at a steakhouse. Food just seemed to be thrown at you as it came out and too much yelling among the waiters for it to be considered a restaurant with good ambiance. The food was mediocre, nothing to rave about and make me want to go back. Thanks Empire, but no thanks for next time.

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TJ
1 review
Dined on February 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was a good experience & I would definitely come back!!

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AN
1 review
Dined on February 8, 2019
Overall 2food 4service 4ambience 4

I’m not sure i would recommend this place. After i got to the bottom of my drink i pulled a nasty hair out of my mouth which was not mine. It looked like it was plucked directly from the persons scalp, gross. The food was good but that turned me off.

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J
New York Area
26 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 3

Went during NYC restaurant week. Our waiter was extremely pompous. I asked if they had a wine list, he answered “we have everything, what do you want”. When I said forget it he sighed and five minutes later dropped the list on the table.

The food was mediocre for a NYC steakhouse. The soup starter was lukewarm. The filet was tough and extremely dry. The desserts were okay, but pretty lackluster. Also all of the sides tasted like they were drenched in butter.

There are better options with better prices. I know restaurant week might impact quality, but this was pretty pathetic.

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E
1 review
Dined on February 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food and service was excellent. My boyfriend and I enjoyed our dinner at Empire and would definitely go back!

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SS
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on February 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I came for NY Restaurant week. Service was great and the tiramisu was delicious.

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