Empire Steakhouse - 237 West 54 Street off of Broadway
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Daily 6:00PM - 11:00PM
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.
Very nice dining experience! Food was delicious and the service was excellent.
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.
Expensive, classy, delicious (emperors steack for two was enough for our couple)
Great location and very attentive wait staff and management. The constant up sell of menu items was an annoyance.
Better decor than the Eastside restaurant. Both, excellent service and nice thick steaks.
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
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!
A must do when in NY, massive portions though so don’t be scared to share
Manager too aggressive including upfront high tip % on the bill for a group of four. It soured the dining experience.
Best steak around. Great service
Great food & service.
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.
Visiting NYC as tourists
On vacation with our adult children.
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.
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.
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!!
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!
FABULoUS steak experience. A favorite and must go back!
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.
Thank you for an excellent service! Made the event special and nice
Everything was great!!! Service was the best I’ve experienced in upscale dining!!!!
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.
I ordered salmon which came just fine.
My friend had filet mignon and was pleased.
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!
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.
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.
Great ambiance along wall of high top 2-seater tables, fabulous food and great, friendly service.
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.
It was a good experience & I would definitely come back!!
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.
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.
The food and service was excellent. My boyfriend and I enjoyed our dinner at Empire and would definitely go back!
I came for NY Restaurant week. Service was great and the tiramisu was delicious.
Went for restaurant week dinner and they did not skimp on the portion sizes! We were all very, very full by the end of the meal.
Started off with a good bread basket. Canadian bacon, eggplant parmigiana, fried calamari, and fresh oysters were all delicious. Filet mignon and ribeye both excellent, with broccoli and creamy mashed potatoes that were just right. Dessert, tiramisu and cheesecake, was also of generous size. Loved the fresh whipped cream. Coffee and tea included in the price!
Service was also great! Our server listened to us and made recommendations for the steak and a wine to pair that were spot on. He also gave my friend a bowl of fresh fruit when they didn't have strawberries on the cheesecake like she asked. We also weren't rushed at all - sat there for nearly 3 hours!
Customer experience was awesome and the food was great!
Very good meal. Went for restaurant week and the meal was very filling, delicious and a great deal.
Great service from start to finish, Sirloin Steak was delicious!