STEAK OUT: Meat lovers will delight in the prime cuts and spot-on accoutrements that accompany them.
The decor of the Strip House gives a wink and a nod to the double entendre of its name. But make no mistake, this is a steak house that will satisfy serious carnivores.
An offshoot of the flagship restaurant in Manhattan, the Garden State locale is tucked just inside the front entrance of the Westminster Hotel in Livingston. The interior, fashioned by renowned architect and designer David Rockwell, is intimate and comfortable. Soft lighting, flocked velvet-clad walls in sultry red, and plush seating—velvet upholstered chairs and diamond-tufted banquettes—create an ambiance that invites guests to linger and indulge. On the walls, the collection of 1920s-style black-and-white burlesque photos by Studio Manasse are supplemented by vintage-look images of New Jersey stars and starlettes, adding a touch of local glamour.
The posh surroundings set the stage for a showstopping menu, under the direction of chef de cuisine Bill Zucosky. An a-la-carte lineup tempts with steak-house favorites and distinctive menu innovations. Appetizers tend toward the lighter side. Try the New England scallops with edamame succotash and black-truffle butter in a corn broth; the roasted golden beets and grilled asparagus with sherry vinaigrette; or one of several salad selections. For your entrée, the main attraction is, of course, beef. Along with having the juicy, prime cut of your choice prepared just the way you like it, the accompaniments are scene stealers. Each potato choice—goose-fat potatoes, whipped-potato purée and hand-cut garlic-and-herb fries and potatoes Romanoff—brings personality to the plate. Even the vegetables are indulgent: wild mushrooms sauteed with butter; black-truffle creamed spinach and crispy, garlic green beans.
Beyond the beef offerings, there are terrific seafood entrées (sesame-crusted tuna, pan-seared snapper), veal chops and Colorado rack of lamb, all perfectly complemented by their side dishes.
Desserts are tempting: creamy cheesecake, 24-layer chocolate cake, or apple pie—none will disappoint.
Overindulgence is allowed; the restaurant is housed in the Westminster Hotel so accommodations are near, if you need them (or what the heck, plan in advance to make it a true night on the town. You won’t be sorry.)
Established in 2003, the contemporary quarters have the intimate feel of a boutique hotel, with the conveniences and amenities of a larger chain. Recent upgrades include the addition of a business center, a Zen garden and a property-wide embrace of green initiatives. Sustainable products and practices include bamboo-blend linens and bathrobes, organic bath products from Lather, energy-efficient lighting and a comprehensive recycling program.
The 183 guest rooms and 10 executive suites have plush Hollandia International beds, outfitted with Egyptian cotton sheets. There’s an indoor pool, spa services and room service.
Come for dinner, stay for breakfast—or make it a romantic weekend!
550 W. Mt Pleasant Ave, Livingston
Top-shelf steak house in a swank, comfortable setting.