When you hit the escalators in The Shops at Columbus Circle, your friends may wonder why you’ve brought them to a mall for lunch. But this is no ordinary mall–it’s filled with luxury shops and architectural flourishes—and it’s topped by no ordinary steakhouse. Porter House New York is your destination today, and you’re here for a classic New York power lunch from legendary chef Michael Lomonaco, who specializes in cuts of beef that are among the best in the city.
Escort your crew into a space that’s comfortable and classy, with warm wood and high ceilings offering a welcome contrast to the bustling streets below. There’s a sunken dining room, but ask for a table by the windows, where you can enjoy a killer view of Columbus Circle as you share some old-fashioned, face-to-face status updates. There are white tablecloths and the waiters wear ties, but there’s nothing stuffy about this scene, so relax and help yourself to a slice of fresh bread as you peruse the menu. You’ll find temptations from oysters to lamb chops to Cobb salads on the lunch menu, but set your sights on the Park View 3-Course Lunch, a decadent trio where each plate complements the others.
You’ll start off with a Caesar salad, the slabs of Parmesan cheese a perfect creamy balance to the dressing’s bright lemon pop. Next up is that famous steak. The chef’s skills with fire are legend, and you’ll find the perfect sear on your dry-aged prime beef. (For those who prefer seafood, grilled Scottish salmon is an equally worthy option.) Portions are generous, but since you’re with friends, order a few sides to share. Onion rings come mounded up like a mountain peak, the batter crisp, with a little kick of hidden heat. Creamed spinach is rich and flavorful, available with or without smokey, coarse-cut bacon. Get the bacon.
Between the urbane scene and the sprawl of Central Park across the street, you already knew you were in the heart of NYC, but the third course will confirm it. Cheesecake comes straight from central casting, creamy and thick and topped with blueberries–a fitting end to a daytime feast with friends.