THE TOP TEN World's Best Steakhouses
Neal Ungerleider

Prime cuts, done right, around the world

One of the world’s greatest dining experiences, the classic steakhouse belongs to an age before fad diets and worries about fat. Whether it’s Peter Luger’s legendary succulent porterhouse dripping in natural juices and butter or Doe’s Eat Place four-pound sirloin, steakhouse cuisine is unparalleled in its simplicity. Throw in some crispy hash browns, creamed spinach, a rich dessert and a martini or three and the result is a classic meal. Jim Leff, founder of well-known dining website chowhound.com, says that there is nothing more evocative than a real old-fashioned steakhouse, and we’re inclined to agree with him...
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Peter Luger’s

Brooklyn, N.Y.
Steak for two: $81.90
This institution among steakhouses has been in business since 1887. Located in a massive Teutonic rathskeller beneath Brooklyn's Williamsburg Bridge, Peter Luger's is an easy 15-minute cab drive from New York's Financial District. Their steaks for two are legendary, with waiters presenting them on sizzling plates with plenty of fat at the bottom to spoon over the serving. Accompanied by a tomato-and-onion salad, fried potatoes and an appetizer order of Luger’s acclaimed bacon, this restaurant may just serve the meal of champions.
 

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Gene and Georgetti

Chicago
T-bone steak: $42.75
Meals at Chicago's Gene and Georgetti traditionally start with a "garbage salad"—a massive appetizer of shrimp, salami, cheese, pepperoncinis and vegetables that acts as a sort of American antipasto. It's followed by steak accompanied by cottage fries and plenty of house-baked Italian bread. Then there's dessert, all in a room that proves why Frank Sinatra made it into his official Chicago stop.
 

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La Chacra

Buenos Aires
Full meal: $35-$45
If beef is a religion in Argentina, than La Chacra may well be one of its major shrines. A stuffed cow sits outside the restaurant and the menu is dedicated to Argentine classics like bife de chorizo (a cut unique to the country), ojo de bife, sirloin and tenderloin. Steaks are accompanied by empanadas (turnovers) and a massive array of salads—some of which, like the lettuce, grapefruit, pear, apple, orange, grapes, celery, nuts and mayonnaise salad, seem like they were designed especially to confound the stateside palate. Expect a full meal to cost far less than it would in the United States, thanks to the dollar's position alongside the Argentine peso.
 

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Moishe’s, Montreal

Filet mignon
US$26.89
Montreal’s Jewish community didn’t just give the world Leonard Cohen, Mordecai Richler and William Shatner; it also gave birth to this world-class steakhouse. The defiantly non-kosher menu offers a justifiably famous shrimp cocktail alongside the T-bones and filet mignons, but side dishes like potato latkes and verenikas harken back to the old country. But be warned: Moishe’s strictly old-school staff takes reservations less than literally and more often that not guests face a long wait at the bar. Fortunately, the classic dining room and extensive wine list more than make up for the wait.
 

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Le Severo

Paris
Côte de boeuf for two: $117.52
A minuscule, eccentric Parisian wine bar located in an obscure corner of the 14th arrondissement, Le Severo does things differently. Forget about having dinner here on a Saturday night; they're likely to be closed. And forget about ordering vegetarian options with your wine, there aren't any. (And, by the way, are you lost?) There are really just three things to order here: the charcuterie platter, a côte de boeuf for two with perfectly executed frites and a good bottle of wine. Anything else would be superfluous.
 

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Doe’s Eat Place

Greenville, Miss.
Ribeye: $32.95
Although Mississippi might be better known for its barbecue than for its steak, Doe’s Eat Place is justifiably famous. A 1941-vintage restaurant located in a converted grocery store, Doe’s has earned praise for its broiled steaks. In 2007, the James Beard Foundation named Doe’s Eat Place as one of "America’s Classics"; Men’s Journal claims their porterhouse is "the best thing to eat in America." Be that as it may, but the real charm here is in the low-fi surroundings. Steaks, whether in Greenville or at the restaurant’s Oxford, MS or Little Rock locations, are accompanied by another great Mississippi specialty: tamales.
 

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Trattoria Sostanza

Florence
 
Sostanza is Florence’s oldest trattoria, in business since 1869,and nicknamed "the trough" for its communal tables. Although, like many older restaurants, it’s now somewhat of a tourist trap, the food is beyond reproach. Among the restaurant’s most well-known dishes are the spot-on bistecca alla Fiorentina and petti di pollo al burro (twin chicken breasts fried in butter). Be warned: Steaks are routinely three inches thick.
 

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Stripsteak

Las Vegas
8 oz. Masami Farms American Kobe Ribeye Cap: $64
Chef Michael Mina of Stripsteak is a proud member of the cult of Kobe. The celebrity restaurateur told the San Francisco Chronicle’s Michael Bauer that he opened Stripsteak because "there’s something to the reality of being able to fill the seats and use great product in its simplest form." So the restaurant is populist? It is. But the steaks are poached in butter and the menu features American Kobe-style beef from Masami Farms along with the real, Japanese article. A 6 oz. Kobe ribeye will cost big spenders a cool $170.
 

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Porcao

Rio de Janeiro
Rodízio: $39.65
The name might translate to "The Pig" but the food at Porcao is all about the beef. This popular Brazilian rodizio (all-you-can-eat meat barbecue) has spun off sister restaurants in both New York (pictured above) and Miami. The dish to get is filet mignon wrapped in bacon; there’s also sirloin and rump steak up for the offering along with lamp chops, chicken, ribs, fish and other dishes. An accompanying all-you-can-eat salad bar includes that strangest of Brazilian specialties, sushi.
 

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Jess & Jim’s

Kansas City, Mo.
26 oz. Playboy Strip Steak: $39.95
Perhaps the archetype of Midwestern steakhouses, Jess & Jim’s has been serving some of the finest meals in the United States since 1938. Steaks come with the option of lobster tail, shrimp scampi or fried shrimp alongside and all filets come wrapped in bacon. Side dishes like buttered mushroom, twice-baked potatoes and green beans are strictly old school but the wine list includes some unexpected gems. One of legendary food writer Calvin Trillin’s favorite steakhouses, it’s the kind of place that feels like a blast from the past—in the best way possible.
 





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