I am a sucker for the Lugers porterhouse...honorable mention for Striphouse, diffferent but very good
Best Filet - Sparks (although one was not as good as others)
Best Experiences Overall - Mark Joseph and Del Frisco's, liked 'em both...Del Frisco's more grandiose, wider array of items...Mark Joseph, great steak, low key, killer blueberry cobbler
Excellent (and a special place for me) Gallaghers where my parents took me for my 21st B'day...bonus points for the mustard sauce
Best value - Currently is Knickerbocker by NYU, solid porterhouse is $35 pp including big side dishes. Rest of menu is expensive but not to the same degree as the big boys. Only steakhouse I have been to recently where you can legitimately get a great emal for under $100 including a drink or two.
Worth Going To - Mortons, never a bad meal save for bad service in Boston which was recognized by another server who provided a free round of drinks. They have some good unadvertised specials if you sign up for their mailing list and don't mind asking for a special at that type of establishment. In NY I feel their are too many choices to go to a "chain" but if I had the $$$ to eat at steakhouses more often or worked nearby I would certainly keep it in the rotation. The meat cart routine is good once.
Unimpressive - Old Homestead, overpriced, not very good
Jury Still Out - Smith & Wollensky, the main dining room was just OK, seafood platter was very impressive but $$$$, steak was not as good as others mentioned but still very good...for $50 a piece of meat better be damn good for me to return...on a seperate note, the grill has a $25 steak sandwich that I enjoyed very much...if I feel like splurging its about $12 more than a decent burger in this crazy town
Only place I have been to out-of-town was Grill 23 in Boston which was very good/great service/great ambiance/better menu variety than most steakhouses and Mortons in Boston which was also very solid.
I had a great steak at a place tha I think was called Pen-and-Pencil in Lancaster Co./Amish Country PA.
I love a good steak once a month or so...I try to only eat prime steaks and subscribe to the quality over quantity philosophy when it comes to steak. That said, a good night out was typically $100 give or take a few bucks....$30+ for the steak $10-$20 on shared apps, sides and desserts and $15 - $20 on two drinks or splitting a bottle of OK wine (maybe a few bucks more if we had a decent bottle). Now if we go out its a minimum $150 and often times $200 if my idiot friend decides to order $100 bottles for the table. The price is nearly prohibitive and makes it a lot harder to enjoy when you are not their on an expense account.
This year I have been to Del Frisco's, Knickerbocker and Wollensky's Grill...nothing else so far.