Del Frisco’s Grille

| January 28, 2013

For years I worked across the street from Del Frisco’s Double Eagle Steak House in Midtown and I was lucky enough to have lunch there more times than I should admit. Almost instantly it became my favorite steakhouse for so many reasons. The steak is always outstanding and on top of that they have perfected every aspect of a truly great meal: The entrees are all ddel friscos grilleelicious, they have terrific side dishes, incredible desserts and the service is truly world class.

Last night we decided to go to their newer concept Del Frisco’s Grille. I must admit I was a bit apprehensive since the original steakhouse had set the bar so high for us and I was concerned it would not be as good. My doubts were short-lived as our experience there was wonderful from start to finish.

The restaurant is a cozy modern atmosphere that feels very social and approachable. The dim lighting and upbeat music add warmth to the space and set the stage for a wonderful dining experience. Next to the bar is a wood-burning stove that illuminates the area and adds to the friendly ambiance.

We arrived quite early for our reservation so we went to the bar for a drink before we were seated. The bar is equipped with high top tables and several TV’s showing the games of the day. It feels like an upscale sports bar and definitely a great choice to meet for drinks after a hard days work in midtown. While we waited for our table, we enjoyed a glass of wine and perused the extensive wine list which carries over 700 hundred bottles.

After a short stay in the bar the hostess seated us at one of the booths near the window. The tables around the perimeter are well situated to give just the right amount of privacy while still feeling social.

The menu is wide-ranging and divided into clever categories including; “Food to Fight Over,” (appetizers) “Big Greens” (entrée salads), “Lil Somethin Somethin” (side dishes) and “Happy Endings” (desserts). Along with these, they offer some delicious flatbread choices, several fish, chicken dishes and veal dishes and of course the signature steaks. There is something for everyone on this menu.

We started with two of the chef’s signature appetizers; The Jumbo Lump Crab Cakes and The Ahi Tuna Tacos. The crab cakes were prepared in a Cajun lobster sauce and were quite good but the Ahi tacos were to die for. They were finished with a spicy citrus mayo that I will continue to crave until our next visit.

del friscos filet mignonThe entrée choices were abundant including several interesting options like; the Ahi Tuna Steak served with sesame chive crust, chilled noodles and ponzu sauce, or the Chicken Schnitzel served with squash and chive noodles and a lemon butter sauce. All the choices sounded great but our inner steak-lover couldn’t pass up the amazing Del Frisco’s signature steaks. We ordered the Filet Mignon with Fois Gras Butter and a classic filet as well. The classic filet was exactly as I remembered from my Del Frisco lunch days and the Fois Gras butter was a decadent addition that was extraordinary.

To complete this fabulous meal we ordered the Nutella Bread Pudding prepared with caramel sauce and coffee ice cream. All I can say is “wow!” This dessert is not to be missed. I have never had anything quite like it, and again – craveable!

All in all, we truly enjoyed our experience from start to finish. If you are in Rockefeller Center, Del Frisco’s Grille is the perfect choice for drinks, lite bites or a marvelous meal.


Del Frisco’s Grille is located at 50 Rockefeller Plaza

(212) 767-0371