A Bar Menu Loophole Makes Del Frisco’s a Midtown Lunch!
This is not a typo people. You are not seeing things. This week I made an amazing discovery, that adds Del Frisco’s (the enormous, upscale and extremely expensive steakhouse in the middle of Midtown Manhattan) to the list of official Midtown Lunches. THE Del Frisco’s. If you work in Midtown you have been to or know someone who has eaten, or more than likely work for someone who has eaten, at Del Frisco’s. All on the company dime, of course… after all, nobody pays for Del Frisco’s themselves!
Until today. Do not mistake this for a drill. This is real. I have discovered a loophole in the Del Frisco’s cortex that may stop the space time continuum. There is a meal…. at Del Frisco’s… that is delicious… and filling… that involves steak… and it is $9.95. I am not shitting you! While reading Andre Mika’s review of Del Frisco’s for dinner on his blog “Fork New York” I noticed this little mention:
That can’t be, right? $10? The burger there is $13.95. How could steak, in any form be less? But sure enough- I went to this place where Onion Rings cost $12.95, and poor men dare to dream, and there it was. Right there in plain English. At the top of the bar menu…
Filet tips w/ Chateau Potatoes. $9.95. Meaning that if you ignore the tax & tip (which we clearly will), eating at the Bar of Del Frisco’s is now… a Midtown Lunch!
Steak tip porn, after the jump…
From the first bite, you know you are in for a treat. Despite the average price, these are not your average steak tips. They are Del Frisco’s Steak Tips, and they tasted every bit like Del Frisco’s steak tips. The bartender recommended getting them cooked Medium, so I obliged. They came out on the Medium Well side, but they were still perfectly tender… especially when compared to your average crappy bar in NYC steak tips.
6 decent size tips, surrounding a big pile of “Chateau Potatoes”, which are basically seasoned mashed potatoes with the skins left on. (When my boss heard that “chateau” just meant they left the skins on, he commented that he made potatoes like this all the time, but called them “lazy man potatoes”.) The potatoes were delicious, and the steak tips were out of this world. Of course, I’ve never eaten off the real menu at Del Frisco’s so I have nothing to compare it to, but after trying the filet tips, I can honestly say I will gladly eat the throwaway bits off of rich peoples’ expensive steaks any day (especially for $10).
If you are not a big fan of black pepper, you might complain a little bit about how much pepper the steak tips are seasoned with- but to that I’d say, “Quit your freaking complaining, you’re eating at Del Frisco’s for $9.95.” The one thing to remember is the Filet Tips are on the “Bar Menu”, which you have to ask for specifically, and only available at the bar.
If you want to skip out on the whole tipping thing, call and order it to-go. For me, it’s worth the extra couple bucks to sit at the bar of Del Frisco’s and see how the other half lives…
- Delicious steak & filling mashed potatoes at a restaurant that nobody can afford to eat at without a corporate card… for only $9.95. What bigger + do you need?
- If you eat at the bar, you get free bread & butter!
- It’s pretty quick, ordering at the bar. We were in and out in about 40 minutes.
- No complaints here! (Although for some, the $4 sodas and copious amounts of black pepper that cover the steak might be cause for complaint.)
- The plate looks small when they first bring it out, but don’t let your eyes deceive you. For $10, it’s plenty of food…
Del Frisco’s, 1221 Ave. of the Americas (btw. 48+49th), 212-575-5129.