Sunday, February 1, 2009
Ricardo Steak House
The VIP Section of East Harlem
The party spills out onto 2nd Ave in front of East Harlem's Ricardo Steakhouse almost every night. If you see strings of lights hanging outside and hear pumping music coming from inside you know you've found the right pace. Walking into this restaurant is like being welcomed into the VIP section of a new East Harlem. You're greeted by excited hostesses and read the list of enticing specials by enthusiastic waiters. If you want a break from the music the outdoor patio in the back offers some quiet and privacy, and it's covered and heated in the cooler months.
The restaurant is large but manages to be homey with bright paintings along the walls and an open kitchen. There isn't a bad cut of steak here, but the oysters and the mixed grill are also worth a try. If you are eating with an East Harlem skeptic – someone who doesn't believe you can get a fantastic meal in the area – take them here. And don't forget this place when you're out with a large party, they sing a powerful "Happy Birthday."
The restaurant is currently expanding. There will be a second floor and a lounge area coming soon.
Location: 2145 2nd Avenue, between 110th and 111th Streets.
Phone: (212) 289-5895
Recommended Dishes/Drinks: Ricardo Mixed Grill, Ricardo Filet Mignon, New York Strip, Margaritas
Average Dish Price: $26
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