In the heart and bustle of Boro Park NY, this understated establishment is attracting a crowd. Not only the by the locals, but judging by appearance and dress, the patrons are making an effort to journey in from afar.
The restaurant was entertaining a mixed crowd – business dinners, family get-togethers, a youngster’s birthday party and couples date night.
We arrived early in the evening and were the first diners to sit and were therefore able to appreciate the interior and décor without getting distracted by the busy period that was to follow. Moodily lit, with tables set out in a not-too-crowded layout, it imparts the impression of a formal, classy but not stuffy venue. A cleverly place water-wall feature serves to separate the main room from the activity that takes place around the rear of the restaurant. Two wine walls are the finishing touch.
The seating is arranged over two levels, with two separate rooms available on the ground floor.
Besides for the obvious selection of steaks on the menu, there was sushi, lamb and veal as well.
For our starters we ordered veal gnocchi, beef spring rolls and BBQ beef flat bread. The gnocchi was served with mushrooms in a veal jus. The spring rolls were crisp and fresh with a garnish of chives and delicious a glaze over them. The BBQ flat bread was a meal on its own, bursting with flavour from the capers and cilantro.
Portions are generous and the food arrived well presented. The staff are knowledgeable and attentive and were able to easily answer our question about the menu items and make recommendations.
There is a large selection of wine available and is attractively arranged on the wine racks along the walls for easy inspection.
For our main course we opted for the 28oz cowboy rib steak, which was served on the bone, with a side of perfectly done fries. The platter was easily able to feed two people and was pre-sliced for easy serving. The meat was grilled to perfection, nicely done on the outside and still tender in the centre.
Dessert was a smores pie – a toasted marshmallow bed served with a ball of vanilla ice cream and coated with caramel sauce.
An enjoyable meal all around and well worth a visit.
The Loft Steakhouse is Glatt, under the supervision of R’ Yechiel Babad.
1306 40th Street