261 Water St, New York, NY | Directions 1003840.708393 -74.001620
Neighborhoods: Downtown, Financial District (Wall Street), Financial District
Amazing Food in a Warm, Friendly Atmosphere – From the moment I entered the bar I knew that I had found my new favorite spot! I was having a beer and the bartender asked if I had ever tried the bacon. Since it was my first time at Mark Joseph's I had no idea what he was talking about. A few minutes later I was served the thickest slice of canadian bacon that I had ever seen! We were so comfortable at the bar that we decided to stay put, watch the game and order Porterhouse for 2, hashed browns and creamed spinach. After the bacon I should not have been surprised at the thick cut of porterhouse that filled the sizzling plate. AMAZING is all that I could say! The hashed browns were crisp and tasteful. The creamed spinach was the best I have ever tasted and there isn't a drop of cream in them. I will have to try the desserts on my next visit!
Great Steak, but is this a day care center? – I live in the area and we used to freqent MJ's whenever we wanted a really good steak. The steaks are fabulous, so are the sides and the desert. BUT....The last few times we have been there it seems like the owner's children are running around. On Mother's Day they were all outside, our table was by the window and they were making faces, screaming and being obnoxious, while the owner and family dined in peace. This place is VERY expensive, and in this economy it is not so easy to spend that kind of money, no matter how good the steaks are. The last thing I want is a bunch of little kids sticking their tongues out at us and being disruptive. My Daughter actually closed the curtain they were so annoying. Heads up, find a babysitter or control your kids!!
My New Favorite Steakhouse – I have lived in Manhattan for 5 years and consider myself a steak lover. I have finally found the ultimate steak lovers fantasy, MarkJoseph Steakhouse. It took me 5 years to find this place so I am sure there are many out there, who like me, are always looking for the ultimate steak and think they have found it. The steak is consistently perfect. I say consistently because I have gone back once a week for the last 5 weeks just to make sure 'it was that good' and every time I cut into the Porterhouse it is tender and bursting with flavor. The appetizers are consistently good. My favorites are the bacon, mozzarella and tomatoes and the hot seafood platter (you have to have a big appetite to enjoy this and your steak). The sides are basic but delicious. Save a little room because the MarkJoseph Special desert is a must have!
Ok but Sad – the service was horrible first to begin with second the steak was ok and the salad and seafood was good but i asked for my steak to be well done due to the bussy night the waiter or kitchen laacked to cook my steak properally blood red in the middle i asked for well done they brang me medium rare ughh makes me mad but atleast i enjoyed the raw ruberr seafood the only reall dinner i had was salad . sad to say i could of seen a mouse but the waiter yelled at me " we have no mouses "! i was really looking to have a great time but maybe it wasnt there night i can also forgive the waiter maybe there was no mouse cant blame nyc and also THIIS PLACE IS VERY PRICEY
classic steakhouse – I had a great experience, good times great food!
Very decent steak, excellent service, but a bit out of the way – Had the 16oz filet mignon, lobster ravioli w/ shrimp, whipped potatoes, and the fried calamari. Calamari was excellent with a great balance of squid and breading. Our side of whipped potatoes was the best I've ever had, and tasted very light. The lobster ravioli was so-so, they did not really seem like they were handmade. I felt the shrimp on the plate was the main focus of the plate, which was excellent. They were the largest I've seen in my life. The filet mignon was decently cooked for medium rare. The service was absolutely excellent as there were no problems with plate-sharing, and the server had plated our entrees for us separately at the table. Wine was poured consistently, and we weren't bothered too often at all. This place does tend to be out of the way and the cab driver we found had a bit of trouble finding the place. Overall a decent experience but a bit short of anything special.
My favorite steak house. – The porterhouse steak for two - My favorite. They must be using so much butter for it.. It is so buttery and so good!! Dip in the butter juice and dig in!! So wall street, traditional atmosphere. In southseaport. Great service. I like the old style bar too.
They burn your steak...always. – If you are among the few who like a steak M
edium, get ready for a piece or charcoal coming your way. They CANNOT cook it. I have been here four times and I specifically told the waiter NOT TO BURN THE STEAK, and always comes back with a very thick layer of charcoal which destroys the taste. They arrogantly try to explain how I am supposed to eat like that.
Unless you like your meat rare...dont eat steak there. (unless you like chewing charcoal!)
Great Meal at MarkJoseph – When we need to celebrate, and I'm in charge of selecting the spot, this is where we go. The meat is terrific, the service is excellent, and the sides are satisfying and rich. I love the franklin salad, which we tried to duplicate at home: what a HUGE amount of work that was, and of course it wasn't as good. We always have a great meal here. Sure it's pricy but this is a splurge meal in many ways. About one years ago we took a group of old friends here, and they're still talking about it, even the woman who is mostly a vegetarian. MarkJoseph is really, really good at what they do.
Worth the Trip Downtown - by Cab or by Plane!!! – Consistency is what keeps bringing me back to Markjoseph Steakhouse! I look forward to the delicious Porterhouse - mashed potatoes and sauteed spinach- and have recently made it a tradition to have lunch delivered on Fridays to my office! Their lunch menu is terrific but I stick to the Porterhouse! It is to die for! Although there were some changes in the management a few years back ... most of the staff has remained the same since they opened. Ray - the new manager - is always a friendly face to see and makes everyone feel like a regular. MarkJoseph Steakhouse is what a traditional steakhouse should be!
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