217 W 85th St, New York, NY | Directions 1002440.787532 -73.976483
Neighborhoods: Midtown, Upper West Side
This is honestly one of the worst steakhouses I've ever been to. I went here last night for a company holiday dinner. The bartenders were friendly and the drinks were good, so at least there was that. However, upon ordering the Japanese pepper-crusted filet I was told "It will be medium". There was no arguing. My friend ordered the "corn-fed" rib-eye and asked for it to be well-done. The waiter said he could only have it medium.
When the food came out my filet was well-done (not medium, as I was told it would be) and was dry. To compensate for the dry, low-quality meat, the restaurant serves a little dish of au-jus which you can dip the meat in. My friend also received a well-done filet, not a rib-eye. Other people at our table ordered rib-eyes and they came out medium-rare, not medium (as they were also told without any choice). I sampled one of these rib-eyes and found it to be bland with poor marbling. When the waiter was informed that my friend ordered a rib-eye and not a filet he was told that it would be TWENTY minutes to prepare his order properly. Annoyed, he elected to eat the well-done filet.
The quality of the steals we received is equivalent to what you would buy at a chain grocery store. It's not angus. It's not aged, as claimed on the website. And it's not prime, as claimed by the restaurant. It cuts, smells, tastes, and looks like USDA Choice- a thoroughly average piece of beef.
Some sides were served with the steaks. The green beans were seasoned well but they were over-cooked. The rice was hard when it should have been fluffy. The french fries, no doubt deep dried from frozen bags, were literally the best part of the meal. And that is so sad at a trendy Japanese-style steakhouse.
On a hygiene note, the restaurant looks nice. But I saw one of the sushi chefs downstairs, the larger one, sneeze directly onto a sushi roll that he was preparing. He looked up and saw me looking at him...and then proceeded to continue working on the same sushi roll. He did not throw away the food he sneezed on. He did not wash his hands. This is beyond disgusting.
As noted above, the service was unfriendly at best. The manager is a glad-handing little man who looks constantly worried. I would be worried if I was him too. He has no idea how to run a restaurant.
1) A steakhouse which does not even offer to cook your steak to your preference is not a steakhouse at all. It is a cafeteria.
2) A "steakhouse" which cannot cook a piece of meat to medium, but instead brings out thin 8 oz filets at well-done and 10oz rib-eyes at medium-rare- clearly does not know how to cook steaks.
3) A "steakhouse" which claims to serve aged, prime cuts of beef but instead brings out supermarket quality cuts is worse than a bad steakhouse- it is a dishonest one. This is especially true considering the $30 to $40 price tags for the steaks.
If I was the executive chef I would be ashamed to have my name associated with this place. And I feel really sorry for people who eat at this steakhouse because they keep kosher. You really deserve better food than this place can offer.
Upper West Side Gem – I am kosher and live on the upper west side and I have been waiting forever for something like Prime KO. Let me explain a few things first about myself. I do eat at non kosher restaurants and I do like to go out to fun spots downtown, but to get my meat fix and have an awesome nightlife experience I had yet to find something near where I live - until now...
Prime KO is such a wonderful spot for all the above reasons and more. I tried numerous amounts of dishes since opening and every dish gets better and better. A few of my favorites are: Tartar assortment, kobe beef sliders, gyu kakani (no joke the braised beef in this dish melted in my mouth) and the Shabu Shabu. What is great about this restaurant is that you can sit upstairs if you want something a little more intimate and quieter or you can sit downstairs if you want to listen to the DJ (I believe only there on Thursday and Saturday nights) and hang out with friends. Its fun, neighborhoody and always has something going on - I have actually seen a few random celebrities there!
Service is great and the general manager always makes me feel important, which is so key to a diners experience!
amazing food without the crazy prices – very cool decor. sit downstairs if you can. friendly waitress, amazing hot appetizers (try the sliders and buffalo chicken). fun entrees (shabu shabu) with very good steaks (i had the L bone which tasted as good as prime grill). amazing french fries!!!!!!! interesting (in a good way) desserts very different than standard kosher desserts.
the best part was my final bill.
amazing menu – went there for the first time,we waited 6 month since it opened .staff are so friendly and never say no to anything you ask from the.the food is so good that we keep on going back and each times it gets better.desserts are very good also so leave some room!dj is great downstairs
More than Just Kosher – Came here with my boyfriend after a movie, not really expecting much - I hadn't really checked the place out beforehand, it was its proximity to the theater that made us come in. I was completely blown away! Let's start with the decor - the restaurant itself is gorgeous. The atmosphere is hip and cool, the maitre'd welcomed us like family, and the waiters were helpful and knowledgeable. The bar is well stocked, with high end liquors, amazing wines (yes, Kosher wine - amazing does exist, apparently!). The cocktails are tasty and inventive, and the food - oh, the food - is absolutely delicious! The fish is fresh, the meat is sublime, and the desserts were absolutely amazing (I'm a total sweets lover and the chef here is a freakin' genius!). I'll be back-with friends, family, or maybe by myself - it really is just that good!
if you know about food prime ko is current with today time finally !!!!!it makes proud and by far can compete with any non kosher giant,the place opened 6 weeks ago and its amazing and never ate in a place like this with this amazing food ,i wish u guys the best and it takes some one who eats out in non kosher restaurants to appriciate this revolutiom
Great addition to the upper west side – I met a friend for sushi and drinks at Prime KO on a Thursday night and I was blown away. We arrived around 9:30 and the downstairs was "poppin." The restaurant has a DJ that plays every Thursday - apparently he used to play at Buddha Bar in the meatpacking (I went over and got his card - he was great.) We sat in an area behind the bar that still had a private feel to it. We ordered the Katsu Maki with truffle oil - lets just say out of this world! The Sake was great and I will definitely be back soon. I love Prime KO!
Citysearch Editorial Review – There are plenty of kosher dining options on the Upper West Side--but none quite like Prime KO, which offers steaks and sushi in a super-sleek setting. The bi-level space features an elegant main dining room with lofty ceilings; in the dimly lit lower level, sushi devotees can watch chefs prepare the five-course omakase (chef’s choice) menu for $75, or opt for one of nearly 50 sushi rolls (of course, no shellfish appear on the list). For a heartier meal, meat-centric options include bison rib eye and Black Angus filet. In keeping with the trend-focused vibe, there are also several creative choices like ceviche tacos, Wagyu beef sliders and Kobe beef-filled ravioli.
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