MtotheB on Citysearch
12 years ago
10/29/2010, 05:49 AM
Very disappointing steak restaurant – My husband and I love us some steak - we've been to all of the well known restaurants - Ruth's Chris, Mortons, Emerils Chop House, Keens, Smith and Wollenskys, Ben Bensons, Capital Grille, etc. - and we were looking forward to trying Steakhouse 85 in New Brunswick. We were there early in the week, not busy at all. We ended up having 4 different waitstaff through the night - not a good sign - but the busboy was more attentive then all of them put together. He brought us extra bread and oil w/garlic for dipping - it was the highlight of the meal! Seriously! Started with shrimp cocktails. The sauce was excellent (had a nice kick) but the texture of the shrimp was off - like they had been overcooked. We had the NY Strip and the Porterhouse for main course - very disappointing, especially for the price. Both steaks came with fried onions on top - FROM 1985! They were so stale - inedible. Plus, we ordered the hash browns for a side - so saturated with salt - ridiculous. Again, inedible. Sent the hash browns back and took good 'ole french fries instead - they were fine. Back to the steaks - they just were not nice pieces of meat. The porterhouse was overseasoned and both steaks seemed off in flavor.
When the manager asked how the meal was, we described what was wrong with the food (didn't mention being seated next to the drafty window when there were plenty of booths free) , he listened, then ran away saying he had to tell the kitchen. We never saw him again.
I would recommend driving 15 minutes more and going to Ruth's Chris in Princeton if you want a pricey steak that is worth every bite!