Steakhouses that become institutions tend to add a substantive layer to any metropolitan neighborhood, just thinking about the way Peter Luger does so for Williamsburg… and I’d definitely say Quality Meats does the exact same for Midtown. A jewel of a steakhouse right before Central Park about 3-5 streets above the theatre district, this spot, on a weeknight, was boisterous and bustling. To add some heat to competitors, the restaurant is nearly 3 floors – yes, still jam packed, on all three.
Another note, turns out this trendy spot is blood tied to the Smith and Wollensky (father owned) restaurant chain. Makes sense that Quality meats (son-operated) is simply a modern continuation of an old school classic.
Now just look at these doors & the title, I just love what they call this place. Quality Meats. Sounds like a butcher shop with an owner that couldn’t really think of a proper name who defaulted to “it is what it is” territory. Dig it. My iphone quality doesn’t quite match up with what you can do with a DLSR during the daytime when there’s a lot of light. But I love late dinners, and so you’ll have to tread through these somewhat pixelated photos. I have a few I threw in from another website, the original designers of this interior space, who will literally blow your mind. Click the link to see more of their work.
Insanely cool lighting, raw bulbs screwed right into the ceiling. Quality meats, quality lightbulbs. Dry dry dry.