Bull & Bear
The Bull and Bear was once exclusively for men, particularly those concerned with the stock market. The ticker tape still runs along the wall of the barroom, and behind the massive mahogany bar stand the powerful Bull and Bear replicas. However, today there are plenty of women and families in attendance at this modern steakhouse, one of three restaurants at the Waldorf=Astoria.
Aged Black Angus steaks, well-marbled and tender, are prepared to your liking and served with your choice of house-made sauces. Try the spicy peppercorn sauce made with veal glace, green peppercorns, brandy, and finished with a touch of cream. Pick up the accompanying roasted garlic head and squeeze the sweet caramelized garlic over your steak as you would squeeze lemon over fish. The juicy beefsteak tomato salad with mozzarella, basil, red onion, aged balsamic and extra virgin olive oil is a refreshing way to set yourself up for the steak. Meat and potatoes are natural dance partners, and you can indulge in what could be considered the prom queen, Truffle Parmesan Fries, tender and so crisp and addictive in their innocent paper cone.
The famous Red Velvet Cake is a must. Said to be invented at the Waldorf, it has been reinvented for the modern diner and colored with beet juice rather than food dye. This five-layer chocolate cake is filled with mascarpone cream cheese and garnished with a couple of crispy paper-thin beet chips. Dinner daily, 5 to 11pm. -- Marian Betancourt