My wonderful husband works at the Night Hotel in Times Square, and there are quite a few perks to his job that I get to take advantage of, namely, complimentary dinners! This time we were the lucky recipients of a six course dinner from Uncle Jack’s Steakhouse which one of the managers had so kindly given to my husband.
We went to Uncle Jack’s Steakhouse in midtown right after the holidays, and I was delighted to see the decorations were all still up, and looked so pretty in this cozy looking steakhouse.
After we were seated, I was brought a complimentary glass of Champagne which I thought was a very nice touch. Overall the service was exemplary, like what you would expect from a five star establishment. Now onto the food….
Our first course was the Maryland Jumbo Lump Crab Cake which our server explained consisted of 90% crab and 10% Japanese breadcrumbs. Apparently this is not the norm in the industry, as restaurants often try to skimp on the crab. I must say I am not a huge fan of crabcakes in general, and perhaps it is because they put so much filler in them, but I really enjoyed this one. It wasn’t so mealy, and you could really taste the crab, and the breadcrumbs gave it a nice crunch on the outside. I also really enjoyed the sauce underneath the crabcake which reminded me of a creamy tomato bisque.
Our second course was the Oysters Jackafella, which I was very interested to try their spin on the classic Rockefeller. I was certainly not disappointed with these delicious oysters teeming with spinach and goat cheese. The oysters had a good texture and the spinach and tangy goat cheese made for an interesting twist to the salty seafood.
Next came the Lollipop Lamb Chops, and they were fantastic! I really don’t eat lamb very often, not because I don’t like it, but I just don’t find the opportunity very often. If I am at a steakhouse, I tend to get steak. So I was thrilled with these deliciously tender chops encrusted with panko, garlic and Dijon mustard.
I know it’s hard to believe, but I was getting pretty full by this point, and I was very pleased to see our fourth course was a light Buffalini Mozzarella with tomatoes. It’s funny because my husband rates his mozzarella by the “squeakiness” factor, we always joke about it, but mozzarella that you buy from the average grocery store actually squeaks when you eat it – do you know what I mean? There’s something “plasticy” about a fake mozzarella that the good stuff does not have. Authentic mozzarella should melt in your mouth, be rich and creamy, and not in the least bit chewy. Anyway, Uncle Jack’s mozzarella passed the test with flying colors!
Finally, our last course, the Porterhouse Steak, arrived at the table and was carved in front of us. I thought the steak was delicious, tender and perfectly cooked to my liking (rare), however, my husband prefers medium and thought it was a bit underdone. We also got creamed spinach and garlic mashed potatoes, the traditional steakhouse sides. I actually love to mix my spinach and mashed potatoes, as a child my mom used to make it for me like that all the time. The spinach and potatoes were both creamy and very tasty.
I was really stuffed at this point, but I had to leave some room for dessert! Our dessert sampler included Chocolate Mousse, Tiramisu, and Pecan Pie. All I have to say is yum! I wish I could have enjoyed more of it, but I was only able to get about a bite of each in.
Overall I must say I had an excellent experience at Uncle Jack’s Steakhouse, the food was delicious, and it was free!
Rating: ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥
Uncle Jack’s Steakhouse | www.unclejacks.com | 44 West 56th Street