On a cold and rainy fall night, I entered Del Frisco’s Grille to see what the rave was about. After hearing from several colleagues about their appetizers and steaks, I headed there to decide for myself. Set in the heart of Midtown in Rockefeller Plaza by Radio City Music Hall, Del Frisco’s Grille is the perfect meeting point for any commuter. Located by convenient transportation, blocks from Times Square, and walking distance to shopping areas like 5th Avenue, the restaurant makes a great lunch or dinner spot.
Upon entering Del Frisco’s Grille, I was taken aback at how busy it was. Although raining outside, a large group filled the bar area and tables. The atmosphere was extremely inviting and trendy, with dim low hanging lighting, comfortable seating, and stylish paintings. The bar area was filled with an array of tourists, professionals coming in for happy hour, and those waiting for a table.
After being seated to our table, the Signature Cocktail list happily awaited me. Featuring drinks such as “The Mint Chocolate Chip,” “The Pomegranate Margarita” and a “Black Cherry Lemon Drop,” I knew I would have to make a hard decision. I ordered the highly recommended VIP Cocktail, and was not disappointed. Made with Svedka Clementine Vodka that is infused with Fresh Hawaiian Pineapple, the VIP was deliciously sweet yet not over the top. Del Frisco’s Grille also offers an exclusive wine list and hand-shaken martinis.
For appetizers, we ordered Pimento Cheese Fritters and the Jumbo Lump Crabcake. After Chef Scott’s suggestion, we added the Ahi Tacos as well. If you wanted to come for a drink and appetizers, these choices would leave you satisfied, although possibly wanting to order more. The Jumbo Lump Crabcake was featured with their Cajun Lobster Sauce. Made out of mostly crab meat and not breaded, it was savory and filling. The Pimento Cheese Fritters were gooey, fried, and served with a chipotle ranch sauce. What’s not to love? The Ahi Tacos were my favorite, because their flavor was as unique as the concept. Instead of a normal taco shell, the appetizer is made with a fried wonton shell and served with avocado and tuna tartare. The citrus mayo had a little bit of a bite, and paired well with the smooth, creamy seasoned avocado. All of the appetizers were delicious and tasted like homey comfort foods.
When the Prime Ribeye was brought out, I was overwhelmed by the size. It was served with the Spinach Supreme as a side. After reviewing other well-known Steak Houses, I can honestly say it was by far one of the best steaks I have had in New York City. We ordered the Ribeye to be cooked medium rare. It was easy to cut, cooked perfectly and left us stuffed. The Spinach Supreme was creamy and had hints of bacon.
Although stuffed and ready to unbutton our pants, we somehow managed to save room for dessert. The dessert menu at Del Frisco’s Grille is out of this world. The Nutella Bread Pudding was served with a side of coffee ice cream. It was extremely decadent, but the bitter coffee flavor paired well with the gooey, chocolatey, warm creation. The Coconut Cream Pie was served with a thicker crumb crust with cold creamy custard on the inside. Flakes of coconut topping the whipped cream completed the dessert. Although both desserts were larger helpings and could probably be split between two or more people, I couldn’t help noticing many others having dessert were eating the entire thing. After trying both desserts, I would say I can’t blame them.
Del Frisco’s Grille is one of those NYC restaurants that although it has multiple city locations, it still feels unique and one of a kind. Whether looking for a trendy happy hour with coworkers, a date spot, or a girl’s night out, I would recommend Del Frisco’s Grille!
WHERE: Del Frisco’s Grille 50 Rockefeller Plz Suite H (between 51st St & 50th St) New York, NY 10020 Ph. 212-767-0371
HOURS: Monday – Saturday: 11 a.m. – 11 p.m. Sunday: 11 a.m. – 10 p.m. Friday & Saturday: Bar open until midnight