* Click here for rating key
Grill 23 & Bar Restaurant Review: Grill 23 & Bar is a twenty-first-century, classic American steakhouse that has reinvented itself with a renovated bar, steaks that sizzle and a notable wine list. Yuppies and board chairmen hold court in the two-story dining room (which can get boisterous at times) over huge slabs of tender, juicy meat and bottles of red wine. The bar has been expanded to include a wall of windows that provides a near al fresco dining experience. Though the steaks and chops are the stars, chef Jay Murray’s whole menu is a class act, from the farm-raised beef tenderloin to brick-pressed chicken and "epic" pot roast. Start off with the hearty crab cake filled with nothing but pure Jonah crab meat or the yellowtail sashimi complemented by minted pea aïoli and carrot soup. We recommend the 100-day dry-aged rib-eye, twin filet mignon and Kobe cap steak that taste best with a side of twice-baked potato (served somewhat deconstructed with crispy skins on the side), roasted mushrooms in a rich Cognac and beef butter sauce, and truffled tater tots. The wine list balances showpieces with genuine finds. Desserts range from caramel profiteroles to blueberry crisp with cream cheese ice cream. The upstairs private dining suite is an elegant touch.