Review By: Stefanie Parks –
It’s only fitting that the 100th review for 24 Dollar Burger should fall just when I’m writing about my favorite restaurant in all of New York. I tried St. Anselm for the first time when I moved here a year and a half ago. I went back this past weekend and to be honest, I was a little nervous that it wouldn’t be as good as I remembered. Don’t ask me how they do it, but somehow, it was even better! After this meal, Dave was even convinced to move it up from number two to number one (sorry Peter Lugers!).
We headed over to Williamsburg at around 6pm with the hopes of putting out names down by 7 and then eating by 8:30. I walked into St. Anselm and up to the hostess who told me that there was only a 45 minute wait at that point and I’d have to come back if I wanted a longer one. I said ok, I’d come back in 20 minutes or so. Before leaving, I ran to the bathroom, and on my way out the hostess stopped me to tell me the wait was now an hour and a half so I should put my name down. Well, that was fast!
For the second time, Dave and I were seated at the bar. In our opinion, these are the best seats in the house because you get to watch your steak being cooked right in front of you. We ordered a couple of beers, looked through the menu for about the hundredth time, asked our server a few questions, and then put in our order.
Just as we had last time, we started with a salad. The Bacon & Blue with hot bacon dressing. If you’re wondering what in the world hot bacon dressing is, well, it’s exactly what it sounds like. Warm blue cheese dressing with bacon. Not only does it have pieces of bacon, the whole dressing has that smoky and salty bacon flavor. At first it’s a little strange that the dressing is warm, but as soon as you get used to that… Wow is it incredible.
For our entrees we ordered the Butcher’s Steak with garlic butter (at just $15 a pop, this hangar steak is St. Anselm’s specialty), the Bourbon Brined Center Cut Pork Chop, the Spinach Gratin, and the Pan Fried Mashed Potatoes and Truffle Oil. Each dish individually was probably the best of it’s kind that I’ve ever had. Put all of those amazing dishes together in one meal, and well, you get the best meal you’ve ever had in NYC.
The butcher’s steak was by far my favorite. It was perfectly cooked at the garlic butter they put on top adds the perfect flavor. It’s not huge, but for me, it was the perfect size. I don’t typically order pork chop, but between the waiter recommending it and the fact that it’s bourbon brined, it just sounded too good to pass up. It was. It was a tad bit on the salty side, but again, it was perfectly cooked and I loved the bourbon taste. Whenever I go to a steak house, I always get some kind of spinach and some kind of potato. These were the best of each that I’ve had. Definitely not your typical steakhouse spinach or potato dish, but that’s what I love about them… and really, that’s what I love about this restaurant in general. It’s a steakhouse that doesn’t know it’s a steakhouse.
And then came dessert. We ordered the salted carmel mousse and it was, of course, amazing. It was very light, not too rich, and also not too salty (which is a problem I’ve encountered in the past with salted-carmel desserts). It came in a little mason jar and was the perfect size to get that little sweet bite you need after a meal like this.
Not only are you getting the best meal ever at St. Anselm, you’re getting it for half the price you would get it at any other steakhouse. Our meal came to $100 for 2 people, including drinks. At any other nice steakhouse, it would easily be that much per person. I went into my meal very excited but also a little nervous that it wouldn’t be as good as I remembered. Somehow, it was better.