Porter House New York
Time Warner Center, 4th Floor
10 Columbus Cir, New York, NY
Web Site: http://www.porterhousenewyork.com
Michael Lomonaco is the kind of guy who is just eminently huggable and who is one to make you feel at home no matter which and what kind of restaurant he runs. A true proponent and practitioner of restaurant hospitality, he’s cheffed at some of the city’s most iconic restaurants, including The 21 Club and the late Windows On The World, which was destroyed on September 11, 2001. Following his career as the last chef at Windows on The World, he briefly acted as consulting chef at both Guastavino’s and Noche.
Not to be beaten down by personal tragedy, in 2006 Michael opened what may become yet another iconic restaurant, in the country’s most haute food court in the Time Warner Center on Columbus Circle, putting it in the company with such notable restaurants as Pe Se, Bouchon, Cafe Gray, Masa and Landmarc. Focusing on prime aged steaks, seafood and updated versions of classic steakhouse side dishes, Lomonaco has re-invented the New York steakhouse and revived the classic Porter House atmosphere that the city was known for in the late nineteenth centry.
We visited Porter House twice in 2007 — once during the late summer and most recently in October to celebrate our 12th wedding anniversary. On our second visit, we decided to focus on the restaurant’s fish dishes, which many diners might choose to overlook because of the restaurant’s steakhouse premise. I urge you to reconsider that notion right off the bat — Porter House is as much a fish and seafood restaurant as it is a steak restaurant. While other restaurateurs tend to segregate their restaurants by theme — such as Laurent Tourondel with his “BLT” group of restaurants (such as he is doing with BLT Fish and BLT Steak) Lomonaco is doing everything under one (albeit a very large) roof, and he’s doing it quite successfully.
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