Brooklyn >Food & Dining > Destefano's Steakhouse
89 Conselyea St, Brooklyn, NY | Directions 1121140.715019 -73.947588
Tue-Thu: 5pm-10pm Fri&Sat: 5pm-10:30pm Sun: 5pm-10pm
Family-focused steakhouse in Williamsburg is richly marbled with neighborhood pride. – The Scene
Williamsburg hipsters aren't really prime contenders for steakhouse dining, but DeStefano's courts more of an old-school neighborhood crowd anyway. Family photos line the walls, a fireplace heats up cold winter nights, and the tin ceiling already looks worn in. The real cred, however, comes from owner Joey DeStefano: He's lived in the neighborhood for years, and the restaurant is located in his mother's former house.
Steaks as thick as the last Harry Potter book arrive on hot plates, Luger-style. Dry-aged porterhouse has a pleasantly salty char but isn't pink enough in the center, while filet mignon gets a moisture boost from a side of Tuscan beans simmered with sausage. And though cottage style fries are too dry and broccoli rabe too soggy, other non-beef options, like the chipotle-spice crab cakes and delicate pistachio-crusted lamb shops, impress. And the fluffy ricotta cheesecake gives another Brooklyn institution, Junior's, a real run for its money.
Hits: Though steaks make an admirable stand, lamb chops and cheesecake are the surprise menu champs.
Misses: Sides let down their meaty main attractions, especially the dry-as-a-bone fries.
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