by Jessica S. on
I don't see what the big deal is. I've been here plenty of times because people have begged to go here. i just don't get it. I cook this food when I get lazy or I'm having an off day. Bandeja tipica: really??? People give it 5 stars... huh??? I do like the club... good dj. Open bar!!!!
by Alessandro A. on
STK is more of a raging party than it is a restaurant. 90% of the patrons didn't come for the food and half of the other 10% are too drunk to know what the food tastes like, which explains the exorbitantly expensive food. Few entrees are below $30 and even less taste good, but I'll get to that a bit later. STK is owned by One Group who owns One Little West 12 Street, Bagatelle, Tenjune, RDV, etc. All venues are very chic, trendy, expensive and are slowly becoming very bridge & tunnel. STK does not deviate from this one bit. Though its not as large as say Ajna Bar or Buddakan, STK is equally as chic in design. A fire place lights up the bar area to some extent so one can navigate, slowly, through dancing patrons and faux-leather couches. The one thing that I did love about the crowd at STK is that everyone acts as if its one big party so don't be alarmed if the table next to you pulls you over to start singing to the latest Rihanna song. Like I said earlier, the food leaves much to be desired. While the tuna tartare I ordered as an appetizer was actually quite good, none of the entrees were up to par. The Organic Free Range Chicken was dry and flavorless. The Roasted Lamb Porterhouse, though was cooked well, tasted unseasoned and bland. The Hudson Valley Duck Breast was the only marginally good dish as the duck was cooked well and produced some form of flavor. The sides I ordered, the truffle fries and mac and cheese, were both awful and not even worth the $6 price tag (I'd rather pay $26 for a plate of pasta with butter at Nello's than pay $6 for STK's truffle fries). None the less, I'd return to STK solely for the "party" atmosphere. The food isn't good but the atmosphere and decor make up for it enough to even out the good and the bad.
by Terrell Polan on
Wow. I think this place is very over-rated. First off, the food was very very ordinary. The lobster wraps had a very funny taste and were not fresh at all. The salmon was tiny, but the flavor was alright, though it was on top of creamed corn like substance which was odd. The shrimp tempura roll was like every other time I had had one. The bread and hummus/mustard they give you to start was kind of odd, probably because the sauce really tasted like mustard flavored hummus. The "lovely" martini was good, though a little sweet. The club downstairs was really kind of sleezy. First of all, it was like a swamp. Spilled drinks everywhere so anyone with open toed shoes had wet feet all night, and it was so humid. It felt like August in a New York subway. Guys would rub up on me and their shirts were so wet with sweat, I wanted to vom. The music was pretty good, but the dj must have A.D.D. because he would not let one song play for more than a minute, tops. The drinks were pricey and weak. The crowd was really not thrilling. I am not a snob or anything, I just thought the whole restaurant/ club came off as pretentious, but it was like any other Hollywood club on the way down. Big girls, dirty guys with long hair, and really old folks (seriously one couple must have been in their late 60s). Just kind of an odd night. Definitely will not be running back to this "hot spot."