I like a juicy, rare steak, so you could imagine my excitement when Dragonfly said the wait was gonna be 45 minutes and my wife said, "Let's go to a steakhouse." This was our 25th wedding anniversary dinner, so of course, we had a good size budget. I had always wanted to visit Mark's Prime Steakhouse and this was my "silver" opportunity.
Upon entering we were greeted by a well-dressed individual who promptly sat us at a well-made table. The atmosphere was excellent; not too loud and not too bright. Water was immediately poured and our waiter asked if we wanted to order any drinks. My wife ordered a Dark & Stormy and I ordered an Old Fashioned. The drinks were quickly delivered. My wife said the Dark & Stormy was excellent with just the right amount of ginger. My Old Fashioned was okay but could have used a tad more sugar. Regardless, we were having a great time.
My mouth was watering for a great steak I heard so much about, which is probably why it was disappointing. When you hear all these good things about something, your expectations are elevated and undoubtedly you get disappointed with the real product.
The waiter brought us a loaf of bread (about the size of your hands if you touched fingertip to fingertip. I ordered the 20 oz. Bone in Ribeye, rare, for $47. Yes, a $47 steak with no sides included... À la carte as the waiter explained. This was gonna be fantastic. My wife ordered the 16 oz Delmonico Ribeye medium-rare for $40. We also ordered the lyonnaise potatoes and bacon roasted Brussel sprouts as sides to share and a lobster escargot as an appetizer.
The bread was fantastic. The lobster escargot came to the table a short time later and was succulent and rich with flavor. An excellent choice. A short time later, our steaks made it to the table. They both arrived on extremely hot plates that when you cut a piece of steak and placed it on the edge would sizzle. I cut into my steak to find it more like medium instead of rare. Okay, no problem, this was the edge of the steak, let me dig a little deeper... disappointment. When the waiter stopped by to ask if everything was okay, I explained that my steak was cooked too much. He blew me off by saying, "You haven't even gotten to the bone. That is where it's rare." Excuse me...? I gave him the benefit of the doubt and continued getting closer and closer to the bone. Halfway through, the steak is definitely medium. I gave a bit to my wife and she agreed. Her medium-rare steak was rarer than my so-called rare steak. The taste was ok, but I had this yearning for a rare steak. The waiter offered to fix it by bringing me another steak, but I had already eaten half of this and the mood of the dinner had already soured.
In the end, the waiter offered the two drinks we had as a courtesy. A very nice gesture, but what I really wanted, to begin with, was a rare 20 oz ribeye. For $47, you would expect the steak you order to be cooked to perfection as the waiter stated. Without being charged for our drinks, our total for dinner (including tip) was $160. I thought that was properly priced for the atmosphere, great service, and delicious food. I just wish I would have had the experience my mind was expecting.
We probably won't be back as I would rather spend $47 on two ribeyes and cook them with my wife. The time spent together would be just as romantic and I would cook my steak how I like it... rare.
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