Steak is expensive. So expensive, in fact, that you could spend nearly $1,000 on one cut at a single meal (whether you should is up for debate). Quality Eats—an offshoot of restaurateur Michael Stillman's Quality Meats restaurants—won't serve you a Tomahawk rib-eye aged for six months, but it will serve you lesser-known beef cuts that don't require obtaining a mortgage on your lease. (That's totally a thing right? My real estate knowledge is unsurpassed.)
There isn't a cut topping $30 at the new space on 2nd Avenue. The bavette (flank) is a friendly $19, the grilled skirt an approachable $28, and the Long-Bone Short Rib Steak—the restaurant's priciest steak option—rings up at $29. The most expensive menu item, the Dr. Pepper Beef Rib, is only $31, too. All the beef is sustainable and grass-fed to boot.
For its second location (a third will open this fall in NoMad), Quality adds fish steaks like Tuna au Poivre ($28), a Grilled Salmon Steak ($25) and Branzino Frites ($27), a riff on the French bistro classic but made with the European bass.
Check out the full menu—Patty Melt! Grilled Bacon with peanut butter and jalapeno jelly! Wacky ice cream sundaes!—below.
As for the space, there's an outdoor patio with seating for 40 plus a "long 12-seat communal table carved with bold and irreverent scratchy drawings." (See above.)
The restaurant opened Monday.
1496 Second Avenue, 212-256-9922; qualityeats.com