Circus imagery isn't one commonly associated with steahouses—unless you count over-the-top decor with prices to match. And yet, here comes Carnem Prime Steakhouse, which opened in the blurred line between Gowanus and Park Slope yesterday. Inside you'll find a vivid purple accent wall coupled with metallic gold chairs and colorful, abstract paintings. Though more Vieux Carre than Big Top, the Pork Belly Cotton Candy ($3) lollipops swings us in whimsical dining territory—though the rest of the menu stays closer to the ground.
At the crux of this new operation—a collaboration between owner Jacob Krumgalz and executive chef David DiSalvo (Blaue Gans, Wallse)—is the quality of the meat, USDA Prime Certified Angus Beef that they're sourcing from Pat LaFrieda and Master Purveyors. And while there's a (deep breath) $90 28-Day Dry-Aged 32 Ounce Bone-In Rib Eye Cowboy Steak For Two and other pricier cuts, the Petite Tender Medallion Steak, which comes from the same dry aged, well-tended cow, costs just $17 and includes a bearnaise sauce.
Other rote steakhouse fare—Grilled Caesar ($12), Yellowfin Tuna Sashimi ($11), Calamari ($15), a Burger ($17)—are also on offer, plus fish, pasta and poultry options for the beef-adverse. There'll be some fancy cocktails from a PDT vet once the liquor license comes through, but for now the spot is a rare BYOB affair. All the better to save money while lingering over a steak in the outdoor garden.
318 Fifth Avenue in Park Slope, 718-499-5600; website