Steak House That Ruth Built:
Ruth's Chris Steak House
humble beginnings on Broad Street in New Orleans to their current
position as the world's largest fine dining company, Ruth's Chris
Steak House has come quite a long way in its first four decades.
divorced mother of two when she first bought Chris Steakhouse
in New Orleans in 1965 (later appending her name to the marquee)
founder Ruth Fertel grew her business from the ground up, later
expanding her empire across the country and around the world.
Today, the sophisticated New York location has been heartily adopted
by New Yorkers as one of the city's most popular and visited dining
spots. And for good reason....
our visit to Ruth's Chris, located on West 51st Street in the
heart of the New York City's Theater District, we found the international
chain anything but "institutional".
and yet family-friendly, Ruth's Chris serves up everything from
gourmet meals for family gatherings to quiet tables for two for
a romantic and memorable date night - as well as rooms for business
meetings with hi-tech video connections.
the city it serves, Ruth's Chris has it all.
inspirational story behind the founding
of the Ruth's Chris Steak House empire.
our last visit during the holiday season, our group consisted
of several adults, teens and kids (who deemed the shoestring fries
"awesome") all of whom eyed a varied menu designed to
appeal to all ages.
steaks - thick, succulent and juicy - come highly recommended,
of course, and were served to perfection - including a huge but
tender porterhouse for two.
famous for their steaks and chops, Ruth's Chris also has a soft
spot in their hearts for seafood lovers, as well.
on the menu are "Petite Filet and Shrimp" (aka surf
& turf), whole steamed lobster, and other fish dishes depending
on the market that day.
back to their roots, the barbecued shrimp dish is served New Orleans
style - with lots of spices, white wine, butter and garlic - and
also comes highly recommended.
overall was professional and courteous but, again, the holiday
rush proved a bit overwhelming on our last visit. Timing became
a noticeable but not an altogether unpleasant factor, given that
our group had enough time to decide on dessert!
nothing else, try the warm apple crumb tart with a heap of vanilla
ice cream to finish off an already hearty meal (and if you're
calorie-watching there's always fresh seasonal berries and cream.)
Meanwhile, one of the teens in our group polished off a slab of
Chocolate Sin Cake without a second glance, while leaving no doubt
as to how the dessert got its name.