We had been to the Chop House about three years ago and had a memorable meal and a nice experience, so we decided to celebrate our anniversary there on October 29. We carefully read the reviews and therefore went in with a good idea of portions, prices and how to avoid over-ordering. The wine menu is very extensive. We decided on a bottle of Cosentino Cabernet, recommended by our attentive and knowledgeable server (who seemed rather impatient for us to make a decision and came back a couple of times to check on us. I don’t think we were taking that terribly long to decide, just being leisurely, and I am not sure the server meant to rush us. Overall, the service was most professional. Two servers actually placed our plates with perfectly coordinated choreography.) We enjoyed the variety of warm and crispy bread options, including a luscious flatbread cracker that was memorable from our first time. We each chose the wedge salad, a cold, crispy collection of three pieces of the heart of an iceberg lettuce, with a generous but practical amount of very thick and tasty bleu cheese dressing, adorned liberally with rich applewood bacon and very fresh grape tomato halves. The perfect presentation of this simple salad on a long rectangular dish enhanced its appeal. My husband ordered the smaller option of filet which he found perfectly cooked to his medium rare order. His baked potato was huge, appeared to be about 6" long and 3 - 4" in diameter. The next time we will share one. The server was not satisfied with the appearance of the accompanying sour cream - felt it might have been too refrigerated - and replaced it. I declined a side dish, instead opting for the New York Strip with Oscar garnish which consisted of two pieces each of crab and asparagus, covered by an okay hollandaise sauce. Sadly, it was nothing special and did no justice to the scrumptious piece of meat, which I ordered pink and was perfectly prepared at medium well. Our server offered to make reservations for us at the cigar and dessert bar downstairs but we had no desire to be any nearer that cigar smell than we already were. It is not pervasive in the restaurant, but definitely there. So we passed on coffee and dessert. The bill was hefty but we expected it, and the meat was delectable. The atmosphere is elegant, upscale and special, so that the recommended dress code (dressy, jackets) is definitely appropriate. About 75% of the diners (including us) dressed to that level; the truth is I like to dress up a little for a nicer place and if I am spending that kind of money it’s nice to see others do the same. We’ll go back for another special event for sure.
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