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“For people who are serious about their meat!”
Review of Prime & Beyond

Prime & Beyond
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Ranked #7 of 150 Restaurants in Fort Lee
Price range: $25 - $80
Cuisines: Steakhouse
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Dining options: Reservations
Description: Casual / Butcher Shop / Korean Twist
Reviewed December 8, 2013

Anyone who is picky and serious about excellent meat will be in heaven at this restaurant. It is BYOB, so bring a nice wine for the exceptional steak!

Dark wood and minimal modern decor with beautifully cased meat is the interior of this restaurant. There is a butcher section you can purchase meat and other prepared foods to go.

The waitstaff was very knowledgable about all the meat and cuts, and very friendly. We were presented with our specific cuts before it was cooked. Taking the suggestion of the waitstaff, I had a sniff of the uncooked aged meat, it is a very aromatic and nutty smell. It was great meat education!

The meat was exceptional, aged and cooked to perfection. No extra sauce or flavouring needed as the aged meat has perfect flavour and juiciness. Only a bit of sea salt and home-made apple smoked salt for additional flavour on the side, if needed. Meat connoisseurs will be in heaven!
There are some other types of meat outside of beef, such a lamb, and pork, but it is mostly beef, very very good beef. Their bacon, NY strip and ribsteak and were out of this world.

The sides that are included with the steak and prices are: potato salad, scallion salad, grilled seasonal veg, which were delicious as well.

I have lived in the neighborhood for so many years, the restaurant has been around for 10years and this was the first time I had been, as I never knew it was just around the corner! Will definitely be going back!

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Thank motraveling
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Reviewed June 26, 2013

hands-down best meat shop (i don't call it steakhouse since Q sells his aging meats also.
small and quiet place.. friendly and efficient staff..
his meats come from the same source that a few finest steakhouses of the Country..
better than most of the NYC steakhouses..
did i mention BYOB?

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Thank Wook C
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Reviewed June 21, 2013

I came across a review of this Steak Restaurant while researching for new steak places to try to celebrate my birthday. The description of the place(butcher shop), the ethnic background of the owner(Korean) intrigued me to go there. We were not able to make it on my birthday but later on Father's day lunch we did. The menu for lunch are not as extensive as the Dinner. Availability of the different steak cuts are(my impression) reserved during dinner. Lunch however was excellent in that you are served good portion of salad greens, side condiments of kimchi, pickled cucumbers along with your steak, ribs, or burger. You can bring your own wine and they will open it for you, but they do charge you a fee for the wine glasses??? The steak, ribs & burgers were tender and flavorful, however to truly rate this restaurant I believe you need to come in for dinner. I tried the 14oz. dry aged ribeye cooked medium, it was done correctly, well browned on the outside, pink in the center but not bloody. The steamed white rice nicely complements the steak instead of the usual baked potato served in most steakhouses. Overall this restaurant merits another visit this time for dinner. We shall see if its high Diner's rating is justified.

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Thank qwaldo2
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Reviewed May 7, 2013

Incredible steaks
Set a new standard in taste, really flavorful and cooked perfectly.
Been to most of the top places in Chicago, this tops them all
Q was awesome and the Korean sides were a nice touch

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Thank Mike Y
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Reviewed May 6, 2013

There is something seductive about a craftsman who shares his vision in an intimate way, and such was our dinner at Prime & Beyond in Fort Lee, NJ. Q serves beef, lamb chops and bacon. Thick slabs of very fatty (remember, fat = good) bacon simply grilled and put on a plate are an appetizer. Lamb chops from elephantine baby sheep are also grilled and put on a plate. Beef, either dry or wet aged, is... you guessed it, grilled and put on a plate. You start with a small salad and get a family style platter of grilled vegies and a Korean (Q is Korean-American) style scallion condiment. But this does not truly reflect the nature of the food.

Q is very opinionated about his meat. Our bovine friends are from west of Chicago and do not wander their lives away finding their own eats so the meat is not at all grassy, Instead the animals are fed corn and kept still. Not quite Kobe but the resulting harvest is fabulously marbled and fatty (remember, fat = good). Lamb too. Q does not use any seasoning so varieties of salt are placed on the table. No pepper. Don't know why. The meat is seared, rested and flamed.

We were 5 carnivores around the table. The only thing we needed to tell Q is how we each like our meat cooked. But this was really an exercise for the patron because Q cooks his meat his way -- portions near the bone are rare and by the time you get towards the edges it is medium. He will put a slice or two back on the grill for those needing more doneness. We also discussed the lamb. I am not a lamb expert since all through my childhood lamb chop night was really a sacrifice to the gods. By the time the chops reached the table they were tiny charred circles hanging from a greasy bone. "You must try the lamb chops..." We were shown all of the selections. OK, mastadon night!

It was a slow night and Q blessed us with a gift of the thick sliced grilled bacon. Heaven. Every pig in the land just wishes they could grow up to be on this plate. Then, in an unacceptable fit of decadence, we each had a lamb chop for an appetizer. Wow. Not my mother's lamb chops. They were huge, medium rare on a frenched bone (not at all greasy), and tasted like fine beef. Again, I am not a lamb expert but everyone exclaimed that lamb that tastes like beef is good. (Begs the obvious question.)

The main event, the meat, was outstanding. Description will not suffice. As Q put it, this is an "occassion" meal and not something you have everyday. Remember, fat = good. This was great.

Dessert is a scoop of ice cream. As the ice cream dishes were served one of our party exclaims, "great, more fat." He ate 2.

A couple of things do puzzle me however. This is at least $100/head -- no wine/liquor (BYO) and only a couple of small additions possible (i.e. kimchi). The place is very small and not very comfortable or attractive as it "is" a butcher shop with tables. Although we were entitled to seconds on the sides none were ever offered. Q made a point of saying that the dry aging produces a better product than the wet but cooked one of each for us. Why not both dry? And, finally, the meat in the Manhattan location is aged longer than that at the Fort Lee restaurant. Why? "Because there we compete with the big steakhouses." If its better why not offer the same in NJ?

Q cooks at both locations so make sure he is there when you go. It is an experience. It is an occassion meal. Do not bring your vegan friend.

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