Let me start off by saying YAAAAAAAAAASSSSSSSSSSSSSSSS to Ricardo’s.
I have been living in Harlem a little more than two years, and I didn’t make my way to Ricardo’s Steak House until recently. I was so impressed by the food and the ambiance I went twice in 7 days! Ricardo’s is located in the East Harlem neighborhood of Manhattan, and has been recognized as one of the best steak houses in NYC. Per their website they consider themselves the best birthday restaurants as well, and I can vouch for that from watching others celebrating their special occasion there.
Ricardo’s is a popular place uptown regardless of the day of the week, and I would recommend making reservations via their website as well. They offer dinner on the weekdays, but they do offer brunch and dinner on the weekend. Their brunch offers a 2 hour bottomless you can purchase in conjunction with a purchase of an entree. And we all know brunch without bottomless is just breakfast!
The drink menu at Ricardo’s is pretty extensive with 6 types of mojitos and sangrias. My personal favorite is the Roja Sangria, and I get it in a carafe which is $34 and you get about 4 full glasses out of it. What I loved and appreciated about the Sangria carafe is they did not put ice in the carafe and only in your glass. I hate when I order a carafe from other places and the ice waters down the drink. Smart on your part Ricardo’s Steakhouse…well played!
After studying the menu like I had an exam the next day I opted for the Shrimp Alfredo Penne. Shrimp Alfredo is such a simple dish you can find at any restaurant BUT HONEY THEY KNOCKED IT OUT OF THE PARK! It was well seasoned and the sauce was not thin, but thicker and creamy. I loved every minute of the entree! You ever eat food and get to the last bite and instantly become sad? That happen on that night and I wasn’t ready for it to be over.
The menu includes 6 types of pastas entrees in which you can select your pasta shape from linguini, rigatoni, bowties, spaghetti, or penne. Their seafood section of their menu has items such as Lobster Ravioli, Salmon, Snapper, Chilean Bass, and Whiskey & Chili Jumbo Shrimp. The meat section includes over 5 types of steak, Surf N’ Turf, and the OMG Burger. I feel as if even the pickiest of eaters can find something on the menu.
At Ricardo’s you can really tell not only the servers BUT ALSO the kitchen takes pride in their work. With the open kitchen setup you are able to see the kitchen GO TO WORK! The presentation of the food is out of this world! As far as the ambiance it always rockin regardless of the day of the week. On the evening I was there their playlist included some Biggie, Mint Condition, and even a little of that recent Solange!
2145 2nd Avenue, New York, NY 10029