This bustling and upscale restaurant is one of the borough's best steakhouses. Duck inside the limestone facade and you'll find a clubby, multi-level space with lots of private nooks, a lively, well-stocked bar, flat-screens displaying the latest games, and an upstairs wall of windows overlooking Van Cortlandt Park. A true American steakhouse ought to have a substantial shrimp cocktail, and at Jake's this classic starter arrives fresh and plump with the sweetness of the shrimp offset by a tangy cocktail sauce. Any steak on the menu can be topped with Gorgonzola and a thatch of frizzled fried onions, though a succulent and well-marbled T-bone seared to rosy pink perfection begs for little beyond a fork, knife and good conversation.
- MICHELIN guide inspectors