M. Wells Steakhouse

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The steakhouse that saved the steakhouse, to paraphrase various reviews that came out after it opened, in 2013, did a bit of a pivot a few years into its run and embraced game and other meats. A venison T-bone, bone-in lamb saddle, and a pig’s head now share space on the menu with the New York strip and a triple-digit Porterhouse dinner. It’s all the work of the culinary tricksters and husband-and-wife team Hugue Dufour and Sarah Obraitis, who turned a former auto-body shop in Long Island City into a dining destination, complete with waiters in black tie, a trout tank, a wood-burning grill, a raw bar, and a dessert cart. “When M. Wells Steakhouse succeeds, it does so in a deeply satisfying fashion,” Pete Wells wrote in his Times review, “by feeding the lust in your gut for a meal that is not just a dinner but a feast.” Sounds like fun to me–I think I’ll have the Baked Alaska. (M. Wells Steakhouse, 43-15 Crescent St. Long Island City. 718 786-9060.)


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