Dining & Entertainment
Each time I visit the Jackson Avenue Steakhouse in Long Island City, I’m always happy to see some new items on the menu or the addition of new outdoor tables for summer dining. But mainly I come here to enjoy the consistently high quality steaks, chops and specials served in a comfortable atmosphere. Owner Mitchell Catanzano meticulously oversees every detail at this wonderful restaurant, which sits in the shadow of the towering Citicorp Building. The service is always friendly and courteous, and the food is top-notch.
The Jackson Avenue Steakhouse serves mammoth-sized portions of quality meat and potatoes at very reasonable prices, so you can enjoy a delicious steak with family, friends or business associates. A new addition to the menu is the 28-ounce, dry aged porterhouse steak.This toothsome steak is cooked to your liking and the price includes your choice of potato. The Jackson rib eye steak is 24 ounces of the most tender rib eye I’ve ever eaten, cooked to perfection and served with potatoes for only $16.95. The 12-ounce filet mignon served with bernaise sauce is a treat any night of the week. On weekends, the Jackson Avenue Steakhouse roasts delicious prime rib of beef in sizes fit for a king or queen. Double-cut pork chops and lamb chops round out the menu, as well as daily fish and seafood dishes.Try the pan-fried soft shell crab special while it’s in season.
In addition to all the classic entrees on the menu, chef’s specials are featured each day. My choice for the evening was the roasted Long Island duck with black cherry sauce. This crispy duck was slow roasted for hours to render it lean and crispy. This technique also eliminates any of the fatty or gamey taste that duck is notorious for. It is often featured as a special and I suggest you try it for its supremely succulent meat enhanced with a rich black cherry sauce. Rice makes a perfect accompaniment to this dish.Some other savory side dishes include the mushrooms sautéed in wine sauce, and fabulous creamed spinach. Side dishes cost around $3.50 and are sized for sharing. An extensive wine list offers favorite vintages to accompany a meal; a good choice is a Merlot.
While you sip your wine, take in the elegant, yet comfortable atmosphere that combines exposed brick, glass block, stained glass and a cozy fireplace. There’s a separate smoking area near the well-stocked bar when an after-work crowd assembles before dinner. A humidor at the bar preserves a variety of fine cigars for puffing pleasure, and the Jackson Avenue Steakhouse features a prix fixe dinner every Monday night. The all-inclusive price of $39.95 includes an appetizer, specialty bourbons and scotches, complete dinner, dessert and a variety of fine cigars for both the aficionado and novice. Call 784-1412 for reservations for this weekly event. A new martini menu offers over 50 varieties of the shaken-but-not-stirred cocktail to delight the senses. My favorite is the "Dean Martini."You’ll find your favorite, too.
Appetizers are equally as grand at the Jackson Avenue Steakhouse, with a good selection to start a meal.The shrimp cocktail must be seen to be believed.The shrimp are so big you’ll need a fork and knife to eat them.A half rack of baby back ribs falls off the bone and is slathered in the homemade barbecue sauce. I enjoyed the chef’s special, grilled portobello mushroom over a mound of fresh spinach with homemade gorgonzola cheese dressing.
The Jackson Avenue Steakhouse is open for dinner and lunch Monday through Friday, featuring the same great steaks or lighter fare such as homemade soups, fresh, crispy salads and hearty sandwiches. At both lunchtime and dinnertime, the desserts are extraordinary. California carrot, Snickers pie or Cappuccino Royale cake and coffee will help to complete a memorable meal.
A private room that accommodates up to 100 people is ideal for family functions, business meetings or holiday parties. On Saturday and Sunday, dinner is served starting at 5 p.m. on Saturday and on Sunday at 3 p.m. Valet parking is available nightly and all credit cards are accepted.Gift certificates are a great way to show appreciation or celebrate an occasion. Kudos to Mitchell Catanzano and the staff at the Jackson Avenue Steakhouse.
Jackson Avenue Steakhouse
12-23 Jackson Ave.
Long Island City