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Of The WeekJackson Avenue Steakhouse
Has Consistently Fine Dining
By Teresa Barile
Restaurant Of The Week By Teresa Barile Jackson Avenue Steakhouse Has Consistently Fine Dining

Of The Week
Jackson Avenue Steakhouse
Has Consistently Fine Dining


The Jackson Avenue Steakhouse is famous for its top quality steaks, but there’s a lot more to their menu, including fresh fish, chicken and pasta. There is a good selection of appetizers to start your meal, including shrimp cocktail, which must be seen to be believed.  The shrimp are so big; you’ll need a fork and knife to eat them.The Jackson Avenue Steakhouse is famous for its top quality steaks, but there’s a lot more to their menu, including fresh fish, chicken and pasta. There is a good selection of appetizers to start your meal, including shrimp cocktail, which must be seen to be believed. The shrimp are so big; you’ll need a fork and knife to eat them.

I’s always a pleasure to dine at the Jackson Avenue Steakhouse, where the staff is friendly, the atmosphere is comfortable, and the food is consistently superb. I should know—I’ve been coming here since it opened in 1996. Owner Mitch Catanzanzo is passionate about quality and service and Jackson Avenue Steakhouse in Long Island City delivers both at reasonable prices. Enjoy a drink at the handsome, wood bar or a glass of one of their fine wines. A convivial Happy Hour happens Monday to Friday from 4 to 7 p.m. with $2 glasses of house wine, tap beer or well drinks. Meet with friends for a cocktail, and then take a table in one of two candle-lit, comfortable dining rooms.

The Jackson Avenue Steakhouse is famous for its top quality steaks, but there’s a lot more to their menu, including fresh fish, chicken and pasta. There is a good selection of appetizers to start your meal, including shrimp cocktail, which 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 slathered in homemade barbecue sauce—which can also be ordered as an entrée—falls off the bone. I enjoyed the chef’s special grilled portobello mushroom served over a mound of fresh spinach and adorned with homemade gorgonzola cheese dressing. Homemade soups such as chowders and French onion will warm your soul on the cold days of winter. Daily specials, including calamari or rolled chicken quesadillas, are great for sharing.

When it comes to main courses, the Jackson Avenue Steakhouse serves mammoth-sized portions of quality meat at very reasonable prices, especially when you consider that the entrees are served with choice of potato and vegetable. The 28-ounce, dry aged Porterhouse steak cuts like butter. I consider the Jackson signature rib eye steak, the tenderest rib eye I’ve eaten, served with potatoes and vegetables for just $26.95, as 24 ounces of heaven. The 12-ounce filet mignon served with béarnaise sauce is a treat any night of the week. On weekends, the Jackson Avenue Steakhouse serves delicious prime rib of beef in sizes fit for a king or queen. Double-cut pork chops and lamb chops are lean and juicy. Don’t forget to try their wonderful mashed potatoes, home fries or seasoned rice. Other savory side dishes include the mushrooms sautéed in a wine sauce, and their fabulous creamed spinach.

Juicy, herb-roasted chicken is on the menu, as is barbecued chicken that can be ordered on its own, or paired up with melt-in-your-mouth baby back ribs. The attentive staff describes daily fish specials, and there’s always classic sautéed shrimp scampi on the menu. A number of pasta dishes are available, including lobster ravioli with brandy cream sauce. Light dishes such as sesame-crusted shrimp over spinach salad tossed with soy vinaigrette will satisfy the light eater, so there’s something for everyone.


In addition to all the choices mentioned, each day features chef’s specials. My choice for the evening was the roasted Long Island duck with black cherry sauce. This crisp duck was slow roasted for hours to render it lean. It is often featured as a special and I suggest you try it for its supremely succulent meat, enhanced with the rich sauce. Rice makes a perfect accompaniment to this dish. Bourbon glazed double-cut pork chops are outstanding, and can be ordered by request. An extensive wine list offers favorite vintages to accompany your meal

A very affordable Dinner at Dusk is served Mondays through Fridays from 4 to 6:30 p.m. and includes a salad, homemade soup, choice of entrée, such as roast pork tenderloin or pan seared salmon, dessert and coffee for just $14.95. The Jackson Avenue Steakhouse opens for lunch at noon, and you’ll find great lunch items such as juicy half-pound sirloin burgers and lighter wraps filled with teriyaki chicken and greens. At lunchtime or dinnertime, the desserts are extraordinary. Boston chocolate cheesecake or a dish of decadence called chocolate lava will help to complete a memorable meal.

The Jackson Avenue Steakhouse is open for lunch and dinner Monday through Saturday from noon to 10 p.m. and Sunday from 3 to 10 p.m., at all times featuring consistently great steaks, seafood, pasta, salads and sandwiches.

A private room that accommodates up to 100 people is ideal for your next family function, business meeting or holiday party. Reserve now as dates are quickly filling up for the holiday season ahead. Credit cards are accepted. The restaurant also offers gift certificates, which are a great way to show appreciation or celebrate an occasion.


Jackson Avenue Steakhouse

12-23 Jackson Ave.

Long Island City

(718) 784-1412


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