2005-09-22 / Restaurant of the Week

Butcher Bros. Steak House Has Tradition Of Fine Meats

It seemed only logical for a family of butchers and restaurateurs to eventually open their own steak house. The Redzic family came from Montenegro, where for three generations, butchering was their trade, and in their butcher shop, Ljuljhami, in Astoria, their hand made sausages and fine cuts of meat are available to enjoy at home. Now, after much success in the restaurant business, both in Europe and New York and Florida, the Redzic brothers, along with Uncle Sheko, about a month ago opened Butcher Bros. Steak House next door to their successful Italian restaurant, Amici Amore. Butcher Bros. Steak House offers a comfortable, rustic atmosphere in which to enjoy the family’s finest aged meats and inventive side dishes.

Dino Redzic, a well-known and respected chef, created the menu at Butcher Bros. to reflect the elements of a fine steak house. Only Prime Black Angus meat, carefully selected and aged in their own shop, as well as the freshest seafood and fish, is offered. Simple preparation results in a wonderful meal in a setting of hand carved wood tables and ochre colored walls. A selection of wines includes more than 5,000 bottles of every price range and vintage.

Blue Point oysters, served on ice with fresh lemon wedges and tangy cocktail sauce are an excellent place to start. They were so fresh they tasted as if they had just leapt from the ocean onto the plate. Tender, sweet crabmeat with diced red, green and yellow pepper and a tangy dressing made up lump crabmeat salad. Jumbo shrimp cocktail required a knife and fork to eat, due to the enormous size of the shrimp. A wine, selected by brother Gianni, who really knows his wines, was an excellent accompaniment. The service is excellent as well—and friendly, too.

Most people come for the Butcher Bros. signature Porterhouse steak. It’s not hard to see why. This steak is aged to perfection and cooked to order, so that it just melts in the mouth. Dinner plates are brought to the table hot, and the steak, in its wonderful juices, is sliced for easy serving. The Porterhouse for two at $58 is reasonably priced, given its superior quality and generous size. A New York sirloin steak weighs in at 16 ounces. Filet mignon is $27. For those whose tastes run to meats other than steak, a 16-ounce veal chop is on the menu as well. Double cut lamb chops, grilled and served sizzling hot, are juicy and delicious, Organic Cornish hen is juicy and flavorful. Seafood lovers will delight in a three-pound lobster or a thick filet of salmon with herbs. Fresh trout is another good choice.

Butcher Bros. Steak House
29-33 Newtown Ave., Astoria
718-267-2771
www.butcherbros.com
www.amiciamore1.com
www.trattoriadino-naples.com
LJ Catering  • 718-545-6566
Butcher Bros. Steak House 29-33 Newtown Ave., Astoria 718-267-2771 www.butcherbros.com www.amiciamore1.com www.trattoriadino-naples.com LJ Catering • 718-545-6566 In my opinion, the side dishes at Butcher Bros. are far superior to those at other steak houses. The creamed spinach is actually fresh, whole spinach finished with a touch of cream, allowing the full flavor of the vegetable to come through. The mushroom sauté combines Portobello and shitake varieties, quickly cooked to retain their flavor and texture. Garlic mashed potatoes are prepared home style, with little chunks of potato still evident. I devoured their homemade French fries, sprinkled with a bit of Parmesan cheese for added flavor and crunch.

Don’t skip dessert because you’ll want to try their signature homemade ice cream, flavored with chocolate and nuts, or the sublime crème brulee. There’s also creamy tiramisu and chocolate mousse cake that looks like a piece of art in itself. Finish your meal with a fine glass of port or other liqueur and, of course, rich espresso or coffee. Dino Redzic, who is passionate about freshness, demands that nothing be cooked before hand. The result is the finest quality food at its peak of freshness, cooked to order for you to enjoy.

Butcher Bros. Steak House is the latest addition to a successful group of restaurants and businesses owned by the Redzic family. LJ Catering, a nationwide off-premises catering service, provides for all catering needs anywhere in the United States—a perfect solution for an out-of-town wedding or party. The new Trattoria Dino is enjoying much success in Naples, Florida and Amici Amore in Astoria is a favorite Italian restaurant for many. To better serve the senior citizen population in Queens, Amici Amore offers an early bird special between 5 and 6:30 p.m. for just $9.95.

Visit Butcher Bros. Steak House soon and enjoy a memorable meal with friends or family. You can dine outdoors at their sidewalk tables, in the main dining room, or in the wine cellar room, decorated with a novelty chandelier made of wine bottles. The steak is fabulous, the side dishes are excellent and the service is top-notch.

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