Saturday, August 9, 2014

NY Steak Shack @ Mid Valley & Sunway Pyramid

Modelled after an all-American diner (in the most mass-market sense possible), NY Steak Shack opened this past month at a strategic spot across the corridor from McDonald's in the Mid Valley mall, roping in a beefy number of peak-hour patrons so far.

 The place is conceived to be colourfully cheerful, filled with flourishes to evoke the Big Apple. Its team is hard-working & the food is considerately priced & competently prepared, but ultimately, NY Steak Shack might seem more like a shoppers' pit stop & a big-budget bid to become a commercialised chain than a genuinely rousing entry into KL's F&B scene.

Still, the steaks here are reasonable value for money; a grilled sizzling rib-eye costs RM25.90 before taxes for 150 grams & RM32.90 for 200 grams (we had the latter). Either comes with a choice of sauce (demi-glace, black pepper, button mushrooms or caramelised onions) & two sides (fries, mashed potatoes, pumpkin rice, coleslaw, corn on the cob or mixed veggies).

Texture was fair (tender, but with a nice bite nevertheless); taste-wise, a bit bland. Note: It might work better to order your steak one or two levels of doneness below your true preference, since it's still being cooked on the hot plate when it lands at the table. We ordered this blue, but by the time we sliced into it, it teetered on medium rare.

Char-grilled double beef burger (RM25.90). The patties are thick & taste pretty juicy at first bite, but the fillers in them might leave them bordering on a strange, powdery sort of moistness.

 Honey-fried chicken (RM18.90), 200 grams of butterflied chicken breast marinated in pure honey, paired with mustard dressing. Sweetish, though not overly so, but this still leans toward a fast-food type of chicken.

 Caramel banana milkshake (RM9.90); could be creamier & frostier. We're probably nitpicking too much over NY Steak Shack's shortcomings; it's not a bad place & it's certainly extremely far from a rip-off, but some of its recipes could benefit from tweaking. Still, it works well enough as a simple, straightforward venue for steaks, burgers & shakes; customers might leave contented.

NY Steak Shack
Lower Ground, Mid Valley Megamall, Kuala Lumpur. Second branch expected at Sunway Pyramid.

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18 comments:

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    1. Happy walker: decent steak for the price :)

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  2. That honey mustard chicken pic makes me think of KFC now. So far I only see the McD signboard, wonder is there a KFC here. Hehehe.

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    1. CK: heheh, hopefully you'll find some very good fried chicken nearby soon! :D

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  3. Must be new. Didn't see this when at MV last year. Looks good...and as long as I don't need to queue, sure I'd love to drop by and try...if and when I go over to KL again.

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    1. Suituapui: yeah, if you're at mid valley and you want some meat, this could be the place :)

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  4. Wahhh... I know I haven't been there in a some weeks, but DANG... !

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    1. SC: i hope that's a DANG in a good way :D

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    2. It's the "I need to go to there" kind of DANG, LOL

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    3. SC: heh, i figured as much, but wanted to make sure! :D

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  5. Looks and sounds like a great place if one is a steak lover! :)

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    1. Linda: the possibility of a good steak is difficult to resist! :D

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  6. look so yummy, but is it pork free and halal?

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  7. I so love your post! It makes me crave for steak. The Char-grilled double beef burger makes my mouth water in an instant. Looks juicy. =) I've been to La Boca Latino Bar and The Beato Dry Aging Steakhouse. They do have great steak as well. I am sure to include this in my bucket list once I go back there. Another one I'd recommend is Blue Butcher (http://bluebutcher.com). It's really nice.

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  8. Took my family here for dinner. Ordered T-bone steak and tenderloin steak. Medium cooked.
    Disappointed with quality. Meat was tough and obvious that meat quality was poor too if compare to steak at American Chillies or Tony Romas. Even many local steakhouse offered better quality.
    Waiters were poorly trained. Lacked enthusiasm and cheerfulness...

    Will NOT be back for sure...

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  9. By the way, this is the first time I post my comment on any restaurant. I was motivated enough by my disappointment to write on this blog.

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  11. Worst place to eat. Steak was overdone. Given plastic spoons to eat our soup. Portions are small, but still we thought we would perservere (I sent the steak back). While waiting for my steak we saw a cockroach was running over the table. Told this was 'because they just sprayed for insects so they are running around and will die soon'. Was apalled and got up and left.

    To thier credit, they didnt make us pay and said they understood. Other diners soon followed.

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