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The Vinyl Steakhouse, a next generation steakhouse, opens today in Flatiron. With a rock and roll inspired ambiance, vinyl records soundtrack, large black and white vintage photos of rock icons Debbie Harry, Beastie Boys and Run DMC, a wine bar in the front, and a bread and butter service cart, this is not your parents’ steakhouse.
The husband-and-wife team of two certified sommeliers Kevin and Sofia Flannery wanted to offer a fresh take on the steakhouse – a place where great steak, cocktails, wine and music come together with a modern, relaxed vibe, chic ambience, affordably priced cuts and the highest level of hospitality. With two bars, Sofia will run the neighborhood friendly wine bar in the front, its décor showcasing the namesake record collection and a wall collage of vintage film and music posters she created, while Kevin will oversee the dining room and cocktail bar in the rear.
A fine dining and steakhouse veteran (Ocean Prime, Morton’s), Kevin was inspired by his love of music (he grew up near the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in Ohio) and steak. He built a collection of 2,000 vinyl records and will be playing complete sides of albums to allow guests to experience the music as it was intended by the artist (no individual tracks or DJs) with classic rock, funk, jazz, soul and more on their music system designed specifically for vinyl.
Executive Chef Alexander Lord-Flynn’s menu features modern takes on classics, while offering more affordable cuts of steak – 5 different options under $60, including a Dry-aged New York Strip and Cajun Wet-aged Ribeye – plus larger cuts like porterhouse and tomahawk for two. A complimentary bread service cart with a selection from Balthazar and various butters will be brought to each table. Other highlights: Bone Marrow with wood ear mushrooms, shallot jam, and toasted brioche; Beef Carpaccio with watercress, shallots and capers; Chicken & Biscuit with lemon brined half chicken, roasted rainbow carrots, demi-glace and a biscuit served in a skillet; Loaded Potato Pave with bacon, gouda, chives, and jalapeno; Quinoa Onion Rings, and Creamed Spinach Carbonara with pancetta, shaved parmesan and egg yolk. A Culinary Institute of America graduate, US military veteran, and most recently Executive Chef of East Village favorite Jules Bistro, Lord-Flynn has also worked as a chef on a cattle ranch in Montana.
The extensive wine program will offer both Old World and New World wines with an emphasis on steak-friendly reds. The dining room wine list will be rooted in classics with a focus on California, France and Italy, while the front wine bar will also offer Sommelier Selections – wines rarely offered by the glass. Cocktails feature twists and updates on classics like Manhattan Transfer with Ragtime Rye, La Copa vermouth, Amaro Nonino and orange bitters; 1987 Cosmo with cranberry jam infused Grey Goose, Combier and lime; and Magickal Childe, bourbon, lime, blackberries and Guinness.
Vinyl Steakhouse is located at 35 West 19th Street. Dinner nightly Sunday – Wednesday 4pm –10pm and Thursday – Saturday 4pm – 11pm.