It's been a while since the (RED) Party at STK first blew my mind, but I hadn't managed to actually eat there yet. Fortunately, that's now been remedied (thanks to the lovely Caren West). I am skeptical when it comes to NY transplant restaurants, but color me impressed, STK is actually good!
True to it's Meatpacking roots, STK is a scene. The kind of scene US Magazine covers when the likes of Kim Kardashian eats there. In fact, it may well be the best place for star spotting in Atlanta. Alas none were there the night I went, but I did meet the Walking Dead's 1-line magee, IronE Singleton (T-Dog) at the (RED) party.
|The Not Your Daddy's Manhattan and Gin Fizz|
|Shrimp Cocktail (tasting size)|
|Shrimp Rice Krispies|
Some STK dishes, like the shrimp rice krispies, are clever - how many dishes have their own snap crackle pop sound effects? Others, like their much loved waygu lil' BRGRs, were just plain swoon-worthy. They were dripping with special sauce, so it's certainly not dainty to eat, but I found myself very jealous of New Yorkers who have access to full size STK burgers at STK OUT.
|Tuna Tartar, served on a corn tuille|
|A bevy of sauces|
Unlike it's clubby steakhouse brethren, STK offers a much more woman-friendly steak experience, with steaks cuts as small as 6 oz, and plenty of seafood. We actually saw several groups of just women dining together, which I'd bet you don't see often at the likes of Chops or Bones.
Steak is never complete without decadent sides. The mac 'n cheese was appropriately rich with a crunchy crust, and the creamed spinach was, you guessed it, creamy. I was running out of steam at this point, so I took lady-like little bites of them, but on a different night, it would have been hard to put down my fork!
Despite bursting at the seems, we still found the room to enjoy the oh so yummy desserts. Anything involving chocolate, peanut butter, and a crispy shell is A-OK with me!
All in all, I was very pleasantly surprised by STK. They've managed to transport some of the sceney bustle of NY but still seem right at home in the ATL. With staff so friendly and food so tasty, what's not to love? Heck, I'd come again just for the cocktails and music scene alone! Given the relatively high prices, that may just be the ticket. If you're not up for a splurge night out, at least check it out for a drink and a burger!
1075 Peachtree St NE
Atlanta, GA 30309
*Full disclosure: Although my meal was comped, I always endeavor to offer my unbiased opinion of the experience!