Chops v. NY Prime
This weekend I had the pleasure of dining at both Chops and NY Prime with my family visiting from out-of-town. Everyone wanted to eat steak; hey thatís what we do in the south right? So I wanted to blog about this experience from a non meat-eater point of view. I do eat seafood and chicken, so of course there were many options.
First comes Chops, part of the Buckhead Life Group family of restaurants. The service was excellent and the restaurant full. Our party of 4 had a comfortable seat in a large booth so we could look out among other diners. I ordered the salmon, and the table also shared garlic potatoes, asparagus, and sautÈed mushrooms. My salmon was medium-rare, but came out more on the rare side so I didnít eat the middle. The salmon was average, but the overall dining experience very nice. On a side note, Chops has really loosened up on their dress policy because I saw several people wearing shorts and jeans. In my opinion this is not really a shorts and sandals kindía place.
Next night came NY Prime. I had made the reservation over a week in advance and for some reason they sat our table all the way in the corner of the restaurant. The table was horrible and I had to squeeze through to even get to my seat. The restaurant was less than half full, so that didnít make any sense to me. Furthermore, I thought our group looked very nice so I donít think that was the issue. Anyway, I had the sea bass that was one of the best Iíve had in my entire life. The fish nearly melted when I put my fork in, and tasted just divine. Overall the service was okay, we had to ask for several things during the meal including refills on water and drinks.
On a side note, the carnivores in the group preferred the Chops steaks to NY Prime and said they had better cuts of meat. Apparently NY Prime steaks have a more tough texture than Chops steaks. In my opinion, NY Prime did a better job with the fish but Chops has the entire dining experience going for them. Either way, there are lots of options for those of us who donít eat steak.