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Whether you can afford to carve away at a quality piece of meat on a whim or have to crack open the cookie jar before heading to a steakhouse, dinner at a meat-centric dining room is going to cost you. How much or little, of course, depends on your pick, be it an old school restaurant fit for your parents' generation, a chain, or a less fussy neighborhood spot.
Eater rounded up the price of a rib eye at nine restaurants serving the classic marbled, ultra-flavorful cut. These bad boys range from 14 to 18 oz. and are served a la carte, with the exception of Red Cow, which presents its hunks of meat with mounds of frites. Here's what you're looking at:
El Gaucho $68 for 18 oz.
Jak's Grill $36 for 18 oz.
John Howie Steak $58 for 16 oz.
Local 360 $26 for 16 oz.
Manhattan $41 for 14 oz.
Morton's the Steakhouse $47 for 16 oz.
Outback $28 for 16 oz.
Red Cow $36 for 16 oz.
Ruth's Chris $46 for 15 oz.
Sullivan's Steakhouse $41.50 for 16 oz.
Keep in mind that quality of meat varies and prices are without tax. The priciest slab of meat? 28-day dry-aged Niman Ranch certified Angus beef at El Gaucho. Exec Chef Matthew Brandsey tells Eater, "the intensity of flavor that comes from this cut feels like little tiny ninjas punching your taste buds."
Did we miss your favorite rib eye? Throw it in the comments below, along with the price, if you've got it!
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