Steaks On In Huntington
At Macs Steakhouse
By Pete & Rosie /
When Ron and Mark Gelish
took over ownership of Macs Steakhouse, they changed
little in the way of the Huntington village steakhouses
style. The soaring space in tones of gold and burgundy remains
unchanged. So, too, does the original philosophy behind Macs:
great steaks, great seafood and great wine.
Macs occupies a former antiques store on Gerard Street.
It doesnt have the classic steakhouse feel, but 150-year-old
wood planked floors and massive 100-year-old carved wood doors
brought from South America lend a masculine feel. Little has
changed since the new owners took over the landmark eatery
on Gerard Street. Gelish, who is also the restaurants
executive chef, tinkered with the menu, adding his own touches
to the reliable steakhouse standards. The most significant
and welcome change is the shift to composed
plates for the entrée selections. Previously a la carte,
entrees now are served with accompanying vegetables, potatoes
and the like, selected to complement each dish.
Our recent visit to Macs started at the lively bar where
on Friday nights, one of the areas most popular happy
hours takes place. With a sommelier on staff, Macs wine
list is extensive and its range extends to wines by the glass
as well. Inside the dining room, we were seated at a cozy
table for two. Looking for that steak experience, we stuck
to that portion of the menu, but on previous visits weve
enjoyed outstanding seafood selections. A half dozen clams
on the half shell ($9) or raw oysters ($12) are always a reliable
favorite. Shrimp cocktail ($14) that steakhouse classic
is refreshing with plump shrimp and a tangy cocktail
sauce. We split another classic: Oysters Rockefeller, ($9)
featuring plump shellfish topped with spinach and crispy crumbs.
Since we were going for the steak, we also headed to the salads
section of the menu. The house salad ($8) is a selection of
fresh greens with a flavorful vinaigrette. Macs Special
Salad ($14) with generous pieces of shrimp is
practically a meal, and a delicious one at that.
But on to the steaks, cause thats what Macs
is about. Prime aged Niman ranch beef, grilled to bring out
that char, is moist and tender inside. The bone-in ribeye
($42) was a generous cut that nearly hung off the plate and
was cooked to perfection. On previous visits, weve enjoyed
a superb porterhouse ($42 for one/ $76 for two). The dry-aged
beef selections require a la carte vegetables to be ordered.
The spinach is our favorite.
The petite filet mignon is a composed plate with asparagus
and mashed potatoes. Again, you cant go wrong with steak
at Macs and this was no exception. Thick and tender,
the filet was delicious and, portions being generous, our
server was kind enough to wrap the leftovers for tomorrows
We havent tried it yet, but have heard raves about the
surf and turf special ($70 for two on Friday nights), which
includes a wedge salad, Caesar salad or lobster bisque; two
6-ounce broiled lobster tails; one 16 oz. filet mignon; creamed
spinach and mashed potatoes; and for dessert a choice of cheesecake
or chocolate mousse cake, and coffee or tea. After so monumental
a meal, dessert is rarely necessary. A reliable choice in
the past has been the sorbet of the day with fresh berries.
Again, you cant go wrong with the classics, and the
classics are what Macs does best.
Macs is a reliable spot for when the classics are called
for. Theyre open for lunch, dinner and a spectacular
12 Gerard Street
Atmosphere: Fine dining
Cuisine: Top-notch steak, seafood
Price range: Moderate-Expensive
Hours: Brunch on Sunday;
11:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m.;
Dinner: Mon-Thurs, 4-10 p.m.;
Fri-Sat, 4-11 p.m.; Sun, 3-9 p.m.