28 August 2011

Del Frisco's Grille - New York City

Sitting in the heart of Rockefeller Center, Del Frisco’s Grille opened her doors to the public’s stomachs on August 20, 2011. As soon as you walk through the door you are drawn into the high energy atmosphere. The layout, music and the Del Frisco’s team invites you to come as you are and have a good time. The casual environment has excellent cuisine at prices that will not hurt your pockets. Just a few blocks from her big sister—Del Frisco’s Double Eagle Steakhouse on 49th and 6th—Del Frisco’s Grille will not leave you disappointed. Nick D’Ambrosio—General Manager—and his team will welcome you with open arms.

Del Frisco’s Grille is a brand new concept for Del Frisco’s Double Eagle Restaurant Group. While she shares a name with her sister restaurant, it brings a completely different twist to an all-star cast of steakhouses. Gone are the cherry wood interiors and cigar lounges. Del Frisco’s Grille, with cosmopolitan decor and a full wrap around bar, offers familiar fare in a setting that is laid back and affordable. Feel free to stop in for a bite while taking a break from shopping on Fifth Avenue or catch your favorite football team on the flat screens. If you are reading this and you are not in NYC, don’t fret because we are pretty sure there will be a Del Frisco’s Grille near you soon. The next Del Frisco’s Grille is scheduled to open in Dallas, Texas sometime in November.

The menu leaves nothing to be desired. Del Frisco’s connoisseurs will see some familiar favorites but be prepared to try some of their new dishes. If you are unsure about what you want to eat, there are plenty of options for you to choose. From the amazing Cheesesteak Eggrolls and infamous Cajun Jumbo Lump Crabcake to the Roasted Tomato Flatbread—our personal favorites—you might not make it through the rest of the phenomenal menu. There are nine (9) signature items featured which include appetizers, flatbreads, salad, grille classics, fresh seafood and sides.

We sacrificed our figures—NOLA Girl had to excuse herself during our feast to remove her Spanx—and tried out the menu so we could share it with you. It is hard work but someone has to do it. Here is just a taste:

Del Frisco’s Grille: Appetizers
There are nine (9) options and we can tell you that they are all good. There really is something for everyone’s taste.

Epicurean Girl’s favorites are the Cajun Jumbo Lump Crabcake and the Buffalo style Lollipop Chicken Wings with the avocado ranch dressing.
Crab Cake...Yum

NOLA GIRL’s favorites are the Cheesesteak Eggrolls and the Cajun Jumbo Lump Crabcakes as well.

Cheesteak Egg Rolls

Del Frisco’s Grille: Flatbreads
You can sit at the bar and watch them make your flatbread from the toss of the dough to the removal from the oven. There are three options: Roasted tomato (Gourmand Girls favorite), White Clam and Pulled Roasted Chicken.

Roasted Tomato Flatbread

Del Frisco’s Grille: Salads
If you are trying to watch your waistlines and want to stick to something on the lighter side then you have seven (7) salad options. You will not be hungry if you opt to stick with these:

The Grille
● Iceberg Lettuce Wedge
● Knife and Fork Caesar
● Tomato & Mozzarella
● Seared Asian Tuna
● Steakhouse
● Chopped Garbage – A Del Frisco’s Grille Signature

Del Frisco’s Grille: Two-Fisted Sandwiches
We just love the fact that they call their sandwiches “two-fisted” and that is not an exaggeration. You have four (4) options to choose from.

Epicurean Girl’s favorite is the Farmhouse Grilled Cheese & Roasted Tomato Bisque. This is near and dear to her heart because the Mandarin Oriental’s Lobby Lounge in NYC used to have a grilled cheese and tomato basil soup and they got rid of it!

Farmhouse Grilled Cheese and Tomato Basil

Del Frisco’s Grille:  Del Frisco’s Signature Steaks
For the people who are all about meat and potatoes or you just really love the traditional Del Frisco’s Double Eagle Steakhouse steaks, you can still have a taste of big sister here as well. You have three (3) options along with some yummy toppings.

● Filet (8oz/12oz)
● Prime New York Strip (12oz/16oz)
● Prime Rib (16oz)

NOLA Girl’s favorite is the 8oz filet. It is perfectly seasoned and cooked to your desired temperature. The steaks pair well with the family style sides.

Del Frisco’s Grille:  Fresh Seafood
We have to admit that while we were working our way through the menu we decided to skip the seafood only because we still had to try some of the sides and skipping dessert was not an option! There are four (4) seafood options and they all seem very tempting.

Del Frisco’s Grille:  Sides
Just like her older sister, the DFG sides options are phenomenal. You have nine (9) options if you are able to even choose. There are two (2) Signature Items: Truffled Mac & Cheese and Spinach Supreme.

Epicurean Girls favorite is the Truffled Mac & Cheese. Being from the south we both have extremely high expectations of macaroni and cheese. Del Frisco’s Grille did not let us down at all!

Truffled Mac & Cheese

Del Frisco’s Grille:  Dessert
The dessert options are so good; DF Grille didn’t even have to print them on the menu! They have the DF Steakhouse classic Lemon Doberge but also several new dishes.

Apple Strudel with Butter Pecan Ice Cream

Lemon Doberge Cake

Del Frisco’s Grille:  The Drinks
The cocktails are phenomenal, we wish we could have tried them all but we—mainly Epicurean Girl—learned our lesson at the VIP party Thursday night! The VIPs are a Del Frisco’s classic, the Svedka Clementine Vodka infused Hawaiian pineapple is so smooth that you don’t even realize that you finished off your 5th cocktail. Beware, they sneak up on you—I am speaking from personal experience.


Epicurean Girl’s Favorite
The 5D is really something special. I was a little disappointed that I didn’t discover it until late in the meal because it is so good. This drink is a mixture of Ciroc vodka with balsamic vinegar and muddled strawberries. The description might sound a bit strange but trust me when I say it rates in my top 10 favorite cocktails. If you want to learn about the origin of the name, just ask the Sommelier at the DF Steakhouse!

Apt. fave

Del Frisco’s fans know that Mr. David O’Day, Director of Wine, is not afraid to impress you with a wine list that covers the best selections of every varietal from almost every region around the world. Del Frisco’s Grille serves up a wine list that is more condensed than its big sister, but equally impressive. They even have several of our favorite Chilean Wines and of course the Del Frisco’s Reserve Collection.

Gourmand Girls Conclusion: 5 VIPs
NOLA Girl and Epicurean Girl agree that Del Frisco’s Grille receives our highest rating of 5 VIPs.


  1. yummm... I could go for the truffle mac and cheese and a 5d right now!

  2. I love it! beautiful blog!!! I will be awaiting new posts...

  3. In the words of Bart Scott "Can't Wait"