With its cherrywood-paneled, clubby interior, this might appear to be just another steakhouse, but as its popularity attests, it supplies one of the most unique dining experiences in the city. Though it’s by far the most-visited restaurant, members of the Hall family are often on hand to greet customers (a practice that tends to put off locals but amuse visitors), and the atmosphere is more family-friendly than exclusive. It’s Chef Matthew Niessner’s 28-day aged steaks, though, that are the main event: supplied by Allen Brothers of Chicago, the USDA prime beef is grilled to perfection, with the wet-aged, buttery rib-eye and porterhouse virtually melting on the tongue. His seafood creations are just as good—try the classic shrimp and grits, or the cedar-plank wild salmon. The lively bar attracts its own cocktails-and-snacks scene at the weekends, and if you attend the Sunday Gospel Brunch (think steak and eggs, biscuits and gravy) you’ll be serenaded by local chanteuse Christal Brown-Gibson. Note to non-meat eaters: Hall’s specially makes vegan and vegetarian dishes on request.
- Frommer's Staff