MANtucket blACKbook says.. Men need steak. We become borderline primal when a steak is brought to our table. It’s exciting. Seeing truffle butter drip down a hot juicy piece of meat gets me more excited than any woman ever could. It can be weird how men behave when steak is around them. Nudging the person next to you so that they notice how much enjoyment you’re getting out of a piece bone-in rib-eye, as your grotesquely moan and groan while chewing. It’s just who we are.
It’s no secret that Nantucket puts food on a premium, and the steak game is no exception.
In a perfect world I would eat steak on this island every damn night.
So what if you
really could?!? Here’s my seven days of steak…
So it’s Monday and you’re trying to ease into you week of steaks. Maybe you’re trying to avoid the traffic in town and just have a nice relaxing night. Pi is the perfect mid-island location to satisfy your steak appetite and keep it casual as well. There are rumors swirling that this New York Strip Steak is the best steak on island. This strip steak with a perfect black pepper seasoning would make any steak connoisseur loosen the belt. What sets this steak apart is the gnocchi on the side. I could write a whole separate article on the gnocchi alone. Ranging from a blue cheese to a gorgonzola; the gnocchi is the perfect complement to the steak. There is simply nothing better than smothering your steak with a warm, cheesy gnocchi.
It’s Tuesday night and you want to feel a little energy, but you don’t necessarily want to turn up. The bar at Straight Wharf offers you great cocktails and a steak that is magazine worthy. This long, flat steak is perfectly seasoned and comes on a thai-style corn salad with a coconut-lime aioli that will make your mouth water. Straight Wharf bar is a great place to talk about your steak and have a little mid-week fun; just don’t order it too late or you may be sucked into the late night scene.
Brant Point Grill, or BPG, may be known for it’s view, but the steak is what will have me coming back again. Everything is served a la carte and there are multiple steak options to choose from. Whether you choose the 10oz prime aged rib eye (lets go), the 12oz New York Strip (how you doing), or the 8oz filet mignon (thanks much) you can’t go wrong here. The setting is beautiful and romantic and the food is even better. With a list of multiple sides available for your choosing, the BPG knows how to do steak and more importantly, how to make sure you dine the right way.
Here at blACKbook we have already gone to great lengths to describe the setting at Station 21 . The food is something that is worth mentioning as well. Yes, the chandelier may make your date happy, but the steak is what the men really want. The juicy spit roasted NY Strip is tender enough to be cut with a butter knife. Yet, the strip didn’t make this prestigious list because of tenderness, but instead the options of dipping sauce put this a cut above the rest. With your choice of a mildly spicy salsa brava, a garlic aioli (god I love ailoi’s), a red pepper romesco, or a green sauce chimichurri, you simply cannot go wrong with Station 21.
It’s Friday night and you’re fired up. The cast iron 30oz grass fed ribeye is a sight to behold at Nautilius. This thing took me to steak heaven and back again. Every steak is great for different occasions, but this may get my vote as the best steak on island. Served saam style with caramelized onions, scallion pancake, and sushi rice; the presentation alone is worth the extra buck. I was dancing while I was eating this steak. It is cooked perfectly, with thick slices and brought to the table with the large bone right in front of you. It’s the black truffle sauce that put this over the top as I repeatedly dragged my steak pieces through this sauce, trying to soak up every bit I possibly could. The highest of praise goes to Nautilus and the way they do steak. I actually felt proud when I left the restaurant
T he Pearl
This Asian inspired menu is truly unique. The quality of food here is no secret and the environment is unmatched. It’s just class, class, class at the Pearl and there is no better place to impress your lady friend. Despite the numerous delicious plates here, the 60 second steak is a dish I just can’t stop talking about. The small round steak is seared on both sides for 60 seconds and served with foie gras and truffle jus with a quail egg sunny side up on a small piece of brioche. Now I’m not really sure what quail eggs look like, or what they really are, but my god they taste delicious. The quail egg brings this dish to a whole new level. The brioche soaks up the juices at the bottom of the plate, making this a dish that will have you taking pictures and talking about for years to come.
If you want to truly be a steak sicko, the Pearl’s 30oz Porterhouse is something to write home about as well. There is no such thing as too much steak.
Steak Your Way
It’s Sunday and you and your steak dinner are simply trying to chill. Maybe you just want to have a casual beach cook-out with the family before binge watching HBO and diving into a pint of Ben & Jerry’s. So grab a slab at The Stop & Shop and get ready to grill. While you’re at it, check out Pat’s Nantucket Rub, a must have for personal cook-outs. From a man who loves Nantucket, this rub will make you the envy of any family cook-out. Every man knows that an innate ability to grill a piece of meat the right way is necessary to gain respect among fellow peers. Put away the soft stuff and grab Pat’s Nantucket Rub to take your cook-out game to the next level.
MANtucket says… “Remember, always keep the energy up and enjoy every bite of steak on this island. You’re tasting some of the best food in the world on the best place in the world.” Follow Charlie on Instagram at