When the chips were down, readers of a national travel website picked a Yankees-themed steakhouse in Coconut Creek as the No. 3 “Best Casino Restaurant” in the country.
The 11-year-old NYY Steak inside Seminole Casino Coconut Creek earned the ranking thanks to a contingent of readers and experts from USA Today’s 10Best.com. It was the only Florida restaurant to make the top-10 ranking, joining other casino eateries mainly in Las Vegas and Atlantic City.
“We are honored to have NYY Steak place among the top three ‘Best Casino Restaurants’ in the country,” Ryan Maskiell, a casino spokesman, said in a release. “We strive to provide unwavering quality service and world-class fine dining for all guests to enjoy.”
According to the media publication, the steakhouse was nominated by an “expert panel” of editors from USA Today, 10Best and contributors, and readers ultimately picked their favorite restaurant from a short list of 20 nominees. The website’s “Frequently Asked Questions” page, for its part, says the contest wasn’t pay-for-play, writing that “all listings are editorially driven, selected by our local experts. We do not allow businesses to exchange currency, goods or services in order to be listed.”
Although we’re loathe to dignify rankings by out-of-town publications who presume to know our local grub, in this case, we’ve got no beef. NYY Steak’s cuts are dry-aged for 21 days in the restaurant’s in-house butcher shop, a sleek wall of prime beef prominently displayed on racks behind glass.
The baseball-themed restaurant debuted in 2012 with appropriate red-blooded class, three years after the first NYY Steak opened inside the Bronx’s Yankee Stadium. Its clubby, glossy, wood-paneled dining room is accented with black-and-white portraits of legendary Yankees players, black-oak floors and TV flatscreens constantly tuned to live sports. There are even baseball diamond-shaped dishes, and plates imprinted with retired Yankees numbers and autographs carved into the wall. Customers can have their initials singed directly onto their entree’s enormous steak bone.
Steak cuts include 36-ounce longbone ribeye, 20-ounce bone-in NY strip, a 16-ounce Delmonico ribeye and a 24-ounce porterhouse, along with Japanese Wagyu N.Y. strip, Colorado lamb chops and Duroc pork chops. Of course, there’s surf to accompany that turf, such as crispy-skinned king salmon and whole-roasted branzino, East Coast oysters and littleneck clams, Osetra caviar and raw-bar towers of Maine lobster, stone crabs and jumbo shrimp.
NYY Steak is inside Seminole Casino Coconut Creek, 5550 NW 40th St. Visit SeminoleCoconutCreekCasino.com/dining or call 954-935-6699.