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Delmonico steak:  a mystery solved

By JOE O'CONNELL, Food Writer
First posted 25 August 2001 at 1525 GMT
Last updated 30 November 2003 at 1720 GMT

MANHATTAN BEACH, California -- The "Delmonico Steak" is perhaps the best, rarest and most desirable steak on the market.  It originated around 1830 as the house cut at Delmonico's Restaurant in New York City.  However, there is a little-recognized problem with the "Delmonico Steak":  no one today seems to know the exact cut of beef in the authentic, original "Delmonico Steak."  

The meaning of a Delmonico steak has changed over the years and from place to place.  Depending on the place, the name today is regularly used as a synonym for a club steak, a New York strip steak, a boneless rib-eye steak, and several other cuts, as described below.  This is unfortunate because the name originally applied to a very rare, tender and tasty steak that became world-famous in the 19th Century.  

So, what was the steak which was used originally at Delmonico's restaurant?  What is an authentic Delmonico steak?  And what is the history of that first and most famous of American restaurants?

The answer to the mystery has been found.  Follow the links in the right margin or continue with the history of Delmonico's Restaurant.


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