You don’t have to empty your wallet at Nick and Stef’s or Mastro’s to enjoy some choice beef.
These places (none of which are even proper steakhouses) serve up affordable slabs that really make the cut.
5. Osteria La Buca: Harvey’s Guss NY Steak
The sauce alone (a mixture of pan drippings, butter, lemon juice, and vincotto) is worth the price, but luckily, if you order it with the 30-day-aged sliced strip (pictured), you won’t pay a penny more.
$28. 5210 Melrose Ave., Hollywood (323-462-1900)
4. Scratch Bar: Hangar Steak
We haven’t been subtle in our efforts to send you here. That doesn’t change with our endorsement of their 5.5-oz prime hangar, dry-aged in-house and served over mashed potatoes, jumbo asparagus, and sugar-blistered tomatoes.
$21. 111 N. La Cienega Blvd., Beverly Hills (310-289-8010)
3. Larchmont: Steak Frites
Larchmont's 10-oz. prime 28 day dry-aged Niman Ranch New York strip is cast iron seared and served with house-cut fries, béarnaise butter and bordelaise sauce, all for just a Hamilton at lunch. A glass of Côtes du Rhone Rasteau pairs perfectly, though it’s almost the same price ($16).
$20. 5750 Melrose Ave., Hollywood (323-464-4277)
2. Pikey: Flatiron
The chef from NYC’s Spotted Pig did the menu here, and the flatiron steak with summer squash, broccolini, and bone marrow butter is a standout. Since it comes in right at our price cutoff, you're free to pre-order that second pint.
$30. 7617 W Sunset Blvd., Hollywood (323-850-5400)
1. Gjelina: Hanger Steak
We’d include this hanger steak even it weren't dressed with radish, cherry tomato, chili, mint, cilantro, lime, and herbs. Luckily, it is, and it’s yours. Free refills of upscale yet bohemian Abbot Kinney girls sharing pizzas included.
$30. 1429 Abbot Kinney Blvd., Venice (310-450-1429)