St. Anselm

St. Anselm

American Restaurant and Steakhouse$$$$
Williamsburg, Brooklyn
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  • steak
  • good for dates
  • lively
  • trendy
  • cozy
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  • Eater
    EaterApril 6, 2016
    The tender, butter-drenched Butcher's Steak is the best $20 slab of meat in New York City, no question, but the pricier cuts at Joe Carroll's Williamsburg steakhouse are even better. Read more
  • Chris M.
    Chris MaddernMay 27, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    The butchers steak is probably the best value steak I've ever had. Truffle oil mashed potatoes are.. well... truffle oil mashed potatoes. Amazing!
    Upvoted 4 weeks ago
  • Eater
    Eater1 week ago
    Peter Luger may reign as the best steakhouse in Brooklyn, but the more intimate St. Anselm holds its own with pitch-perfect steaks and a menu where nearly everything touches the grill.
  • Sam B.
    Sam BearJune 20, 2016
    Arrive early, put in your name, and grab a drink next door at Spuyten Dyvel while you wait. They'll text when your table is ready and you can even bring your drink from the bar via the back patio. 👍
  • Mara L.
    Mara LecocqFebruary 22, 2015
    The wait is always insane (2.5 hours) but worth it. We ended up waiting 40 min instead so we got lucky. The $16 Butcher's cut was tender and delicious and so affordable. The rest was really good too.
  • James K.
    James KiernanJanuary 13, 2014
    Place was phenomenal. Go with the butcher's cut but every dish looked spectacular. Reasonably priced for a steak place and not as many hipsters as you'd think. Fire it up!!
  • The New York Times
    The New York TimesNovember 29, 2011
    Recommended dishes: Grilled sardines, iceberg salad, grilled eggplants, grilled steaks, pork chop, lamb saddle, mackerel, scallops, grilled potatoes, long beans, shishito peppers. Read more
  • Alex K.
    Alex KiernanJanuary 13, 2014
    Amazing! Don't take rezzy, but will call ur cell. Hit up its sister bar next door. When ur table is ready u can bring drinks back! Get the butchers cut and mashed with truffle oil or u fail at life!
  • Xin L.
    Xin LinSeptember 22, 2014
    Sardines, whole mackerel, pan fried mash potatoes are the bomb! If your appetite is up for it, try the ax Handel ribeye. Otherwise the hanger steak is banging too!
  • Nicole F.
    Nicole FormicaJuly 14, 2016
    Worth the wait! The butcher steak and veal are A+. Get lots of sides to share. Try everything! Save room for a Pot De Creme.. This will change your life.
  • Emily W.
    Emily WilsonMarch 19, 2016
    You can have a delicious and relatively inexpensive meal for 2 if you split an app and the fried truffle mashed potatoes (do not not get these) plus a butcher's steak (only $19.50) each. Or, splurge.
  • Mike M.
    Mike McBryanSeptember 30, 2015
    Been here 5+ times
    Totally worth the hyper and the wait. The $18 butcher steak is the best deal in town. Sit out back with a beer and they will let you bring it in the back door when your table is ready.
  • Jeremy B.
    Jeremy BassFebruary 20, 2013
    This place is like if awesome and tasty had a baby. A baby that served giant slabs of cow. Oh and was friends with awesome sides and apps. Demand a belly rub post-meal from your dinner companion.
  • Ebee D.
    Ebee DJanuary 10, 2015
    Flatiron steak, rib eye are both so delicious and the perfect piece of meat. Scallops are insane. Prawns, like they prob have in heaven. Chicken liver mouse is good even if you don't like. Eggplt = A+
  • Jenny S.
    Jenny SorensenApril 8, 2015
    When fellow Williamsburg meat haven Fette Sau is in the family, you know the meat here is going to be good. The divine food at St Anselm pulls a crowd every night, so go early or be prepared to wait. Read more
  • RJ D.
    RJ DuganSeptember 5, 2013
    On thur-sat nights, get there early—get's really busy. You can sit next door and have a drink while you wait. The braised octopus is really good! The center cut pork chop is fantastic.
  • Cooper S.
    Cooper SmithMay 15, 2013
    If you've managed to save even the tiniest amount of room, order the Chocolate + Salted Caramel Pot De Creme. Nice and light, absolutely delicious
  • C. Spencer B.
    C. Spencer BeggsJanuary 17, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
    Even when this place is jammed packed on Friday or Saturday, they sometimes can squeeze one or two people in at the bar or chefs' counter. It's worth poking your head in if you are in the area.
  • Nick
    NickMay 31, 2015
    Sit at the chef's counter if you can. We tried orange wine for the first time and loved it. Had clams, butcher steak, and the mashed potato.
  • Josh T.
    Josh TaroliJune 25, 2015
    The butcher's steak is a good choice if you don't wanna shoot the budget up. Fingerling potatoes are a nice side dish, since the steak comes just by itself.
  • Kjetil H.
    Kjetil HolmefjordJanuary 18, 2012
    One of my top 3 favourite restaurants in New York. Try any entree with mashed potatoes and the spinach - you can't go wrong!
  • 💋Shushana💋 R.
    The ribeye steak is a must! Very tender and juicy. Had the chance to try the ramps which was deliciously good as well. Think it's seasonal. The bacon is sooooo delicious.
  • kate k.
    kate kudishDecember 12, 2012
    the ideal meal: start with grilled tomato and Burratta. The hangar steak, spinach gratin, and pan fried truffle mashed. Finish with Meyer lemon cheesecake. Classics for a reason here...
  • The Meatball Shop
    The Meatball ShopJune 15, 2012
    The butcher steak has us drooling. It's a hefty portion for the price, and if a steak could, this one would melt in your mouth. Pair with the grilled tomato & burrata salad. To die for!
  • Lorena C.
    Lorena CApril 21, 2013
    You must get there early, before 6 pm if possible! I tried the butcher steak & the fried mashed potatoes, the best!!! Appetizers are also good! Can't wait to come back soon ;)
  • Alex P.
    Alex Pyatetsky3 weeks ago
    Steak was good, but burrata was ~best I've ever had. Love steak, but not steakhouses. Don't like same bite over and over. Ultimately, you do get that here. Get your veg to come out at the same time.
  • jennifer r.
    jennifer ressJanuary 22, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
    An EPIC meal. The Butcher steak was moderately priced and full of flavor. The strip steak had an great peppery crust. The sunchokes, Bibb salad, spinach, fried mashed potatoes, eggplant were great!
  • Danilo L.
    Danilo LimaOctober 4, 2013
    Butcher steak is ridiculously tasty. Order w/ spinach and chanterrelle mushrooms on the side. Burrata and grilled tomato is also awesome. I Don't think they can make anything bad here.
  • e M.
    e MLJuly 16, 2013
    Crab dip, salmon, ranchers steak along with long beans and spinach as sides - 7/10. Ambiance and customer service 9/10. Overall pretty good. Idk if id wait all that long if it was packed though.
  • Gillian B.
    Gillian BenAryFebruary 23, 2016
    In Brooklyn. The food rocks. The wine list is a little self-consciously cool, but you can find good stuff to drink. The whole roast chicken, brined in sweet tea, is insane.
  • Nathan W.
    Nathan WJanuary 28, 2015
    Been here 5+ times
    Splurge a little and get the axe handle ribeye. Pair it with a Firestone Walker Union Jack IPA (they have it on tap). Doesn't get any better than that.
  • Johnnie Skywalking
    Johnnie SkywalkingAugust 23, 2015
    They have great fish and vegetables bbq on top of great meat selection. Sardine and Artichoke are especially great.
  • Time Out New York
    Time Out New YorkOctober 5, 2011
    Try the flame-kissed grilled sardines, prepared with a slick of citrusy ponzu sauce, a quick char over smoky fire & a bit of olive oil & Maldon salt. They’re one of our #100best dishes & drinks 2011. Read more
  • Danny
    DannyMay 7, 2016
    Absolutely great deal for steak! Butchers cut is perhaps the best valued steak in NY not to mention tasty!
  • Rafi S.
    Rafi SyedApril 6, 2012
    Butcher's steak is great, but veal flank steak, eye of round special are two better options. Mashed potatoes are divine but rich. Caprese salad instead of the haloumi, which can be too lemony.
  • Kirill K.
    Kirill KukuruzaNovember 11, 2016
    Great Butchers steak for a good price. Love it as well as the grilled eggplants with goat cheese.
  • Lauren S.
    Lauren SerotaAugust 2, 2013
    Grilled avocado salad and spinach au gratin killed it. NY strip and chicken also killer. Stay away from the rose on tap - go for the bottle pour!
  • Nadira I.
    Nadira IlanaJuly 8, 2013
    Panko crusted blue cheese ice cream with a balsamic vinaigrette syrup and candied 'bacon'. 100% pure epicurean guilt.
  • David Z.
    David ZhangSeptember 21, 2014
    That butchers steak is the real deal. $18 and it's so well prepared. Worth the wait, grab a drink at kristophe's while you do it.
  • Adam K.
    Adam KopecOctober 1, 2013
    Get the pork chop or the butchers steak, with pan fried mash potatoes. I mean, look at this kid!
  • Fodor's Travel
    Fodor's TravelSeptember 9, 2015
    Come early or risk a long wait, though you can get a drink from the owners' bar, Spuyten Duyvil, next door. St. Anselm is also open for brunch on weekends. Read more
  • Zach G.
    Zach GuizarMay 23, 2015
    Phenomenal "hanger" steak. Mashed potatoes amazing. I will be talking about this place for forever. 2006 Sonoma Valley Pinot Noir compliments well.
  • Maggie W.
    Maggie WalshMarch 10, 2013
    Pork chop is amazing and there's no denying how good the garlic butter butcher's steak is! Enjoy!
  • JB O.
    JB OsborneAugust 25, 2012
    Been here 25+ times
    Order the clams, butcher's steak, and spinach gratin. Salads are all awesome too. Sit at the bar by the kitchen and watch the magic happen.
  • Emilie D.
    Emilie DishonghApril 21, 2015
    Lamb chop, octopus, fennel and really anything else the ladies pull off that grill. This place is the best thing about Williamsburg by a mile.
  • Ben S.
    Ben SternJuly 24, 2016
    Long lines but worth the wait. Best steakhouse in Williamsburg (yes, better than Peter Luger!)
  • E C.
    E CabreraFebruary 22, 2013
    Get the young grilled chicken! Might be the best grilled chicken you'll ever have. Butchers steak for $15 is small, but so is the price.
  • Susanna W.
    Susanna WeinholtOctober 21, 2013
    The ribeye.. Never had such good steak in my life. If you want to do anything in new York- in terms of food. Go here. Bloody amazing.
  • Andrew M.
    Andrew MagerSeptember 23, 2012
    The fried mashed potatoes will make you melt. The butcher steak is blue collar and white collar.
  • Gregory D.
    Gregory DominguezDecember 30, 2012
    Butcher Steak (Hanger Steak) is one of the best cuts of meat i've had in my life and the Pan Fried Mashed Potatoes is amazing... ;)
  • Heather P.
    Heather PopilOctober 19, 2014
    The butchers steak and the veal are my top choices. Bacon and fried mashed potatoes were killer
  • Carrie L.
    Carrie LawsonJune 10, 2016
    The hanger steak is lick your lips amazing. All the sides are incredible and well executed. The desserts are good as well.
  • Jeffrey
    JeffreyJuly 20, 2014
    Chicken or fish good, but you can still get what is the most baffling beefsteak bargain in town, the estimable butcher’s steak, for a paltry $16.
  • Lucas U.
    Lucas UllrichJanuary 4, 2015
    The food is amazing and definitely worth the wait. Shame that they don't have bacon ice cream anymore! That stuff was delicious!
  • Kiah J.
    Kiah JonesMarch 21, 2013
    Everything was delicious. Do go with a group and an appetite. The pan fried mashed potatoes with truffles are a must have!
  • Regina O.
    Regina O'SullivanDecember 14, 2013
    Delicious! Cosy place with a menu for all. Service was great. French sparkling wine was a delight. (Beer & wine only)
  • Katie L.
    Katie LennsMarch 20, 2012
    Butcher's Cut steak might be the best steak I've ever had. Chocolate Caramel pot de creme is delicious and not too much food for dessert!
  • Kari W.
    Kari WilsonSeptember 15, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    One of the best restaurants in Brooklyn. Everything is grilled. I love the whole chicken!
  • Jennifer L.
    Jennifer LeungOctober 21, 2014
    The clams are amazing. There aren't that many, sadly, especially when they go so fast. Delicious! The cider is really nice too!
  • Alyssa F.
    Alyssa FooteAugust 30, 2014
    For a good time, start with the walnut bread and sheep's cheese and order the salmon steak (cooked medium rare) for dinner.
  • 7th.List
    7th.ListDecember 20, 2011
    Sardines from the grill are a salty delight. What makes them sing are the pickled lotus root, whose potato-like texture is a treat in and of itself. Read more
  • Russell D.
    I was blown away by the taste of the food! Super good. Reasonable prices. Get there early or you will have a wait!
  • JM P.
    JM ParveauxSeptember 7, 2016
    Come early and get ready for a long wait (2h on a regular week day) but totally worthwhile if you're not starving when putting down your name
  • Justin K.
    Justin KalifowitzSeptember 5, 2012
    Butcher steak + Lobster Mushrooms (veg). Avoid the absurdly difficult to operate bottle of Eli Miller Seltzer. Tables are easy to snag at 7, impossible by 7:15.
  • Kt L.
    Kt LacasseMay 31, 2015
    Order orange wine if you have yet to try it. Sweet tea brined chicken is perfect. Plus, you get the whole bird!
  • Rich K.
    Rich KearneyJanuary 13, 2013
    I don't know that it's one of the two or three best restaurants in Wburg as many reviews suggest, but it is very solid.
  • Irene C.
    Irene ChungJuly 2, 2013
    Excellent steak and sides. Loved the tomato burrata salad. Simple but delightful.
  • Angela
    AngelaNovember 21, 2014
    Bobo chicken may look a little surprising but is awesome. As are the sardines.
  • Zack P.
    Zack PackerAugust 13, 2014
    Best piece of meat I've ever eaten - and it was a lamb shank! Sit at the chef's table for the best experience.
  • Kev S.
    Kev SkinnyAugust 14, 2014
    Appetizer: octo and the 3 different eggplant. Main: best butcher steak on planet earth. No need to spend more.
  • JunkyardJoe
    JunkyardJoeAugust 16, 2014
    The spinach dish is amazing and the Hangar steak is tasty. Nice service.
  • Meaghan K.
    Meaghan KennyAugust 10, 2016
    The butcher's steak is absolutely delicious and a great value. Get there early or expect to wait for a table
  • Jeff S.
    Jeff Solomon2 weeks ago
    The lamb saddle is great to share. Also liked the seasonal squash with ricotta cheese and sesame seeds
  • Rachel W.
    Rachel W.September 12, 2016
    Been here 10+ times
    Don't sleep on the Sweet Tea Brined Young BoBo Chicken. One of the best chicken dishes in NYC. No joke.
  • diana h.
    diana huangSeptember 6, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    Butcher's steak, side of long beans and a glass of lambrusco makes the perfect meal!
    Upvoted May 6
  • Craig A.
    Craig AustinFebruary 19, 2015
    Been here 5+ times
    Best steak around. Sit at the bar to watch your steak being cooked - but you're still going to wait.
  • Jeremy P.
    Jeremy PetersJune 25, 2013
    Get the Butcher Steak, folks. It is worth the wait for a table. Trust.
  • Saarim Z.
    Saarim ZamanMarch 19, 2016
    Butchers steak for $19 is a straight steal. Pair it with truffled fried mashed potatoes and you'll be feeling (^-^)
  • Tatiana O.
    Tatiana OrlovJanuary 5, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    butcher steak. one of the best cuts of meat i've had in my life. long beans. grilled sardine appetizer. soo soo good.
  • Chi N.
    Chi NguyenMay 6, 2014
    order the bone in ribeye cooked rare! perfectly salted, almost too salty maybe but great after drinking a few drinks!
  • Brian M.
    Brian MooreMarch 18, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    Their butcher steak is just as good as the reviews make it out to be. The cauliflower is the "steak of veggies."
  • Giray A.
    Giray AtalayNovember 21, 2015
    It the hot spot when you are seated by the heat lamp. Great Bibb salad and mashed potatoes. Not so hot meats. Hot enough for hip Williamsburgers I guess.
  • Mike B.
    Mike BodgeApril 4, 2013
    Share a steak or lambs saddle, some veggies, and a potato dish. Wash it down with enough wine on tap to ignore your giant bill.
  • Maybelle G.
    Maybelle GruberJuly 6, 2013
    Everything our party of 4 ordered was delicious, but be forewarned... It's like a sauna in that restaurant!
  • Jen K.
    Jen KungJuly 14, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    SO DAMN GOOD. get the butchers steak and veal and spinach gratin and mashed potatoes. LOVE THIS PLACE SO MUCH.
  • Jay C.
    Jay CaseySeptember 14, 2011
    There's might be a line and you're probably starving. Head across the street and grab a Jamaican beef paddy while you wait. You're gonna eat well later.
  • Josh K.
    Josh KnowlesMay 12, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    Easily the best restaurant in the neighborhood right now. Get the hanger steak and truffle mash potatoes.
  • Caitlin
    CaitlinMarch 23, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    Secret- come for brunch. No wait and just as delicious food. Croque monte cristo was to die for
  • Serious Eats
    Serious EatsSeptember 15, 2013
    Neighborhood cocktail bar with a food menu centering on hefty portions of grilled meat.
  • Kevin L.
    Kevin LaMannaMay 18, 2014
    Good place with a good menu. The short hostess/ manager needs to go. She's extremely aggressive and is a bit of an embarrassment.
  • Village Voice
    Village VoiceSeptember 12, 2013
    Get the patty melt and add an egg to it for a twist to the classic burger.
  • Bond Street
    Bond StreetOctober 6, 2016
    "Arguably the dopest, most flavorful steak (especially at this price tag) in BK" - Grace Gordon, brand director - Refinery29 Read more
  • Harrison W.
    Harrison WeberAugust 14, 2014
    Steak + spinach + cauliflower + potatoes = amazing. I don't even like creamed spinach. I love it here.
  • Brian W.
    Brian WingetJuly 13, 2014
    Been here 10+ times
    The Fette Hash is delicious. Might be World Cup influence, but it was empty on Sunday afternoon.
  • Danny B.
    Danny BalgleyAugust 19, 2016
    Don't forget to get the "pan-fried mashed potatoes" they are the perfect side dish to any meat entree.
  • Danielle A.
    Danielle AshbyOctober 5, 2013
    Love this place. You can't go wrong with what you order. Veal flank is great!
  • Mahesh P.
    Mahesh Paolini-SubramanyaAugust 11, 2014
    Been here 10+ times
    An excellent collection of sometimes obscure wines. Ask for suggestions - and they won't oversell...
  • Kika G.
    Kika GMay 30, 2012
    Butcher steak FTW. Bibb Salad. Fried Mash potatoes. Get a bottle of the Pinot Noir Rose!
  • Kevin C.
    Kevin ChupkaApril 14
    The butcher's steak was delicious -- the sweet tea brined chicken was OUT OF THIS WORLD
  • Michael G.
    Michael GoldsheftJuly 22, 2012
    Sit at the bar. Get the butcher steak and the eggplant and clams and peppers and potatoes.
  • Stéphanie N.
    Stéphanie NtAugust 28, 2016
    Mon coup de coeur de Williamsburg . Une viande exquise , de supers produits . Le lieu est chaleureux et le service sympa . Top top !!! 10/10
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