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
    EaterJuly 18, 2017
    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.
    Upvoted Nov 11, 2017
  • 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 Nov 11, 2017
  • 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
  • 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
    Upvoted Nov 11, 2017
  • 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!!
  • 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!
  • 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.
  • 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!
  • 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.
  • 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
  • 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.
  • S
    SOctober 31, 2017
    The Butchers Steak was as amazing as the grilled fennel. We really enjoyed the atmosphere a lot. Try the Pot de Creme as dessert (salty caramel!).
  • Peter C.
    Peter CucèOctober 10, 2017
    Hip, happening, delicious, St Anselm can be loud, and wait times can run to 3 hours, but it's worth it for their simple meat cuts and interesting vegetable dishes. Over-salting can be an issue.
  • 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
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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!
  • 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!
  • Alex P.
    Alex PyatetskyJuly 2, 2017
    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.
  • 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 ;)
  • 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!
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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!)
  • 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.
  • 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.
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