“Very good. Happy to find an inclusive specials menu on Sunday until 6, though would like a few more choices. But considering that Riverdale tends to be a food desert, this is a fine restaurant, especially for meat eaters.”
“The food and service was exceptional. We usually drop in to JAKES at least twice a week. Once for a sandwich or salad at the bad and the second time for a full meal at a table. Feels like home.”
“Made a reservation for the family for a Sunday dinner. You guys are awesome! From the beginning, walking in all the way until we left the restaurant, great experience! Every single staff member was welcoming and courteous. Great job! Will definitely spread the word.”
“There are few New York steakhouses left; this one is the real deal. Great drinks (even if you don’t drink), appetizers, entrees, desserts. I go here all the time and am never disappointed. Valet parking to boot!”
“This bustling and upscale restaurant is one of the borough’s best steakhouses. Duck inside the limestone facade and you’ll find a clubby, multi-level space with lots of private nooks, a lively, well-stocked bar, flat-screens displaying the latest games, and an upstairs wall of windows overlooking Van Cortlandt Park. A true American steakhouse ought to have a substantial shrimp cocktail, and at Jake’s this classic starter arrives fresh and plump with the sweetness of the shrimp offset by a tangy cocktail sauce. Any steak on the menu can be topped with Gorgonzola and a thatch of frizzled fried onions, though a succulent and well-marbled T-bone seared to rosy pink perfection begs for little beyond a fork, knife and good conversation."
“Being a sports bar is kind of like being a high-school jock: It’s great while it lasts, but few make the transition to a more sophisticated level comfortably. A welcome exception is Jake’s Steakhouse, an elegant, clubby meatery across from Van Cortlandt Park. Replete with dark gleaming wood and crisp white table linens, both the casual downstairs bar-and-booths area and the more formal dining room upstairs retain the mellow affability of a local watering-hole, but add to it the polish that a football hero’s parents can only hope he’ll acquire in the Ivy League. Flavors here are strong rather than subtle, but no less well-chosen for that: Jake’s filet mignon dresses up the flavorful meat with a sharp gorgonzola topping and frizzled onions, and a hefty serving of pork chops is unexpectedly enhanced by caramelized apples in a robust Dijon sauce. Even salads offer original and tasty combinations: The fried shallots in the mache and radicchio salad pair well with blue cheese and a balsamic vinaigrette. Standards like creamed spinach and garlic mashed potatoes are cooked to classical perfection. If there’s one thing sports fans appreciate, it’s maintaining those time-honored traditions."