Wednesday, May 22, 2024

Gallaghers Steakhouse Is Open and Wowing Us

The long-awaited opening of Gallaghers Steakhouse in Boca Raton happened this week—and the reservation lines are heating up. This venerable chop house has been in Manhattan’s Theater District for more than 90 years, founded by Helen Gallagher, a Ziegfeld Follies dancer. It is known for its celebrity clientele, its flawless steaks grilled over hickory coals, its glass-encased aged meat locker, its on-site butcher and more.

I got to dine at “our” Gallaghers this week; I am not our food critic and I rarely go to steakhouses (sadly) but all I kept thinking was, “This is perfect.” A perfectly medium rare smoky New York sirloin (sliced), Lyonnaise potatoes, bright green broccoli with a little crunch, a Caesar salad done the right way. The only way.

There was a nice clubby vibe there, lots of vintage pictures and drawings on the wall of the famous and infamous, and a U-shaped bar that practically screams single malt. In talking to the Gallaghers owner (since 2013) Dean Poll, I got a sense of Gallaghers’ legacy of hospitality—the attention to detail and quality, the old-fashioned adherence to sublime service standards. All of which is being duplicated here.

My only beef (sorry) is that it is very, very loud, hard-to-have-a-conversation loud—and that’s not from me in my dotage; my much younger fellow diners said exactly the same. Which is too bad, because if there is any place you’d want to sip a martini and have a long chat, it is right here. Having said that, Gallaghers will be packing them in, decibel levels be damned, because it’s good, good, good, it’s special, and it feels like dining when dining was a real event. Here’s to a great new addition to our dining scene.

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Marie Speed
Marie Speed
Marie Speed is group editor of all JES publications, including Boca Raton, Delray Beach, Worth Avenue, Mizner’s Dream and the annual publication for the Boca Raton Chamber of Commerce. She also oversees editorial operations of the company’s Salt Lake City magazines. Her community involvement has ranged from work with the Boca Raton Chamber of Commerce to a longtime board member position at Caridad Center. She is also on the George Snow Scholarship Fund review committee. She is a past officer of the Florida Magazine Association and a member of Class XVII of Leadership Florida. In her spare time, Marie enjoys South Florida’s natural world through hiking and kayaking, and she is an avid reader and an enthusiastic cook.

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