UNCLE JACKS STEAK HOUSE:
39-40 Bell Boulevard, Bayside; 229-1100
HOURS: 11 a.m. 2 a.m., Monday to Friday, 4 p.m. to 2 a.m., weekends
HANDICAPPED ACCESSIBLE: yes
CREDIT CARDS: All major
Two beer-swilling cows sharing a pitcher and a cigar with a sophisticated, carnivorous
Thats what you will find on the eye-catching red awning that covers Uncle
Jacks Steak House, and thats what you will find yourself doing when you get
in, sans the cows.
As a matter of fact, the cows will be there, served up on your plate in large,
hedonistic portions and cooked to your fancy. The bovinal menu runs the gamut from juicy
filets and strips to the 25 oz. T-Bone for one to Uncle Jacks signature dish, the 45
oz. Porter House Steak for two. All steaks are made of certified Black Angus Prime Beef,
which is dried and aged in the manner of fine wine.
But the pride of Uncle Jacks menu is the Kobe Beef, a delicacy cut from
aristocratic Japanese cows that are fed beer and even massaged with sake. This
world-renowned beef is aged for 21 days to ensure optimum flavor and served with creamed
vegetables and potatoes.
Should you be more omnivorous or prefer poultry, Uncle Jacks offers an eclectic
menu of Free Range Chicken, Organic Pasta, and Fresh Seafood, all custom-made and uniquely
designed by Executive Chef Dennis Borysowski. I was privy to the chicken special, served
in a delicate butter sauce and garnished with the most delicious garlic mashed potatoes
Ive ever had.
While Uncle Jacks catchy facade and buzzing reputation (its VIP list includes
everyone from Rudy Giuliani to John Starks) is bound to attract you as youre
stepping off the LIRR, its in your best interests to make a reservation in advance,
not only to ensure youll be served in a timely fashion, but to make sure you are
served Uncle Jacks-style, over a period of 2-3 hours with time for a
For nightcaps, Uncle Jacks has a decadent, dimly-lit lounge in its basement,
which in its posh velvet couches, tapestry and candlelight is reminiscent of a
And the service does not stop there. The wait staff at Uncle Jacks does just
that: they wait on you, hand and foot, from your martini aperitif to your appetizer (try
the crab cakes) through your entree, dessert and final descent to the lounge.
My guest and I enjoyed two very light "ladies cigars" that went just
perfectly with our liqueurs and our mood, which was relaxed and satisfied thanks to the
excellent service we received from Sam, a veteran Captain of Manhattans 21 Club.
Next time Im going for the El Presidente.