Food Review: Jake's Steakhouse in East Meadow

It's sad when East Meadowians are crying out "Bring back Runyons!," but that's exactly the case. Find out why Jake's Steakhouse received a less than satisfactory review.

It's sad when East Meadowians are crying out "Bring back Runyons!," but that's exactly the case.  (the former spot of Runyons) on Hempstead Turnpike in East Meadow calls itself a "Traditional American Steakhouse." Lauren and I found it to be just that - traditional. The place really doesn't try to be anything more than a simple, "classy" dining venue with a rather limited number of menu choices. The decor features dark wood with light seat covers and a traditional table setting.

You'll start first with some traditional bread, which Lauren and I found to be a bit hard, accompanied by some regular butter. If you're a person that will pay anything for the right atmosphere, your money would be better spent elsewhere!
Our overly attentive waiter seemed all too eager to take our dinner orders.
In fact, the staff seems to like standing around waiting for someone to need them, which is great if you require a lot of service, but in our case, we found it to be a bit annoying. We started with a traditional Caesar salad, which they nicely split on two plates for us. It was good, but a bit heavy for my taste on the cheese and anchovy flavor.

For our main dishes, Lauren ordered Jumbo shrimp from the daily specials, and I ordered the Cedar Plank Roasted Salmon with mixed vegetables,mushrooms and broccoli rabe. Lauren's shrimp were certainly plump and she commented on the nice size portion. Although it tasted "okay," she said it wasn't the best value for the price. Lauren was clearly disappointed. 

My salmon came served on a wood "plank" type plate and Lauren and I both commented on the nice presentation. The salmon was seasoned and cooked well. I found it very enjoyable. However, the mushrooms were too salty for my liking and the vegetables tasted as if they had been soaked in butter. 

Side Note: If you're a regular reader, you may wonder why we don't always sample each others food. We usually will, except when I order Salmon and Lauren orders shrimp. We're both actually allergic to those specific fish!

We also wanted to comment on the valet parking situation at this East Meadow location. It seems like a nice service, but when you see the size of the parking lot - you may be asking if it's really necessary to have someone parking the car for you. The lot is SO close to the door. It was also a Thursday night, and not overly crowded.
All in all, we found ourselves wondering after the meal why the restaurant tried to be anything other than what it used to be - a pub. The atmosphere conversion from Runyons to Jake's seemed minimal and as a steakhouse, left something to be desired (to say the least). It was clearly WAY overpriced. 

We give Jake's a 2 out of 5 mints on the dinner mint scale.

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Bill Alderman May 23, 2012 at 02:57 PM
I just wish either of you ordered a steak. It is a steak house and ordering specialties of the house might be more prudent. It seems like going to an Italian Restaurant and ordering chicken fingers. Maybe a return trip may be in order.
Trish Appello May 23, 2012 at 03:02 PM
Jake's Steak House come to Merrick, we need a nice Steak House like Jakes! About 7 of us went to dinner durning restaurant week and loved it. I will say outside of price fixed, the menu is lovely but pricey!
Frank T May 23, 2012 at 03:04 PM
Very poor review. How could you do a review of a steakhouse and not order a steak? It's not Jake's seafood restaurant. The prices are high but comparable to other steakhouses and if you did minimal research you would of noticed that they have specials. Check out the website. I ate there during restaurant week and the food was outstanding and service was friendly and attentive. Also no mention of desserts. Did you know that the desserts are made in house and not shipped in like many other restaurants? Please, if you are going to blog restaurant reviews be much more accurate and try more than 2 items on a menu.
Jaime Sumersille May 23, 2012 at 04:04 PM
Great feedback @Bill @Trish and @Frank! You can totally leave those reviews on Jake's listing on East Meadow Patch: http://eastmeadow.patch.com/listings/jakes-steakhouse. Alex & Lauren - are you up to the readers' challenge of trying Jake's again? Jaime Sumersille Regional Editor, Nassau County
Aaron May 23, 2012 at 05:28 PM
I agree, what an awfully written review. Go to a steakhouse and order steak. And waiters being too good, what would you like, to wait for everything, as you mentioned in previous reviews? And its a Thursday, not main going out night. All good and real food critics visit restaurants a few times, like all your reviews, this is a one-time review, so hard to form an accurate opinion.
Christopher May 23, 2012 at 05:52 PM
I stopped reading at Cedar Plank Roasted Salmon. Let me know how the steak is at Joe's Crab Shack when you review it....
diane taylor May 23, 2012 at 09:08 PM
Been there MANY times and have always enjoyed it! Then again, I ordered STEAK!!!!!!!
Alex Dollin and Lauren Brookmeyer May 23, 2012 at 10:08 PM
Hey all - we appreciate your comments and would be up to going again. But bottom line, a GREAT restaurant should be able to serve fabulous dishes REGARDLESS of the "specialty." If it's not very good, it shouldn't be on the menu and should DEFINITELY not be overpriced! We've ordered chicken and fish dishes (and steak) at Bryant and Cooper, Fulton and Prime, and Blackwells over the years... ALL Steakhouses, ALL great dishes. Why? They are GREAT restaurants! We are of course game to going back and trying a steak (though a bit scared)... because for those prices, if you can't cook a simple shrimp dish, you've got problems. The owners of Ben Benson's would have laughed. Thanks again for the comments! Regardless of whether you all agree with us or not... we always appreciate you reading! Have a great Memorial Day Weekend! - Alex and Lauren
paul May 23, 2012 at 10:24 PM
I read the review and think Alex & Lauren did a fine job. They rated everything from start to finish. The started with a salad then an entree of THEIR choice...... Yes all - it was their choice, and a good choice at that... As they said above they should be able to make fine dishes that are decent to ones palate. We all appreciate different tastes. You certainly do not need to order a steak in a restaurant because it has steak in the name. Alex & Lauren, keep up the good work. All should remember one time and one opinion does not make it bad for anyone else. Anyone can go and taste for themselves.... Please don't forget to pay the bill on the way out! Bon Appétit. PS: My opinion is that it appears to be a nicer place from the outside than it really is.... Sorry, I do not rate in mints. I give it 10 more months out of 12........
paul May 23, 2012 at 10:28 PM
How many of you go to Red Lobster and order Lobster? Just as I thought........... Why do you need to order a Steak in place that has Steak in its name? Just as I thought........... I am not surprised.......
P.M. May 23, 2012 at 11:29 PM
Its true just because its a steakhouse ...doesn't mean u have to order steak! I agree with Paul..because I do go to red lobster and order Steak! You Both keep up the good work!
paul May 24, 2012 at 12:28 AM
I do think that Alex and Lauren should go back and the Patch should pick up the tab...... After all, you did present them with the challenge..... Didn't you???? Just thinking out loud.....
Frank T May 24, 2012 at 02:29 PM
Paul, way to go supporting local businesses. It's odd that you are a rabid supporter of Sonic that does not even exist in EM but a quality restaurant in East Meadow on Hempstead Turnpike you are counting it's days of it's demise and agree with a poorly written review. Have you even tried Jakes?
Bill Alderman May 24, 2012 at 02:37 PM
It just seems silly to me to go to a place AND RATE IT, based on items that they do to deversify and is not their specialty. It is like rating the cocktails served at a diner .Or a waiter on how neat they write your order. Or a sports team on how well they play...the national anthem. While there are some people that will go to a Red Lobster and not order the seafood , they do not rate it based on their burger ..(remember- IT's for the SEA FOOD lover in you!) . On the other hand , it seems that most people I know do go to a specialty location when they want a specific specialty and not order a chickem parm hero from the hot dog truck. It seems to me similar to ordering tires from your mechanic and rating them based on it, instead of going directly to a GoodYear or STS Tire Center for that. I like Alex & Lauren's work.They are accurate and detailed, I just think here they missed the (gravy) Boat.
paul May 24, 2012 at 04:34 PM
To Frank: It is kind of funny what you wrote above. Is this your review of Jakes? Did you order a Steak? http://eastmeadow.patch.com/listings/jakes-steakhouse#reviews Way to go Frank.....
paul May 24, 2012 at 04:40 PM
To Frank T: It is kind of funny what you wrote above. Is this your review of Jakes? Did you order a Steak? http://eastmeadow.patch.com/listings/jakes-steakhouse#reviews Way to go Frank T.....
paul May 24, 2012 at 04:47 PM
Ratings for restaurants are based on ones dining experience at a specific location. Usually can be broken down by categories like: Appearance - Cleanliness -Taste - Service - etc. It is like you said Bill a sports team should be rated on how well they play, and not by how good they pick up the towels!
Frank T May 24, 2012 at 06:01 PM
I agree their reviews should be taken with a grain of salt but they should be more thorough if they are giving a bad review especially when it's a great restaurant.
Susan May 24, 2012 at 06:02 PM
If you go to a restaurant and don't eat the specialty of the house then the review is really pointless. I told these reviewers that when they went to Texas Roadhouse and ordered a chicken breast. But if an item is on a restaurant's menu then there is no reason it can't be ordered and tried as well. Most REAL restaurant reviewers order more than one entree to sample before they write a review. I still think that to review a steakhouse without having ordered steak is pointless but then again, I'm pretty sure that neither of these "reviewers" are professionals and their "reviews" should be taken with a grain of salt. :)
Mac May 24, 2012 at 06:15 PM
I do enjoy eating at Jake's. I have been there several times and always had well prepared steak regardless of what cut I ordered. I also enjoy the different choices of beer. This is a nice place to eat dinner and the specials are a good buy.


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