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Let's Eat Steak in an Old Bank Vault

Subterranean Indulgence Under the New Yorker Hotel

By Ilana Dadras ·
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Photo: Oleg March

And we're back, with another game of Sort-Of Jeopardy.

The category today is Butcher & Banker: a steakhouse of the art deco variety, now open in Midtown. As usual, all winnings will be awarded in UD NYC Coins—a cryptocurrency tied to the future of activated charcoal cocktails.

Here comes the first round.

With an enormous, heavy circular door swinging open into an additional dining area, wall lined with safe deposit boxes, and subterranean location underneath the New Yorker Hotel, the space served this purpose in the 1970s.
What is the former Manufacturers Trust Company bank vault?

Prior to helming the kitchen at this very restaurant, this chef has worked at Le Cirque, the Oak Room at the Plaza and the original Union Square Cafe, among other iconic New York establishments.
Who is Chef Scott Campbell?

Seared foie gras is served alongside this tropical fruit, to the delight of all those who order this unique appetizer.
Pineapple. Grilled pineapple! What is grilled pineapple?

Fried oysters and brown butter bernaise are an optional topping to this steakhouse classic: just one of 12 cuts of meat on offer.
What is the cowboy bone-in rib eye?

There it is, our Daily Double! 

Cabernet-shallot risotto, many chandeliers and a variety of other visual aids can be found in this specific location on the internet.
What is right here?

Ladies and gentlemen, we have a winner. 

Thank you all for playing, we'll see you at some point in the future for the next game of Sort-Of Jeopardy.

Ilana Dadras passes her days writing about good food, talking about good food and consuming good food. Occasionally doing other things, too.

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