Ikinari Steak serves beef that is of as high a quality as any steakhouse on this list—for half the price. How do they do it? By taking away chairs. Diners walk up to a butcher, choose their cuts and then go back to their assigned counter where they stand until the meat, and whatever sides they’ve chosen, is delivered by a waiter. In front of them are a choice of Japanese steak sauces (this is the first American outpost of a popular Asian chain) and yes, everyone eats standing up. You'll recognize the place by the line of diners snaking out the door, up the stairs and onto the sidewalk.
- Pauline Frommer