Our enormous (and tasty) rib eye.

I wish I had a nickle for everyone who has ever told me: “what New Rochelle really needs is a good steakhouse.”  Well, those wishes are now fulfilled, courtesy of Paul Hurley, a New York City restaurateur and New Rochelle resident, making his first business foray in our community with Hurley’s Steakhouse & Pub.

Located on Division Street, which is fast becoming New Rochelle’s restaurant row, Hurley’s looks really spectacular, with a distinct Manhattan vibe.  Fine dining on one side, a lively bar on the other, and a fireplace in between.  Perfect on a cold night.

Catie, the kids, and I split a bone-in rib eye of Fred Flintstone proportions.  A perfectly charred and salty crust on the outside, tender and rare on the inside, with the aroma of rosemary adding a little something extra.  Together with delicious sides of sauteed spinach, brussel sprouts, and mac & cheese — not to mention apps and desserts — it was enough for the four of us.  (But I’ll still admit casting a few jealous glances at the porterhouse sizzling on a neighboring table.)

A really great addition to New Rochelle and a statement of confidence in our downtown’s future from an entrepreneur who knows his business well.