Two guys want to bring back a beefy tradition

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The beefsteak is back!

On Nov. 8, two just-out-of-college kids will restore one of New York’s greatest traditions by grilling up 300 pounds of prime steak and chops, and serving it with bottomless mugs of beer and no forks. These boys have done their homework.

“Whenever you read about a classic beefsteak, there are subtle variations, but the one rule you always hear is, ‘No forks,’” said Derek Silverman (pictured).

Generations ago, of course, no self-respecting Brooklynite needed to be told the traditions of a genuine beefsteak. An all-you-can-eat male fantasy dating back to the 1800s, the beefsteak was already an old favorite when Joseph Mitchell penned his famous 1939 story, “All You Can Hold for Five Bucks,” which laid out the rules (including that a man hasn’t truly enjoyed himself at a beefsteak if he doesn’t end up with grease behind his ears).

Though there are steakhouses in the city with beef older than Silverman and his partner, Andrew Dermont, the pair promises to throw a classic party featuring ribeyes, ribs and hanger steaks from Pat La Frieda in the Meatpacking District and unlimited McSorley’s light and dark ale.

Brooklyn Beefsteak at the Bell House [149 Seventh St. at Third Avenue, (718) 643-6510], Nov. 8, 3-6 pm. Tickets are $35 in advance and $50 at the door. For info, visit

Updated 5:15 pm, July 9, 2018
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Reasonable discourse

Joe from NY says:
These Guys love there Beef
Oct. 28, 2009, 8:20 am
Grambius from Park Slope says:
Bottomless mugs of beer? Won't that make a mess?

Seriously, where do I sign up for this??
Oct. 28, 2009, 9:32 am
Grambius from Park Slope says:
He Joe:

Oct. 28, 2009, 9:34 am
Bayof from Biscay says:
Grambius: Hey
Oct. 28, 2009, 10:44 am
Grambius from Park Slope says:
And Gersh?

but the one rule you always here is, ‘No forks,’”

Oct. 28, 2009, 10:57 am
Al from Park Slope says:
Is the no fork thing really necessary? BYOF!!
Oct. 28, 2009, 3:23 pm
Gersh Kuntzman (Brooklyn Paper) says:
You guys! I caught that here/hear typo hours ago!

Oct. 28, 2009, 4:12 pm
Pat K from South brooklyn says:
Sounds Grand- hey once and awhile! H hope the Radical veggies don't attack the place
Oct. 28, 2009, 10:28 pm
gimme from aroundtheway says:
milksteak and jellybeans?
Nov. 3, 2009, 11:30 am

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