New York City has long since been known for its old-school steakhouses. However, when it comes to finding the best spot to give yourself a serious case of the meat sweats, some restaurants tend to be a cut above the rest.
A prime example is Club A Steakhouse, located at 240 East 58th Street in Manhattan.
Nestled between the Upper East Side and Midtown East, this multi-level American steakhouse is a carnivore’s dream come true. Inside you’ll find an sophisticated decor complete with wood floors, a cozy fireplace, and crimson walls adorned with photos of its most famous customers. Plus, several private, regal-looking dining rooms, a second floor bar, and a hidden wine cellar that serves as the perfect place to dine with your closest friends and family.
For Bruno and his sons, Club A Steakhouse isn’t just a restaurant. It’s a second home where they can talk to new people, mingle with old friends, see how their customers enjoy their food, and, most importantly, help make memories happen.
The menu is just as impressive as its ambiance, offering everything from high quality cuts of beef and seafood dishes to a slew of savory, mouthwatering side dishes. But it’s not just the glamorous decor and insanely delicious food that sets this place apart. It’s the charming history of the man behind the meat, Bruno Selimaj, that really makes this place special.
Bruno had a humble beginning in the restaurant business. After immigrating to America from Albania, he found a job as a dishwasher and eventually worked his way up-- until he finally opened his own restaurant, Bruno Ristorante, in 1977. Bruno brought his core family values and warm hospitality into the business, treating all of his guests as if they were family eating in his own home-- which they are, since the East Side building's top floor doubles as his very own home which he shares with his beloved wife, Kathy.
After running a thriving Italian restaurant for 30 years, Bruno decided that he wanted to do something that would be inclusive of his entire family and leave behind a timeless legacy. So he revamped his Italian restaurant into a new establishment, Club A Steakhouse. The “A” serving as a nod to his three sons, Arben, Agron, and Alban, who all work at the restaurant and continue to carry on their father’s core values of family hospitality, quality food, and excellent service.
But for Bruno and his sons, Club A Steakhouse isn’t just a restaurant. It’s a second home where they talk to new people, mingle with old friends, see how their customers enjoy their food, and, most importantly, help make memories happen. It’s a tight-knit, family-run business that stands out amidst old-school steakhouses by offering an unforgettable dining experience among family and friends.