Are you a New York Strip steak fan? Let us show you what a good value for one is, with a list of how much they cost at different grocery stores. Also tips on how to cook them and where to get high quality steaks that can be shipped to your front door.
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New York, New York
You are associated with a lot of things.
Tall buildings. Lots of people. Evil baseball team. Apples. And of course the New York Strip Steak.
This popular cut of beef is found everywhere, not just in the city that never sleeps.
How much money should you be laying down to enjoy this hunk of beef? This post is to guide you to paying a good price for a good New York Strip steak. And no you don't have to pay New York housing prices.
❓ What is a New York Strip Steak?
A New York Strip Steak comes from the short loin. This is great real estate to get a chunk of beef. The short loin is located at the center of the back of the cow. This area gets less work by the cow during it's life, which means the meat from that region is more tender than from the neck or end of the cow.
The steak may be sold boneless or bone-in.
🗽 Why is it Called a New York Strip Steak?
Why is it a New York Strip Steak? The story begins in 1837. A resturant named Delmonico's openeded in Manhattan. Delmonico's served a steak from the short loin that was called a Delmonico steak - still is sometimes. Due to it's New York locale the steak got a reputation as being a New York strip steak. The name stuck.
In some Midwestern states you may find the same cut called a Kansas City strip steak. You may think it's sacrilegious to refer to the strip steak as a New York strip steak.
Some other names you may see are strip loin steak, top loin steak, or just "strip steak".
💲 How Much Does It Cost?
Want to see how much these steaks cost at many different grocery stores? Here is a list below. These prices were taken in the first half of 2022. Steaks are all choice grade unless otherwise indicated.
|Winco||$14.47/lb (no strip steak in name)|
|Gelson's Grass Fed||$37.99/lb|
|Stater Bros Select||$8.99/lb|
|Walmart Angus Thin||$14.97/lb|
|Walmart Grass Fed||$15.97/lb|
|Trader Joe's Angus||$18.99/lb|
|Grocery Bargain Outlet||2 pack for $7.99 for 14 oz|
|Wegman's Family Pack Boneless||$10.49/lb|
|HEB Value Pack Boneless||$10.27/lb|
|Central Market Prime||$31.99/lb|
🏆 What is a Good Price
You can expect to pay around $12.99 to $14.99 a pound for a New York Strip steak. You can do cheaper at the right store or if you buy a value or family pack with 3-4 steaks. For quality that is what you should be expected to fork over.
This is about the same price as a good Ribeye as well. If you shop sales I bet you can beat that. Grocery store typically have some type of steak on sale each week, especially during the summer months and around Valentine's Day.
Costco had one of the best prices. I also think their steaks are better quality than at other places with similar prices. It could be worth a membership just for the beef prices (see our complete Costco beef guide).
If you want Angus or Prime you are going to pay a little to a lot more. Trader Joe's and Walmart both have Angus strip steaks but I don't think the quality of steaks at either of these are all that great.
If you want to be really ambitious and cut your own strip steaks, then you might consider buying a whole one from Costco. You can even get them as USDA Prime. How about that?
🐄 Dry Aged NY Strip from Porter Road
Want to treat yourself? Or got a special occasion coming up where you want the top of the line steak for? Might I suggest checking out Porter Road.
They are my favorite online butcher as they offer dry aged, pasture raised steaks that they source from small farmers. I have yet to be disappointed in any of their steaks. That all have had great marbling.
Pick up a fresh, not frozen New York Strip steak from Porter Road for $29. They do offer sales from time to time, keep an eye out for those.
Also sign up for our Porter Road mailing list, to hear all about the great steaks, roasts, and more that can be shipped to your door.
♨️ How to Cook
For a thick steak like a New York Strip a two part cooking method is best.
- First sear on both sides in a cast iron skillet.
- Then put the whole thing in the oven to finish.
That way you can get a nice sear and have the meat be perfectly cooked in the center. I do this same approach with Ribeye steaks. Any steak that is large and thick does well this way.
🥩 More Steak Guides
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