Flat iron steak with herbed butter at Garden Bistro 24

flat iron steak at Garden Bistro 24

You can eat the salad if you'd like to pretend you ate something virtuous over the course of your meal.

By Daniel B.

Garden Bistro 24 in Colonie sets itself apart from other local restaurants in a lot of ways. Not having a freezer is just one. And while I might miss ice cream, I appreciate the commitment to a tightly constructed menu based on fresh ingredients.

The menu does not try to be all things to all people. There is no Chicken Parmesan. This is the place to go when you know exactly what you want for dinner, and what you want is a simple and unpretentious meal of steak frites.

Garden Bistro 24 exterior

Yes, Garden Bistro 24 also serves six different variations of moules frites, and I'd highly recommend you get an order of them to split as an appetizer while waiting for your steak. They are quite delicious and the saffron tomato and Provencal versions go particularly well with red wine.

I mention red wine, because you have come here for steak. And sure, you could throw convention to the wind and enjoy a hearty robust white with your beef, but most people will stick to the classic pairing.

The wine service here is not to be missed. Garden Bistro 24 is one of those rare restaurants that encourage living life to the lees and buying a bottle. They do this through an advantageous pricing model on a thoughtfully selected list where most of the wine is under $30 a bottle with selections under $20 as well.

Inexpensive wine is not treated cheaply. In fact the wineglasses here are nicer than those at one of the most expensive Italian restaurants in town. The same is true for the well designed and heavy flatware, which might make you forget for a moment you are eating in a restaurant that only charges $14 for a steak dinner.

Granted, this is a bit more expensive than when the restaurant opened up a year ago. But it is still a relative bargain.

I'm a big fan of both the flat iron and hanger steaks. But having tried both at Garden Bistro 24, I can tell you the flat iron is the real winner here. When ordered rare or medium rare, it's juicy, beefy and toothsome enough to let you know that it's meat, without being tough.


This steak was ordered "medium rare."

Get it with the herbed butter. The herbs add a subtle seasoning to the meat, while the butter melts down and mingles with the juices from the steak, which just demands to be mopped up with some crisp frites.

You might prefer the blue cheese-shallot butter, but blue cheese is notoriously known as a wine killer, much like asparagus or artichokes.

Each plate also comes with a token amount of green salad, so you can either cleanse your palate, or pretend you ate something virtuous over the course of your meal. If you must, there is an entire listing on the menu of salads, but order those at your own peril.

While there are some nice touches, this is not a fancy restaurant. Food doesn't need to be fancy to be good. But it is very refreshing to see a restaurant that has a singular focus, one that does not try to be more than it is, and one that can provide a good meal, for a reasonable price, at a nicely set table.

flat iron steak frites plate

Daniel B. is the proprietor of the Fussy Little Blog.

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Garden Bistro 24
1839 Central Ave
Colonie, NY 12205

Comments

I love Garden Bistro 24! - but the secret is out, and it can be hard to get a table there on a Saturday night. It's not a big restaurant; your best bet is to make a reservation.

If you're not into steak (I'm not), they make some amazing meal-sized salads, and you can get a side of frites. :) My husband was very impressed with the mussels, too.

The "medium rare" picture made me want to lick my computer monitor.

Garden Bistro 24's steaks are excellent, but vegetarians don't need to stay away. Their salads are incredible (especially their herb salad), and they also do vegetarian crepes and sandwiches.

And as a committed non-vegetarian, I have to agree with Daniel: the steaks are so wonderful that I imagine cows would be proud to become them.

I really like Garden Bistro 24. On the times I've had the flat iron steak (of course ordered rare), I wasn't as pleased with the texture as when I order the hangar steak.

It's a great place for a lunch or normally sized (as opposed to super-sized) dinner.

My husband and I love this place. Not only is the steak frites a delicious, reasonably sized meal, but their lunch crepes are really good, too.

This is the kind of information I want, from a source I value and understand. Garden Bistro 24 sounds right up my alley -- and I might well have missed it. Thanks.

LQ

Ditto Lou!

A friend took me to garden Bistro 24 for my birthday in Oct. Had a chicken crepe,delicious pumkin soup, and a very small portion of chocolate mouse. It was a pleasant experience for lunch. The next time i go there it has to be for one of those scrumptious looking steaks!

It should be noted that after another price hike, the steak frites are now $17. For the record, I think this is a fair price, but it's sadly no longer the value it once was.

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