6 sizzling steak restaurants to take dad this Father’s Day

On summer evenings, we can usually count on seeing a devoted dad or two slaving away at the grill, meticulously cooking up some steaks, ribs, chicken or just some burgers and hot dogs.

With Father’s Day right around the corner on June 18, it’s time to bring dad indoors and let someone else do the grilling for him — by taking him to one of the many steakhouses in Central Jersey.

Throughout the region, there are tons of eateries specializing in juicy steak, with every cut from tenderloin to a T-bone. Read on to find out where you can take your dear dad out for his special day this weekend.

The wasabi-crusted filet mignon from Arirang. (Photo: ~Courtesy of Arirang)

Arirang Hibachi Steakhouse

Where: 986 Route 9, Parlin, 732-525-3551, partyonthegrill.com/arirang-parlin-nj

What: An eatery where hibachi chefs cook Japanese steaks tableside in a kid-friendly space with a sushi bar.

Why: According to General Manager Rob Ruggiero, Arirang serves up a different dining experience due to the performance aspect of the meal. “Our steaks are cooked tableside in front of the guest during a fun and entertaining show,” he said.

Don’t miss: The samurai hibachi steak, a 12-ounce New York sirloin, is a customer favorite as it has the quality and tender taste as a filet mignon would, but at a more affordable price at $25.99.

Father’s Day specials: Guests can print out a flyer, which will be posted on the restaurant’s website and Facebook page, offering dads a complimentary appetizer up to $8.

Roots Steakhouse has classic decor. (Photo: ~Courtesy of Roots Steakhouse)

Roots Steakhouse

Where: 401 Springfield Ave., Summit, 908-273-0027; 40 W Park Place, Morristown, 973-326-1800; 17 Chestnut St., Ridgewood, 201-444-1922, rootssteakhouse.com

What: An upscale local chophouse chain serving steak, seafood and New American sides in a traditional setting.

Why: According to Grant Halliday, director of operations of Harvest Restaurants which owns Roots Steakhouse, the eateries’ classic decor, fresh seafood, array of side dishes, wine selection and reasonable prices are some of the reasons why Roots stands out among the rest.

Don’t miss: The 12-ounce USDA petite prime New York strip steak for $35.95, which according to Halliday has “terrific marbling which adds to the flavor.”

Father’s Day specials: The regular dinner menu will be served.

The surf n’ turf at Char Steakhouse. (Photo: ~Courtesy of Char Steakhouse)

Char Steakhouse

Where: 777 Route 202, Raritan, 908-707-1777, charsteakhouse.com​

What: A modern venue serving dry-aged cuts, seafood and decadent desserts in an opulent, spacious setting.

Why: Char Steakhouse is known for only using the freshest ingredients and locally sourcing whenever possible. Plus, according to Chef Phil Deffina, “Our restaurant interior is chic and sexy, bringing modern sophistication to New Jersey with approachable prices.”

Don’t miss: The 20-ounce prime dry-aged cowboy ribeye for $49.95, which according to Deffina, has a great balance of flavor and tenderness.

Father’s Day specials: The a la carte menu will be served.

The filet mignon at Sweet Waters Steak House. (Photo: ~Courtesy of Sweet Waters Steak House)

Sweet Waters Steak House​

Where: 43 Elm St., Westfield, 908-317-2599, sweetwatersnj.com

What: An old-school, dark-wood-paneled eatery known for its steaks, seafood and cocktails.

Why: The 60-seat restaurant has been family-owned for 16 years and offers a different dining experience than other big-name steakhouses. Kenny Dolan, manager, said, “Our diners are able to enjoy an intimate atmosphere and personalized service.”

Don’t miss: The 36-ounce porterhouse for two, because it enables the diners to sample a New York strip and a filet mignon simultaneously, which is accompanied by three side dishes, for $95.

Father’s Day specials: The regular menu will be served starting at 1 p.m.

The bar area of Steakhouse 85. (Photo: ~Courtesy of Steakhouse 85)

Steakhouse 85

Where: 85 Church St., New Brunswick; 732-247-8585, steakhouse85.com

What: A steakhouse with a surf ‘n’ turf menu in an upscale space with live jazz on some nights.

Why: Unlike many other steakhouses, General Manager Chris Tobia said that Steakhouse 85 is known for their welcoming, family atmosphere which makes for an ideal locale for Father’s Day.

Don’t miss: The 26-ounce tomahawk chop for $55, which is a bone-in rib chop that is dry-aged for 28 days and then encrusted with a garlic blue cheese rub and a rich cabernet bordelaise.

Father’s Day specials: The regular dinner menu will be served.

A steak at Wolfgang’s Steakhouse. (Photo: ~Courtesy of Wolfgang’s Steakhouse Somerville)

Wolfgang’s Steakhouse

Where: 119 W Main St., Somerville; 908-541-0344, wolfgangssteakhouse.net/somerville

What: An upscale chophouse chain serving dry-aged steaks, seafood and wine in an elegant setting.

Why: Here, you can expect steaks with a special touch — according to Manager Nick Zamora, all steaks are dry-aged for 28 days in their own meat locker.

Don’t miss: The porterhouse for two, a porterhouse steak that is sliced and then served on a sizzling hot platter with clarified butter for $49.99.

Father’s Day specials: The regular dinner menu will be offered from 11:30 a.m. to 10 p.m. on Fathers Day.

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