The owners of a New York steakhouse that opened two years ago in Greenwich Village plan on opening its first location in Chicago, and fourth overall. Quality Eats will be the last restaurant to round out the corner at Fulton Market and Morgan Street, joining Swift & Sons, Cold Storage, La Sirena Clandestina, Next, and the Aviary.
Quality Eats, which plans on opening in late 2018 to early 2019, will sit across the street from Swift & Sons, Boka Restaurant Group’s upscale steakhouse. Michael Stillman, founder of Quality Branded — the parent company of Quality Eats — described the restaurant as a “modern, young version of a steakhouse,” to the Tribune. Quality Eats will feature “mid-priced” steaks using naturally-raised beef, with drink menus to match the casual $20 to $30 steak price range. The irony of another steakhouse opening on Fulton Market, where working-class meatpackers once worked, isn’t lost upon anyone.
Eater National critic Ryan Sutton gave Quality Eats one star, headlining the review as “Quality Eats is the future of the New York Steakhouse.” Chicago has already seen the future when it comes to steakhouses, wrote roving critic Bill Addison. The scene already includes Boeufhaus, a casual but beloved Humboldt Park spot and Gene and Georgetti, which opened in 1941 and is still going strong.
So does Fulton Market, or Chicago in general, need a mid-priced steakhouse from New York? Only time will tell.