For Uncle Jack's Steakhouse owner William Degel, the dining experience is just as significant as the food his eatery is serving.
Degel, who opened the Bayside restaurant at 39-40 Bell Blvd. in 1996, said he prides himself on amazing service.
“The people are what makes the experience unique and different, “ Degel says, “Lunch is a show, dinner is a show.”
Degel makes sure every customer is treated to an education on the menu.
Menu: Items such as Uncle Jack's signature porterhouse steak , which the restaurant ages for 21 days, as well as its filet mignon, which is petite enough for those with smaller appetites, and Kobe steak.
Service: When hiring, Degel ensures that his waiting staff shares his passion for food and good service.
“I’m a tough operator," he said. "I will not let anyone let me or make me fail.”
That philosophy applies to all distributors with whom he deals, whether it's meat or fish sellers.
Drinks: Uncle Jack’s has a full bar with all top shelf cognacs and a variety of mixed drinks.
Stop by Wednesdays - for a wine tasting with cheese.
Price: A full dinner will cost anywhere from $75 to $100 dollars per person.
Reservations are highly recommended. And there’s a valet for those who can’t find parking on busy Bell Boulevard.
Degel operates two other steakhouses in Manhattan.