A key part of the steakhouse dining experience is the classic music you get to hear piped into the dining room. Inspired by the music played at Ruth's Chris Steakhouse, we put together a mix of big band, jazz, and crooner classics to play when you're in that steak-eating mood.
Crank it up and imagine you're seated in a comfy leather booth, surrounded by mounds of roasted garlic mashed potatoes; a bubbling pot of lobster mac and cheese; and slabs of seared T-bones, New York strips, and rib-eyes.
Our ideal playlist starts with a trio of hits from Rat Packers Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, and Sammy Davis, Junior. Then Nat King Cole croons his sweet ditty, "L-O-V-E." After a smooth Sinatra and Tony Bennet duet, Bobby Darin slides into his classic single, "Mack the Knife."
Next, we enjoy a brief big band interlude featuring classic hits from Benny Goodman and Glen Miller and His Orchestra. Feel free to tap your foot as you dig into a petit filet or butter your baked potato.
The playlist ends with Ella Fitzgerald singing, "Cry Me a River," and a stirring "Dream a Little Dream" duet she recorded with Louis Armstrong. It wraps up with Old Blue Eyes spreading the news about his favorite place in the world, New York City.
If this doesn't transport you, we don't know what will (perhaps this fun lighting trick? Get Steakhouse-Style Lighting at Home for $15).