American Steakhouse With A Side Of Fanfare
in the exclusive enclave that is East Norwich resides a quintessential classic
American steakhouse. This remarkable restaurant has the elegant style and grace of
an authentic Long Island Gold Coast Mansion. Step into Rothmann’s Steakhouse and
step back in time to the grandeur and tradition of Long Island's famed Gold Coast
where food, drink and life were rich and satisfying.
Steakhouse has quite a fascinating history that began in 1907 when Charles and
Franziska Rothmann invested their life savings in their dream of opening an inn and
tavern bearing their name. That dream became a reality in East Norwich on Long
Island, where Franziska's wondrous cooking and Charles' welcoming charm attracted a
loyal following of notable politicians and socialites, including local resident
Years later, Franziska's and Charles' children
upheld their parents legacy by continuing the Rothmann's reputation that attracted
such celebrities as Bob Hope, Richard Burton and Elizabeth Taylor. As you may know,
in 1970, world-renowned singer and songwriter Burt Bacharach purchased Rothmann's.
This restaurant that bore his name stood for many years until it was once again
When you enter this steakhouse you come across a nicely appointed spirits area that will prove difficult to pass up. In other words, you will want to start your evening with a world-class cocktail at the bar. There is quite a selection of cocktails and wines to choose from. As a matter of fact, their extensive wine cellar earned them "The Wine Spectator" Best of Award of Excellence.
We began our dining experience with Rothmann’s Shellfish Plateau for Two, which was a beautifully presented medley of the highest quality seafood available (below left). This exquisitely presented, bi-level tower consisted of Shrimp, Clams, Oysters, Lobster and Maryland Crab Meat. The shrimp were colossal, plump, tender and firm. The clams and oysters were genuinely fresh and the oysters in particular were sweet with abundant liquor. The lobster was served halved, cocktail style, which retained its natural flavors and made it very easy to consume. The Maryland crabmeat was lump and garnished with giant capers and perhaps the most standout item featured in this appetizer was the Tuna Cerviche, which was just exceptional.
came a Jumbo Lump Crab Cake, which featured a moist and tasty filling and an
exterior that was golden to perfection (above right). This tall crab cake had
unbelievable flavor, was garnished with a chiffonade of sun-dried tomatoes and sat
atop a bed of thinly sliced lemons.
The Braised Kobe Short Rib is truly an outstanding appetizer (below left). Served with smooth, wasabi mashed potatoes and frizzled onions, the meat was extremely succulent and we were really in awe with the delicious flavoring.
continued with the Warm Homemade Mozzarella and Beefsteak Tomato appetizer, which
was beautifully presented Napoleon style and superbly fresh (above right). The hand
pulled mozzarella cheese was incredible and when combined with the super ripe
tomatoes, was even better!
Our final appetizer was the Tuna Tartar topped with an avocado spread, paper-thin pickled ginger, seaweed salad and orange roe (below left). Dollops of wasabi and soy sauce were offered for dipping, creating an all around light and refreshing starter.
was the Miso Glazed Sea Bass, which was tender beyond belief (above right). It cut
with just a light touch of a fork and the miso glaze was an outstanding additive.
The 35-Day Aged Steak is a culinary homerun. (below left). This specialty entrée presents one of the finest steaks of recent memory. The steak was tender, juicy and downright incredible!
out our entrées was the delicious Porterhouse Steak (above right). This incredibly
flavorful, classic porterhouse for two was fine and true to form.
For dessert we were privileged to sample four incredible treats beginning with a warm Chocolate Molten Cake (below left). Served with a scoop of vanilla ice cream, the cake was very rich in flavor, deeming this dessert a true chocolate lovers dream.
dessert that’s rich in chocolate is the Black Forest Cake topped with fresh
whipped cream and served with a side of black cherries (above right). The cake was
overflowing with chocolate morsels and the candied black cherries were just amazing.
We ended with some Banana Cream Pie and Key Lime Pie. The Banana Cream Pie was appealingly presented and full of delicious banana flavor (below left). The Key Lime Pie offered a robust key lime flavor, was nicely tart and the graham cracker crust was a delight (below right).
you’re looking for an elegant restaurant that offers a cozy, friendly atmosphere,
look no further than Rothmann’s Steakhouse. The superb food, engaging wait staff
and extensive wine list are just a few of the many reasons you should stop in when
in the area. It is a sophisticated
steakhouse with something for everyone!