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By Maria Kanai
What makes a good steak house? The steak, of course. But for Zyron Schoniwitz, general manager at Morton’s The Steakhouse, you’ve gotta have more to push a steak house from good to great. “You have to have the right combination of great food, service and hospitality that all creates an exceptional value for guests,” says Schoniwitz. He’s been at the restaurant since its branch opened in Ala Moana Center in 2001, and has been the manager since 2003.
With nearly 40 years of prime experience under its belt, Morton’s knows how to do steak right. The chain restaurant has nearly 70 locations around the world, with an exemplar menu that’s classic without being outdated, and an atmosphere that’s upscale without being stuffy.
Schoniwitz says that most steak lovers go for Center Cut Prime Ribeye ($51) or Steak and Seafood Dinner ($62.99). At Morton’s, all steaks are USDA Prime steaks, aged to perfection within 23 to 28 days. They are beautifully marbled and full of intense, rich flavor.
The Steak and Seafood Dinner offers a full meal with a choice of Caesar, Chopped Spinach or Morton’s Salad. Choose from a slew of side items, such as Broiled Sea Scallops, Shrimp Alexander or Jumbo Lump Crab Cake. End sweetly with Morton’s Legendary Hot Chocolate Cake, Key Lime Pie or Créme Brulee.
Morton’s acclaimed customer service can be found in its convenient valet service ($5 with validation), private dining rooms and loyalty rewards program. “You can earn 10-percent rewards on foods, gift cards and non-alcoholic beverages,” says Schoniwitz. “For your birthday, you can get a $25 reward to use on your next visit.”
Yet another nice touch: If you make reservations for your birthday, you’ll receive a personalized birthday greeting on your menu, a free chocolate soufflé and complimentary photo service.
Morton’s The Steakhouse
Ala Moana Center, 1450 Ala Moana Blvd., Honolulu
Bar: Monday-Thursday, 4:45-10 p.m., Friday-Saturday, 4:45-11 p.m., Sunday, 4:45-10 p.m.;
Dining room: Monday-Thursday, 5:30-10 p.m., Friday-Saturday, 5-11 p.m., Sunday, 5-10 p.m.