All Hy’s, no lowsA La Carte Columns
September 4, 2016
Story By: Maria Kanai | Photos by: HY’S STEAK HOUSE
Tucked away from hectic Waikiki, Hy’s Steak House is an all-around experience as soon as you step inside. The dark mahogany panels, dimly lit ambience and nightly live music transport you to an elegant evening a la Old English-style.
The Hawaiian kiawe wood broiler is Hy’s masterpiece. “Every steak on the menu is cooked on the kiawe wood,” says Marc Nezu, general manager. “That’s our highlight.” He adds that Hy’s only serves 100 percent USDA prime beef, which is the one of the highest grades of meat on the market.
The steak house has been serving meat lovers for nearly 40 years, and its classic dishes haven’t left the menu, such as Filet of Beef Wellington ($49). The tender filet mignon is wrapped in a delicate puff pastry, filled with pate and mushroom, then baked and served with a truffle demiglace sauce. “It’s a challenging dish to make with all the different components, but it’s been part of the menu for almost 40 years,” says Nezu.
Garlic Steak ($47) is also another classic, topped with sauteed Big Island Hamakua mushrooms. At Hy’s, each entree is served with vegetables and your choice of starch, such as baked or mashed potatoes, fries or rice.
Executive chef Justin Inagaki introduced Wagyu Tomahawk Ribeye ($97) about a year ago, which is a 32-ounce special ribeye that you won’t find on the regular menu. Wagyu is a grade above the USDA beef, and the tomahawk refers to the shape of the cut, which includes with a long bone. If you’re looking for the ultimate steak indulgence, ask your server to find out if this is available.
“We want customers to come here not just for the dining, but for an overall experience,” says Nezu. “We tell our staff that once the door opens, they’re on stage.” The complimentary valet parking, table-side food preparation, dress code and remarkable service all culminate in a memorable dinner, from the escargot starters to the flambe-dessert finish.
Hy’s Steak House
Waikiki Park Heights
2440 Kuhio Ave., Waikiki
Dinner nightly, 5-10 p.m. (last seating at 9:45)