Are you stranded in a walkup, depressingly far from a grill? Is your apartment so cramped that the thought of cooking makes your skin crawl from claustrophobia? Do you think a perfectly done, home cooked steak is out of reach?

Think again.

You may not have access to a charbroiling grill, but there are a few techniques that are easy to master that will have you cooking a steak like a Peter Luger pro.

Option 1: The pseudo grill

Everyone should have at least one cast iron pan. If you don’t, no judgement.  But you should absolutely consider getting a cast iron grill pan. Lodge makes great ones that can be found on Amazon for around 13 bucks.

How it’s done

Cooking on this cast iron pan is akin to using an actual grill, minus the fire. Just heat the pan over medium high heat for five minutes and then cook the steak, 4-5 minutes each side. You’ll be rewarded with an jaw dropping steak with perfect grill marks to boot.


Option 2: Pan Roast

This is a more sophisticated path to a properly cooked steak and one used by many restaurants. It requires both your oven and stovetop, the perfect opportunity to flex its culinary muscles.

Yes, a pan roast is even possible in this magnificently puny New York kitchen.

How it's done

First, preheat your oven to 375 degrees. Then heat a cast iron, stainless steel or oven proof pan over high heat, and sear your steak for about a minute on each side. After both sides have been seared, toss the pan into the oven for 6-7 minutes and it will come out perfectly medium rare.

Option 3 (The Holy Grail): The Reverse Sear

This is by far the most efficient, reproducible and foolproof way to cook a steak. In fact, it’s so good that you might even find yourself foregoing the chance to use a grill (GASP!). In defiance of conventional wisdom, and any charcoal BBQ aficionado friends who might be trying to help, the reverse sear starts by cooking the steak low and slow in the oven.

The result is a temperature perfect steak, with a drool worthy crust and no bullseyeing (explained below).

How it’s done

Start by preheating your oven to 250 degrees. Place your steaks on a rack and cook for 25-35 minutes (take them out as soon as they hit 125 degrees internally). Then let them rest for 15 minutes. Meanwhile, heat a pan over high heat until it’s ripping hot, season your steak and sear on both sides for about a minute each side. Your steak will come out perfectly medium rare with a beautiful crust.

Those are Hamlet Meat’s insider tips for New Yorkers looking to cook a perfect steak. Just make sure to wrangle your smoke alarm or warn your neighbors before you start searing at high temperatures.

- Josh Ott
Founder, Hamlet Meats
Harlem, NY