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Chinese businessmen (Chinese businesswomen are themselves also quite discerning) love a thick steak as much as their Western counterpart, and for that reason Shanghai has quite a few great steakhouses. Here's a roundup of three of the best.
CHAR Bar & Grill
On the top floor of Hotel Indigo Shanghai on the Bund, this steakhouse excudes cool while serving prime cuts of meat to its glittering clientele. Book early to secure a window seat and you'll have views of the Bund and the Pudong skyline, which stays lit up until 10pm. In addition to sublime steak, you'll find a plethora of decadent items like foie gras, lobster, and a to-die-for cheesecake.
Across the river in Pudong, inside the Kerry Hotel, the MEET welcomes carnivores with its cushy banquettes and massive cuts of meat. The MEET is a traditional steakhouse gone contemporary; lots of reds and browns have been used, but it's done up in hunting lodge chic. Beyond meat, which of course plays a starring role in the menu, diners can order seafood and rich sides like truffle mac and cheese.
Roosevelt Prime Steakhouse
Tucked inside a lane in the French Concession, Roosevelt is Shanghai's all-American steakhouse, a den of masculinity that has managed to remain welcoming to women and even to kids. Service is superb, from the friendly, effusive owner who's happy to make suggestions to the very knowledgeable and sharply dressed staff. On the menu is steak—there are three cuts, sirloin, filet mignon, and rib-eye—and sides like Caesar salad, which is made tableside with extreme precision.