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The Steak Lover’s Manual

“What type of steak is the best?”

raw steak in the shape of a heartWe get the question all the time. We have a difficult time answering this because everyone has different tastes when it comes to steak. Understanding the different cuts of beef can help you choose the right steak for your hibachi. We need to consider your tastes in flavor and texture. If you are considering wine pairing, steak always needs to be paired with red wines. The rich flavors of the wine will not be overpowered by the beef and can add some acidity that can cut the fattiness of the meat. Take a look at our guide for the different types of steak and their contrasting factors.

New York Strip Steak

The New York Strip Steak comes from the loin, right below the tenderloin. New York Strip is known for being very flavorful because of the marbling of fat within the steak. Marbling refers to the rivers of fat that runs through the meat. New York Strip is moderately tender, but not as tender as other varieties. This type of steak will be tougher than steaks that come from the tenderloin, such as the Filet Mignon or the Chateaubriand.

Wine Pairing: Since this steak is so high in flavor, it needs a deep wine to stand up to it. We would recommend something like a Cabernet Sauvignon.

Filet Mignon

Filet Mignon comes from the tenderloin which means that it is the most tender cut of beef that you will be able to find. The tenderloin is a part of the animal that is not load-bearing. This means that the muscle has not been toughened through exercise. It is also fairly lean, so it will have a milder flavor than other cuts of beef. It is most prized for its soft, almost buttery texture.

Wine Pairing: Since the flavors in this cut are more delicate, we would recommend a slightly fruitier red wine such as Pinot Noir.


The Chateaubriand is definitely a steakhouse favorite. Just like the Filet Mignon, it comes from the tenderloin, so it has a similar buttery tender texture. However, since it comes from the thicker part of the tenderloin, it also packs a punch when it comes to flavor. The Chateaubriand is the perfect balance between texture and flavor.

Wine Pairing: Merlot is a wine that is ideal for Chateaubriand. It is a perfect balance between the acidity of the tannins and the fruitier flavors of the grapes.

No matter which steak you choose, you really cannot go wrong. Any of our steaks will go well with our chicken, shrimp or lobster. If you need help choosing the exact wine to go with your dinner, talk to your server about some of the best wines in our selection. At Shinto, we want every meal to be a wonderful experience. Our hibachi chefs will entertain you while they are cooking your steaks to perfection. We will make sure that you leave us feeling full and happy from your experience.


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