Mr. Peeples Seafood & Steak

Photo by Troy Fields
Mr. Peeples opened to much fanfare, but little of the hype was about the food. The space, designed by architect Carlos Castroparedes as an antidote to the boring, staid nature of many steakhouses, is a sensory overload of gold, pink, purple and red. The 40,000-square-foot Midtown building houses a basement lounge, a first-floor restaurant and bar, a second-floor banquet space, and offices on the third floor. If you can handle the sometimes dizzying decor (everything from crystal chandeliers to spray paint to shag carpet) long enough to eat a meal, try the house-smoked salmon or the pork chops. Though Mr. Peeples bills itself as a seafood and steak haven, most of the seafood and steak dishes cost more than they're worth. But what you're paying for isn't the food. It's the ambience. If you're into that.