The Five Star Vagabond

Super travel tips, all road tested by David Herd. I'm an Australian guy who moved to Thailand in 2011 & still travel the world as often as possible.


Gallagher’s Steakhouse New York City

Quintessential New York steakhouse

Gallagher’s Steakhouse New York City

Gallagher's Steakhouse New York City Gallagher’s Steakhouse New York City made such an impression on me here I am recording my experience 10 years after I was there. 🙂

I clearly remember walking from the Edisson Hotel in Times Square in the falling snow to Gallagher’s in W 52nd St.

The first thing you see……………..

Gallagher's Steakhouse New York CityHmmm! I think these guys know what they are doing, on seeing the hung beef at the entrance to the restaurant. Bear in mind Gallagher’s has since been renovated so the layout is probably very different now.

Positioned at Gallaghers’ entrance on 52nd Street, the glass-encased meat locker is an unofficial Manhattan landmark, where the world’s finest USDA prime steaks are aged to tender perfection for 21+ days.

Lots of old sporting photos.

Gallagher's Steakhouse New York CityYou get the feeling straight away many famous people have stood in this exact spot.

The wall of fame

Gallagher's Steakhouse New York CityI’m betting Babe Ruth, Joe Dimaggio & Shoeless Joe Jackson are up there somewhere. 🙂

Gallagher’s Steakhouse New York City

Gallagher's Steakhouse New York CityAnd here I am waiting to dine like a king. 🙂

Magnificent mural

Gallagher's Steakhouse New York CitySurely they have not removed this fabulous after the renovation,  “Say it ain’t so, Joe.” 

The wait is over……..

Gallagher's Steakhouse New York CitySurf & Turf, big enough for two people & wonderful quality. I think the price was around $60 then, check out the current menu here.

Tripadvisor rating is #47 of 9,568 Restaurants in New York City

What an experience

Gallagher's Steakhouse New York CityI certainly hope I can visit Gallagher’s Steakhouse New York City one more time in the future.

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Author: David Herd

My history, particularly over the last 30 years is dominated by overseas travel. I sold my home in Australia October 20th 2011 and have have been living in Thailand since then. I don’t know where the time has gone? It seems like you go to sleep one night, wake up the next morning, and 20 years have flashed by. Not sure how many years I have left, however I have enjoyed a wonderful charmed life, and if it all ended today I would leave this world with no regrets. I was born in Sydney halfway through the last century, started my travels in the 60s with the usual U.K. Europe adventure at the age of 20, back to Australia and worked in Sydney, Melbourne & Adelaide in Sales & Marketing with multinational companies including Sanyo, Canon & Remington. Engaged to be married 3 times and never quite made it to the alter, finally realized by the mid 90s I was not cut out for "long term relationships" so I moved to the Gold Coast in Queensland in January 1987, worked for a couple of banks as a Financial Planner, I took a year off work in 1998 to travel and never went back to full time work again, after 25 fun filled years on the Coast I packed up and moved to Thailand. What is the purpose of this blog? Well I really want to use it to record my travel experiences & to display my photographs, give and receive travel tips, comment on places I visit, restaurants I eat in and use it to replace the autobiography I intended to write, apart from all that it helps me fill in my day. :) I moved to Thailand mainly because I wanted to keep travelling while my health allowed me to, there are huge advantages being closer to all the places I want to visit. Cost of living in Thailand is around 35% of the cost in Australia, plus flights are 50% cheaper because you are much closer to everywhere. ???? Consequently I am able to travel to many more places compared to living in Australia. Having said all that, it is & has always been my intention to return to Australia when my travelling is finished, I predict this will happen around 2021.


  1. Beautiful picture the first one, under the snow! 🙂

    • One of my all time favourite shots Francesca, it is hanging on my wall in my apartment, I name it “My boulevard of broken dreams”. 🙂

  2. Hi David,

    Randomly came across your blog when I was searching for places in Thailand. Its a great read and I enjoy reading about some of your adventures (e.g. the Sydney Harbour Firework ‘incident’ back in the day).

    I’ve been to some of the places that you have written about e.g. Brasil, Thailand etc. Have you ever been to Paraty in Brasil?

    Anyway thought I’d drop you a line to say all the best and I take my hat off to you!



    I had a steak in the Settler’s Tavern in West Gosford just before Christmas. Your’e right – great value and not bad as well!