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New Chef Steps Up to the Plate at New York Yankees Steakhouse

New Chef Steps Up to the Plate at New York Yankees Steakhouse

The Midtown steakhouse for pinstripe-loving carnivores is bringing new dishes to the table

Chef John Schafer has joined the team at the New York Yankees Steakhouse

Executive chef John Schafer carefully oversees every single dish that leaves the kitchen and enters into the crowd at Midtown’s New York Yankees Steakhouse in New York City.

Combining a love of sports (during baseball’s off-season, every other game on every other channel is on) with modern cuisine, the chef is running more inventive dishes into the stands — er, tables — in hopes of elevating what we’ve all come to know as typical steakhouse fare.

Schafer has pitched a successful lineup ranging from octopus to flatbread and scallops, and so far, it’s scoring pretty big with the fans.

​The bison burger is prepared with tomato marmalade, avocado, arugula, and smoked yogurt; and the ​Skuna Bay salmon has beluga lentils, merguez sausage, and hon shemeji mushrooms. A pan-roasted magret duck breast comes with ramp quinoa and apricot, and a gorgeous beet salad with Leoni burrata mozzarella and honey truffle vinaigrette is an absolute must to start the meal.

Of course, the high-quality specialty steaks are still in high supply, including the NYY signature, which arrives with New York Yankees freshly engraved right on the bone.

Schafer’s love for food began at the age of 10. Before setting out to become a world-class culinary expert, Schafer put his restaurant career on pause for six years to serve in the U.S. Navy. After completing his service, Schafer resumed his career and enrolled in the Culinary Institute of America at Hyde Park, New York, going on to lead the helm of kitchens at PJ Clarke’s/Sidecar, Sarabeth’s at Central Park South, and Bouchon Bakery.

With plates this well-prepared, we could say he runs a tight ship — but we won’t.

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A spectacular spread

Wolfgang’s Steakhouse at Royal Hawaiian Center is led by executive chef Diego Pacuruco and director of operations and owner’s representative Emmanuel “Manny” Cournede.

When it comes to top-grade steaks and tender aged beef, it’s all in the name. Such is the case for New York-style Wolfgang’s Steakhouse, which has as its eponym Wolfgang Zwiener, who’s logged more than six decades of food and beverage experience.

The legendary founder’s mission to craft unforgettable meals has stood the test of time, as this restaurant is still known worldwide as the place to get the highest quality, USDA Prime Black Angus beef, which is dry-aged on premises for an average of 28 days. Pair that with Wolfgang’s Steakhouse’s extensive wine list, premium spirits and phenomenal sides, and you’re in for a treat you won’t soon forget.

“(It’s) simple and concise,” shares director of operations Emmanuel “Manny” Cournede, who also serves as the owner’s representative. “This starts with sourcing the best quality beef in the market in a consistent manner, in this case, USDA Prime Black Angus beef.”

Cournede shares that only 2% of all beef produced in the states is considered Prime, and the cream-of-the-crop cuts of meat that make their way to Wolfgang’s Steakhouse is never frozen.

When dining at a famed restaurant like Wolfgang’s, it’s par for the course to order one of its signature dishes. Cournede recommends the Rib Eye Steak, 32 ounces of USDA Prime bone-in rib-eye that’s dry-aged for almost a month.

But it’s not just steak the establishment is known for. Its monikered Wolfgang’s Crab Cake is made with jumbo lump crab meat and comes with a mixed green salad and a housemade tartar sauce. Or, order a Seafood Platter that comprises jumbo shrimp, half a pound of fresh lobster, jumbo lump crab meat, a housemade cocktail sauce and honey mustard.

Mashed Potatoes (pictured with garlic added)

Pair your meal with famous sides like the Garlic Mashed Potatoes that boast fresh-cut garlic, olive oil and white pepper. And end the exquisite meal on a sweet note with Wolfgang’s Cheesecake, courtesy of the famous Junior’s Cheesecake. How famous? It’s been voted No. 1 for best cheesecake by New York Magazine.

It’s obvious to anyone who’s dined at Wolfgang’s Steakhouse that the restaurant invests in each dish that graces its menu, and the same is true for those who represent the brand. Cournede, for his part, is the perfect example. He started as a server in August 2010 and eventually moved up to captain in 2018, joined the management team in 2019 and was promoted to his current directorial position this year. No small feat considering the traditionally high turnover in the industry.

“I feel fortunate and privileged to be personally mentored by the Wolfgang family and am grateful for their support and trust in me,” says Cournede. “In addition, I’ve also been able to work alongside extremely skilled partners who all share the same passion for Wolfgang’s Steakhouse and have helped make it the global institution it is today.”

And, Cournede teases that there’s a lot in the works that guests can look forward to.

“Wolfgang’s Steakhouse is beginning a large expansion project over the next couple months, including extended private rooms and indoor and outdoor seating,” he shares.


A spectacular spread

Wolfgang’s Steakhouse at Royal Hawaiian Center is led by executive chef Diego Pacuruco and director of operations and owner’s representative Emmanuel “Manny” Cournede.

When it comes to top-grade steaks and tender aged beef, it’s all in the name. Such is the case for New York-style Wolfgang’s Steakhouse, which has as its eponym Wolfgang Zwiener, who’s logged more than six decades of food and beverage experience.

The legendary founder’s mission to craft unforgettable meals has stood the test of time, as this restaurant is still known worldwide as the place to get the highest quality, USDA Prime Black Angus beef, which is dry-aged on premises for an average of 28 days. Pair that with Wolfgang’s Steakhouse’s extensive wine list, premium spirits and phenomenal sides, and you’re in for a treat you won’t soon forget.

“(It’s) simple and concise,” shares director of operations Emmanuel “Manny” Cournede, who also serves as the owner’s representative. “This starts with sourcing the best quality beef in the market in a consistent manner, in this case, USDA Prime Black Angus beef.”

Cournede shares that only 2% of all beef produced in the states is considered Prime, and the cream-of-the-crop cuts of meat that make their way to Wolfgang’s Steakhouse is never frozen.

When dining at a famed restaurant like Wolfgang’s, it’s par for the course to order one of its signature dishes. Cournede recommends the Rib Eye Steak, 32 ounces of USDA Prime bone-in rib-eye that’s dry-aged for almost a month.

But it’s not just steak the establishment is known for. Its monikered Wolfgang’s Crab Cake is made with jumbo lump crab meat and comes with a mixed green salad and a housemade tartar sauce. Or, order a Seafood Platter that comprises jumbo shrimp, half a pound of fresh lobster, jumbo lump crab meat, a housemade cocktail sauce and honey mustard.

Mashed Potatoes (pictured with garlic added)

Pair your meal with famous sides like the Garlic Mashed Potatoes that boast fresh-cut garlic, olive oil and white pepper. And end the exquisite meal on a sweet note with Wolfgang’s Cheesecake, courtesy of the famous Junior’s Cheesecake. How famous? It’s been voted No. 1 for best cheesecake by New York Magazine.

It’s obvious to anyone who’s dined at Wolfgang’s Steakhouse that the restaurant invests in each dish that graces its menu, and the same is true for those who represent the brand. Cournede, for his part, is the perfect example. He started as a server in August 2010 and eventually moved up to captain in 2018, joined the management team in 2019 and was promoted to his current directorial position this year. No small feat considering the traditionally high turnover in the industry.

“I feel fortunate and privileged to be personally mentored by the Wolfgang family and am grateful for their support and trust in me,” says Cournede. “In addition, I’ve also been able to work alongside extremely skilled partners who all share the same passion for Wolfgang’s Steakhouse and have helped make it the global institution it is today.”

And, Cournede teases that there’s a lot in the works that guests can look forward to.

“Wolfgang’s Steakhouse is beginning a large expansion project over the next couple months, including extended private rooms and indoor and outdoor seating,” he shares.


A spectacular spread

Wolfgang’s Steakhouse at Royal Hawaiian Center is led by executive chef Diego Pacuruco and director of operations and owner’s representative Emmanuel “Manny” Cournede.

When it comes to top-grade steaks and tender aged beef, it’s all in the name. Such is the case for New York-style Wolfgang’s Steakhouse, which has as its eponym Wolfgang Zwiener, who’s logged more than six decades of food and beverage experience.

The legendary founder’s mission to craft unforgettable meals has stood the test of time, as this restaurant is still known worldwide as the place to get the highest quality, USDA Prime Black Angus beef, which is dry-aged on premises for an average of 28 days. Pair that with Wolfgang’s Steakhouse’s extensive wine list, premium spirits and phenomenal sides, and you’re in for a treat you won’t soon forget.

“(It’s) simple and concise,” shares director of operations Emmanuel “Manny” Cournede, who also serves as the owner’s representative. “This starts with sourcing the best quality beef in the market in a consistent manner, in this case, USDA Prime Black Angus beef.”

Cournede shares that only 2% of all beef produced in the states is considered Prime, and the cream-of-the-crop cuts of meat that make their way to Wolfgang’s Steakhouse is never frozen.

When dining at a famed restaurant like Wolfgang’s, it’s par for the course to order one of its signature dishes. Cournede recommends the Rib Eye Steak, 32 ounces of USDA Prime bone-in rib-eye that’s dry-aged for almost a month.

But it’s not just steak the establishment is known for. Its monikered Wolfgang’s Crab Cake is made with jumbo lump crab meat and comes with a mixed green salad and a housemade tartar sauce. Or, order a Seafood Platter that comprises jumbo shrimp, half a pound of fresh lobster, jumbo lump crab meat, a housemade cocktail sauce and honey mustard.

Mashed Potatoes (pictured with garlic added)

Pair your meal with famous sides like the Garlic Mashed Potatoes that boast fresh-cut garlic, olive oil and white pepper. And end the exquisite meal on a sweet note with Wolfgang’s Cheesecake, courtesy of the famous Junior’s Cheesecake. How famous? It’s been voted No. 1 for best cheesecake by New York Magazine.

It’s obvious to anyone who’s dined at Wolfgang’s Steakhouse that the restaurant invests in each dish that graces its menu, and the same is true for those who represent the brand. Cournede, for his part, is the perfect example. He started as a server in August 2010 and eventually moved up to captain in 2018, joined the management team in 2019 and was promoted to his current directorial position this year. No small feat considering the traditionally high turnover in the industry.

“I feel fortunate and privileged to be personally mentored by the Wolfgang family and am grateful for their support and trust in me,” says Cournede. “In addition, I’ve also been able to work alongside extremely skilled partners who all share the same passion for Wolfgang’s Steakhouse and have helped make it the global institution it is today.”

And, Cournede teases that there’s a lot in the works that guests can look forward to.

“Wolfgang’s Steakhouse is beginning a large expansion project over the next couple months, including extended private rooms and indoor and outdoor seating,” he shares.


A spectacular spread

Wolfgang’s Steakhouse at Royal Hawaiian Center is led by executive chef Diego Pacuruco and director of operations and owner’s representative Emmanuel “Manny” Cournede.

When it comes to top-grade steaks and tender aged beef, it’s all in the name. Such is the case for New York-style Wolfgang’s Steakhouse, which has as its eponym Wolfgang Zwiener, who’s logged more than six decades of food and beverage experience.

The legendary founder’s mission to craft unforgettable meals has stood the test of time, as this restaurant is still known worldwide as the place to get the highest quality, USDA Prime Black Angus beef, which is dry-aged on premises for an average of 28 days. Pair that with Wolfgang’s Steakhouse’s extensive wine list, premium spirits and phenomenal sides, and you’re in for a treat you won’t soon forget.

“(It’s) simple and concise,” shares director of operations Emmanuel “Manny” Cournede, who also serves as the owner’s representative. “This starts with sourcing the best quality beef in the market in a consistent manner, in this case, USDA Prime Black Angus beef.”

Cournede shares that only 2% of all beef produced in the states is considered Prime, and the cream-of-the-crop cuts of meat that make their way to Wolfgang’s Steakhouse is never frozen.

When dining at a famed restaurant like Wolfgang’s, it’s par for the course to order one of its signature dishes. Cournede recommends the Rib Eye Steak, 32 ounces of USDA Prime bone-in rib-eye that’s dry-aged for almost a month.

But it’s not just steak the establishment is known for. Its monikered Wolfgang’s Crab Cake is made with jumbo lump crab meat and comes with a mixed green salad and a housemade tartar sauce. Or, order a Seafood Platter that comprises jumbo shrimp, half a pound of fresh lobster, jumbo lump crab meat, a housemade cocktail sauce and honey mustard.

Mashed Potatoes (pictured with garlic added)

Pair your meal with famous sides like the Garlic Mashed Potatoes that boast fresh-cut garlic, olive oil and white pepper. And end the exquisite meal on a sweet note with Wolfgang’s Cheesecake, courtesy of the famous Junior’s Cheesecake. How famous? It’s been voted No. 1 for best cheesecake by New York Magazine.

It’s obvious to anyone who’s dined at Wolfgang’s Steakhouse that the restaurant invests in each dish that graces its menu, and the same is true for those who represent the brand. Cournede, for his part, is the perfect example. He started as a server in August 2010 and eventually moved up to captain in 2018, joined the management team in 2019 and was promoted to his current directorial position this year. No small feat considering the traditionally high turnover in the industry.

“I feel fortunate and privileged to be personally mentored by the Wolfgang family and am grateful for their support and trust in me,” says Cournede. “In addition, I’ve also been able to work alongside extremely skilled partners who all share the same passion for Wolfgang’s Steakhouse and have helped make it the global institution it is today.”

And, Cournede teases that there’s a lot in the works that guests can look forward to.

“Wolfgang’s Steakhouse is beginning a large expansion project over the next couple months, including extended private rooms and indoor and outdoor seating,” he shares.


A spectacular spread

Wolfgang’s Steakhouse at Royal Hawaiian Center is led by executive chef Diego Pacuruco and director of operations and owner’s representative Emmanuel “Manny” Cournede.

When it comes to top-grade steaks and tender aged beef, it’s all in the name. Such is the case for New York-style Wolfgang’s Steakhouse, which has as its eponym Wolfgang Zwiener, who’s logged more than six decades of food and beverage experience.

The legendary founder’s mission to craft unforgettable meals has stood the test of time, as this restaurant is still known worldwide as the place to get the highest quality, USDA Prime Black Angus beef, which is dry-aged on premises for an average of 28 days. Pair that with Wolfgang’s Steakhouse’s extensive wine list, premium spirits and phenomenal sides, and you’re in for a treat you won’t soon forget.

“(It’s) simple and concise,” shares director of operations Emmanuel “Manny” Cournede, who also serves as the owner’s representative. “This starts with sourcing the best quality beef in the market in a consistent manner, in this case, USDA Prime Black Angus beef.”

Cournede shares that only 2% of all beef produced in the states is considered Prime, and the cream-of-the-crop cuts of meat that make their way to Wolfgang’s Steakhouse is never frozen.

When dining at a famed restaurant like Wolfgang’s, it’s par for the course to order one of its signature dishes. Cournede recommends the Rib Eye Steak, 32 ounces of USDA Prime bone-in rib-eye that’s dry-aged for almost a month.

But it’s not just steak the establishment is known for. Its monikered Wolfgang’s Crab Cake is made with jumbo lump crab meat and comes with a mixed green salad and a housemade tartar sauce. Or, order a Seafood Platter that comprises jumbo shrimp, half a pound of fresh lobster, jumbo lump crab meat, a housemade cocktail sauce and honey mustard.

Mashed Potatoes (pictured with garlic added)

Pair your meal with famous sides like the Garlic Mashed Potatoes that boast fresh-cut garlic, olive oil and white pepper. And end the exquisite meal on a sweet note with Wolfgang’s Cheesecake, courtesy of the famous Junior’s Cheesecake. How famous? It’s been voted No. 1 for best cheesecake by New York Magazine.

It’s obvious to anyone who’s dined at Wolfgang’s Steakhouse that the restaurant invests in each dish that graces its menu, and the same is true for those who represent the brand. Cournede, for his part, is the perfect example. He started as a server in August 2010 and eventually moved up to captain in 2018, joined the management team in 2019 and was promoted to his current directorial position this year. No small feat considering the traditionally high turnover in the industry.

“I feel fortunate and privileged to be personally mentored by the Wolfgang family and am grateful for their support and trust in me,” says Cournede. “In addition, I’ve also been able to work alongside extremely skilled partners who all share the same passion for Wolfgang’s Steakhouse and have helped make it the global institution it is today.”

And, Cournede teases that there’s a lot in the works that guests can look forward to.

“Wolfgang’s Steakhouse is beginning a large expansion project over the next couple months, including extended private rooms and indoor and outdoor seating,” he shares.


A spectacular spread

Wolfgang’s Steakhouse at Royal Hawaiian Center is led by executive chef Diego Pacuruco and director of operations and owner’s representative Emmanuel “Manny” Cournede.

When it comes to top-grade steaks and tender aged beef, it’s all in the name. Such is the case for New York-style Wolfgang’s Steakhouse, which has as its eponym Wolfgang Zwiener, who’s logged more than six decades of food and beverage experience.

The legendary founder’s mission to craft unforgettable meals has stood the test of time, as this restaurant is still known worldwide as the place to get the highest quality, USDA Prime Black Angus beef, which is dry-aged on premises for an average of 28 days. Pair that with Wolfgang’s Steakhouse’s extensive wine list, premium spirits and phenomenal sides, and you’re in for a treat you won’t soon forget.

“(It’s) simple and concise,” shares director of operations Emmanuel “Manny” Cournede, who also serves as the owner’s representative. “This starts with sourcing the best quality beef in the market in a consistent manner, in this case, USDA Prime Black Angus beef.”

Cournede shares that only 2% of all beef produced in the states is considered Prime, and the cream-of-the-crop cuts of meat that make their way to Wolfgang’s Steakhouse is never frozen.

When dining at a famed restaurant like Wolfgang’s, it’s par for the course to order one of its signature dishes. Cournede recommends the Rib Eye Steak, 32 ounces of USDA Prime bone-in rib-eye that’s dry-aged for almost a month.

But it’s not just steak the establishment is known for. Its monikered Wolfgang’s Crab Cake is made with jumbo lump crab meat and comes with a mixed green salad and a housemade tartar sauce. Or, order a Seafood Platter that comprises jumbo shrimp, half a pound of fresh lobster, jumbo lump crab meat, a housemade cocktail sauce and honey mustard.

Mashed Potatoes (pictured with garlic added)

Pair your meal with famous sides like the Garlic Mashed Potatoes that boast fresh-cut garlic, olive oil and white pepper. And end the exquisite meal on a sweet note with Wolfgang’s Cheesecake, courtesy of the famous Junior’s Cheesecake. How famous? It’s been voted No. 1 for best cheesecake by New York Magazine.

It’s obvious to anyone who’s dined at Wolfgang’s Steakhouse that the restaurant invests in each dish that graces its menu, and the same is true for those who represent the brand. Cournede, for his part, is the perfect example. He started as a server in August 2010 and eventually moved up to captain in 2018, joined the management team in 2019 and was promoted to his current directorial position this year. No small feat considering the traditionally high turnover in the industry.

“I feel fortunate and privileged to be personally mentored by the Wolfgang family and am grateful for their support and trust in me,” says Cournede. “In addition, I’ve also been able to work alongside extremely skilled partners who all share the same passion for Wolfgang’s Steakhouse and have helped make it the global institution it is today.”

And, Cournede teases that there’s a lot in the works that guests can look forward to.

“Wolfgang’s Steakhouse is beginning a large expansion project over the next couple months, including extended private rooms and indoor and outdoor seating,” he shares.


A spectacular spread

Wolfgang’s Steakhouse at Royal Hawaiian Center is led by executive chef Diego Pacuruco and director of operations and owner’s representative Emmanuel “Manny” Cournede.

When it comes to top-grade steaks and tender aged beef, it’s all in the name. Such is the case for New York-style Wolfgang’s Steakhouse, which has as its eponym Wolfgang Zwiener, who’s logged more than six decades of food and beverage experience.

The legendary founder’s mission to craft unforgettable meals has stood the test of time, as this restaurant is still known worldwide as the place to get the highest quality, USDA Prime Black Angus beef, which is dry-aged on premises for an average of 28 days. Pair that with Wolfgang’s Steakhouse’s extensive wine list, premium spirits and phenomenal sides, and you’re in for a treat you won’t soon forget.

“(It’s) simple and concise,” shares director of operations Emmanuel “Manny” Cournede, who also serves as the owner’s representative. “This starts with sourcing the best quality beef in the market in a consistent manner, in this case, USDA Prime Black Angus beef.”

Cournede shares that only 2% of all beef produced in the states is considered Prime, and the cream-of-the-crop cuts of meat that make their way to Wolfgang’s Steakhouse is never frozen.

When dining at a famed restaurant like Wolfgang’s, it’s par for the course to order one of its signature dishes. Cournede recommends the Rib Eye Steak, 32 ounces of USDA Prime bone-in rib-eye that’s dry-aged for almost a month.

But it’s not just steak the establishment is known for. Its monikered Wolfgang’s Crab Cake is made with jumbo lump crab meat and comes with a mixed green salad and a housemade tartar sauce. Or, order a Seafood Platter that comprises jumbo shrimp, half a pound of fresh lobster, jumbo lump crab meat, a housemade cocktail sauce and honey mustard.

Mashed Potatoes (pictured with garlic added)

Pair your meal with famous sides like the Garlic Mashed Potatoes that boast fresh-cut garlic, olive oil and white pepper. And end the exquisite meal on a sweet note with Wolfgang’s Cheesecake, courtesy of the famous Junior’s Cheesecake. How famous? It’s been voted No. 1 for best cheesecake by New York Magazine.

It’s obvious to anyone who’s dined at Wolfgang’s Steakhouse that the restaurant invests in each dish that graces its menu, and the same is true for those who represent the brand. Cournede, for his part, is the perfect example. He started as a server in August 2010 and eventually moved up to captain in 2018, joined the management team in 2019 and was promoted to his current directorial position this year. No small feat considering the traditionally high turnover in the industry.

“I feel fortunate and privileged to be personally mentored by the Wolfgang family and am grateful for their support and trust in me,” says Cournede. “In addition, I’ve also been able to work alongside extremely skilled partners who all share the same passion for Wolfgang’s Steakhouse and have helped make it the global institution it is today.”

And, Cournede teases that there’s a lot in the works that guests can look forward to.

“Wolfgang’s Steakhouse is beginning a large expansion project over the next couple months, including extended private rooms and indoor and outdoor seating,” he shares.


A spectacular spread

Wolfgang’s Steakhouse at Royal Hawaiian Center is led by executive chef Diego Pacuruco and director of operations and owner’s representative Emmanuel “Manny” Cournede.

When it comes to top-grade steaks and tender aged beef, it’s all in the name. Such is the case for New York-style Wolfgang’s Steakhouse, which has as its eponym Wolfgang Zwiener, who’s logged more than six decades of food and beverage experience.

The legendary founder’s mission to craft unforgettable meals has stood the test of time, as this restaurant is still known worldwide as the place to get the highest quality, USDA Prime Black Angus beef, which is dry-aged on premises for an average of 28 days. Pair that with Wolfgang’s Steakhouse’s extensive wine list, premium spirits and phenomenal sides, and you’re in for a treat you won’t soon forget.

“(It’s) simple and concise,” shares director of operations Emmanuel “Manny” Cournede, who also serves as the owner’s representative. “This starts with sourcing the best quality beef in the market in a consistent manner, in this case, USDA Prime Black Angus beef.”

Cournede shares that only 2% of all beef produced in the states is considered Prime, and the cream-of-the-crop cuts of meat that make their way to Wolfgang’s Steakhouse is never frozen.

When dining at a famed restaurant like Wolfgang’s, it’s par for the course to order one of its signature dishes. Cournede recommends the Rib Eye Steak, 32 ounces of USDA Prime bone-in rib-eye that’s dry-aged for almost a month.

But it’s not just steak the establishment is known for. Its monikered Wolfgang’s Crab Cake is made with jumbo lump crab meat and comes with a mixed green salad and a housemade tartar sauce. Or, order a Seafood Platter that comprises jumbo shrimp, half a pound of fresh lobster, jumbo lump crab meat, a housemade cocktail sauce and honey mustard.

Mashed Potatoes (pictured with garlic added)

Pair your meal with famous sides like the Garlic Mashed Potatoes that boast fresh-cut garlic, olive oil and white pepper. And end the exquisite meal on a sweet note with Wolfgang’s Cheesecake, courtesy of the famous Junior’s Cheesecake. How famous? It’s been voted No. 1 for best cheesecake by New York Magazine.

It’s obvious to anyone who’s dined at Wolfgang’s Steakhouse that the restaurant invests in each dish that graces its menu, and the same is true for those who represent the brand. Cournede, for his part, is the perfect example. He started as a server in August 2010 and eventually moved up to captain in 2018, joined the management team in 2019 and was promoted to his current directorial position this year. No small feat considering the traditionally high turnover in the industry.

“I feel fortunate and privileged to be personally mentored by the Wolfgang family and am grateful for their support and trust in me,” says Cournede. “In addition, I’ve also been able to work alongside extremely skilled partners who all share the same passion for Wolfgang’s Steakhouse and have helped make it the global institution it is today.”

And, Cournede teases that there’s a lot in the works that guests can look forward to.

“Wolfgang’s Steakhouse is beginning a large expansion project over the next couple months, including extended private rooms and indoor and outdoor seating,” he shares.


A spectacular spread

Wolfgang’s Steakhouse at Royal Hawaiian Center is led by executive chef Diego Pacuruco and director of operations and owner’s representative Emmanuel “Manny” Cournede.

When it comes to top-grade steaks and tender aged beef, it’s all in the name. Such is the case for New York-style Wolfgang’s Steakhouse, which has as its eponym Wolfgang Zwiener, who’s logged more than six decades of food and beverage experience.

The legendary founder’s mission to craft unforgettable meals has stood the test of time, as this restaurant is still known worldwide as the place to get the highest quality, USDA Prime Black Angus beef, which is dry-aged on premises for an average of 28 days. Pair that with Wolfgang’s Steakhouse’s extensive wine list, premium spirits and phenomenal sides, and you’re in for a treat you won’t soon forget.

“(It’s) simple and concise,” shares director of operations Emmanuel “Manny” Cournede, who also serves as the owner’s representative. “This starts with sourcing the best quality beef in the market in a consistent manner, in this case, USDA Prime Black Angus beef.”

Cournede shares that only 2% of all beef produced in the states is considered Prime, and the cream-of-the-crop cuts of meat that make their way to Wolfgang’s Steakhouse is never frozen.

When dining at a famed restaurant like Wolfgang’s, it’s par for the course to order one of its signature dishes. Cournede recommends the Rib Eye Steak, 32 ounces of USDA Prime bone-in rib-eye that’s dry-aged for almost a month.

But it’s not just steak the establishment is known for. Its monikered Wolfgang’s Crab Cake is made with jumbo lump crab meat and comes with a mixed green salad and a housemade tartar sauce. Or, order a Seafood Platter that comprises jumbo shrimp, half a pound of fresh lobster, jumbo lump crab meat, a housemade cocktail sauce and honey mustard.

Mashed Potatoes (pictured with garlic added)

Pair your meal with famous sides like the Garlic Mashed Potatoes that boast fresh-cut garlic, olive oil and white pepper. And end the exquisite meal on a sweet note with Wolfgang’s Cheesecake, courtesy of the famous Junior’s Cheesecake. How famous? It’s been voted No. 1 for best cheesecake by New York Magazine.

It’s obvious to anyone who’s dined at Wolfgang’s Steakhouse that the restaurant invests in each dish that graces its menu, and the same is true for those who represent the brand. Cournede, for his part, is the perfect example. He started as a server in August 2010 and eventually moved up to captain in 2018, joined the management team in 2019 and was promoted to his current directorial position this year. No small feat considering the traditionally high turnover in the industry.

“I feel fortunate and privileged to be personally mentored by the Wolfgang family and am grateful for their support and trust in me,” says Cournede. “In addition, I’ve also been able to work alongside extremely skilled partners who all share the same passion for Wolfgang’s Steakhouse and have helped make it the global institution it is today.”

And, Cournede teases that there’s a lot in the works that guests can look forward to.

“Wolfgang’s Steakhouse is beginning a large expansion project over the next couple months, including extended private rooms and indoor and outdoor seating,” he shares.


A spectacular spread

Wolfgang’s Steakhouse at Royal Hawaiian Center is led by executive chef Diego Pacuruco and director of operations and owner’s representative Emmanuel “Manny” Cournede.

When it comes to top-grade steaks and tender aged beef, it’s all in the name. Such is the case for New York-style Wolfgang’s Steakhouse, which has as its eponym Wolfgang Zwiener, who’s logged more than six decades of food and beverage experience.

The legendary founder’s mission to craft unforgettable meals has stood the test of time, as this restaurant is still known worldwide as the place to get the highest quality, USDA Prime Black Angus beef, which is dry-aged on premises for an average of 28 days. Pair that with Wolfgang’s Steakhouse’s extensive wine list, premium spirits and phenomenal sides, and you’re in for a treat you won’t soon forget.

“(It’s) simple and concise,” shares director of operations Emmanuel “Manny” Cournede, who also serves as the owner’s representative. “This starts with sourcing the best quality beef in the market in a consistent manner, in this case, USDA Prime Black Angus beef.”

Cournede shares that only 2% of all beef produced in the states is considered Prime, and the cream-of-the-crop cuts of meat that make their way to Wolfgang’s Steakhouse is never frozen.

When dining at a famed restaurant like Wolfgang’s, it’s par for the course to order one of its signature dishes. Cournede recommends the Rib Eye Steak, 32 ounces of USDA Prime bone-in rib-eye that’s dry-aged for almost a month.

But it’s not just steak the establishment is known for. Its monikered Wolfgang’s Crab Cake is made with jumbo lump crab meat and comes with a mixed green salad and a housemade tartar sauce. Or, order a Seafood Platter that comprises jumbo shrimp, half a pound of fresh lobster, jumbo lump crab meat, a housemade cocktail sauce and honey mustard.

Mashed Potatoes (pictured with garlic added)

Pair your meal with famous sides like the Garlic Mashed Potatoes that boast fresh-cut garlic, olive oil and white pepper. And end the exquisite meal on a sweet note with Wolfgang’s Cheesecake, courtesy of the famous Junior’s Cheesecake. How famous? It’s been voted No. 1 for best cheesecake by New York Magazine.

It’s obvious to anyone who’s dined at Wolfgang’s Steakhouse that the restaurant invests in each dish that graces its menu, and the same is true for those who represent the brand. Cournede, for his part, is the perfect example. He started as a server in August 2010 and eventually moved up to captain in 2018, joined the management team in 2019 and was promoted to his current directorial position this year. No small feat considering the traditionally high turnover in the industry.

“I feel fortunate and privileged to be personally mentored by the Wolfgang family and am grateful for their support and trust in me,” says Cournede. “In addition, I’ve also been able to work alongside extremely skilled partners who all share the same passion for Wolfgang’s Steakhouse and have helped make it the global institution it is today.”

And, Cournede teases that there’s a lot in the works that guests can look forward to.

“Wolfgang’s Steakhouse is beginning a large expansion project over the next couple months, including extended private rooms and indoor and outdoor seating,” he shares.


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