What’s on the menu at Hy’s Steakhouse and Cocktail Bar, the new 18,000-square-foot flagship in the Financial District
Name: Hy’s Steakhouse and Cocktail Bar
Contact: 365 Bay St., 416-364-6600, hyssteakhouse.com,
Neighbourhood: Financial District
Owner: Neil Aisenstat and Rob MacDonald
Chef: Saku Velummylum
Accessibility: Fully accessible
Steak, steak and more steak, but some new items, too. Most of Hy’s core menu remains, however, diners living that plant-based lifestyle have a few more dishes to choose from, including a vegan bowl and vegetarian meatloaf. Caesar salads are still made tableside and the cheese toast—which has been a staple since day one—isn’t going anywhere. Funny story: Hy, the founder of the steakhouse, and the father of the current CEO, opened the first location because he wanted to save money to go to school for journalism. (How things have changed!) The restaurant was such a success, however, that Aisenstat quickly changed his career path.
As expected from a steakhouse, there’s a very deep wine list, as well as a bunch of classic and signature cocktails, including some zero-proof tipples, like the Adelaide Sour made with Seedlip. Upstairs, another smaller bar serves exclusive whiskeys and fancy champagne. Here, cocktails start at $35 and a special menu lists caviar as a snack.
Hy’s closed its Adelaide Street West location in late 2018 after being there since 1999. (Prior to that, it was on Richmond Street West from 1977 to 1998). The new 18,000-square-foot space is spread over three floors, each decked out in a whole lotta wood and Canadian art. A lounge area on the main floor features a 35-foot wraparound bar, with some cozy nooks where guests can kick their feet up and catch whatever game is playing on one of the TV screens. On the mezzanine, a quieter dining area, and the aforementioned fancy whisky bar, overlook the lounge. There are some private dining rooms, too: a few smaller ones on the mezzanine, and a couple much larger ones with their own wet bars on the lower level.