"Jack's" flourished for years, catering to New York's finest, and became the place to go for the best steak in New York
– a title that was proudly passed on to "Uncle Jack's".
The Uncle Jack's story started when William Jack Degel opened his first restaurant, Hollywood and Main, in June 1990 in Flushing, Queens. Degel's hands-on management style and charismatic personality ensured its success. He had a vision for a steakhouse unlike any other, utilizing the highest quality products available and offering uncompromising service. Through obsessive attention to detail, he managed to elevate service to an art form, with captains trained to anticipate their customers' every need.
In March of 1996, Degel started work on his dream – building the best steakhouse in New York City. He found a small store in Bayside, Queens and began working. He personally designed the restaurant interior with a fanatical attention to detail and modified the menu until it was perfect.
Opening in November 1996, Uncle Jack's Steakhouse was an immediate success, filled with local sports stars, celebrities, and politicians. Degel worked for the next seven years refining and perfecting its operations and receiving numerous awards and outstanding reviews in the process. In his quest to find products of the absolute highest quality, Degel tried many established steak sauces. None met his exacting standards, so he decided to develop his own. He created four unique recipes using the freshest all natural ingredients available: Uncle Jack's Steak Sauce, BBQ Sauce, Sesame Teriyaki Sauce, and Lemon Grass Ginger Sauce. Uncle Jack's steak sauces are now available in 3,000 gourmet stores today.
By July 2003, Degel was finally ready to open his second restaurant. He secured the ideal location on Manhattan's West Side, and went to work designing a prohibition-style Victorian Saloon with hand-carved mahogany bar and walls, copper pressed ceilings, and stained glass fixtures. Opening on December 15, 2003, Uncle Jack's once again became an immediate favorite of local CEO's, socialites and celebrities. With its three distinct dining areas, the new Uncle Jack's had broad appeal. The Library Room was great for corporate meetings, featuring a state of the art video conference system, 42" plasma screens, a 24 carat gold leaf coffered ceiling, fully paneled cherry wood walls, a custom made chandelier and a hand carved mahogany conference table. The red and white El Presidente Room boasted mezzanine seating, a theatrical balcony, coffered ceilings, turn of the century presidential portraits, and seating for seventy.
In September 2004, Degel began the search for a third location. He has since successfully opened the latest incarnation of Uncle Jack's Steakhouse at
44 West 56th street between 5th and 6th Avenues. Degel has plans to franchise his concept to further expand the Uncle Jack's Steakhouse brand and to introduce the entire country to the Best Steak in New York!