When it comes to steak, you have many choices. Yet the New York strip and ribeye steaks rank high on the Top Ten for steak lovers. You really can’t go wrong with either one. Both are marbled, tender and packed with flavor. Let’s take a closer look at the differences between these two cuts, how they taste, and which one is truly the King of Steaks.


A significant difference between the New York strip and the ribeye is where they are sourced on beef cattle. Butchers separate a beef carcass into large sections, known as primals. The rib primal and the loin primal sit at the top and middle of animal. The rib primal is located toward the front and the loin sits directly behind. 

The ribeye comes from the rib primal located closer to the front and the New York strip is sourced from the loin primal positioned at the back. The primary muscle that runs through both these primals is called the longissimus dorsi. Keep in mind that beef cattle are large and although it’s the same muscle, it doesn’t maintain the same structure from front to back.

Ribeye Prinal Chart

What does this mean for the two steaks in question? The ribeye is from the front portion of the longissimus dorsi and is wrapped by the spinalis dorsi also known as the cap of ribeye. When you look at a ribeye, you can see the two distinct parts of the steak. 

Loin Primal Chart

The New York strip is located toward the end of the animal in the loin primal. This steak is made up of a single muscle and is uniform with a fat cap. 


The ribeye comes from the intensely marbled rib primal and wins out in terms of the most marbling, or intramuscular fat. This steak also has a large section of fat that separates the center eye and ribeye cap and an exterior fat cap. While not the same as marbling, these outer sections of fat add richness to the steak.

Ribeye Steak Marbling
New York Steak Marbling

The New York is also well marbled but has less marbling than the ribeye steak. The marbling is in a distinct pattern and is especially noticeable in SRF Wagyu steaks. There is an exterior fat cap that runs on one side of the steak.

Marbling in a steak is important because it adds beefy flavor, makes the steak more juicy and creates a more tender bite. With these factors in mind, the ribeye comes out of top on a head-to-head comparison of the “most marbled” steak.



The tenderness of a steak can be a subjective matter. The grade of the beef and the cooking method can affect the final results. Meat scientists measure the actual tenderness of each steak using a method called shear force. This measures the pounds or kilograms of force required to shear cores of the steak completely in half using a steel blade that simulates the action of the human jaw. The lower the shear force number, the more tender the steak.

The ribeye requires a look at the sheer force for both the center eye and the ribeye cap. The cap recorded a sheer force number of 7.12 lbs. which is very tender.  For a point of reference, the filet mignon is the most tender of all steaks and its sheer force score was 6.75 lbs. The center eye of the ribeye scored 8.95 lbs. 

The New York’s sheer force score was 9.25 which makes it less tender than both parts of the ribeye.

How does this all translate to actually eating a steak? There is no doubt the ribeye is a very tender steak. The center eye is juicy and cuts easily. The cap is very tender and seems to melt in your mouth, a characteristic that inspired someone to call it “butcher’s butter.” 

That does not mean the New York is a tough steak by any measure. Fans of this steak prefer the firmer bite that is a hallmark of this steakhouse favorite. 

Traditional Ribeye
Ribeye Tomahawk
Cowboy steak
Rolled Ribeye Cap
Cap of Ribeye
Ribeyte Filets


The ribeye is the shining example when it comes to rich, beefy flavor. This steak is known for its intense flavor which in part is due to its high marbling and fat content. The abundant marbling renders, or melts, during the cooking process which adds tenderness and juiciness. These are two factors that add to the overall flavor profile.

Ribeye Flavor

The New York steak also has a very robust beef flavor. In a side-by-side comparison, the flavor is a not as bold as the ribeye. The generous marbling of this cut adds the flavor.

New York Steak Flavor


A look at marbling, texture and flavor places the ribeye at number one on The King of Steaks list. The center eye by itself is a fantastic steak, but the added addition of the ribeye cap forms a complete package that’s hard to beat.

The New York is definitely high on the list. For those who prefer a steak with a firmer bite, this is the cut of choice. 

Either way, you can’t go wrong with either steak. In fact, many steak lovers enjoy alternating between the two. Plan a steak night with both cuts and try them for yourself. Personal preference is important when it comes to the steak eating experience and you can decide for yourself if the New York or ribeye is the King of Steaks.


When it comes to ribeyes and New York strip steaks, Snake River Farms has a wide variety to fit many tastes and preferences. There are numerous variations for each of these famous steaks that consider grade, thickness of the cut, whether the bone is removed, and the type of aging. The primary characteristics of each cut remain the same, but these variables affect the final steak eating experience.


When discussed in general conversation, most steak lovers visualize the traditional cut ribeye. A great example is the Snake River Farms Wagyu ribeye steak, a thick boneless steak with the rich center eye and exterior cap.

Traditional Ribeye Steak


Another boneless steak worth exploring is the ribeye filet that is cut from the center eye of the ribeye. The SRF Wagyu ribeye filet steak is cut from the premium center eye and hand-trimmed of any excess external fat for a luxurious choice.

Ribeye Filet Steak


A variation on the traditional ribeye are bone-in steaks. At the top of the list of bone-in ribeyes is the tomahawk steak with a long section of the rib bone left in place. The Snake River Farms Wagyu tomahawk steak is cut the full width of the bone which produces a steak 2” or more in thickness. This impressive steak is spectacular when brought to the table.

Bone-In Ribeye Steak


Dry-aged ribeyes are featured at classic steakhouses and are known for their deep earthy flavor. Snake River Farms Wagyu dry-aged rib steak is a bone-in ribeye that weighs in at two pounds and is packed with the enhanced flavor that is unique to dry-aging.

Bone-In Ribeye Steak

See the full line of Snake River Farms American Wagyu ribeye steaks: https://www.snakeriverfarms.com/american-wagyu-beef/steaks/ribeye.html

We also have a wide range of USDA Prime and Choice ribeye steaks: https://www.snakeriverfarms.com/usda-choice-prime/steaks/ribeye.html


The New York strip steak is a steakhouse best seller. This distinctive long shape features generous marbling and a fat cap that adds to the steak’s rich flavor. The Snake River Farms Wagyu New York strip is cut 1 ½ inches thick and has a tender texture and a satisfying firm bite.

Traditional New York Strip Steak


The Manhattan is a filet cut from a New York strip. It features all the same beautiful marbling, but is hand trimmed to remove the fat cap and results in a consistent shape and portion size. The Snake River Farms Manhattan is available in 6 and 8 oz. portions.

Manhattan Filet


A bone-in New York (sometimes called a Kansas City strip) is a good looking and delicious alternative to traditional strip steaks. Although many say the bone adds flavor, the benefits of the bone-in steak are a spectacular appearance and the meat close to the bone stays insulated from the heat and is more tender and juicy. The Snake River Farms Wagyu bone-in New York comes in both SRF Gold Label™ and SRF Black Label™ so you can choose the amount of marbling that fits your preference.

NY Bone-In Steak


Dry-aging intensifies the flavor of beef and is a great change of pace for New York strips. The Double R Ranch USDA Prime dry-aged New York strip is a delicious option. Hand-cut to a thick 1 ½ inches, it’s a perfect example of how dry-aging enhances our high quality Northwest beef.

Dry-Aged Strip Steak

See the full line of Snake River Farms American Wagyu New York steaks: https://www.snakeriverfarms.com/american-wagyu-beef/steaks/new-york-steak.html