VIDEO: Man chokes, robs woman inside Manhattan steakhouse: police

MIDTOWN MANHATTAN — Police are searching for a man who attacked and robbed a woman inside of a steakhouse in Midtown, police said Saturday.

Police said the man entered Quality Meats, located on 58th Street, through a side entrance and entered the basement on Friday around 12:30 p.m.

The restaurant was closed at the time, but the attacker posed as someone looking for a job.

An employee directed him to the manager's office, where he encountered a 35-year-old restaurant manager. Once inside the office, the perp punched the manager in her left eye and put her into a chokehold, police said.

The attacker then demanded money and stole $400 from the victim's backpack before running away.

The woman was treated at the hospital for swelling and bruising to her eye.

Police describe the man as being about 5-foot-7, around 180 pounds with black hair.

He was last seen wearing blue jeans, a black jacket, and a winter hat.

Submit tips to police by calling Crime Stoppers at 1-800-577-TIPS (8477), visiting, or texting 274637 (CRIMES) then entering TIP577. Spanish-speaking callers are asked to dial 1-888-57-PISTA (74782).