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Posted by chuck on 03/13/2013
When in the City, I always come back to Bobby Vans for a steak. Qulaity is excelent as well as the atmosphere and service.
Posted by gramercy gal on 01/12/2013
All of the seafood dishes were fantastic - crab cake, shrimp and crab cocktail.. Meat was disappointing. Service was very good. Wine was fine. Stick to the seafood.
Posted by Alison on 08/07/2012
We went to Bobby Van’s for lunch during restaurant week and ordered the prix fix menu. Service was gruff, but in a New York way, so it bordered on charming. But then came the ceasar salad. There before us sat a salad so boring, we could only daydream of better salads we’d eaten in days gone by. Mulchy and bland, we abandon the whole endeavor and turned back to the bread basket, which was quite satisfying. The beef arrived. Very tender with some nice mushrooms and a rather vivid sauce. The potatoes were good, too, but the creamed spinach was creamed with a mountain of salt, rendering it inedible. And then the curshing disappointment of the bread pudding. A hard rock of dough soaked in toxic imitation vanilla, we deemed it not worth the calories or even the chewing effort. The blueberries were good.
Posted by LIZ on 01/03/2012
The only attention we received was from the friendly hostess. We were shown to a table and then ignored . We had just decided to leave when a waiter came with menus. Another long wait to have our order taken by a different waiter who seemed extremely put out by our presence. Most arrogant service we have ever experienced.
Posted by csang on 10/02/2011
I was in the city on buisness,as I was finished around lunch time I decided to treat myself to a good steak. I went to Bobby Van's. I was seated and when the server came he gave me my menu and walked away. I was not impressed. When he returned he asked me what I wanted to order. Took my order and left until my steak arrived. While I was waiting for my meal I noticed that other customers ordering after me were given a list of specials and a discription of each special. Again I was not impressed. My steak was cooked medium well like I orderd, the side dish (creamed spinach) was ok. I enjoyed the steak very much but because of the disinterested attitude of the server I will not be returning to Bobby Vans. Luckily New York City has many fine Steakhouses to choose from.
Posted by Michael on 04/30/2011
over $100 for the steak ($47x2) and it had no flavor. Typically a good steakhouse brings it out sizzling on the hot plate. This steak sucked and was tough too eat. Although a good piece of meat, they just cooked it completly wrong.
Posted by Anonymous on 11/13/2010
After being recommended by the concierge at the Waldorf we were looking forward to a great NYC steak! When we arrived we were told that we didn't have a reservation even though we heard it being made and confirmed, not a big deal in itself except the lady greeter seemed perplexed and uninterested in being helpful. Weird given that the restaurant was three quarters empty on a Saturday night! Eventually she consented to find us a small out of the way table! ( thanks so much!) food was passable great baked clams and tomato salad, sadly the main event, a porterhouse for two ordered rare to medium arrived in a pool of melted butter and cremated on one side! Again this might please some people but you are always going to over cook the Filet side. As a rule some colour is acceptable on rare steak but carbonisation never is, just lazy cooking! Waiters were helpful and attentive but sadly they've got an uphill struggle if front and back off house aren't doing their jobs! All in all not a great experience especially considering a $350 bill! I'm sure they can do better but it didn't happen for us!