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Bobby Van's Steakhouse
Posted by Whiz on 02/22/2008
The service was poor...our waiter was rude, sarcastic and unprofessional. He complained about his tip to me when i was leaving the restaurant in front of other guests(we gave him 18[%] which was plenty considering how rude he was). It was absolutley humiliating and the manager didnt do anything about the behavior of his waiter. The food was decent at best but my steak was overcooked and the chef obviously doesnt understand what rare means. As far as I'm concerned, if a restaurant is going to charge 50-60dollars for a steak...it better be cooked correctly.
Posted by MidtownEats on 02/19/2008
This visit to Bobby Vans near Grand Central was my worst dining experience in 20 years in NYC. The host started off rude because on party member was running late. The waiter came off impatient as people decided on what steak to order. The busboy actually started yelling when we asked where our doggie bag was. Finally got run down by another nasty waiter with a cart when waiting to get my coat. to top it off the food was only so-so. Will never go there again.
Posted by Steve on 02/08/2008
I think Bobby Van's has become a little complacent due to their central location on 46th street. The service was fair at best, the servers were not attentive, the food was less than average, and the prices were the highest I've seen for a NYC steakhouse. Shrimp cocktail was $21.95 for 4 small shrimp (probably in the 10-14 per pound class). The Chilean Sea Bass wrapped in a potato crust tasted like it had been frozen for years. The rib eye on the bone at 47.95 was incredibly average. Total for a 4 person lunch with tip and no cocktails was a whopping $450.00 it was the first time in about 5 years I gave less than a 20[%] tip.
Posted by Guy's Guy on 02/10/2007
As an avid restaurant goer, I've been to many good and not so good steakhouses both in NYC and various other cities. Bobby Van's does not rank in the top tier of those. As for the one on 46th and 6th, the atmosphere is nothing special, extremely crowded, and if you're looking for a scene, this is not the place for you, as it is and older-guard than a place like Del Frisco's. As for the food, our grouphad he porterhouse for 4, and it was just average. We ordered it medium rare, but it came out more like char-rare, black and blue, Pittsburgh style, whatever you want to call it. And when I say that the outside was charred, I'm not kidding. On a scale of 1 to 10, I'd give it a 5, and for the price, I'd give it a 2. On a positive note, the sides were delicious, the wine list extensive, and the service attentive but unrushed. Overall, you can definitely do better in the city; for the food, the value, and the scene. I wouldn't waste my time here again.
Posted by John on 12/13/2006
My boss took our team, four people, to a holiday lunch here on a Tuesday. We were seated immediatley with our reservation. It is your typical New York Steakhouse menu. It is one of the more expensive that I have seen here in the city but none the less the food was very good. I had the Filet cooked medium rare and it was perfect along with an assortment of sides. However, what really turned me off about this place was from the moment we sat down the wait staff was on us to make a decision. We were constantly being pushed to order and half way through our meal the waiter came by and asked if we would like to have anything else or if he should bring the check. What was suppose to be a nice relaxing lunch out of the office turned into a high speed/stress lunch, something like I do everyday eating at my desk.
Posted by Anonymous on 07/26/2006
Great food and atmosphere! Chairs are very uncomfortable-bad for people with bad backs!
Posted by Anonymous on 12/19/2005
The food was average. We didn't get our side dishes until our steak was eaten. Enough said.