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Posted by Chic in the City on 04/11/2011
My husband and I are big NYC diners and entertain often. We went here Saturday to celebrate our 1st Wedding Anniversary and had the worst dining experience. We waited 20 minutes for menus, the service was horrible and the food was just ok. Very different from how it used to be. Ambience was non-existant (it reminded me of Friday's) and had a lot of non descript tourists. This place is no longer a NY staple, it was amateur hour. The manager tried to fix things but a round of drinks wasn't going to help.
Posted by anonymous on 12/20/2010
My boyfriend and I were excited to try the much-publicized "Japanese kobe beef" which was supposedly recently added to their lunch menu, but as we placed our order, we were then informed that there was some mad cow disease that contaminated cattle from Japan, so there was a beef importing ban for about 8 months now; only American kobe was being served. No one informed us about this when I called to ask if they had the Japanese kobe special lunch-- the "American" burger was tasty and the meat very good quality, but we were a little disappointed it wasn't the real deal because that was what we were expecting. It was served on a regular bun, and did not include cheese. It came with tater tots & ceasars salad, and included a glass of wine. I would still say that it was well worth the $20. The truffle mac and cheese (side dish) was good too. Service was excellent as well. The only down side is that the restaurant had so many boisterous people who had a little too much to drink; they were extremely loud it felt like we were eating at a sports bar all the while. That was quite uncomfortable. But still worth the lunch deal. Just hope that the Japanese kobe would come back, although it probably would not be $20 any longer...
Posted by cat9580 on 10/24/2010
this place is not worth your time or money....there are plenty of other first class steak houses in nyc where you can pay upwards of $50 or more for an entree. our waiter literally disappeared halfway through our meal, with no explanation or anything. 45 minutes later we asked someone where he was - to which they responded, "well he's tired and has been working a double shift." fair enough. but when our meal was finally brought to us over an hour after we ordered, it was completely wrong and tasted like a steak from costco that was prepared in the microwave. management was apologetic and deducted some items from the bill, but overall it wasn't worth or time or money.
Posted by Norreida on 10/10/2010
I saw at The Old Homestead Steakhouse's website that my favorite beef - Kobe (made with hand-massaged and gourmet-fed beef) is being offered in a new lunch special, and on my next trip to the City, I hopped right on over! Just as I remembered, the burger was bursting with flavor, the tator tots perfectly seasoned, the Caesar salad very fresh (I especially love the dressing! wish they would bottle it!), and the Cabernet exactly right. It's nice to know that I don't have to consider the Kobe burger just a treat anymore - I can definitely afford it much more often. I highly recommend it.
Posted by Ray Rosemberg on 06/20/2010
Just got back from the worse dining experience I've ever had. As a professional with more than 50 years of experience dining in many fine NY establishments, after waiting for 1.5 hours for our steaks to arrive, they totally screwed up our order. From bringing out the wrong steaks to having them prepared incorrectly, suffice it to say that one steak had to go back 5 times until we finally canceled the dish. The manager was of no help, and even became disagreeable about what a medium cooked steak looks like, insisting that a bloody center was considered medium, as opposed to a pink center. Worse dining experience ever!
Posted by John and Elena on 03/13/2010
My wife and I went out for a special meal. We had been to Lugar's but weren't impressed. Maybe it was an off day for them. Anyway, we tried The Old Homestead at the recommendation of some friends. This meal was fabulous! The wait staff was very attentive. The Porterhouse was one of the best I've ever had. We loved the spinach, but the Mac and Cheese was even better. We left stuffed and still talk about the meal with friends. Highly recommended.
Posted by anonymous on 03/10/2010
I've been to the Old Homestead a number of times, and it's always solid. I went most recently on 3-10 with two out-of-town friends, and the excellent service started from when we walked in the door and continued through to the end of our meal. Two of us had the superb Empire Ribeye which was simply meat heaven. The appetizers and desserts were very good. This is not the place to go for a cheap meal, but it's certainly no more expensive than the other top tier steakhouses. All in all, it was excellent and well worth the trip.