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Posted by John on 10/05/2006
I had read many good reviews and have had many people recommend this place so a buddy of mine just moved to NYC and decided to introduce him to a NYC steakhouse. We arrived and the hostess (very cute) seated us immediatley with our reservation. Since my friend was excitied about his new job and moving to the city we decided to go all out. We each had a drink from the bart that were quite large. Then we got the jumbo lump crab cocktail that was fantastic and the chef's special bread (garlic). For our entree's I went with the Filet and Lobster tail. It is very expensive but the lobster tail was huge and the the filet was a decent size as well and cooked to perfection. My buddy went with the 20 oz. kobe beef burger. I have never seen a burger that size, he actually asked for another bun to eat the rest. Our waiter was attentive but not obtrusive and there was no pressure to leave after we finished our meals and drank a glass of wine while we let the food settle. Of course it was a Wednesday night. I will certainly be going back, I have to get the hostess phone number.
Posted by James on 07/24/2006
The food & atmosphere were excellent. There is also a very high level of value in terms of quality and portions versus other NYC steak houses. The hostess and dining room manager were very attentive. However the bartender needed to be checked for a pulse and our waitor was subpar. To be clear about the waitor, I expect a very high level of attentiveness & service when I go out and spend 100 dollars per person. Unfortunately because of him our chance of a return visit is about 50/50.
Posted by Macheaht48 on 06/13/2006
Yes, it is expensive to dine here. But the food is definitely worth it. There is nothing "fast" or "fancy" about the Old Homestead. You get good, old-fashion, comfort food and the side dishes you probably enjoyed when you were a child (back in the days when we didn't know anything about high cholesterol, etc.). I heartily recommend the petit filet mignon. Believe me, there is nothing petit about it - especially the flavor.
Posted by Cameron on 04/12/2006
I never do reviews but had to on this one. steaks were huge. Sure the price was big too but I'd go back knowing I would get a good steak. My rib steak "Gotham " had a couple mediocre bitesbut on balance was great. My freinds had filets and they were nice cuts. The girl at the door was less than friendly. We went about 5pm so no crowd and service was fine. Skip the onion soup.
Posted by Barb on 03/24/2006
I had not been here in years, so I was a little worried about taking visiting friends and family, but the meal was truly wonderful. The only disappointment was the waiter..we could never find him...when you are paying this much for a meal and the waiter is expecting a big tip poor service is not an option...I will definitely return (especially when the big meateaters come to visit) and hope that the poor service was an isolated incident. The wine list has good variety, but is a little in the pricey side, however the sommelier helped us make some good choices without breaking the bank.
Posted by IGGY on 02/09/2006
My family (3 kids (ages 10-16) , wife and I) were here in early January, 2006. About 30 years ago I used to eat lunch here often with my dad. Some things have not changed; the meat is still amazing. The decor is old steakhouse standard. The family had a rib steak ("the Gotham") which was superb; rack of lamb which was terrific and HUGE; filet mignon (can't understand why anyone who loves steak would order one); and a sirloin which was good. The creamed spinach is also a can't miss. We also split a raw plate which rivaled the tastiest west and east coast oysters I've had, shrimps the size of my fist and seared tuna. You have got to try a raw platter. On the down side, the service was just adequate and we spent about $80 per person with only my wife and I drinking a couple of cocktails each. Would I go back? You betcha.
Posted by Aisle79 on 01/17/2006
My fiance and I went to Old Homestead on a Sunday evening of a long weekend. We were promptly seated and given menus. That's where the service stopped. It took approximately 20 minutes between courses. We ordered various assortment of seafood and beef carpaccio which were all very good especially the seared tuna. We each had a salad and then we waited about 30 minutes. We kept having to ask the waitor for more bottles of sparking water, and he didnt bother to recommend any wines to go with our meal. He did ask if we wanted bread, and said they had a special garlic bread, we said "absolutely", but he never brought the bread out. Although of course the bread was on our check. We each had a steak which was great, and cooked to perfection. Sides of creamed spinach, asparagus and hash browns were also good. After we finished our main course, we waited about 15 minutes for us to ask the waiter for a dessert menu. We had coffees and shared an ice cream sundae. Again, the food was good but the service was bad. At all the other top-notch steakhouses in New York service is one of the big plus'es but at Old Homestead this is not the case.