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Smith & Wollensky
Posted by Anonymous on 06/15/2011
I'm born/raise/live in NYC. I don't like what's happened here in the past 10 years or so, with the overwhelming flood of tourists, ALL whining about 'family friendly, baby friendly,' or our 'attitude.' when I eat, I'm a grownups, and want to eat in a quiet place with no screaming babies! For years, I've lived a couple of blocks from S &W, yet, had never eaten here - primarily for that reason, and from what I could see from it's glassed-in sidewalk views. I had to go to S&W today, and was taken DEEP inside, to what is a 'businessman's area.' NO kids, screaming, nor yelling. Just incredible wait staff, and incredibly tender filet mignon. Delicious. So, from being a person who'd always tell people; 'stay away,' I can safely say, if you want a delicious meal - with minimal tourists, and no screaming kids, go in the front door (3rd ave), and, you'll be as surprised as I was.
Posted by Anonymous on 04/01/2011
So I've been to the grill a couple of times, but I've never been to the restaurant. This review is strictly regarding the grill. I ordered a filet on my first visit, and it was so tasty and perfectly cooked. I find that medium-rare is so easily overdone, but this was perfect. The appetizers of fried zucchini and onion rings and the corned beef hash were both yummy. I was most impressed, however, with the glass of Smith & Wollensky Private Reserve. This was by far the best wine I've ever had. The service was helpful, quick and friendly. I found that the recommendations were spot-on. I had a bacon cheeseburger on my second visit. OMG. It was so incredibly wonderful. I NEVER eat an entire burger, and I devoured every last bit of this one. It was just divine. I'll be back time and again for this super delicious burger. Mmmmm!
Posted by RJ on 02/20/2011
We went with a couple after a show and I felt ripped off when I left. The steak was good but I couldn't even eat the spinach.I don't mind dropping some cash for a good meal, but this was a lot of money for an OK meal.
Posted by foodninja on 02/02/2011
We went for a group dinner over the holidays and we were completely impressed, especially with the seafood. We went again last Sunday and it was disappointing, the waiter was loud/obnoxious and tried to over-order for us. Listen to what they repeat back to you carefully or you will end up with multiple portions and a huge bill! The steak that night was tough, too.
Posted by MKB1701 on 12/30/2010
For the life of me, I can't figure out why this place is as popular and lauded as it is. I've dined here three times, and all three times I've been awestruck by how much money these folks charge for such a lackluster experience. The room is pedestrian, and seems to be stuck squarely in 1995. The staff is uniformly excellent - friendly, welcoming and unpretentious. The menu is as lackluster as the room, and the quality of the beef they serve is not keeping in relation to the price they charge. My filets were blah and forgettable the first two times I ate there, and the porterhouse for two was fatty and didn't taste like much for a tick under 100 bucks. The wine list and bar is expensive; if the room or meal was nicer I might have been content, but the to-be-expected high prices stung even more so when I received my check. It's a name, it's in a good location, nice folks work there and they decorate well for the holidays. That's all I can say for a mediocre, overpriced steakhouse in a neighborhood full of great ones.
Posted by olga Villano on 12/11/2010
This is a great place to go with friends (' to 6 max. because the place is a little noisy) But the meat is outstanding and the old very experienced waiters are so funny to observ: sure of themselves, careful, they don't show off and do the job !
Posted by bob on 10/24/2010
It was our first time at Smith and Wollensky's and I guess I expected a superior Steak House.Unfortunately it misses the mark.Our waiter was quite nice and the place filled up quickly but I don't see the value.Our meal was very pricey which probably places it as one of the more expensive steak houses to eat in.My Filet was just not very good and my wife's lamb chops were quite ordinary.I guess we were just disappointed.