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Posted by anonymous on 12/06/2009
$80 (including tip) for a meal that I could get at Outback or Texas Steakhouses for 1/4 of the price (and Outback and Texas have better steaks!). I could somewhat rationalize the prize if the food was amazing, but it isn't. My steak was burned both times I went and the sides were no better than Boston Market! I can't believe this restaurant is so popular. I guess some people have more money than they know what to do with. Do yourself (and your wallet) a favor and skip this one.
Posted by anonymous on 12/02/2009
very expensive,I knew that going in but i could have got the same meal maybe better anywhere else.I believe thier prices are high to keep out reg folks,it's certinly not for the food quality.
Posted by KW on 07/31/2009
This was my first time to Smith, and it was during RW. I went at the last minute and was able to get a table for 3. We were later told that we were actually given a VIP table because that's was the only one available at the time, so I guess that was nice. I am definitely a great steak lover, and likewise had always heard good things about SW. The RW menu seemed quite varied with nice options so I decided to just go. In terms of Steakhouse decor it's just a tad better than most. The staff was overall attentive and pretty good. They were a tiny bit obtrusive here or there, but I blame the relatively small table size as opposed to them. They weren't overly attentive or around a lot, but did a very adequate job. Now the important thing, the food. First off, two of us had the fried Calamari and it was overall very good and very tasty. The other had the Gazpacho and it was a bit of a let down. It had nice flavor characteristics but was overall too strong, mostly the lime, and while a nice portion, was too strong to be able to eat the whole thing. All 3 of us had 10 ounce filets and they were cooked near perfectly. Nice crust, and good overall flavor and tenderness. They were definitely good cuts of meat, and it was obvious. It seems to me that SW doesn't flavor their standard cuts at all, and I would be interested to try one of the cajun cuts. The meat, overall was very good and one of the better steaks you can probably find in the city. The best? No, but pretty darn good. Lugars, still gets my top mark for a standard steak. Surprisingly, I still love the Blackened Rib Eye at Angelo & Maxies the most, and the value there is incredible 28oz for $32 and it's 28oz of incredible flavor. Dylan Prime and the Strip House are also ahead of SW in my opinion, but very close. Although the Beef Wellington at DP is one the best meals you'll find anywhere. Anyway, the RW price was a great value at SW and the deserts btw were also very good. In terms of the regular a la carte prices I can't say they'd be worth it though because they're a bit on the high side for premium steak. I can say this, I doubt you would be disappointed at anything more than a check that would be a little higher than you'd like at SW.
Posted by Brad on 07/16/2009
Went for Restaurant week, of which their menu was boring unless you were willing to pay the $10 up-charge for any of the worthwhile main courses and still only had basic appetizers and desserts. I ended up ordering off the regular menu and the food was disappointingly mediocre at best. The prices are unsurprising for what it is, but some aspects of the experience were surprising for what they charge. The high traffic of the entrance made it feel like a zoo, with a 20 minute wait in spite of our reservation. The mid-town suit and tie types overwhelmed the place with loud pretense. While I cannot impeach the quality of the food itself, the exceedingly simplistic preparations seemed incongruous to the fact I was kept waiting almost 10 minutes after my dining companions had already begun their main course, and then only to be served a steak that although cooked to my desired preference and flavorful, was completely room temperature. I would never go back again.
Posted by Anonymous on 09/24/2008
Whatever you do you must order the ROast Beef Hash. It is probably the greatest dish ever d!
Posted by Eddie Going on 09/08/2008
I brought my boyfriend here because he is a big fan of steak and this place seemed like it would be an excellent place to have dinner. The steaks were OK and the vegetables that came with my meal were just all right. My boyfriend's french fries were very good and our mozarella & tomato appetizer wasn't anything out of the ordinary. The staff, while always managing to get us everything we needed, wouldn't take their eyes off of us while we were eating. They stood about 5 feet away and watched us in case we needed anything. As a server, I know that this is a no-no. If the customer needs something, they'll find your eyes and let you know. You can't stand there and stare. I think that it was overpriced for what it was. But, with the company I had while I was there, it was well worth the price :).
Posted by Brendan on 08/23/2008
As a steak lover I have to say this steak house was very disappointing. I live in New York City and have been to most of the big name steak houses New York has to offer. If I were to compare it to other steak houses, I strongly recommend another restaurant. Especially if you're in the mood for a good, enjoyable and affordable dinner. The steak had no flavor and the vegetables were hard as a rock. This might have something to do with them bringing out my steak literally three minutes after my soup. Try to enjoy the best New York has to offer by attending a different steak house.