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Posted by Omnivore on 11/15/2005
It's a very nice place and the service was really pretty good. It costs a fortune but I'm not against spending money for a great steak - I'm against spending top-dollar for a steak that is good but not fabulous. The Swordfish was tasteless. Spinach side dish was just OK. Wine list is very good.
Posted by AndroidK on 10/19/2005
Forget Brooklyn, forget mid-town, and head straight to Wolfgang's in SOGCS (South of Grand Central Station) for the best steak in town. Not just good, not just great, but superlative. If you're lucky, Wolfgang will be in the front, in his snappy attire, working the crowd and making sure his namesake is delivering the goods. From the bacon slabs, to the creamed spinach, to the German potatoes, to the Porterhouse steak and finally to desert (whichever you like) you will be awed. Sometimes "a meal is just a meal", but not at Wolfgang's where it is an epicurean epiphany. No Brooklyn snobbery, no overdone decorating and, yes, they take credit cards.
Posted by The Henderson on 10/04/2005
A new leader sits atop the kingdom of New York steakhouses, and his name is Wolfgang. A little over a year after bolting from Brooklyn and setting up shop in drab Murray Hill, Wolfgang Zweiner has bested his old bosses in creating the city?s finest steakhouse. It is easy to walk by Wolfgang?s. The exterior is nothing special, located on a drab street on 33rd and Park. But after entering through the modern glass doors, diners are instantly swept into old world charm. Vaulted ceilings and soft lighting lend a certain regalness that many steakhouses lack. Where other places are brass and overpowering, Wolfgang?s is masculine and refined. But most don?t come to steakhouses for the interior; they come for the meat, and in this department, Wolfgang?s delivers. The steak for two is quite possibly the best-cooked piece of meat in the city. Medium rare is perfect, charred on the outside, but buttery and tender on the inside. The cut comes on a piping hot plate and is expertly spiced. Bites are favorable, but not salty like other steaks. The creamed spinach is also wonderful, but the real treat is the German Potatoes, which are crispy potatoes that are sauteed with onions. Crisp, clean and not at all greasy, this side could be a main course. I personally enjoyed adding the steak drippings from the serving plate to the potatoes. The crowd is like most steakhouse clientele: loud, boisterous, vaguely insecure young people with way too much money to spend fill the room, but in this case they may have spent wisely. Because above all, in spite of the high prices, Wolfgang?s is a considerable value, and how many steakhouses can you say that about?
Posted by Anonymous on 09/19/2005
First things first--The german potatoes and sauted onions were incredible. Go for that alone. Now for the rest of my review: Had a late (10PM) reservation. Arrived early. Seated immediately. (2 people). Not the best table very near the kitchen/stairway. When a table near us opened up, they were very gracious in moving us immediately upon request. Waiters were attentive but not overbearing. Not gruff as somethimes found in NY steakhouses. The steak for two infinitely better than Luger's, but still not the best steak I've had in NY. My husband had the creamed spinach and was not impressed--no cream very finely chopped. Pricey, but that was to be expected. Decent wine list with a good variety from reasonable ($40) to the sky's the limit. Agree with other reviewers that the dining room is very loud and this is not the place for romance. The room itself is beautiful and seating is somewhat tight but no overly so. Would definitely return....
Posted by rusty on 09/05/2005
I expected a great steak based on the reviews; what I got was a charred piece of meat that had no flavor other than char. I was disappointed given the high price. The atmosphere was great-lively and exciting-and the service wasn't too bad, though a little slow early. Don't go here if you want you Ribeye to actually have flavor, though; I didn't even finish half the steak. (I almost asked for steak sauce!)
Posted by dknysquid on 07/11/2005
For those of you afraid of the J train or a 2-month wait for a Saturday night reservation, Wolfgang's offers a solid alternative to Luger. Here's how this reviewer compares the two: Salad = Luger; Bacon = Luger; Steak = A Draw; Cheesecake = Wolfgang's; Verdict = Luger is still Luger and beats anything else. But thank god for a worthy Manhattan equivalent!
Posted by Anonymous on 07/09/2005
Maitre D was out of central casting. Great decor--old school (though loud in the main room with all the young investment bankers--get a table in the quieter back room). Steak was unparalleled except for Luger's -- but Wolfgang's has better atmosphere. Loved it.