Bobby Van's Park Avenue - 'The Original'
Bobby Van's Park Avenue - 'The Original'

Bobby Van's Park Avenue - 'The Original'

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.bobbyvans.com/
  • Phone: 2128675490
  • Hours of Operation:
    Lunch: Monday - Friday 11:30am-4:00pm; Dinner: Monday - Friday 4:00pm-10:30pm, Saturday 5:00pm-10:30pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Diners Club,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: American, Steakhouse
  • Executive Chef: Nile Medford
  • Dress Code: Business Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Delivery, Full Bar, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Private Room, Takeout, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Park Avenue
  • Public Transit: We are located just steps away from Grand Central Station.
  • Parking: Street Parking
  • Parking Details: Street Parking allowed after 6:00pm, payment required until midnight.
    The closet public parking lot is located on 46th Street between Lexington Avenue and Third Avenue.
A word from Bobby Van's Park Avenue - 'The Original'
Located in New York's landmark Helmsley Building, Bobby Van's Steakhouse has been serving the best porterhouse in town for the last eleven years. Upon entering, one is greeted with the sight of a credenza groaning under the weight of large bottles of wine. A bar full of regular customers is on the left and looking into the one-hundred seat dining room, one sees the thirty foot high ceiling and windows overlooking Park Avenue. To complement our Prime Aged Steaks our Sommelier has created an award winning wine list. Whether you're looking for a big Cabernet, a Pinot Noir or something in between our comprehensive list is sure to please. "
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Bobby Van's Park Avenue - 'The Original' reviews from OpenTable diners
101 reviews since May 20, 2014
Overall Rating4.3
  • Food4.4
    Service4.3
  • Ambiance4
    Noise LevelModerate
92% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
special occasion (42)fit for foodies (30)good for groups (26)great for lunch (25)notable wine list (19)neighborhood gem (18)romantic (14)hot spot (12)vibrant bar scene (7)late-night find (3)kid-friendly (2)great for brunch (2)scenic view (1)Show More
  • Always a great experience.
    CindyG
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    We have been dining at Bobby Vans for years. The food is always excellant and the service is incredible. The seafood here is always fresh and delicious and the steaks are charred to perfection.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 9/3/2014
    I have been a fan of Bobby Vans for years and have eaten there for family and business, all have enjoyed
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great business lunch
    Hotfire
    Dined on 9/2/2014
    Great food and service. A great spot for a business lunch meeting.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great Business Lunch spot
    Babsbunny77VIP
    Dined on 8/18/2014
    Very nice business lunch spot. Our server was lovely and polite. Great options for lunch, but bring your wallet. I had a lovely filet caesar salad that was delish. Will definitely return.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great Food - Highly Recommend!
    Nicolle
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    I wanted to try Bobby Vans for restaurant week and went there for a double date with my husband. We were pleasantly surprised by the more than generous portion sizes and the food itself was absolutely amazing! I highly recommend Bobby Vans and we will most definitely be back.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Dineout
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    Food is very good. We had a 7 people (4 teens) party. All kids enjoyed the their courses. Steak was perfect. But my wife did not like the salmon however finished it.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Bobby Van's terrific dining exp.
    HearingMatters
    Dined on 8/6/2014
    First rate service staff. Very personalized experience at the table. The waiters provided great suggestions, at a good pace, and they served the seafood appetizer and all the sides to each individual in the group; which, as simple as that sounds, was really nice. Awesome wine. Did I mention the very attentive staff? Ask for Bob's table--- he looks like Johnny Mathis
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good Experience
    Sabeenie
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    I went with one other person. The host was friendly and noted my reservation, and took care to put us in a booth (which I requested at the last minute). I enjoyed the dinner. Petite steak was larger than I'm accustomed to. It was perfectly cooked to the specifications. Our server Carlos was friendly and helpful in helping us make a selection.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great spot
    SteveDee
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    Excellent service and food. Also, good portion size considering it was restaurant week. I recommend this location highly, going to their 54th street location to test that out and will report back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Excellent overall steak house!
    donmar002
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    We went here for Restaurant Week and I am so glad that we did! Service is excellent and never pushy. Many waiters assist you and you never wait long for anything. Steak was cooked just as ordered and melted in my mouth. All side dishes were delicious as well!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, hot spot, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Superb, Romantic a great spot
    goodfood2
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    The food was superb. The atmosphere very romantic. The service and staff very attentive and professional. I would definitely not only recommend it but would visit again. Thanks Open Table.
    Special Features:
    romantic, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good food and service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    My friend and I dined here for restaurant week. The wait staff was very attentive but made a mistake with our bill. The manager went out of his way to come over and apologize. He also gave us a discount. Great service and very good food. The beef was fabulous and so was the New England clam chowder! Can't go wrong dining at Bobby's.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great for Business!
    jacquieVIP
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    Great for business lunches - servers are phenomenally attentive yet in tune to when they need to stand back during conversation. After my customer business lunch I had immediate documents to provide to them, so I holed up in the Bar with the wifi access and got my documents out to the customer - and no one bothered me at all. It was a very pleasurable, productive afternoon.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Decent experience
    Reggie
    Dined on 7/31/2014
    The ambiance is nice for a group business dinner. For restaurant week the food presented was pretty good. The clams were very good.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Filet not cooked right
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 7/31/2014
    I got the filet mignon but it was not cooked right. Very rare in the middle and burnt on the outside.
    Special Features:
    romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • best steak ever
    Mansquared
    Dined on 7/29/2014
    Went for my first restaurant week dinner. I was skeptical about discounted city food but was blown away. The service was good and felt welcomed. The resty week menu had petit fillet...there was nothing petit about this fillet mignon. They cooked it to a perfect medium rare and it melted in my mouth. The best fillet I've ever had. Need to go again and try the porterhouse next time.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • cocomo
    Dined on 7/29/2014
    never a disappointment when at Bobby Van's - service and quality of the food is outstanding
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, late-night find, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Restaurant Week July - August
    BJADE
    Dined on 7/29/2014
    My first time to Bobby Van's Park Avenue. The food and service were great. The drinks were a little strong, not the best. Overall, I enjoyed the restaurant very much.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Awesome
    Foodlover
    Dined on 7/28/2014
    Great Food. Better Service. Make sure you start with the Harry's Salad!
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Disappointed
    Belecita
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    I was really looking forward to this dinner, but was disappointed by a few things: 1) the waiter was in a hurry, we hadn't sat down for 2 seconds and he was already asking what we wanted to drink (wine or cocktails) without handing out the wine list. This continued around dinner as well, and the place wasn't even half full for a Saturday night. The food was nothing notable, I ordered the mini fillet, medium rare, and it was more like medium well, and when we were ready to pay, it was hard to find any waiters because they seemed to be hanging out at the back or at the bar. The ambiance wasn't anything memorable to be honest. I probably wont be back.
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Go someplace else for the $
    ADedicatedDiner27
    Dined on 7/25/2014
    If you plan to spend the kind of money that Bobby Van's commands, there are too many great restaurants (notably, steakhouses) in NYC to go to Bobby Vans. The food was good, but the wait staff wasn't flexible in accommodating drink needs or dinner substitutions. While it was restaurant week, and that may have been the reason, I've had too many phenomenal experiences at STK, DelFrisco's, DelMonicos, The Palm, and the myriad of other top-tier steakhouses in NYC to go back to Bobby Vans.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • A Must Visit!
    AMustVisit
    Dined on 7/24/2014
    The service was probably the best I have ever received. The bartender recommended an excellent wine, the host was friendly and the servers had perfect timing...not to mention the food was out of this world. If you have never been here, it is definitely time to experience this spot for yourself!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • disappointed
    amberanddevin
    Dined on 7/24/2014
    Went during NY restaurant week, and while the steak was tender, it had no flavor. I can make a better steak at home. The dessert was disappointing as well, the cheesecake was ok, but we also had bread pudding, and it was awful. I guess I am spoiled by Nordstrom cafe's bread pudding. I would not go back to this restaurant again.
    Special Features:
    romantic, neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • IN CONSIDERATION
    GOODEATS457
    Dined on 7/24/2014
    is how I start because my co-worker and friend took me to the Park Avenue location for lunch, thinking it was Restaurant Week at this locale. However, it was not and the prices were a bit high for my friend. However, we ate there toning down our order. The staff and wait person treated us as if we were spending big bucks. There were professional, speedy and kind. Now the food was worth every price on the menu, I had a salad, which was huge and she had a shrimp dish. ABSOLUTELY the best I've tasted in a high-end posh restaurant and I will be going back.
    Special Features:
    special occasion, great for lunch
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great food
    Feenie
    Dined on 7/23/2014
    Everyone that I know who want here raves about the food & now I know why. Excellent all around!
    Special Features:
    special occasion, late-night find, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Nice for Business lunch
    Tibo
    Dined on 7/16/2014
    This place is very practical since it is next to my work, I really like to bring clients for business lunch, recently I noticed a bit more noise than usage and decrease on service quality
    Special Features:
    notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Classic
    FH650
    Dined on 7/15/2014
    great rib-eye steak with fries and creamed spinach. will dine again
    Special Features:
    special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • MCat750
    Dined on 7/15/2014
    Always good food. Waitress did a great job! Food was excellent - a crab meat cocktail and a rib eye. The wine selection is very good, but starting to become a bit expensive! Sometimes the restaurant seems a bit noisy and I wish the bar area was larger.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • still the star
    jipsVIP
    Dined on 6/26/2014
    After all these years the food and service are both consistently top notch.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good for a business lunch
    Drewstanbul
    Dined on 6/25/2014
    Lunch here is always good. Choices for meat and non meat eaters. Service is professional and it is good for a business talk. Ask for a table in a corner.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Enjoyed it
    LeoI
    Dined on 6/17/2014
    In town for a visit and a group of us went in for dinner. Great time all around. Food was great, environment was fun. Look forward to coming back next time Im in town.
    Special Features:
    hot spot, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Fathers' Day Weekend
    jimeats
    Dined on 6/14/2014
    My favorite restaurant, anywhere. Food was off the charts. Service fabulous, Sam was attentive without being overly so, comfortably friendly. Soft shell crabs, pork chops, chicken marsala, filet, great sides, desserts, wine. Part of a great NYC day. Maybe I'm over the top, but it's that good.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food, great service
    gdog17
    Dined on 6/12/2014
    Never disappointed at Bobby Van's. Great steaks and wonderful service by very professional staff.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent in every way!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 6/9/2014
    Great food, great service and a fantastic location made for a most memorable evening.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Outstanding Service
    PainrxVIP
    Dined on 5/30/2014
    I have been to this restaurant a few times in my years... The steaks are always great! This time was special because of two excellent waiters! George & his fellow server (can't remember his name). They made us feel really welcomed, took care of us and we even had a nice conversation! Thank you so much! I can tell you guys really enjoy your jobs!
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 66 ratings-only reviews submitted since May 20, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.1
    • Food4.3
    • Ambiance3.8
    • Service4.2
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 615 reviews are from the Bobby Van's Park Avenue - 'The Original' reviews archive.
  • Great Steak, Great Service!
    JLRanger
    Dined on 5/20/2014
    Business lunch, food was outstanding. Cold seafood appetizer was amazing and perfectly fresh. Fillet Mignon was cooked exactly as I ordered it. Service was impeccable.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Outstanding Service
    highexpectations
    Dined on 5/17/2014
    Went to Bobby Van's on Saturday evening after a day in the City. Everyone wanted a good steak. The food was very good, the the gem was the service. The wait staff went out of their way to make a very enjoyable meal. Service was outstanding but unobtrusive, witty, and gregarious. All around a great experience.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, late-night find, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • This is my favorite place in NY!
    business4dinner
    Dined on 5/15/2014
    The food and service consistently outstanding. This is a great place to dine with friends, hold a business dinner or have a romantic night out.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great for a business lunch
    AlansThoughts
    Dined on 5/13/2014
    We made reservations through Opentable for lunch and I requested a quiet corner table so that we could be able to speak. The restaurant could not be MORE accommodating and friendly, food excellent, services great and they weren't overly in your face. Vey very pleased.
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great service
    DevinH
    Dined on 5/8/2014
    Lump crab meat appetizer was fantastic. I'd order two next time, and skip the steak. The petite fillet was Huge (10 ounces), but a request for medium turned out to be medium rare. Services was outstanding. and responsive. I was surprised there is no dessert menu.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate