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: (212) 867-5490
  • 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
96 reviews since July 25, 2014
Overall Rating4.2
  • Food4.3
    Service4.2
  • Ambiance3.9
    Noise LevelModerate
88% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
special occasion (38)fit for foodies (35)great for lunch (29)good for groups (28)notable wine list (22)neighborhood gem (16)hot spot (12)romantic (11)vibrant bar scene (7)great for brunch (2)late-night find (2)kid-friendly (2)scenic view (1)Show More
  • cseccoVIP
    Dined on 11/19/2014
    You pay too much for what you get. The service and the food are good but do not justify the price. The environment is too tight (tables are too close to each other) and very noise. I do not intend to return.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • "The Original" is pretty tired now
    BudMVIP
    Dined on 11/14/2014
    Everything was just "eh" here. Service was spotty with multiple waiters confused about whether we had already ordered drinks or food. Food was just OK. Very small table. There are so many better places to go in NYC that you can skip this one and not be missing anything.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Always Good
    SteakLover
    Dined on 11/8/2014
    This was my second time there. The first time I had the ribeye and it was superb. This time, there was a special for the night which was a cajun ribeye. I was hesitant at first as I had a cajun ribeye at Smith & Wollensky and it was horrible. I went with it anyway and it was absolutely awesome! I've been to all of the greats... Lugers, Wolfgang's, Spark's, Benjamin's, Delmonico's and so on and so on and this ribeye would easily crack my top 5. Well done and the service was excellent as well.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great classic steakhouse
    Laurence
    Dined on 11/1/2014
    Just as great an experience for a family dinner as for a business lunch with clients. Great food, great staff.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent meal
    jeff
    Dined on 10/29/2014
    Had the clams (Excellent), the steak for 2 (Excellent) and the mushrooms (great).
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • great business lunch joint in NYC
    AmericasGuest
    Dined on 10/29/2014
    I was able to easily make same day reservation via Open Table and it worked out great. In and out in an hour!
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Visiting New York
    HappyDinnerClub
    Dined on 10/25/2014
    We had a terrific experience at Bobby Van's. Ask for Sam! He was accommodating to the children and did a great job as our waiter. I love that the staff had multiple years of experience. Steaks were great too!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Classic
    Goaltender
    Dined on 10/14/2014
    I always enjoy taking clients and friends to Bobby Van's. The service is great and so is the food. This is a cannot miss place.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, hot spot, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Not All Bad
    jbeats
    Dined on 10/3/2014
    Not a bad place to get a steak. Service was not bad and the food was pretty darn good.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Lunch Menu
    YellowFeverVIP
    Dined on 9/30/2014
    No burgers or steak sandwiches listed. Should expand menu selection. Not everyone wants to eat a full steak for lunch.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent
    NYCSINCE67
    Dined on 9/29/2014
    Consistent Excellence, atmosphere is perfect. Keep up the great work. One of my favorite local places.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Moooving experience
    MacsattackVIP
    Dined on 9/24/2014
    We wanted a beef fix and we got it. Deelish and done right. Great options for sides which work to share family style. Cuts cooked to your perfection. Save room for dessert. But finish wit a black aambuca if you dare. On the rocks
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Cons1VIP
    Dined on 9/24/2014
    solid and predicable....always good place to go - the service can be great but also you can get a waiter with an attitude which is what we had this evening.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Always a great experience.
    CindyGVIP
    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
    • Service
    • 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
    • Ambiance
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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!
    • Food
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    • Service
    • 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.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 62 ratings-only reviews submitted since July 25, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.1
    • Food4.3
    • Ambiance3.9
    • Service4.2
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 629 reviews are from the Bobby Van's Park Avenue - 'The Original' reviews archive.
  • 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
    • Food
    • 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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • 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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate