Desmond's Steakhouse
Desmond's Steakhouse

Desmond's Steakhouse

  • Dining Style: Fine Dining
  • Website: http://www.desmondssteakhouse.com/
  • Phone: 2123916900x
  • Hours of Operation:
    Monday - Friday 11:30am - 11:00pm
    Saturday and Sunday 3:00pm - 11:00pm
    Sunday Jazz Brunch 12 noon to 4:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Seafood, American, Steakhouse
  • Executive Chef: Silvestre A. Mora
  • Dress Code: Business Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Entertainment, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Private Room, Wine
  • Entertainment: Listen to the wonderful sounds of our pianist.
    Happy hours drink and food specials.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: 38th St., east of 7th Ave. - entrance on 38th Street
  • Parking: Private Lot
  • Parking Details: Free parking with dinner at Desmond's after 5 p.m. for up to six hours at the Central Garage right next door on W 38th St. To be eligible for the free parking, a dinner entrée must be ordered and the offer is not valid with any other promotion or discount.
A word from Desmond's Steakhouse
Desmond's Steakhouse takes a contemporary approach to the quintessential New York steakhouse, melding stylish ambiance and service with culinary substance. Beef, USDA prime aged to perfection in our open-to-view dry aging room and prepared for the kitchen by our butcher, shares the menu with succulent raw bar selections, along with an array of other tempting non-steak offerings - fish, seafood, lamb, chicken and more.

Like our diverse menu, Desmond's offers a variety of dining experiences. From a quick bite at the marble-topped bar - one of the city's longest (and most inviting!) to a business meal at the dining room's placed for private conversation tables or a romantic dinner at one of our cozy booths.

Everywhere, there is a luxurious sense of comfort made even more welcoming by a staff dedicated to gracious service.
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Desmond's Steakhouse reviews from OpenTable diners
38 reviews since May 23, 2014
Overall Rating3.6
  • Food3.7
    Service3.9
  • Ambiance3.8
    Noise LevelModerate
71% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
great for lunch (12)fit for foodies (11)special occasion (10)notable wine list (10)good for groups (9)vibrant bar scene (9)neighborhood gem (8)romantic (7)scenic view (3)hot spot (1)late-night find (1)kid-friendly (1)Show More
  • Eerily quiet and slow service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 9/14/2014
    Service was slow considering the place was completely empty. Got over charged, and the waiter even forgot to bring us some items that came with the meal. Didn't ask steak temperatures or how we wanted our eggs cooked
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • A bite on the pricey side
    FJGJ99
    Dined on 8/18/2014
    You definitely get what you pay for when you come here. The food was excellent. The crab cakes could be a bit more portion friendly. Everything else was great (2 filet minion cuts and a 10 oz burger). Again, it was worth the money spent. I did think it was a little on the pricey side though.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Terrible
    Notafan
    Dined on 8/6/2014
    Both the food and service was way below expectation. The wait staff was extremely rude and obnoxious.
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Food Good - Problem with Menu
    Mark
    Dined on 7/15/2014
    I went for a business lunch at Desmond's with important clients. This was my first visit there. I figue I would try since it is right around the corner from my office. When we were seated, the hostess gave us the standard lunch menu. It wasn't until my client asked the waiter if there were any smaller steaks available did they produce the the Price Fix lunch menu. This made the prices and the size of the meal reasonable. I asked the hostess on the way out why we did not receive both menus, she stated it was the company policy not to give it out until asked. Based on this comment I WILL NOT return even though the food was very good.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • SIMoneVIP
    Dined on 7/12/2014
    Waiter did not check for nuts in our food, despite two explicit requests. Nearly killed a person in our party who has a severe allergy to all types of nuts.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Overrated
    Bobbo24
    Dined on 6/28/2014
    Relative to rankings on Trip Advisor, etc. I found this place to be very overrated for the money and in a highly competitive steakhouse market. Good location near Time Square - Theater District. Nice looking place. Veal was awful - very fatty. Sides were mediocre. Maybe just an off night, but there are so many reliably good steakhouses in NYC - never would go back.
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Gross
    AmybVIP
    Dined on 6/28/2014
    Food was terrible. Steak tasted fried! Staff was rude. Now I know why there were only 3 tables of diners on a Saturday night at 7pm!
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • willie44
    Dined on 6/27/2014
    The service was good and the food was good. However, when my daughters ordered surf and turf, the waiter had to go into the kitchen to check to see if there was still any lobster tail left. Since it was 5:30 in the evening, that issue shouldn't have even arose. Well, he came back to the table to say that instead of lobster tail, they were serving 1/2 of a lobster with the steak. The girls were disappointed because they did not want the body and claw of the lobster, just the tail. Other than that, we were happy.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • There is no beating Desmond's BoGo
    HappyLeaderVIP
    Dined on 6/26/2014
    Not being the biggest of spenders, I wait patiently for Desmond's to offer a BoGo lunch. And when I take advantage of it, I am never disappointed. Three delicious courses (this time Onion Soup, Filet Mignon, & New York Cheesecake), good sevice, pleasant atmosphere - all hard to beat at a price that's hard to beat. Whenever they offer their next BoGo - I'll surely return!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great steak in midtown
    Dawson
    Dined on 6/25/2014
    I always struggle to fine decent places near my office in Penn Plaza, so Desmond's was a find! I did think I had made a mistake when I saw the diner frontage but the steakhouse entrance is on 38th street & is a separate entity. The menu was what you expect. The steak was excellent & the wine list suitable for most events. Obviously a lot of regulars in there which is a good sign. I will go back.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Delicious steak
    EllenVIP
    Dined on 6/20/2014
    This new place is a real find. Service was impeccable, very attentive...ambiance is lovely. Most important this was the best steak we've had, and we've eaten in them all...Keens, all Palms, Quality Meats, Peter Lugars, Del Frisco's Bobby Vans...you name it. This was Just plain outstanding steak. One negative, only 3 shrimp in their shrimp cocktail and all others have either 4 or 5, for the same price...and all same size (colossal) shrimp. The crabmeat cocktail is good but also skimpy portion. Order the steak but don't order the shrimp or crabmeat cocktail.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, great for lunch, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Nycluxurycritic
    Dined on 6/14/2014
    A surprising treat! Excellent food, the steak was sizzling hot on service and the meal was excellent. They actually compete with many of the higher end steak houses in the city yet as the location is slightly off the beat and track are not busy enough for the service and attention to suffer as it does at Keens or Sparks. I was taken aback by a well selected wine list, dedicated and attentive service and an accompaniment of excellent accoutrements. The only issue is the actual environment, almost too quiet. That however is because its undiscovered and wouldn't trade that for the world.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always a delight
    CarnivoreUWS
    Dined on 6/11/2014
    Dining at Desmond's is always a delight, from the friendly greeting you get from front-of-house staff, to the friendly and attentive service, to the very well-prepared dishes. Regardless of whether your order steak, seafood, or another dish, Desmond's never disappoints. We've become regulars.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Hidden Gem in theater district
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 5/24/2014
    Desmonds is an outstanding steakhouse between penn station and the theater district. Its on the second floor and gives great views of 7th ave. The crowd is up class the, menu extensive and the service is excellent .The staff is friendly and helpful. Get there before the secret is out.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 24 ratings-only reviews submitted since May 23, 2014
    • Overall Rating3.9
    • Food3.8
    • Ambiance3.9
    • Service4.1
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 112 reviews are from the Desmond's Steakhouse reviews archive.
  • No lobster,clams,or oysters oh my
    notanyjoe
    Dined on 5/22/2014
    The sign in front of the entrance showed specials for clams and oysters yet they had none available. The menu showed lobster and fillet of fish but they had none to offer. It was a Thursday night at 6:00 PM, my guess is that they purposely shorted their supply order because business is not good. The service was was not service, it was friendly but barely there. What struck me was how my waiter walked the dining room with his head down, rather than scanning his stations he almost didn't want to make eye contact with any of his patrons. If it weren't for the rainy afternoon thunderstorm and the Ranger playoff game that nig, my guess is that the restaurant would have been empty which is what I believe the staff was more used to.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • this place was perfect
    newdad
    Dined on 5/15/2014
    This was a great find to celebrate my 8yr anniversary with my gf(now fiancé) and she surprised me with news that we are having our first child so epic venue.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, late-night find
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Worst Food Ever
    friends
    Dined on 5/2/2014
    This was the worst food i have ever eaten out. It was dinner quality at high end prices. The Filet Mignon had gristle on it and had marks on it were the jockey was hitting it. The mash potatoes were powered and watery, the wine was watery, the creamed spinach was tasteless and the tab was over $180 for two people
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Elegant Dinner
    JacRod
    Dined on 5/2/2014
    Used Groupon for elegant dinner for two. Seated immediately and introduced to our waiter upon entering. Wait staff was attentive and ensured patrons enjoyed evening. Sat at piano once finished with dinner. Pianist was friendly and knowledgeable of many songs.
    Special Features:
    romantic
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Delicious!
    hungry4more
    Dined on 4/25/2014
    We took advantage of the $29 for 2 lunch offer (available for a limited time). The meal was fantastic - wedge salad, filet mignon, and bread pudding. We will try the restaurant again.
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Decent NYC Steakhouse Experience
    BeanCounter
    Dined on 4/18/2014
    My fiance and I ate at this restaurant on a Friday night, and we used a Groupon deal to do so. The resturant was quiet for a Friday evening, and yet, the service was somewhat slow. The food was good, but a little over-seasoned. The interior was nicely done, and there was a great view onto a Garmet District steet-front. I would eat here again, and recommend the place to friends, as well, but it wasn't the most remarkable NYC steakhouse we've visited. I think that if more people had been in the restaurant when we visited, there could have been a more vibrant energy in the place that would have made it seem more exciting to visit!
    Special Features:
    special occasion, Scenic View
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Disappointing
    anp13
    Dined on 4/18/2014
    The baked clams were very good, and the lamb chops were decent, but the Chilean Sea Bass was fishy. We didn't send it back, but did tell the waitress afterward (one might have expected some courtesy, even if just the offer of an after-dinner drink or dessert, which we would have declined anyway). The selection of red wines was extremely disappointing for a steak house! But the real affront was that the gratuity was added to the check in excess of 20% - it was actually 24% of the pre-tax check total! And the waitress did not mention that when she brought the check (as though we might tip more if we hadn't noticed?) I've experienced a gratuity added, although not usually for a party of two, and never such an extreme amount.
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  • Not a competitive steakhouse
    underwhelmed
    Dined on 4/12/2014
    My girlfriend and I found a groupon for Desmond's and were excited to try a new steakhouse. We were not impressed. We arrived before our 7 PM reservation to grab a drink at the bar, and enjoyed the very personable and great bartender. The night started off well. When we sat at our table, the restaurant was not very busy and there were very few wait staff on the floor. As such, it took a while for us to be greeted by our server. Throughout the entire night, service was slow and inadequate, and our server was not double-sat. The calimari could have been more crispy (it was extremely soft), the buff mozz was fresh, the mac & cheese was overly milky, except where the extra cheese was, the filet was "ok" and the bread pudding was not very good.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • My steak was overcooked by
    lovetoeat
    Dined on 4/12/2014
    My steak was overcooked by almost 2 levels. A steakhouse should be able to cook a piece of meat to med rare. Also, their menu listed in OpenTable is inaccurate, as the seafood platter (1) is not served in small ($45) or large ($65) portions, but instead is $35/person, (2) has no oysters or clams and (3) the half lobster tail that you get with it was so chewy we could barely get through it. Really is kind of a rip off for what you get. The calamari was good, but didn't make up for the rest of the meal. All in all, I was very disappointed for what was supposed to be a nice dinner.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Food was wonderful. Enviroment
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 4/11/2014
    Food was wonderful. Enviroment vert comfortable and very respecful outgoing staff
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Only good thing was the steak!
    swirlsip
    Dined on 4/5/2014
    There was a party booked in the bar area that’s against the dining area. Very load music, even bag pipes being played. Couldn’t here each other talk at the table. Waiters tried to joke it off. Slow and poor service. Took an hour to get 4 steaks served.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Give it a go.
    ShatochatoVIP
    Dined on 3/30/2014
    Filet of steak was cooked to perfection. We enjoyed ourselves with superb service and were treated like royalty. Thank you!
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Sehr gut
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 3/29/2014
    Wir waren sehr zufrieden und würden das Restaurant auch Freunden empfehlen die nach New York gehen.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • great find
    MikeT
    Dined on 3/26/2014
    service was excellent, Food was well prepared and delicious.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, vibrant bar scene, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great time.
    thenessgroup
    Dined on 3/24/2014
    We got to New York City and had a deal online to go eat at Desmond's. We were not dissapointed.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, notable wine list, romantic, neighborhood gem, great for lunch, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Birthday for 2
    Jlynndido
    Dined on 3/18/2014
    I used a Groupon for the Prefix dinner and it was a good value. I would have given 5 stars but my veal was slightly underdone. Meat was seasoned perfectly. The portions are ample and the variety for the prefix is awesome. Would definitely do again.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, vibrant bar scene, romantic, late-night find, neighborhood gem, great for lunch, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • surprised by how bad this place was
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006VIP
    Dined on 3/12/2014
    The wine list is the smallest I have ever seen at a steak house. The food options were weak. I can't see this place staying in business.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Live music!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 3/10/2014
    Live piano music was our favorite! Classic jazz standards made for a great ambiance.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • I wanted to like it
    Cek66
    Dined on 3/9/2014
    Came for brunch with some family members. What was billed as a jazz brunch was not quite accurate, as the music was largely other genres like opera. Nice, but not as advertised. The place was pretty empty so the slow pace of good service was surprising. One meal was entirely wrong, yet at no point was this accepted as their fault. They seemed surprised I would ask for butter for the toast we all had and when we asked for salt and pepper it was as if we'd insulted the chef. Food overall was fine, nothing special, though my brother in law's burger was excellent. Space is beautiful, a shame it was so empty and the somewhat shaky service makes it hard for me to get excited about recommending it to others.
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  • Mediocre Steakhouse
    OmakaseVIP
    Dined on 3/6/2014
    Waited 15 minutes beyond our reservation time (6pm) for our table. Also waited more than 30 minutes between our appetizers and our steak. Both of these are too long in my view. The porterhouse steak for two was undercooked and not flavorful. The creamed spinach had a strange flavor We had to ask for their house steak sauce which was not offered by the waiter but was sorely needed. While the steak sauce was helpful, it didn't arrive until we were half way through our steak. There are many fine steak houses in NYC. I see no reason to return to this one.
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  • Wonderful Dinner at Desmond's
    kalen76
    Dined on 3/1/2014
    My husband and I had a late night dinner at Desmond's Steak House and could not have been more pleased! The service was great, he food was phenomenal and the atmosphere was awesome! A must try on the appetizer menu is the Canadian Slab bacon...never have I had something so delicious!!! Will definitely go again!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, notable wine list, romantic
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Very good food, service and
    FOODIE56VIP
    Dined on 3/1/2014
    Very good food, service and atmosphere. Ordered the mozzarella and tomato, Caesar salad, filet, veal chop, mashed potatoes, creamed spinach, tiramisu and bread pudding for the two of us. Very surprised and happy that everything was prepared properly and tasted great. Will come back again.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • great lunch & dining experience
    cynthiaVIP
    Dined on 2/25/2014
    great food, amazing atmosphere, good service. perfect place for a nice lunch as compared to any other locations in the immediate area.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list, neighborhood gem, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Quality of food was excellent,
    kibbleVIP
    Dined on 2/24/2014
    Quality of food was excellent, service was a bit spotty even though a quiet Monday night. Good steak place and good for entertaining clients.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Decent
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 2/22/2014
    The ambiance was nice. They messed up my bill twice before correcting it, which placed a damper on the atmosphere.
    Special Features:
    romantic
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Fantastic
    Jill
    Dined on 2/15/2014
    Outstanding food. Outstanding service. This was my first time at Desmond's and I'll be returning only next trip to NYC. This place is a hidden gem.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, notable wine list, romantic, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.