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
100 reviews since May 25, 2014
Overall Rating4.3
  • Food4.4
    Service4.3
  • Ambiance4
    Noise LevelModerate
92% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
special occasion (41)fit for foodies (30)great for lunch (25)good for groups (25)notable wine list (18)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
  • Very steady
    LocalVIP
    Dined on 5/8/2014
    I have been to Bobby Vans for both business dinners and family dinners. The staff is very pleasant and the food very good. The restaurant is very loud and suitable for a boisterous table which we happened to be this time. Steaks and sides are delicious.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great for Business Dinner
    Diner101
    Dined on 5/5/2014
    Traditional steakhouse. Great service, nice portions and very tasty. Did not have ranch dressing, though.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 5/5/2014
    For was amazing the veal chop awesome filet was like butter service was excellent
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Soft shell heaven
    RobD
    Dined on 4/29/2014
    Have been here for many a good business lunch, but hurry while the soft shell crabs are in season, they are phenomenal, the best I have tasted anywhere!
    Special Features:
    special occasion, Great for Lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Office after tax season luncheon
    awesomeVIP
    Dined on 4/22/2014
    a wonderful place to dine with friends, family, coworkers, centrally located and excellent food & service
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Good for Groups, special occasion, Great for Lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Classic steak house
    Veranda68
    Dined on 4/22/2014
    Classic steakhouse if you need one in midtown. Great service topped off with good food. Exactly what you would expect from your NYC American steakhouse.
    Special Features:
    Great for Lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • RenoirVIP
    Dined on 4/16/2014
    Always a pleasure to eat here. Outstanding service and very good food, with the usual generous portions. I am glad that I have a mile walk to get there and the same on return! My companion's steak lokked excellent, and my salmon special with the horseradish topping was excellent. Definiteky a venue for a 'proper' lunch Renoir
    Special Features:
    special occasion, Great for Lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Run, don't walk
    kevinr121
    Dined on 4/11/2014
    Best dry-aged steak I've had in years! Meat and veggies were cooked perfectly and delivered by a knowledgeable staff with the ability to easily assist with excellent wine-pairings without being pretentious.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, late-night find, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Nice comfortable experience
    Kevin
    Dined on 4/10/2014
    Nothing special. Good service but only ok food for this price level. Wanted to try it.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great food by seasoned Pro's
    PatrickMVIP
    Dined on 4/9/2014
    Had a great evening attentive but not intrusive service. Knowledgeable staff that have seen it all. Food was all cooked to order and hot . Steaks and sides done to perfection from rare to medium well, no complaints from the table.I have never had a $14.00 soup of the day but the Beef Barley soup was well above average, but it still is beef barley soup, $14.00 is high even for NYC. Beverages we're well executed and complimented the meal. This trend of selling you 8 oz soft drinks in bottles at exorbitant prices per beverage has to stop, after all somebody has to drive these days. On top of spending $14.00 for your bowl of soup and $50.00 plus for steaks plus sides, alcohol etc. give us a break on the diet coke, things can't be that bad.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, vibrant bar scene, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • I may not choose the right
    AnnaFair
    Dined on 3/22/2014
    I may not choose the right dish. My fish was really overcooked (dry). My husband had meat and he liked it. It is not a place to go with friends... to have a long meal... they asked us to leave about 10:30pm.... Not my kind of place.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Not just for business!
    LIteacherVIP
    Dined on 3/7/2014
    Right in an office building, it has enough comfortable atmosphere for any good dining experience! Lots more than steak, and all the sides are superb. Food is excellent, service is great, and you will walk away happy.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good steak
    Ccoolnp
    Dined on 3/7/2014
    Food was good... compared to all the other steakhouses out there.. the palm, mortons, capital grill, peter lugar... it was just ok.. with so many other choices out there.. maybe ill be back. Nothing really sets them apart or stands out though.
    Special Features:
    special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • loved everything about Bobby
    ndeye
    Dined on 3/7/2014
    loved everything about Bobby Vans. So much food for restaurant week. I will definitely recommend and visit them again.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • one of my favs....
    kwall
    Dined on 3/6/2014
    ....bobby vans has always been one of my favorites in nyc....the park ave location specifically.....walking distance from the hotel and a great area to walk off an always perfectly prepared steak....this trip, i was grateful to have my daughter in tow....she too is a major fan....we had a meal fit for a king and went out exploring afterwards.....in the air and heading back to the city as we speak...i'll be swinging by for dinner tonight....bone in rib eye, please....
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list, romantic, neighborhood gem, hot spot, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Restaurant Week
    SimoneLlene
    Dined on 3/6/2014
    I visited Bobby Vans during Restaurant Week. The menu was very good and the portions were a good size as well. The staff was extremely courteous and attentive. My only negative was the bread pudding. I would not recommend it at all. I didn't want to get the cheesecake bc as a New Yorker I feel like I have cheesecake ALL the time, but I should have gone with old faithful. I highly recommend this restaurant.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great experience
    fall1956VIP
    Dined on 3/1/2014
    Food is great, Service is great a little pricey...
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, notable wine list, romantic, neighborhood gem, great for lunch, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • We had a fantastic restaurant
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010VIP
    Dined on 2/28/2014
    We had a fantastic restaurant week lunch here and enjoyed great service and wonderful food, We'll definitely go back.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, notable wine list, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Loved it
    Alan
    Dined on 2/27/2014
    The food was wonderful and the staff were very friendly.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot, great for lunch, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Loud but great
    Ash2o318
    Dined on 2/27/2014
    Overall the experience was pretty good. If you have a hearty appetite, this place is for you! The menu is pricey, but you definitely get what you pay for interns of portions because they are enough to feed two or even 3 people. The waiters are attentive and service is quick, and not just when you're ready to pay. They are also pretty accommodating to diets )one of my sides was supposed to be made with bacon and I told them I couldn't have it so they left it out). The only complaints I had were that they didn't explain the special outright until we asked about it and that it was incredibly noisy, so I felt like I was screaming the whole dinner,
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, vibrant bar scene, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • My Experience
    Myke
    Dined on 2/27/2014
    For starters I had baked clams & the "lump crab cocktail", both dishes were great. For the main course I had the "petite filet mignon" which actually was a nice size(12oz). I was surprised at the large size being that it was a restaurant week portion but that's no complaint, more food for my belly lol. The meat was definitely a winner as well and was accompanied by garlic mashed potatoes & creamy spinach. The mashed potatoes were delicious & the creamy spinach was great, the best creamy spinach I ever had.The spinach actually had pieces of artichoke in it as well, great touch.Their wine list blew me away with the wide range of variety.As for dessert I had the "chocolate mousse cake" which came with whipped cream and a mango&raspberry sauce.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, notable wine list, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Old Standard
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 2/26/2014
    Nothing flashy, but always great food and service. It can get a bit loud, but that is the only negative.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Restaurant week menu
    Ulrike
    Dined on 2/25/2014
    Dinning at Bobby Van's was a first time experience and I certainly would go back. We had the restaurant week menu and were very pleasantly surprised by the portions and the quality of the food. It was delicious and really well worth it. My beef just melted in the mouth. We both had a glass of wine which was a very generous glass which we really appreciated as you sometime just get the smallest measure in New York restaurants. The only downside to our dining experience was the noise. It is a very loud place due to the high ceilings and the close proximity of all the tables. It was a very busy lunchtime so perhaps it is easier to talk to you fellow diners in the evening.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Not bad for Restaurant Week
    JennyLCVIP
    Dined on 2/24/2014
    Beef Medallion was delicious...as long as you get medium rare. The green sauce for the salmon was too citrus and didn't compliment the salmon dish too well. Cheesecake was better than the rice pudding. Overall it was nice for a work lunch get away.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Bleh!
    JayR
    Dined on 2/24/2014
    I went here for lunch during restaurant week 2014. For whatever reason my reservation did not show up on their end, but I was eventually seated. The server seemed bothered when my friend inquired about the restaurant weeke menu. I had the ceasar salad to start which was not very good... I then had the steak and mashed potatoes, the steak was not much more stan ok, but the mashed potatoes were good. I finished off the meal with their cheesecake which left a lot to be desired. Overall, I will not return to this location, I had previously ate at their downtown location which faired a lot better.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Excellent
    Wadeblack
    Dined on 2/21/2014
    Food was exceptional, as was service. We were a couple and they seated us away from the larger groups for a slightly calmer ambiance. Much appreciated. If you haven't been to Bobby Van's, go.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Enjoyable
    KayDee
    Dined on 2/20/2014
    I was able to have a pleasant lunch with my mom at Bobby Van's. The food was delicious and the service was outstanding and friendly.
    Special Features:
    special occasion, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Restaurant week attitude
    aNYCgalVIP
    Dined on 2/20/2014
    My client, colleague and I were given the standard menus but when I asked for the restaurant week menu the waiter was clearly annoyed and displayed the same poor,attitude for the entire meal. Did he think this will bring me back in the future. ? My office is one block away and was a good option until yesterday.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Best Cheesburger Ever
    PatsterJ
    Dined on 2/19/2014
    I visit Bobby Van's Park Avenue every time I come to New York. Great Service, Love the ambiance, and spectacular food.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great food, great service....and
    LA74VIP
    Dined on 2/18/2014
    Great food, great service....and restaurant week...bonus
    • Food
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    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ok food, lousy decor
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 2/14/2014
    They should update their decor. Small room overlooked by dusty vents and no art on the walls left me very disappointed.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great Experience
    Marc
    Dined on 2/14/2014
    The quality of the food was top notch and it was prepared to perfection. The service was excellent. The food is not heavily seasoned; they rely mostly on the freshness of the ingredients.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Nice choice for steaks and
    gourmayVIP
    Dined on 2/12/2014
    Nice choice for steaks and seafood in the bottom of the Helmsley Building.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Food, service was excellent.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2003VIP
    Dined on 2/12/2014
    Food, service was excellent. We were able to get the last table at 7:30 pm on a busy Wednesday night and it lived up to it's "legendary" reputation!!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • The food was prepared well
    rjccpa
    Dined on 2/11/2014
    The food was prepared well and the service was really great. However, the noise level gets so high when the place is full that it is hard to hear across the table.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, vibrant bar scene, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Bad waiter ruins experience
    LouSkuntVIP
    Dined on 2/8/2014
    As is sadly all too common in NYC steakhouses, if you do not appear to be a "master of the universe" type, you get treated as if you are somehow a second class citizen. From not being offered a wine list to not being told the specials, our waiter managed to make my wife and I feel like he was doing us a favor by letting us sit there for the entire hour and 15 minutes. I had to request a wine list and wait 10 minutes for it, and I am thankful that I could read the specials off of a chalkboard on the wall The food, as always, was great However, I must apologize for only having a tab of roughly 300 for 2 before tip. I will make sure that I never insult this establishment again with my paltry spending.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Good food but pricey
    MarionVIP
    Dined on 2/6/2014
    I am never disappointed with the food but it's a bit pricey - even for NY. We were very disappointed with our table - squeezed between 2 larger tables we had no personal space at all - even though we did make a reservation in advance.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • bobby vans "original" is a gem
    kennydust
    Dined on 1/30/2014
    went with a group of four from work for a business dinner and had a blast. steaks (I had a ribeye) were great and the oysters we ordered were excellent as well. would go again.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, vibrant bar scene, late-night find, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great Business Lunch Spot
    Shannon
    Dined on 1/24/2014
    Bobby Van's provides a professional, tasty choice for a business lunch. The wide menu provides options for every palate, and my recent visit confirmed that any choice would be a good one. Our party of three had a Grilled Chicken Ceasar salad, the Chilean Sea Bass, and steak and hashed browns. All were excellent, and the service top notch. The dining room has a lot of natural light, so while it has a "club" feel, it also feels very open.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Not Great
    SMWCVIP
    Dined on 1/14/2014
    The food was decent to a degree. Standard fare.I don't know why they bother w/ a stale bread basket. the Shrimp scampi app. was just ok. Caesar salad down right awful- basically standard store bought pre-packaged presentation. Fillet mignon was good.nicely seasoned ,creme spinach was very good a la Peter Luger style, hash browns were adequate albeit slightly over salted. Pricing is very decent. Staff are complete drones, by the book- no extra mile. The noise level is off the hook , we were there on a Tues night- could not hear ourselves talk. If your with a rowdy bunch - this would be the place to go as nobody would notice if you were screaming in the middle of the dining room.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic