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 July 4, 2014
Overall Rating4.2
  • Food4.3
    Service4.2
  • Ambiance3.9
    Noise LevelModerate
90% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
special occasion (44)fit for foodies (33)good for groups (29)great for lunch (28)notable wine list (23)neighborhood gem (18)romantic (14)hot spot (13)vibrant bar scene (8)late-night find (4)kid-friendly (3)great for brunch (2)scenic view (1)Show More
  • 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
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • 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
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • 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
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great Service & Food
    Diner48
    Dined on 1/11/2014
    From the coat check to other waiters, everyone was friendly and wanted to make sure we were enjoying ourselves. The waiter was very nice and the food was nothing but great. Not badly priced either compared to other steak houses.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food
    Casper
    Dined on 1/2/2014
    Went in the middle of a snow storm. Food was great waiter made excellent recommendations.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Totally fine lunch place midtown.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006VIP
    Dined on 12/27/2013
    Totally fine lunch place midtown. Food is, as always, good. I definitely like the other Bobby Van's (on 50th and 7th) better. Seemed like this one price gouged a bit.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • too loud and ridiculously
    Billy
    Dined on 12/18/2013
    too loud and ridiculously expensive...I consider myself fairly knowledgeable on wines and every wine was 4 times the price it should have bee....martinis were small....we were sat next to a window where the heat was about *150... we asked for it to be lowered and they put menus over the vents....nice solution. If you want to go for your lungs, sweat like your in a sauna, and go deaf in an extremely overpriced restaurant, this is your place
    Special Features:
    good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Family night out
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 12/14/2013
    My partner, her 13 year old daughter and myself had a great meal here on our second night in New York the staff were very attentive and looked after us superbly
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • consistently good food. we
    scottVIP
    Dined on 12/13/2013
    consistently good food. we had lump crab and the cajun ribeye ...both excellent...
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Steak and bourbon
    Jayw329VIP
    Dined on 12/9/2013
    Bobby Van's is a great steakhouse. However, despite their perception that it's only $$$, all the food you want will cost you $$$$. So just to set your expectations, you will have a fantastic meal and it will cost you.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • good steak but slightly disappointe
    nybuddyVIP
    Dined on 12/7/2013
    i asked for medium, but what came out was closer to well-done than medium. didn't want to complain too much after seeing another customer seating next to me get chewed out by the waiter.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good place for steak
    PeteG
    Dined on 12/5/2013
    Pretty decent steak in a scenic part of NYC. Great spot to get together with friends for a night out.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good midtown business lunch venue
    CES51
    Dined on 11/25/2013
    Bobby Van's is always a favorite on mine. Beef is out of this world. On this particular occasion, Brussels sprouts sautéed with bacon were excessively greasy.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Just Okay
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 11/11/2013
    Shrimp appetizer was over cooked. Steak was well prepared. Swordfish was over cooked. The Hasbrowns were great! Service staff were a bit overly anxious for us to order our entrees. We felt rushed.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Disappointed
    Cupcake
    Dined on 11/9/2013
    Cute restaurant tucked away, looked great when we walked in, but were unimpressed with the service. The waiters were slightly condescending, definitely more worried about getting to go home on time than about our dining experience. Also, the food was exorbitantly expensive, yet only so so. Unfortunately, would not recommend this restaurantcc.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Excellent For Steak
    NJTaylors
    Dined on 11/9/2013
    Great steak and traditional steakhouse side dishes. Top notch service. Be prepared to pay a premium price for both. Main drawback: The wine list is grossly overpriced. There isn't a good deal in the whole list.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Excellent
    CayoPania
    Dined on 11/6/2013
    Fantastic steaks!!!! Excellent service! Visited with a party of seven and everyone was throughly satisfied....Loved it! I would definitely go again on my next trip to NYC!
    Special Features:
    good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Very good but very expensive
    DisappointedDinerVIP
    Dined on 10/30/2013
    Excellent food, veery attentive and professional service but very expensive.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • GOOD but Noisy with average service
    Tibo
    Dined on 10/30/2013
    Hi, I went for business lunch with some of my client, I booked a table in advance for 4. The food and the wine were amazing as usual. Nevertheless the table was in middle in the main room, every 3 minutes a waiter was either pushing me and my customer because our table was in middle of the way. It was very noisy, I could talk or hear the person in front of me, since the table next to us was very noisy. I really like this place since is next to my office with amazing food and wine but it makes things complicated when you can't enjoy the lunch because of noice and bad placement.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • fancy name, sub-par steaks
    powerhousefanVIP
    Dined on 10/28/2013
    for a place where you spend over $100 per person, i'm not impressed. we ordered steaks and the filet was avg - a little dry but ok. the other person ordered ribeye (medium). the steak was burnt on the outside but did come pink in the middle. needless to say, for a steak that cost this much it should be tender and juicy. the burnt taste was too overpowering. if you are going there for steaks, i would recommend trying another place.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • choose the steak, not other items
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008VIP
    Dined on 10/28/2013
    Go for the steak choices if you want to go here, but the chicken choices on their menu were not fully cooked. Yes it's a steak place, but anything on the menu should be cooked with the same amount of care, or not be on the menu.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great place for business lunch
    GeorgeR
    Dined on 10/22/2013
    Great place for business lunch or diner, or to meet good friends after work for a few drinks before getting on the train two blocks away at Grand Central. Quinessential old-school New York Steakhouse with great Steaks (I thought the Porterhouse for 2-4 was perfect), Lamb Chops, pork, veal, and several really well prepared Fish dishes. Very efficient and attentive service, but not overbearing. The place feels comfortable and inviting.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Friendly effective staff
    BeccaVIP
    Dined on 10/9/2013
    Was greeted warmly at the door; waitstaff was generally warm and friendly and professional. Food was good, but not outstanding. I would go back if in the area.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • The food was excellent and
    LizaVIP
    Dined on 9/27/2013
    The food was excellent and the servers were top notch. I highly recommend this restaurant.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Service
    Sdeman
    Dined on 9/24/2013
    The waiter was attentive, efficient and quick. Made for an great dining experience
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Excellent for business lunch.
    GenerVIP
    Dined on 9/10/2013
    Great steaks. Very friendly maitre d. Friendly waiters. Never rushed though busy
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Outstanding Service
    Fido
    Dined on 8/20/2013
    The concierge was fantastic and accommodating. The food was fresh and to die for. The ambiance was professional and service staff was incredibly attentive.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, romantic, notable wine list, neighborhood gem, special occasion, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • NY Steak
    OpenTable Diner Since 2004
    Dined on 8/19/2013
    First time I was ever asked to leave a NYC restaurant at 10:15 PM. Aside from that, the food and service were very good.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Steakhouse
    CHurst
    Dined on 8/15/2013
    Visited this spot for restaurant week. It's a loud corporate boys club. Many white men in suits liquoring it up after work, smoozing and having meat. My food was pretty good, but I won't go again. The service wasn't great, only some waiters were attentive (there were so many, I couldn't keep track of who was our main waiter). They were a bunch of old school boys not that attentive to women.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Overpriced, underserved
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005VIP
    Dined on 8/15/2013
    If you are not a regular, you get indifferent service, but pay outsized prices for steaks you can get elsewhere.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Perfection
    BiotechVIP
    Dined on 8/14/2013
    I have eaten at the finest steakhouses in the country- and this is now my favorite. The steak a la stone os amazing the strip was also fantastic! Perfection all the way around!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, vibrant bar scene, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, hot spot, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Underwhelmed
    Familytime
    Dined on 8/10/2013
    Our group of 6 was only moderately pleased with the food. We had a porterhouse that was not tender, just so-so, sea bass with miso and bok choy that was drenched in butter, lobster that was a but tough, and salad that was overdressed. Service was friendly and very attentive. If you are going to serve hunks of beef on a plate, they better be the best.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great Steakhouse
    restauranttiff
    Dined on 8/9/2013
    This restaurant was just what I was looking for. My husband's birthday coincided with restaurant week and I was looking for a great steakhouse. Not only was the food great and service wonderful, but the deal was outstanding. I will definitely return.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Delicious food and graet atmosphere
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 8/9/2013
    This was my second time at Bobby Van's. the first time I was underwhelmed by really bad overpriced food. As it is Restaurant Week, I decided to give BV's another try and I was very pleasantly surprised. I started with the shrimp bisque soup which had actual lump pieces of shrmp floated on top. I followed with the salmon with buerre blanc sauce with was perfect cooked. The sides of creamed spinach and mashed potatoes had me and my tablemates making yummy sounds. I completed my indulgence with bread pudding with warm bourbon sauce. I am happy to say my guests and I left saited and fully committed to going back to BV's again. I've promised myself to try the steak next time or the beef bourdelaise with mushroom sauce. Yummy..
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, notable wine list, neighborhood gem, great for lunch, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet