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Smith & Wollensky - New York
Smith & Wollensky - New York

Smith & Wollensky - New York Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.smithandwollenskynyc.com/
  • Phone: (212) 753-1530
  • Hours of Operation: Lunch:
    Monday - Friday 11:45am-3:00pm
    Monday - Friday 3:00pm-11:00pm
    Saturday & Sunday 5:00pm-11:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX, Carte Blanche, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Steakhouse, Seafood
  • Executive Chef: Victor Chavez
  • Dress Code: Business Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Full Bar, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Personal wines welcome, Wine

Getting there

  • Cross Street: E. 49th Street
  • Parking: Street Parking
A word from Smith & Wollensky - New York
One of America's most successful restaurants, this New York steakhouse opened in 1977 and has been a hit ever since. It is one of the most trafficked restaurants in New York City and among the most celebrated steakhouses in the world. Specializing in fresh seafood and lobster and assorted steaks and chops, Smith & Wollensky is well recognized for its healthy portions, seasoned service staff and pop Americana ambience. The painted wood exterior is dark forest green trim on sparkling white, with latticework trim. The elegant interior has turn-of-the-century appeal and design elements including shining brass, dark wood accents and polished wood floors. Adjacent to Smith & Wollensky's is Wollensky's Grill. The Grill (entrance on 49th St) is open from 11:30AM till 2:00AM but does not accept reservations.Continued
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Diner Reviews
  • "Air con was on full blast. It was freezing cold. We booked a table but had to wait 20 mins to be seated. We had to ask for bread, water and pepper. Took so long I had to find pepper myself. There was no room for everything on table so we moved some on window sil. Waiter was not happy but then had nowhere to put things so left them there. They also tried to charge us for an extra glass of wine. Other than terrible service the food was ok. But at $50 / head just for meat , this is the least you would expect. Will never go back"
    Dined on 8/24/2014
  • "We were 15 minutes early for our reservations but were seated immediately. It was me and my wife's first experience at a real steak house and Smith & Wollensky was recommended by a couple of friends, we thanked them afterwards. All the staff we encountered were courteous and friendly. Our waiter, Nick, was an old school gentleman and took great care of us during our dinner. We ordered the porterhouse for two with a baked potato and the creamed spinach, which a little salty for our taste but serviceable. The porterhouse was amazing! My wife and I were in steak heaven... We don't have any steak house experience to weigh Smith & Wollensky against, but we had a good time and a great steak. We will be back."
    Dined on 8/23/2014
  • "I used to be a frequent patron of "smith and wallys" for years and it always was a wonderful treat. Given that during those years I had a decent expense account and this was our place of choice I always had the perfect food and drink. After the whole financial fiasco starting in 2008 my job and expense account went bye bye and money was tight. Treating myself to a gourmet meal was not in the plan because I had twins that needed just about everything. So my "smith and wollensky" days were over. Along with the others. (park ave cafe, cite, post house) all of which I frequented. 2014 I returned to find that from steerage to captains table we all were treated equal. wonderful and professional.Once again S&W rules the restaurant world."
    Dined on 8/23/2014
  • "Steaks to perfection all the time and the house steak sauce make the Smith and Wollensky steak my favorite in the city! The staff is first rate and super friendly!"
    Dined on 8/22/2014
  • "Awesome food and Service. I will be back for sure."
    Dined on 8/22/2014
  • "Besides excellent meat, the noise level was much too high, you needed to scream at the waiter so he understood, permanently they check how far you are to get you off your table, the host showing the table kept wandering thru the room."
    Dined on 8/21/2014
  • "Not one steak was cooked right. Sub par cuts. Overseasoned. Unattentive staff."
    Dined on 8/20/2014
  • "The Food was Fantastic!! The Bone In Ribeye Steaks are the BEST in NYC!!"
    Dined on 8/19/2014
  • "pea soup was overly thick, steamed vegetables were almost raw, veal chop was too sweet."
    Dined on 8/17/2014
  • "Party of 6 Saturday night and we had terrible service. For the price we pay for the food we expect a certain quality of service. Our server Karim failed to deliver any type of acceptable service. We have dined many times at S@W and this was by far the worst experience and will probably be our last time visiting."
    Dined on 8/16/2014
  • "Food was average at best. Way overpriced for what you get."
    Dined on 8/16/2014
  • "Legendary spot for steaks in Manhattan. The food was real good. Found it funny that the waiter never really asked us what we wanted for drinks, had to call him back for the three I had. Also found it weird that the place was only about 2/3's full at 8:00 on a Saturday night when we were leaving. We at early with a long train ride north home. I would recommend eating here for special occasions or with friends."
    Dined on 8/16/2014
  • "This is the first online review I have ever written, because until now, I have never been so disappointed that I felt the need to make others aware of my experience. I ordered the 18 oz sirloin, but what actually came was most certainly no more than 12 oz. I ordered medium rare, and it came out on the well done side of medium. Having been eating steak at the finest steakhouses around the world for the past 25 years, I know what an 18 oz medium rare sirloin looks like, and this most certainly wasn't it. This most certainly wasn't a $50 steak. Regarding the ambience of the place, I found the tables to be extraordinarily small and crowded. My overall impression of Smith & Wollensky is that this is a restaurant trading on past reputation."
    Dined on 8/15/2014
  • "Good steak, big portion, very us style but a bit expensive!"
    Dined on 8/15/2014
  • "Went to S&W for a 60th birthday dinner and was not disappointed. The food was impeccable and the service very friendly and efficient. We made our theatre time without no problem and did not feel rushed in any way. If you're looking for a great steak, lobster or lamb chops this is the place. The waiter brought us a Rock & Rye after dinner, which was a lovely, unexpected after dinner treat."
    Dined on 8/15/2014
  • "Would have felt better if 2 sides had been included with our very excellent steak"
    Dined on 8/14/2014
  • "We celebrating 59 year anniversary. They gave us great attention and service. We had a filet and baked potato, both were cooked to perfection and generous portions. If we are in NYC again, we would go back."
    Dined on 8/14/2014
  • "Really a delightful meal. Shrimp cocktail was special, so were the filets and the creamed spinach. Dessert was a bit small for the price. Overall, would definitely go back."
    Dined on 8/14/2014
  • "This was my first time dining here with my 8 year old. I have been here on business dinners previously. The staff were brilliant and it really added to the occasion. It was a brilliant evening."
    Dined on 8/14/2014
  • "I had been recommended S&W by a friend who shared my taste in steak dinners. The place was magically ambient, and the service at just the right level. We ordered the Porterhouse, and instead of Medium rare it came out rare. Instead of bursting with flavour the piece of meat was bland and meaningless. I would have expected a better selection of meat for an establishment such as this. On a side note, the meat was as close to cold as is possible."
    Dined on 8/13/2014
  • "rude service, we felt guilty for asking about the cut of steaks we were about to spend $70 each on. plates were plonked on the table and got the feeling they wanted us to leave to move the tables over. no thanks."
    Dined on 8/12/2014
  • "The ultimate classic steak house. The great food was accompanied by excellent service."
    Dined on 8/12/2014
  • "An ok steak restaurant....it was our second time eating here.....expensive and waiters including bar staff are v rude....the cost is way too excessive given the below par service. Will not be going back a third time."
    Dined on 8/10/2014
  • "As two of NYC's many visitors (first timers and unfamiliar), finding great places to eat can be tricky - especially if you are trying to find places popular with locals rather than tourists. Of all things, my husband & I found you on our Hop-on Hop-off tour. We immediately made reservations for that night. I'm happy we did. We came early to have a drink at the bar and found our bar-mates to be wonderful. The food and service was outstanding. I would recommend Smith & Wollensky to anyone."
    Dined on 8/9/2014
  • "As above mentioned, i've done always a good choice. I've often eaten in this restaurant. I'll come back..."
    Dined on 8/8/2014
  • "We ordered the two porterhouse for two, filet mignon, and the cowboy ribeye. All four guests at the table had to use salt and pepper to season their steak! For an expensive dry aged steak, having no flavor is just confounding. Furthermore, how hard is it to have a consistency in doneness? We asked for medium rare, and only the ribeye was fine...the powerhouse steak was cold red in the middle, and definitely very rare, not medium rare like we requested."
    Dined on 8/8/2014
  • "Food was average...not what I was expecting from Smith and Wollensky. One gem was the pea soup - it was incredible. Steak was below average."
    Dined on 8/6/2014
  • "Great quality of food. Big choice of steaks. Classical NYC atmosphere. Waiters not interested to explain the menu!!!! One of them in particular, disappointed for our requests of explanation on the menu, left us and another waiter served us. Unaccettable behaviour!"
    Dined on 8/3/2014
  • "Terrible service . Waiters were not attentive and slow service ."
    Dined on 8/2/2014
  • "Every year we go to a different NY steak restaurant for my wife's birthday. This year was Smith & Wollensky. Although we've both lived in NY for more than 20 years, neither of us had been. We have been missing out! The food, the service, and the whole experience was great. I even told them when making the reservation that it was her birthday, and they surprised us with a complimentary piece of fantastic cheesecake with a candle in it (plus they sang happy birthday!) I would absolutely recommend it for a birthday, any other special occasion, or just a great dinner for work or friends."
    Dined on 8/1/2014
  • "This was my second time, I came back again because the first time was so perfect, the second time was even better! I have never had a better meal in my life. The ambiance is incredible. Was there for my wedding anniversary, I reside in Massachusetts and want to travel back to New York just to go to this location. I have been to the Smith & Wollensky in Boston and it is not to the standards for food or ambiance as the original in New York. The service from the door man, the hostess, the bartender, and the wait staff are all exceptional. I only wish I lived closer so I could frequent more. I absolutely recommend Smith & Wollensky in New York only!"
    Dined on 7/30/2014
  • "we used open table to make our arrangements for smith and wollensky and was greatly delighted at how easy the process was, yay!! we had a lovely experience at smith and woolensky steak house. it was a great find."
    Dined on 7/28/2014
  • "I think you go to S&W for the experience, prices are extremely high, especially on wine. Opions exist in NYC for just as good of a steak at a more reasonable price point. Service is fantastic however and the waiters are as attentive as they come."
    Dined on 7/27/2014
  • "Took my 12 year old grand daughter visiting from Mississippi - she had seen the restaurant on T V - The waiter was fantastic -most understanding and kind- we had a great meal- soft-shell crabs - oysters - steak - lamb chops - and chocolate ice cream - she was very happy and had a great experience!"
    Dined on 7/27/2014
  • "It was very special. Our first visit. Food was excellent and the service was exceptional. We are definitely going back again.......with friends!!"
    Dined on 7/26/2014
  • "Classic steak house with male waiters in tan suit jackets and aprons! Try the Colorado steak or Prime rib... Cooked to perfection just the way you like! The salad wedge with blue cheese and bacon is a perfect start to your steak dinner. End your meal with the coconut cake and passion fruit sauce OMG you will be on cloud 9! I am still on a steak high from my delicious meal! I recommend this restaurant to everyone... Just bring a fat wallet though cuz it is pricey... Remember though, it's NYC! Happy steak-ing!!!"
    Dined on 7/26/2014
  • "Shellfish appetizer was fantastic, the steaks were cooked perfectly, and the wine was excellent. Service was great and we sat immediately at our reservation time. Highly reccommend dinner here."
    Dined on 7/25/2014
  • "If you're looking for a place where attention to detail isn't just limited to the food, then you have come to the right spot."
    Dined on 7/25/2014
  • "Great Steak House and very good ambience, also for a family dining"
    Dined on 7/25/2014
  • "I love this place! Always a meal to remember. Service unmatched anywhere."
    Dined on 7/24/2014