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

Smith & Wollensky - New York

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.smithandwollenskynyc.com/
  • Phone: 2127531530
  • Hours of Operation:
    Lunch:
    Monday - Friday 11:45am-3:00pm
    Dinner:
    Monday - Friday 3:00pm-11:00pm
    Saturday & Sunday 5:00pm-11:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Carte Blanche,Diners Club,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Seafood, Steakhouse
  • 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.
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Smith & Wollensky - New York reviews from OpenTable diners
316 reviews since May 5, 2014
Overall Rating4.1
  • Food4.2
    Service4.1
  • Ambiance3.9
    Noise LevelModerate
83% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
special occasion (156)notable wine list (116)fit for foodies (94)good for groups (90)great for lunch (53)neighborhood gem (44)romantic (42)hot spot (36)vibrant bar scene (29)great for outdoor dining (18)late-night find (16)kid-friendly (12)great for brunch (5)scenic view (2)Show More
  • Same old good quality
    RogerVIP
    Dined on 8/31/2014
    The same every time I come. The best steakhouse. What a pea soup!!!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Incredible Service
    Chesare
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    S&W was absolutely fantastic! The waiters are set for making your night a very special one. They went beyond in our case to produce something out of the menu to please us (roasted garlic). The food is amazing and the wine was perfect. Great night!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • For Steak Lovers
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    If you like outstanding steaks US-style this is the right place to be!
    Special Features:
    hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Restaurant Visit
    Aberfoodie
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    Excellent food and great service from Nick added to the experience. Will certainly tell friends of the experience back in Scotland and be back when next in New York
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, notable wine list, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • NY institution
    MrsYoungVIP
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    They were very courteous and attentive. Food was great as expected!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Fletch's Take
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/27/2014
    Your restaurant was recommended to us by a friend , the meal itself was a disappointment, we have had a lot better in New York on our visit the previous year. The "chap" looking after us at our table was very matter of fact (table 22), no help and whilst we had forgotten the size of portions, we ordered far too much and he was happy to let us, last year at the Strip House restaurant , the advice we received was far better. Whilst I expected the check to be around $200 we were in less than 1 hour and left , I gave the "chap" $250 , he didn't ask if I wanted change , just took the cash and started chatting with another waiter, as we got up to leave he did not even acknowledge us. Will not be back .. Jim Fletcher England
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  • Avril Kavanagh
    Avkavs
    Dined on 8/26/2014
    We had a dinner here on our last night in New York... Simply SUPERB!!.. the service, the food and the wine.. we were given a complimentary glass of champagne and a free taster of the New York Cheesecake.. We ordered lobster for starters and the the rib eye and the New York sirloins on the bone for our main .. huge plate fulls, all cooked to perfection, a culinary delight.. The staff were friendly and attentive, the standard of their service was exemplary... what a great way to end our holiday. I would recommend it highly to any one visiting New York
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, notable wine list, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • poor
    frenchie12
    Dined on 8/24/2014
    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
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  • Great choice for our anniversary
    TheGoonies
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • The Captains Table
    Doczing
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Steaks to perfection
    RogerVIP
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    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!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, great for lunch
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Truth in appetizers
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    I was looking for a steak place and this met the bill. In the introductions to the meal, the waiter highlighted the "seafood tower." It was a mix of lobster, crab and shrimp. It was delicious. However, when the bill came the TOWER was $80.00 and therefore the most expensive thing on the menu. I was both surprised and upset that this was not mentioned in the intro. In most restaurants, specials are mentioned with the price to make it clearer. In this case I am not sure whether I would have ordered the TOWER but I believe that wait staff had been instructed to push IT and not mention the price. The Merlot was excellent and reasonably price. I will never eat at one of their restaurants again.
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  • Excellent
    Fernando
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    Awesome food and Service. I will be back for sure.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • too noisy beside great meat
    rueasw
    Dined on 8/21/2014
    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.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 8/20/2014
    Not one steak was cooked right. Sub par cuts. Overseasoned. Unattentive staff.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Fabulous!!
    ADN1VIP
    Dined on 8/19/2014
    The Food was Fantastic!! The Bone In Ribeye Steaks are the BEST in NYC!!
    Special Features:
    special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 8/17/2014
    pea soup was overly thick, steamed vegetables were almost raw, veal chop was too sweet.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Disappointed in Smith and Wollensky
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    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.
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  • Very underwhelming
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005VIP
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    Food was average at best. Way overpriced for what you get.
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Good time great steak
    thedarkestknight
    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.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Steak was all wrong. Overcrowded.
    ftbowers
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    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.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Good steak
    ElBi
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    Good steak, big portion, very us style but a bit expensive!
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A NY Standard
    CTfoodie
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Recommendation
    hstrybuff
    Dined on 8/14/2014
    Would have felt better if 2 sides had been included with our very excellent steak
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, good for groups, special occasion, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Service Excellent
    matson
    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.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Perfect Steak Dinner
    Mike
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Pricey but very well worth it
    Nunchy
    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.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Perfect apart from the food
    Johan114
    Dined on 8/13/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/12/2014
    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.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • A classic!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2002
    Dined on 8/12/2014
    The ultimate classic steak house. The great food was accompanied by excellent service.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ok.....
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/10/2014
    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.
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  • Great Place
    claygirl1965
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Well done! :)
    Pavelo
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    As above mentioned, i've done always a good choice. I've often eaten in this restaurant. I'll come back...
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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  • Disappointed
    Enyouartist
    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.
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  • OK....
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/6/2014
    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.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Real American Steakhouse
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/3/2014
    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!
    Special Features:
    good for groups
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Service
    DineVIP
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    Terrible service . Waiters were not attentive and slow service .
    Special Features:
    late-night find
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Best steak in NYC
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Amazing experience
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 7/30/2014
    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!
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • steaks
    stepinout
    Dined on 7/28/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic