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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/
  • Email: Swny@fwrests.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
  • "I've been to many of the great NYC steakhouses and this one was my favorite so far. The Colorado rib steak was the best steak I've ever had. I usually go with the filet but switched it up this time based on the server's recommendation. I don't think any steak can come close to this one. The flavor was off the charts. Classic sides of hash browns and creamed spinach were perfect compliments to this steak. The wine list was also amazing, and even though we ended up going with the house red we were very happy with that choice. And to top it all off, the coconut layer cake for dessert was delicious. Classy service as well. Start to finish, it was a great night."
    Dined on 4/19/2014
  • "Avoid this tourist trap! Food very poorly presented and wildly overpriced as is the wine. A dull salad and fatty calamari were followed by an OK steak and an almost inedible pair of dried out flavourless chicken breasts accompanied only by a side dish of tasteless broccoli. The $14 (yes, $14!) asparagus side was again tasteless and the fries were equally unpleasant. We didn't stay for dessert or coffee, we just got out as soon as we could! Our worst experience by far after many visits to NY. We wouldn't have felt so cheated if the prices were reasonable but they are so much higher than all the other infinitely superior restaurants we have visited. "
    Dined on 4/18/2014
  • "Fantastic for beef.... Braised Cauliflower was re-heated in a pan unfortunately with the inside still cold Excellent wine"
    Dined on 4/18/2014
  • "Returning to this restaurant after 20 years in between, it still gave me total satisfaction, not only the food, but also the ambiance. It is so good that I could still find a very reliable place to entertain my most important friend and my daughters, and most importantly, have their total satisfaction too. I can tell my friends in China, one never goes wrong with everything Smith & Wollensky has to offer, leasure or business wise. Thanks very much."
    Dined on 4/17/2014
  • "The food is great! Good service, but the local was busy and very noisy! It's difficult to have a conversation, but the steaks are great!"
    Dined on 4/17/2014
  • "Good reputation but the steaks are not as good as the restaurants reputation should indicate."
    Dined on 4/16/2014
  • "a very small table for 4 persons on the ground floor, nearly impossible space for all plates, service not friendly, meat quality very poor (one of the most important facts to go for diner to Smith for us), Sauce Bearnaise was served cold, green salad without any dressing, oil and vinegar have to be asked for, our 2rd time there, we were very disappointed, "
    Dined on 4/15/2014
  • "Maybe it's my imagination, but I swear I recall a time when the steaks at Smith & Wollensky actually overflowed the plates. The servings may be a bit more restrained now, but the quality is still excellent. Anyone accustomed to the over-seasoned steaks at popular family restaurants will be surprised by the unadorned meatiness of the wonderfully aged S&W versions. The sides have not changed, nor should they. And the waiters are still true pros -- with none of the overly familiar affectations of "boutique service." Smith & Wollensky remains a signature New York experience, stuck in time -- but in a good way. Don't expect fancy recipes or elaborate cocktails. And if you have to worry about the price, don't go at all. "
    Dined on 4/13/2014
  • "Went to S&W for the first time for a birthday dinner. We were greeted by a doorman, a pleasant host and friendly staff. They were extremely accommodating seeing how we were an hour late for our reservation due to traffic. Unfortunately they had run out of the prime rib for the evening and were told to call ahead and reserve a specific cut of meat next time. Being I was our first time we didn't know this. The meal we did have was delicious. You definitely get the time to enjoy your meal and company, this isn't a place to rush you in and out. I would recommend S&W for a special occasion."
    Dined on 4/14/2014
  • "We ate with friends. The service was friendly, understanding and not intrusive. The house red wine was excellent as was the beef."
    Dined on 4/13/2014
  • "Great Food, Great Service, Great Location! my guest from Japan really enjoyed the dining experience at Traditional American Steak House! Friendly and very professional wait staff added to the good dining experience. All the meat was done to perfection, and sides were excellent as well. I recommend all to get hushed brown Potato. One of the location that I tried to come and visit, every Time I am back in NYC. Nothing has changed over time!"
    Dined on 4/13/2014
  • "My eight year old son decided this year for his birthday instead of a typical kid's run around, bounce house, laser tag party he wanted to go to a real New York Steakhouse. Though only eight he considers himself quite the foodie and Smith and Wollensky did not disappoint. Everything was fantastic, from the calamari appetizer, to the ceaser salad, to the roasted cauliflower, hash browns,Mac and chees and porterhouse for two."
    Dined on 4/12/2014
  • "Smith & Wollensky - New York Lovely location and frenetix atmosphere. Great food, too much in fact. Staff extremely friendly. Some of of service was sporadic, but it was really busy, and it we were in no hurry to leave!"
    Dined on 4/12/2014
  • "Overall, it was a fair experience but not great. It had been recommended to me by two colleagues but we were disappointed it did not live up to the hype. Tables close together. Food was good but we expected much better. Waiter was knowledgable but not very friendly until he dropped off our bill. Atmosphere was old but not in a friendly historic way. The bartender was very pleasant. We probably should have eaten in the bar. Table was barely big enough to fit food for two. At least the price was appropriate for the food we received."
    Dined on 4/11/2014
  • "It was very crowded and while the food was good, it wasn't great for the price. Given the service, which was horrible I can't give this well known steak house a good rating."
    Dined on 4/8/2014
  • "Went on a date and had the cajun ribeye, which I was told is the thing to get. It was quite good and the mean was clearly dry aged quite well. She had fist (red snapper) and was very happy with it. The breads were satisfying and the tuna tartar appetizer was of good quality tuna. All in all, this was an enjoyable experience and delicious steak."
    Dined on 4/11/2014
  • "You feel the history when you walk in and greeted by the Maitre'd as if he has known you for years. This steakhouse mecca didn't disappoint as the rib eye cooked to a perfect med-rare as my two guest shared the classic porterhouse for 2 with the same perfect results.The sides of cream spinach and hash browns made it even better. Our server knew his way around the menu and was top notch when it came to service. He never skipped a beat. Overall a great time ,great service and amazing steaks. When it's this good no need to change it.."
    Dined on 4/10/2014
  • "This Place is AMAZING!!! The food here is delectable. came here for an early dinner after a hectic work week, and the service was awesome! The waiter was super attentive and patient..as (i'm very indecisive) but nontheless he recommended the best dishes. My steak was cooked to pefection. I can't wait to come back. BEST STEAK HOUSE IN MIDTOWN BY FAR!"
    Dined on 4/10/2014
  • "How can such an institution allow its servers to be so disrespectful to its guests. Yes the meat is good, when the fish is poorly cooked - most probably direct from the microwave. But having brought clients from abroad, I lived a very embarrassing moment, with servers impatient and nearly rude to my guests. Never again will I set foot in a place which charges a fortune but has no respect for its clients !! Stay away, there are so many places with excellent meat in NYC."
    Dined on 4/8/2014
  • "S@W is an old time steakhouse that still hold its charm in 2014. It's what a steakhouse should be. Great portions exceptional service by staff that is a solid as the restarrant is. No fading reputation here ,this is the real deal and in a class that only real steahouse afficianadios understand. The wife loved the lamb chops and said they were the best she's ever eaten. My steak was superb!"
    Dined on 1/2/2014
  • "It is one of ny icons. Great food. It was way too loud as there were several tables of 10+ guys having bachelor parties. Great food, courteous wait staff. A very dynamic helpfully doorman."
    Dined on 4/5/2014
  • "It is an historic restaurant which brings in much interest and I'm sure it was fabulous in its heyday...however, the salad was dripping in salad dressing, the steak lacked flavor, the macaroni and cheese was very bland and the sautéed spinach had burnt pieces of garlic which ruined the taste. The restaurant may be a bit overrated because of its history....maybe just a bit of refreshing the menu and more attention to innovation in the preparation of the food."
    Dined on 4/5/2014
  • "Well the name says it all. It has been rated one of the top 10 place to go for steak for years now. I had the porterhouse for 2 last nite it was very good. 2 Sides with it Great Food."
    Dined on 4/5/2014
  • "I never had a bone in filet. Well i will never be the same now since. Wow! Also Pride wine is a small botique vineyard in Napa and hard to find. Great job"
    Dined on 4/3/2014
  • "Crab Cakes and Roast Beef Hash with poached eggs this time around. Terrific service, delicious lunch and fast enough to get back to work for the afternoon."
    Dined on 3/6/2014
  • "In my opinion it's on the same level of Peter Lugers. We had Caesar salad and the New England clam chowder as appetisers. I have to admit their soup is the best I have ever had. Then we ordered the Porterhouse for 2 with roasted cauliflower and baked potato. They roasted a whole cauliflower and a big one too. It was divine. We also had one glass of wine and one margarita for $250, tip included. It was worth it every single penny. The meat was huge, moist and sweet we barely finished it as well as the potato and cauliflower. I believe another person could have eaten with us and we would have deeply enjoyed the dinner. The service was ok, not as good as the food. For that price one expects more but I would definitively return."
    Dined on 3/29/2014
  • "Had not eaten here in some time, so I was thankful to see that the food was as good as I remember. Equally important was the high level of service and professionalism received from our waiter and wait staff."
    Dined on 4/2/2014
  • "Great place to go to get awesome food and service."
    Dined on 4/3/2014
  • "great steaks, well made, big portions, wine list ok, variety of wine by the glass can be improved, pricing of bottled wines outrageous"
    Dined on 3/28/2014
  • "One of my favorite NYC Steak houses. Had a table for 3 in a relatively quite location which I had requested. The filet mignon was think, juicy and perfectly cooked. The veal chop was outstanding and the halibut with the Asian sesame sauce was delicious. Topping it off with the pecan pie ala mode ended a great meal."
    Dined on 4/1/2014
  • "Se cena muy bien y muy basto! Ideal para carnívoros!"
    Dined on 3/30/2014
  • "I ate the best steak I've ever had at this place as well as delicious sides and dessert. It was for my Father's 60th birthday and it didn't disappoint. The atmosphere, food, service, everything about it was great and I left feeling satisfied and happy. Although the prices are a little steep it's totally worth the money, especially for a special occasion like this was."
    Dined on 3/18/2014
  • "Went to Smith & Wollensky on a reccomendation from a co-worker. We were not dissapointed at all. The entire experience was great. Staff was pleasant and efficient and the food was terrific. Will definitley go back next trip into the city."
    Dined on 3/22/2014
  • "Excellent service. The food is quite disappointing and overly expensive including desserts and sides. The chicken was far better than the bland steak."
    Dined on 3/22/2014
  • "When you leave at the restaurant $250 for couple, you expect some exceptional dining experience. It was good, but not more than this, the meet was a bit disappointing, lets say I had better stakes for less money."
    Dined on 3/22/2014
  • "A real classic serving a classic dining experience. Never disappoints."
    Dined on 3/21/2014
  • "No famous faces but the best parts of midtown business energy is inevitable here, in a good way. Loud and not cheap, if you are looking for a place to bring a client that is impressive but not trying too hard, l'originale Smith and Wolly's won't disappoint"
    Dined on 3/17/2014
  • "The servcie was excellant. The waiters were veery knowldgeable and sensing a business dinner were very accomodating. The food was fabulous and the wine excellant,"
    Dined on 3/3/2014
  • "We ordered the seafood sampler for 2 and added a 6 stone crab claws. It was enough for all 5 of us as a great appetizer. We ordered a prime rib, ribeye and lamb chops for dinner and it was way too much for 5 to share. The service was absolutely the best and I am ashamed that I cannot remember our servers name as he was awesome."
    Dined on 3/13/2014
  • "You need to facilitate reservations for groups greater than 6. Customer should not be required to make same reservation twice."
    Dined on 3/14/2014