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Permanently Closed - Bull & Bear Steakhouse - Waldorf Astoria New York

4.1
1127 reviews
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$50 and over
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Steak
Perfect For:
  • Special Occasion
  • Romantic
  • Notable Wine List

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This restaurant is permanently closed. Bull and Bear Prime Steakhouse is home to one of the most historic and well-recognized bars in New York City; the celebrated steakhouse offers Fresh Seafood and Prime Dry Aged Steaks. Quoted ‘one of the three best bars in the World’ by the New York Times. Bull and Bear's Wine Library is a private, intimate dining room adjacent to the bar that is perfect for special occasions and business dinners.
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
Steak, Seafood, American
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Hours of operation
Breakfast Buffet
Monday- Sunday 7:00am-11:00am

Lunch:
Saturday & Sunday 11:00am-2:00pm

Dinner
Monday- Sunday 5:30pm - 11:00pm ( Last Seating at 10:45pm)

Bar & Lounge
5:00pm-12:00am (Monday-Sunday)
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Phone number
(212) 872-4606
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Payment options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, JCB, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Business Casual
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
49th Street & Lexington
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Parking details
Motor Entrance for valet parking located on 50th Street between Park and Lexington Avenues. Street parking available as well. Bull and Bear street entrance is located on Lexington Avenue. Second entrance from the Waldorf Astoria Lower Level.
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Public transit
6 train to 51st Street, E & M trains to 53rd Street. 8 Blocks from Grand Central Terminal
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Special events & promotions
Bull and Bear's wine library is a private, secluded dining salon adjacent to the bar, It is a vintage choice that offers an influential environment for strategic social events. From celebratory parties with top sales performers to after-hours rendezvous with close friends, the Wine Library is an excellent choice. For more information on hosting your event at the Bull & Bear, please call our Hospitality Sales Desk at (212)-872-1275 or for general inquiries please email our General Manager Damien Collins at Damien.Collins@waldorfastoria.com
Additional
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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4.1based on all time ratings
4.2
food
4.0
service
4.2
ambience
3.7
value
Noise · Moderate
80% of people would recommend it to a friend
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5.0Dined on February 28, 2017

Everything was fenomenal. Edward and Ali made us feel very welcome, and made the experience. Thanks Waldorf Astoria for this unique and fantastic experience

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5.0Dined on February 26, 2017

Very sorry to see the iconic WALDORF ASTORIA close its doors ... truly a gem ! NYC will miss this long time Hotel/Restaurant spot.

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1.0Dined on February 24, 2017

This will not have a meaning as the Waldorf is closing and so is Bill and Bear. Were there for nostalgia. Everything about the meal was wrong for the super high price especially. The meal was warmed over the waiter did not understand the wine we ordered, was rude and never around and a sicker shocker price. Good the place is closing.

Of course the decor and the atmosphere is lovely and I certainly hope the city makes sure the Art Deco effects are kept intact.

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1.0Dined on February 24, 2017

We are long time fans/customers and are upset they'll be shut down for 2-3 years. Totally disappointed with management's decisions prior to closing in March. Menu was extremely limited and they eliminated many of the most popular dishes. My wife loves the lobster but it was not on the menu. It's sad for a restaurant with such a storied history to go out with a fizzle instead of a bang. They should have closed it early rather than cut back.

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5.0Dined on February 18, 2017

Spectacular food, steak in particular. All the things you want in a modern steak house

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3.0Dined on February 15, 2017

Wines ridiculously expensive

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2.0Dined on February 11, 2017

As this restaurant is closing soon, it was severely understaffed. Our table and every table around us were not happy. Took 20 minutes to get a drink, another 45 to get our food and were not checked on to see if we wanted another drink. Took 45 minutes after eating main course to get table cleared and get a dessert menu. Last year for our anniversary was one of the best meals ever, this year one of the worse.

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4.0Dined on February 11, 2017

Even though they are closing its doors in less than two weeks; this venue continues to execute with excellence right down to the last detail. Easy to see why and how the Waldorf Astoria NYC is noted with setting the standard for hospitality.

As for the Bull and Bear specifically; had both dinner on a busy saturday and brunch the next morning. While the service at dinner was a little "spotty" -we had two or 3 waiters introduce themselves as our server and even the manager served us..we did not want for or miss anything. I think they were overcompensating which in hindsight is not necessarily a bad thing.

Food was fresh, hot, and delicious. Waldorf Salad,Seafood platter and rack of lamb all on point.
While perhaps a little pricy there are options to spend less (like different sizes of the seafood platter app-which was nice for my wife as an entree).

If you haven't been...go and experience history before it is too late!

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1.0Dined on February 11, 2017

Since they are closing in a couple weeks, we had no alcohol that we liked, the wine menu was just a few bottles of left overs, the wait staff could care less about serving us let alone asking for water about 4 times. It was a horrible experience. Don't waste your time.

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3.0Dined on February 11, 2017

This restaurant will be closed in March due to the fact they are renovating over the next 3 years the Waldorf Astoria. Therefore, there is no point in reviewing the restaurant.

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5.0Dined on February 11, 2017

Early Valentine's Day celebration

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1.0Dined on February 10, 2017

I was not happy at all. I've been to high end restaurants before and let me tell you....I was let down. First off....I know some places cut up your meat but they let you know first. I ordered a 46oz Porterhouse. I requested it med-rare......I cook them to perfection all the time, so a high end steakhouse should have this process down.....not the case. It was charred like a piece of charcoal in some spots and blue to almost raw in others. Plus it was cut off the bone. My mother used to cut my meat up, but I was 4 at the time. I told my waiter right from the start that I was not in a rush and did not want to be rushed. Must be a language barrier. It started with my shrimp cocktail.....I was down to my last shrimp and the guy comes over to take it away. He puts his hand on the plate to lift it away and pauses for me to finish.....all the time still holding the plate,...I have a fully intact shrimp that I haven't even dipped yet in my hand. Talk about feeling rushed....awkward. then my salad came....I made it a point that I wanted to enjoy and finnish my salad before my steak came out. I even suggested not putting the order in until I was done my salad. GUESS WHAT? Half way through my salad my steak was brought out...and I've already explained that fiasco. So I put my salad on hold to eat my main coarse. I ate very little. It was terrible. My $12 salad went to waste....my $12 baked potato was cold.....and my porterhouse was bagged up to go. I gave it to my house keeping lady for her dog. Seriously. I will never be back and I will never recommend your restaurant to anyone.

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5.0Dined on February 10, 2017

Too bad it's closing. Hop the New
management will retain the classic NY ambiance

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2.0Dined on February 8, 2017

I just realized i must have been one of the last diners in this place before it closed. It was so sad to see it so un inspiring. My Manhattan was terrible, which really made me take pause. Hope we eventually see great things of they return.

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5.0Dined on February 8, 2017

Very good breakfast buffet... very pleasant surroundings

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5.0Dined on January 31, 2017

My girlfriend and I had an amazing time. We felt very comfortable and relaxed the entire time we stayed. Too bad its closing soon!

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4.0Dined on January 29, 2017

Came for a birthday with my wife. Wanted to enjoy a nice meal at the Waldorf before it closes for remodeling. It is an elegant space but thought it kind of dark, a like more light would be good. The staff was very nice once we got in. We showed up a little early so had to wait to get in. We had the show menu which included a Waldorf salad, chateaubriand, mashed potatoes and broccoli and bread pudding as the final course. The salad was very good unlike any Waldorf salad I have had-this must be the original and did not diasappoint. The main course was cooked perfectly, very tender and excellently seasoned. The potatoes were perfectly smooth, no lumps. While I am not a big fan of broccoli this was very good. The bread pudding was also very good, nice way to end the meal. There was no rush through the courses, the let us enjoy the evening and the meal. Our waiter was very attentive and we had a nice chat about what he was going to do after the hotel closes. I do hope they will make a change to the show menu. Most couples may not have the same tastes so while it may look like you can choose from a couple different entries you both have to take the same one. This seems silly to me, why can I not have steak and my wife the fish. Anyway it was a very enjoyable dinner.

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2.0Dined on January 28, 2017

I was very disappointed dining in at Bull and Bear! We got seated and waited for 30 minutes for the host to get our order! He forgot to come back until I have to ask! When our food arrived, my porterhouse was not as good as I expected! I only ate the outside and the rest doggy bag! !it was It was my wedding anniversary and what a shamed that this happened!

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5.0Dined on January 28, 2017

Too bad B&B will be closed due to Waldorf renovations. I will really miss this place.

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4.0Dined on January 28, 2017

Crab cake, potatoes au gratin, and creamed spinach were high quality. Lobster was not to my wife's liking. A bit tough. Did give us dessert as a gesture. Much appreciated. Did not meet the expected 5 star standard. Dining room felt more like a lower scale restaurant. Much too busy. Would not recommend for the price category.

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5.0Dined on January 27, 2017

Perfect food/place/atmosphere. Will definitely go back.

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4.0Dined on January 27, 2017

Fernan, our waiter, is fantastic! He was very friendly and attentive, and made the dining experience worth remembering

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4.0Dined on January 27, 2017

First night in NY...food was beautiful but very pricey!

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5.0Dined on January 25, 2017

This place seemed kind of "old school" to me and I didn't know what to expect. We were very pleasantly surprised. It does have that old-world, clubby feel to it and it did seem to cater towards an older crowd (not a problem since we are a part of that group) but the setting was cozy, the seating comfortable, the tables spacious, and the service very nice without being stuffy. We had the Restaurant Week menu (We did have to ask for the special menu; it was not presented to us.) of a Caesar salad and onion soup, petite filet mignon with pureed potatoes, and the signature Red Velvet Cake. It was a delicious meal and just enough beef for us. Very enjoyable to be in this historic space enjoying wonderful food and great service. Thank you Bull and Bear for being a part of Restaurant Week. We might not have tried the place if not for that.

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4.0Dined on January 25, 2017

I came here for restaurant week and loved the choices of food. Despite being a single person dining I felt just as important as someone who dines with friends.

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4.0Dined on January 23, 2017

I've walked by this place for many years and never stopped in. Wow, that was dumb of me. I dined during restaurant week and selected the restaurant not only because of the location, but because it is in the Waldorf Astoria, and the hotel is closing this year, and well, I just needed to get over there and see it before it closes. But this review is about the restaurant, not the hotel. Food was excellent (had the Waldorf salad - natch! -, petite steak, and red velvet cake). Service was very good, but they put all the restaurant week diners in a separate section of the restaurant - yeah, I get it it's easier for the wait staff - but it would have been nice to be in a more central place in the restaurant to really enjoy the space, since it was not very busy (especially at 5:30). Fernando, our waiter, was fun and gave us a interesting historical lesson about the hotel. I'm sorry I didn't give this place a chance before now... live and learn.

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3.0Dined on January 22, 2017

It is the Waldorf experience and food was good quality but 50 dollars for breakfast buffet is not good value. We got comped for four because room had issues otherwise we would have eaten from street food.

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5.0Dined on January 19, 2017

Had a fantastic dinner here last week. Very sad to hear this place is closing with the closure of the Waldorf Astoria.

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5.0Dined on January 16, 2017

Steaks were fantastic! Our tournedos was overdone but it was so rich and delicious I couldn't stop eating to say anything. The bone-in ribeye had such great beef flavor I had to gnaw on the bone! The sides were nothing great but not going there for those. Thanks so much for a great dinner!

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2.0Dined on January 10, 2017

The waiter told us that the Waldorf Astoria was closing soon for a major refurbishment and I have to say that it can't come a minute too soon. The restaurant looks like something out of an Agatha Christie film and the food was mediocre.

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5.0Dined on January 8, 2017

Exceptional service, so friendly and polite.

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4.0Dined on January 6, 2017

What a wonderful experience. Boris was fantastic Food and service was exceptional.

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5.0Dined on January 6, 2017

Pre theatre dining. Fantastic service. The steaks were perfectly prepared!

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4.0Dined on January 5, 2017

Dissappointed to see that chicken was not available...

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5.0Dined on January 2, 2017

Excellent service. The food was Fresh & Delicious.

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3.0Dined on December 30, 2016

Very disappointed! It took the waiter quite awhile to uncork our bottle of wine and after pouring the first glass never came back to pour another, leaving us to do it!
We both ordered the Prime Rib aged and slow cooked for 9 hours. Mine was medium rare, but even with a steak knife it was tough. Sent back and ordered Filet Mignon. Not worth the $400 we spent.

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5.0Dined on December 29, 2016

Exceeded expectations. Fantastic food and service. Will be back next visit to NYC.

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5.0Dined on December 28, 2016

An outstanding restaurant and bar that will be sorely missed when the Waldorf shuts down for two years in February.

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5.0Dined on December 27, 2016

Wonderful service and great food. Especially the lamb!

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3.0Dined on December 27, 2016

Good environment for a business lunch or dinner. Not too loud so good for conversation. Service was good. The food isn't bad but overpriced. It's as expensive as top steakhouses but nowhere near the same quality.

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