Bobby Van's Park Avenue - 'The Original'

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1238 reviews
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Steakhouse
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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JM
New York Area
22 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 3food 1service 4ambience 4

My $42 salmon was flavorless. My 2 dining companions said same of their lunch.

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BB
New York Area
115 reviews
Dined on April 13, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 4

The staff catered exceptional well to our our dinner experience. The on the bone filet veal parmigiana was cooked perfectly. This is an excellent staff, service and food. A pleasant dinning event.

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d
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on April 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Bobby Van's , excellent fare and great atmosphere are synonymous. The staff is top notch. Excellent service. Never disappointing.

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YN
New York Area
85 reviews
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Came here with my brother-in-law and his sons for his birthday--and we could not have been treated any better than on this evening. As we arrived early on Saturday evening, we had the pick of most of the tables and chose one by the windows looking out onto Park Avenue. Getting here from the suburbs and outer boroughs is easy as Grand Central Terminal and the subways is within walking distance of the restaurant (parking is challenging and expensive). The waitstaff is professional and caring and saw to all our needs. The menu is spectacular, with a variety of meats, seafood and sides; we chose the porterhouse for four with spinach and mashed potatoes and everyone was well fed at the end.
This Bobby Van's Park Avenue knows how to take care of its customers!

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Z
Miami
17 reviews
Dined on March 28, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 5ambience 3

food was acceptable but overpriced for the overall experience. if I were still taking clients out and the conversation and the booze was the primary focus i'd be ok with the menu. but there was not the kind of menu I would expect of an upper echelon steak place.

felt like I was not anyone's primary focus but maybe i'm remembering a time long gone. no disrespect to the "original" but its no Ben Bensons

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JP
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on March 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food as always

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L
New York Area
14 reviews
Dined on March 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

reliably top-shelf steak house food. Service is the best in NYC.

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MU
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on March 26, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Thoroughly enjoyed our dinner at Bobby Van’s. The food was delicious, and the service was great. And we were not rushed through our meal at all, rather we took our time and were able to chat over our wine before we ordered our dinner, without being interrupted.

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JW
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on March 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Always consistent! Great steak and s great salad. Appreciate that the staff is fairly seasoned and I know most of them. They take care of you!

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B
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great meal, great service

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AD
New York Area
282 reviews
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was fabulous! The Seafood Tower was one of the Best in the City! Steaks and Veal Chop were phenomenal, as were the sides! The service provided by our Server Mike Rushiti is one of the reasons I continue to frequent this establishment, with all the options in the City! Thank You!

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OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Simply the best food, best service, best people!!!

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F
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on March 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food is always outstanding, the service is impeccable and it is a superb restaurant. Highly recommend!

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PK
New York Area
1 review
Dined on March 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

So it is always consistent , great service and very solid food. Fish and beef all superb.

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CT
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on March 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always great food and great service

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PR
New England
11 reviews
Dined on February 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always an amazing dinner! Porterhouse for 2 was fabulous! Service exemplary !

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UL
1 review
Dined on February 25, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 2

No charm, bad service and food taste not good.
Will never come back to this place!

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GJ
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall 5food 3service 3ambience 3

Had been there many times over the years. Quality seems to be slipping

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AD
New York Area
282 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

As always the food was on point and fantastic! Our servers Mike Rushiti and Dominick were phenomenal and the reason I keep going back!

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CT
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

This Bobby Vans always delivers a great meal. There is nothing like ordering a steak with a side of chicken parmigiana. The best meal!

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CS
Charlotte
1 review
Dined on February 20, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

The restaurant is very lively so if you are looking for a quiet place this is not for you. The service was OK (actually the folks responsible for food delivery, refilling the water etc. were spectacular - so perhaps it was just our waiter who was OK).

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JZ
1 review
Dined on February 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I had the shrimp bisque soup, which was very tasty. I had the lamb entry with an asparagus side. The lamb was cooked perfectly to my taste. I'm not a fan of jellied mint, but their was sensational. I had to skip desert as the meal was filling. I will definitely be going back.

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LI
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Have the ribeye you won’t be disappointed! Chilean Sea bass was outstanding.

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i
New York Area
16 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was excellent, service very attentive. The entire staff was professional and very pleasant. I had a filet mignon and my wife the chicken francaise. Both dishes were terrific. Thanks.

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 3

Overbearing staff, limited healthy options, pushy coat room staff who snatched $10 out of my hand and pushed me out of the door.

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LB
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on February 13, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Solid as usual. Great dinner near Grand Central. Does the "Business Dinner" well.

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J
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on February 5, 2019
Overall 1food 3service 1ambience 1

We were ignored for 45 minutes as all of the tables who came in around us were served their food. It got to the point - an hour in that we had NO time to eat. I will never go back

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JR
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We had an awesome night celebrating my birthday. 2 kids and 2 adults. The staff was incredible and so was the food! Thank you BV!

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OT
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on January 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My expectations are always exceeded, no matter which Bobby Van's I dine in. That kind of consistency and quality across the brand is commendable. Service is always top-notch. The food will make you stop and say "thank you."

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C
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Make sure the Matre'd gets your name, otherwise you may get a nastygram from OpenTable.

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BD
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on January 23, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Bobby Van's is reliable for quality food, good service and a vibrant seems. Never disappoints.

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p
New York Area
21 reviews
Dined on January 22, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Food and service was excellent, as always. But I’m always a bit shocked when the bill arrives.

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M
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on January 17, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

Good place for business lunch with professional appearance and excellent location.

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T
New York Area
43 reviews
Dined on January 15, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Slow waitstaff but great food.

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DF
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on January 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great food, location andd service. I will be back for business lunch and dinners

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PS
New York Area
1 review
Dined on January 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Accommodates restrictive diet, pleasant and helpful staff.

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DH
Washington DC
16 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 3

Great Porterhouse, creamed spinach, and potatoes! Everything else, the tomatoes, onions, dessert, etc. was nice, but come here for the steak!

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OT
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on January 10, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 5

Wonderful service and midtown steakhouse atmosphere that was equally tasty and satisfying, though not quite the level you would expect at those prices.

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OT
1 review
Dined on December 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent restaurant !
Food, service, and ambiance was outstanding.
Keep up the great work.

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B
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on December 29, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Everything was wonderful but you sat us next to the kitchen entrance and our waiter stood by us the entire evening. Move that table no one should ever have to sit there.

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