Bobby Van's Park Avenue - 'The Original'

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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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OT
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The world's best seafood tower!!! Hands down!!

Stopped by for dinner on a trip to NYC to see the PGA Championship at Bethpage. Had to see if Bobby Van's still had it.... and guess what... they did!!

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RD
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Authentic New York charm and good for business lunches in the area. Everything was tasty.

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AD
New York Area
286 reviews
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

As always the food was Phenomenal and the service by Mike Rushiti and Dominick was fantastic and the reason I keep coming back! Thank You!

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B
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined on May 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food, service and ambience always great. It is close to where we live and very convenient to get to.

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TK
1 review
Dined on May 10, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 5ambience 3

Drinks - Extra dry Sapphire Martinis came out sweet. Server gladly replaced them but they still had too much vermouth.

Appetizers: Calamari was the highlight of the evening. Portion size definitely smaller almost half of what Bobby Van’s Grill on 50th gives.

Main Course: Bone-in Sirloin was overcooked (almost well done when the ask was medium rare). Server kept saying cut more to see the warm center which eventually he agreed was overcooked. Had to return it. Although I was offered another, I had to turn it down. He even offered to take this off the check and eat the steak that was served - that was disappointing to see he thought I was a freeloader.

Friend shared Lamb Chops which were ok - have had better. Server said they are the best in the city. Pork chop that another friend had was better. Had a bit of that.

After paying the bill, they took drinks away - my friend had gone to the restroom and his unfinished Old Fashioned was taken away. We didn’t bother to ask after a wasted evening.

Pretty disappointed. This HAD been my favorite Bobby Van’s for nearly two decades that I have been visiting - think they need to restore the old glory.

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New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on May 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Obviously there are endless options for the business diner for a steakhouse type lunch in midtown. I've been to all of them and you probably have too. What I like about Bobby Van's Park is it's lower key than a lot of other places, I guess the word would be "intimate," sort of, and being slightly hidden the crowd tends to be higher endy discrete business types, few or no tourists, etc. The food is better than the chains and many of the NY places, the service is excellent without being fussy, the menu is simple and they still make Oysters Rockefeller. They have a little problem with people hanging out smoking right outside one side of windows (being glared at by stoners is a bit distracting) but I'm sure they'll figure that out. Pricewise it's the same as all NYC steak places, mildly absurd, but you know what you're in for.

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OT
Chicago
14 reviews
Dined on April 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Top notch. One of the best steakhouse experiences in Manhattan.

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z
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on April 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Solid consistent food. Great business lunch place

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BF
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on April 23, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Always a solid choice for client or friend lunch or dinner. Service always excellent. Maintains a hint of old world charm with current offerings and attentive service

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MN
Dallas
5 reviews
Dined on April 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Exceptional food. You can’t beat the steaks. Service was good but slower.

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JM
New York Area
22 reviews
Dined on April 18, 2019
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
118 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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J
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on March 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food as always

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L
New York Area
16 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
6 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
286 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
3 reviews
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
286 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
11 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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