Bobby Van’s Steakhouse’s prime location is next to Grand Central Station in the landmark Helmsley Building, and the coveted location boasts views of Park Avenue which can only be attributed to the best steakhouse in NYC.View Private Dining Details
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I have been there many timesSomething slippedThe steaks were not cooked properly, the wine was not at the right temperature and the wait staff seemed off beat.
Here's the deal. Bobby Vans is a classic NY steakhouse and as such the steak was very good. I had the bone-in ribeye (my favorite cut). It was cooked perfectly (rare), seasoned well and had that great prime/aged marbled flavor. Truffled mushrooms and shoestring onion rings were great as well. My only complaint, and the reason I won't go back, is the price. Everyone knows NYC steakhouses are expenseive, but this was the priciest I've been to, and I've been to every major NYC steakhouse. The ribeye was $52.95. That's $5-$12 more that comparable steakhouses. $42.95 @ ben & jacks, $46 @ Quality Meats, $40.95 @ peter luger. You see where I am going with this.
I generally enjoy going here but was VERY DISAPPOINTED in the small filet that both I and my guest had. It was tough and actually had gristle-unacceptable for a top shelf Manhattan Steakhouse. Sides are good. Like the restaurant Good bar.
The food was excellent. It was a very quiet night in the restaurant, so the ambience score I gave may not reflect accurately.
swordfish was tough - probably significantly under-done. artichoke salad was beyond excellent though. i didn't send the swordfish back b/c it takes too long to get entrees as it is, and time is short at a business lunch. getting it right the first time is important. i've never had this problem before at bobby van's, but it makes me hesitant to come back for a business lunch where i spend $150 and don't get what i need in a timely and stress-free manner.
You can't go wrong at Bobby Van's
Decent food but very pricey.
Great lunch as usual. My only complaint would be we had all the way in the corner in the back and my back was right against the exit door, so I heard some banging going on several times outside. That was disapointing.
Completely in love with this place. The service was amazing and the food was even better.
We went for the Restaurant week special and it was very good. The menu included great options and enough sides to share! The service was great (Mario was very friendly and welcoming!).
Excellent food, wine & service.
As always the food was amazing and the service was above average however, not the same on the spot as usual. Bobby Van's is one of my NYC favorites and will continue to be a patron at the "Original" Bobby Van's.... Exceptional!
Steak was really good, that's the most important thing, i gave 5 stars for that.
The food is always terrific. The lamb chops were cooked exactly as I requested.
We loved our visit. Each course was spectacular. The staff was courteous, although a bit condescending at times, which of course was annoying.
The food was not tasty at all- is it because of the restaurant week? I would not recommend the restaurant for restaurant week then.
Way overpriced on all levels. 3 for lunch - no drinks, no dessert, $280!! For lunch!
Overall, a good experience. Not as macho as many steakhouses. Great location for GCT commuters. Very few bargains on high-priced wine list.
I was very disappointed in the food, and so I'm glad I went for Restaurant Week and didn't pay the hefty normal prices! On a positive note, the host and server were very nice and efficient, and the ambiance was decent. But, it should be all about the food. My horseradish encrusted salmon was topped with a thick bland cream that had no bite or resemblance to horseradish. The mashed potato and spinach sides were also bland and somewhat congealed from sitting too long. The bread pudding was okay but pales when compared to Ben Benson's. I left hungry.
My first time dining at Bobby Vans original and must say the food was very good. I took advantage of Restaurant week and the pre-fix menu had great choices would recommend the restaurant.
It was far too loud! I could not hear the wait staff or my dining companion.
We decided to go to Bobby Vans (on a Wednesday evening) after seeing it was offering a restaurant week menu. When we arrived, the lobby was extremely crowded and we were constantly pushed to the side by waiters. We had to wait 15 minutes to be seated even though we had a reservation for 8pm. Once seated we had to ask for the restaurant week menu, and were promptly ignored by our waiter for 20 minutes without even receiving water. Once we flagged him down and ordered, everything there out went fairly smoothly. My last comment would be that I find it hard to believe they had to charge an extra $10 when ordered the petite filet off the restaurant week menu, which seemed half the size of a normal petite. Overall food was delicious.
The restaurant itself is very small. I didn't expect it to be so small and it was so noisy with everyone talking over eachother. It was really packed & there wasn't much walking room. My friend's chair kept getting bumped by servers and customers because of the limited amount of walkway. However, the food was wonderful & the servers were very attentive and super helpful. I had the MEDALLIONS OF BEEF BORDELAISE which was delicious. It was so tender & juicy. The bread pudding for dessert was just icing on the cake yum.
For the cost of the meal at the end of the day, everything should have been perfect. We were 4 people and at least 2 of us had our steaks prepared at different temperatures - my steak came out medium and I had asked for MW. The desserts with the pri fixe were also pretty disappointing. Hard to not have a satisfying piece of cheesecake and bread pudding, but that's what happened! Service was good and attentive, not rushed.
A lot of testosterone in the room. Definitely a business dining experience. The separated bar is good to delineate the social interactions from the business conducted during lunch time.
It was my first visit in this restaurant. I went with my friends, they all liked it. The waiter was very nice and the food was delicious. It was little noisy but I and my friends had a good times.
Good food, perfect steakhouse atmosphere, but very pricey for what you get.
Food was good. And waiter was really nice. Only thing I asked for my steak medium well and they gave me well done. Next time be sure to enhance that. Overall, the food was good and the desserts were amazing!
It's in a very convenient location to Grand Central and is an obvious favorite with the male business crowd! Many are probably dining on expense accounts, but the steaks are still very good. Prices are up there though...despite restaurant week. Drinks were twice the food cost!
Went there for Restaurant Week. Had to ask for the Restaurant Week menu as they probably would have preferred us ordering from the real menu. Barely done with salad and the entree was served. Server actually pushed the salad plate away! Provided iced tea refills without being asked (great service)! Charged for the refills even though they were not asked for!!! Never again!
Having eaten in almost every steak house in NYC I would rate Bobby Van with the best.
I went there for restaurant week and I must say the food was delicious, especially the cheese cake. Lol. Great choice if Ur looking for good satisfying food.
A fresh Broccoli Soup, not too heavy on cream, was delectable, likewise Crispy Wedge of Salad was reportedly the best authentic dressing ever had. The Steak Pizaollo comes in a flavorful light tomato broth with chunks of stewed tomato, cut carrots and celery enriching the gamete of flavors. The Veal Chop was perfect and succulent. The Filet Mignon was requested as precisely 'Black & Blue' so the hot serving plate over cooked the first serving, but a quick replacement with a second attempt pleased the patron as so amazing, beyond reproach.
All was fine will go back again
Staff is by far the best I have ever encountered! From check-in to our waiter and the other staff, they are professional, courteous and informative- even during Restaurant Week when others slack! Great food and wonderful experience!
Staff really not happy handing out restaurant week menu, seemed slighted when asked. Portions very small with minimal sides. If you order drinks your bill will double so the 34.99 will tern into 75 per person
Service was a bit slow but it was an incredibly bust afternoon during Winter Restaurant week 2012. It was the second best steak that I have had and truly does live up it's reviews.
Portions were large, and the food was excellent, service was spot on and the atmosphere relaxed. I would go back any time.
overall had a good experience the wine and steak were phenomenal.
The food was good but not outstanding. It is very expensive so we thought the food should of been better. The wine list is extremely expensive and appeared to be over priced/excessive. We decided not to order drinks or wine at dinner and after that the waiter was extremely rude, however, the other wait staff were polite. (We were a party of six so I guess the waiter saw his tip being reduced significantly without the price of alcohol included in the bill.) The service was fair, for such a high end restaurant, the servers reached over our plates to pour water or serve food to others, unfortunately it was not your normal high end service or food, just high end prices.