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About Bobby Van's Park Avenue - 'The Original'

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. "

230 Park Avenue
New York, NY 10169
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Dining Style:
Casual Elegant

Cuisines:
Steakhouse, American

Hours of Operation:
Lunch: Monday - Friday 11:30am-4:00pm; Dinner: Monday - Friday 4:00pm-10:30pm, Saturday 5:00pm-10:30pm

Cross Street:
Park Avenue

Dress Code:
Business Casual

Price Range:
$31 to $50

Payment Options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(212) 867-5490

Website:
http://bobbyvans.com/steakhouse/park-ave

Parking Details:
Street Parking allowed after 6:00pm, payment required until midnight.
The closet public parking lot is located on 46th Street between Lexington Avenue and Third Avenue.

Public Transit:
We are located just steps away from Grand Central Station.

Executive Chef:
Nile Medford

Additional:
Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Private Room, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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Please contact us for your private event needs.

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Sat 5:00PM - 10:00PM

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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.

Bobby Van's Park Avenue - 'The Original' Ratings and Reviews

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food

4.6

service

4.6

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4.3

value

3.9

Noise

Moderate

89% would recommend it to a friend

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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 10, 2012

The restaurant was extremely busy and probably on the noisy side in the center. We were lucky to be seated in the back and had a wonderful meal in relative quiet.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 7, 2012

the quintessential over-priced new york steakhouse

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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 4, 2012

Service was brusk and the food was incredibly expensive for the quality. $40 for fish at lunch and $50 for a steak? There wasn't even a prix fixe or lunch menu. This is not 1998.

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 (Miami)·Dined on December 31, 2011

Everything was just good definately not outstanding for the prices it should have been outstanding. The service was good but not any better than the service you would receive at less expensive restaurant. For the prices I was hoping for alot more. .

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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 28, 2011

Both food and service was excellent. Prices were just a little too high for me to return. For example: a glass of scotch (although be it top shelf): $18.50??? C'mon guys, half the price of an entre? I can deal with $14.00, but $18.50???

Tags: Late-night Find, Romantic
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 28, 2011

Having eaten at Bobby Van's two DC locations, I had high hopes for "the original," but I was disappointed. At half the price it would have been fine, but when you pay for five-star you should get more. The semollier was snooty and unhelpful, the wait staff - with one exception - seemed uninterested, even mildly annoyed by our presence. The broccoli was bitter, the porterhouse was overlooked for medium rare...

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 (Richmond)·Dined on December 17, 2011

I've eaten dinner twice at the "original" Bobby Van's on Park Ave. Both times, it was absolutely top notch. The bone-in ribeye is as good a steak as I've ever had. The service is friendly and unpretentious. All of the food, from steaks to sides and dessert, was absolutely out of this world.

Tags: Fit for Foodies
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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 15, 2011

New York City gave them a B for food violations

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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 13, 2011

Ordered the shrimp scampi, wansn't all that hungry -- and it was NOT "the dish" to be ordered here. It was bland and saucy, but the shrimp weren't tough. I generally like Bobby Van's as a solid steakhouse choice, but definitely not my favorite place to eat.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 10, 2011

good food, prepared and served well - like old times!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion
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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 8, 2011

the restaurant is overpriced and expense account ready. Lunch for $150 is really too much and an insult when one takes into account that there were no drinks or desert

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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 5, 2011

Noisy and crowded but the food was good!

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 2, 2011

We have been to Bobby Van's several times. You can always be guaranteed a perfect meal. Love it!

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion, Hot Spot
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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 30, 2011

Great spot in midtown fro client lunches. Good steak - a bit pricey as I would consider it a top notch NY Steakhouse.

Tags: Good for Groups
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 (New England)·Dined on November 14, 2011

A classic steakhouse that never disappoints!

Tags: Notable Wine List
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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 14, 2011

Filet of Sole was excellent and so was the service. I did not like the garden salad which was enormous but the taste just wasnt' right. Steaks are great.

Tags: Special Occasion
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 (Orange County)·Dined on November 12, 2011

As a Steak house I guess it's OK although we had much better experience at other similar restaurants in the vicinity. Steaks were fine but salad that we ordered with was not acceptable, basically a bowl of leaves without any taste or initiative. Will not return, sorry.

Tags: Great for Lunch
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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 3, 2011

I used to be a regular at Bobby Van's on Wall Street. I went to the Park Avenue one night with my sister. The food was excellent, the service jovial until the coat check. She was downright insulting. Commenting on my tip which apprently was a dollar below her standards because of "my bags", she said: "they don't pay me, if you want to come to places like this, you want to tip approriatly". Thanks for the lecture.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 1, 2011

The food was as always very good. The service was attentive but not intrusive and very appropriate for a business dinner. The maitre d' was very kind to honor my request for a quiet table so we could have a business discussion.

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, Good for Groups, Great for Lunch, Hot Spot
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 (New Orleans)·Dined on October 28, 2011

Solid NYC Steakhouse. A pleasurable dining experience.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 26, 2011

Great food, great service but rather noisy (its supposed to be) so don't go there for a romantic dinner. Also, the "B" rating by the city's health department is a bit of a turnoff, but I'm sure they're working furiously on getting back to "A". Expensive but you get what you pay for.

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Special Occasion, Hot Spot
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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 19, 2011

Ranking the quality of steaks in NYC, this one is above most, trailing only Pere Luger, BLT, and Wolfgangs. If you are going to pay the price, you might as well scratch your steak itch!

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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 14, 2011

The food was good, but the service was gruff and it seemed like a huge bother to even wait on us. I guess that could be some of the draw; the bad service; but so not worth it. It was very quiet the evening we went but felt rushed. Again, food was good but very overpriced for what it was. No wine list by the glass! We won't be back. Too many other places to try over this one.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 13, 2011

Run of the mill steakhouse in Midtown. Good steak, but i hate the ambiance at this place. So packed in that you are rubbing your elbow on the person next to you while you cut your steak, yet its so loud you can't converse with the person sitting across from you without yelling.

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 (Atlantic City)·Dined on September 30, 2011

Whether it's a steak or the sea bass it always fabulous!

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List
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 (New York Area)·Dined on September 26, 2011

It doesnt get any better than this. Big fat cocktails, and a filet the size of my head that was done to perfection.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on September 23, 2011

Went for lunch-there were many businessmen. Very few females. Food and Service was great.

Tags: Special Occasion
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 (New York Area)·Dined on September 21, 2011

You can never go wrong here! Great steaks & seafood with friendly, attentive service.

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List, Special Occasion, Great for Lunch, Hot Spot
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 (Portland)·Dined on September 20, 2011

We had a table that was somewhat crowded, yet it was actually a good size to be able to have conversations with people across the table. Any larger and it would have been impossible to hear. The food was good, though I would have expected a bit more quality than the quantity. The service was good and very pleasant, as they provided exactly what we requested in a very timely fashion.

Tags: Good for Groups, Notable Wine List
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 (Miami)·Dined on September 19, 2011

Food was great, service was slow and value was poor only because it's very expensive.

Tags: Fit for Foodies
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 (New York Area)·Dined on September 1, 2011

Over all the experience with Open Table and the actual Restaurant was EXCELENT!!!!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Notable Wine List, Special Occasion
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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on August 29, 2011

Service was amazing, tremendous attention to detail very old school.place suffers of being too old fashioned, but hard to complain about an "original"

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 (New York Area)·Dined on August 25, 2011

We came in thinking restaurant week was still being served, unfortunately the restaurant was no longer participating in it. However, our server was considerate and suggested alternatives that fit our budget. He made sure that the alternative, which was to share the appetizer and main course, was not awkward by already putting the dishes in separate plates for us. We appreciated that. The portions were large so sharing made sense too. Excellent service from the waiters.

Tags: Great for Lunch
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 (New York Area)·Dined on August 24, 2011

It's a B... Great food, very poor service!!

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 (New York Area)·Dined on August 5, 2011

The food is outstanding and my sirloin steak was cooked to perfection. The waiters were always courteous and served you with a smile. They're very accommodating when it comes to your meals. For instance my girlfriend was the only person in our party that was a vegetarian and the waiter was willing to whip up something for her especially and you are given a healthy portion. Be warned this restaurant is on the expensive side, but if you're willing to pay for fine dining then this the place to go. So if you're on the east side and enjoy fine dining going to a Bobby Van's "The Original" is a great choice in my opinion.

Tags: Notable Wine List, Romantic, Special Occasion
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 (New York Area)·Dined on August 3, 2011

Great to be at the original one with all the suits. It really seems like quite a throwback, but it's a landmark with really good steaks.

Tags: Notable Wine List, Special Occasion
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on August 2, 2011

Classic NY steakhouse. Waiters should be a bit more surly for the complete experience, but this is the 2010s. I liked their take on the lettuce wedge salad - with deep fried onions.

Tags: Great for Lunch
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 (New York Area)·Dined on August 2, 2011

I work for UBS and took some out of town colleagues there. The food could not have been better. The staff paid just the right amount of attention to us. Thier timing of food and checking up on the table was more than perfect.
I cannot forget the filet. The filet melted in your mouth. Could not have asked for more.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Great for Outdoor Dining, Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List, Romantic, Special Occasion, Great for Lunch
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on July 29, 2011

I have been to Bobby Van's on several occasions. It is a solid steak restaurant in a city with lots of competition. It is also close to my office, which makes it convenient. The service started out poor, but the second member of the "team" picked up the slack and the rest of our lunch was great. The food was very good. It was standard NY steakhouse fare, prepared well and served properly. We split a steak between two people and they could not have been more gracious about this and slicing it and serving it to us. I have been to other establishments which look down upon shared entrees. Not so Bobby Van's. My only complaint relates to noise. The restaurant was only half full at the late hour we arrived, yet it was deafening.

Tags: Great for Lunch
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on July 29, 2011

Dennis the bartender is great!!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Great for Lunch
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