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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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Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
Social Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
Personal Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
What 1372 people are saying
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88% of people would recommend it to a friend
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LauraJ
1 review
Dined on October 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Bobby's Van's continues to provide amazing food, caring/professional service and a warm/inviting atmosphere. It's an iconic NYC restaurant and I hope they can struggle though these draconian requirements. Its very rough.

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TaraK
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on October 2, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always great food and amazing service.

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vipAnna
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on September 30, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Best Steaks 🥩 in NYC. The owner Ricky is a fabulous host. Love Bobby Vans

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vipcix100
New York Area
1 review
Dined on March 9, 2020
Overall3food3service2ambience4

Commercial, old school, meat is OK but not great. Overpriced. They're going to chain levels and not close to excellence. You just pay their rent in park Avenue at grand central.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
13 reviews
Dined on March 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Another great experience at BVs from Manager Pat Brennan to Martha made for a great client/Friday afternoon lunch

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Alex
New York Area
1 review
Dined on March 2, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

De authentieke sfeer en de gastvrijheid van deze typisch Amerikaanse zaak zijn geweldig. We waren het niet van plan maar uiteindelijk hebben we aan de bar gegeten met de locals. Tony was de gastheer achter de bar en die deed het geweldig. De prijs is op zijn New Yorks zullen we maar zeggen.

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vipGolauren
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined on February 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Best rib eye around and once they burn burn burn the home fries....spectacular

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AndreasA
Kiel & SH
4 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Bobby Van is one of my favorite for many years. This time I tried the Park Avenue location and was disapointed. Steaks are great, no complains. This is what I expect in a Steak House. I ordered Tomato and Onions (both sliced 1cm thick, who can eat onions like that). As a side I had beans which arrived nearly cold. I was there on my own and they only have large bottle of water (1 liter). Service was friendly. Will not go there again.

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Ralkg
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 20, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

love the food and the owner Ricky is amazing! always makes people feel wanted and special

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SWSW
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall3food3service4ambience5

Pretty good place to take family fir dinner. Kids friendly

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vipLaurence
New York Area
28 reviews
Dined on February 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is the best steak house in NY. Food = amazing. Staff is on the money and congenial to boot.

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JunichiK
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Perfect experience for us. Everything is perfect. Not so noisy and every meal served nice timing with great taste.

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MatE
Charleston
1 review
Dined on February 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and service. Made us feel at home.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
22 reviews
Dined on January 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Five star service and food. The staff here is amazing and makes sure everything is made to perfection. For a steakhouse where the steaks are amazing, the chicken parm and shrimp fradiavlo is simply outstanding. This is the place to go with co-workers, business lunch/dinners and with the family. A true true NY experience. As a life long NY’r this is by far the best true NY Steakhouse!!!!

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on January 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience2

Service was outstanding

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vipHawk007
New York Area
21 reviews
Dined on January 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Bobby Van's is the quintessential NY steakhouse. The porterhouse steak for 2, creamed spinach with potatoes is a classic. Couple that with a wonderful Cab and your evening is complete!

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DanE
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on January 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love Bobby Vans

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vipBelindaG
London
19 reviews
Dined on January 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As usual, Bobby Van’s food was excellent and staff ensured that we were well served and had an excellent table

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amac
Orlando
8 reviews
Dined on January 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our first dining experience here and would recommend it to all. Pleasant staff, great food and quiet for conversation. A great place.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience5

Awesome! Great experience. Definitely will go back!

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on December 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Swordfish was cooked perfectly and the service was great as always.

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vipBrad
New York Area
29 reviews
Dined on December 27, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Always a good meal at Bobby Vans with the family.

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vipNotHappy
Baltimore
4 reviews
Dined on December 27, 2019
Overall5food5service1ambience5

Everything was great except our waiter left before he dropped our bill..

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ColmM
1 review
Dined on December 26, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience5

Expensive But Great Food . Food came quickly as good service.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on December 24, 2019
Overall5food3service4ambience5

Steaks did not taste as good as S&W steaks.

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vipTerrenceF
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on December 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food and staff were excellent! Will make this my go-to steakhouse in NYC!

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OpenTable Diner
Atlantic City
1 review
Dined on December 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great from the start to finish. Greeted by a wonderful woman who takes your coat and gives you a ticket. Small bar nearby while waiting for your table, table is ready before your drinks are done and food is great

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RayL
Richmond
1 review
Dined on December 21, 2019
Overall4food3service3ambience3

Food was uninspired, even for a steakhouse, which only has to serve the staples. Service was rushed. I asked for a wine by the glass list and the waiter asked "red or white?". Hesitantly I said "red" and he rattled off "a cab from California, a pino from Oregon or a malbec from Argintina". That tells me nothing. I want to see which wineries, from what specific regions, etc. It was clear in the interest of rushing me through my meal, the waiter was refusing to take the time to walk back and get me a wine by the glass list. Likewise, I expect a place like this to provide a liquor list. Anyone paying top dollar for a great steak has a preference of specific liquors, for example Mitchners Rye or Blantons Bourbon. I am not impressed with nor appreciate his list from memory. Note, I eat at my local Ruth's Chris at least once a month and receive far superior service there.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on December 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

60th anniversary!! The staff was incredibly kind and generous, really made a memorable celebration for us!

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FranB
London
2 reviews
Dined on December 21, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Lovely restaurant, food was excellent. Portions are huge! Service was prompt and polite

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on December 21, 2019
Overall2food2service3ambience2

The food was lukewarm temperature. The table we were given was jammed in tight by the kitchen so we constantly had people walking by us jamming into our chairs. The food and experience was not worth its value.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on December 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Patty Brennan provides the single best restaurant experience for an important gathering in NYC.
-Liam Rogers

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TimQ
New York Area
1 review
Dined on December 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very nice holiday lunch with my Aussie buddy! Great service and food.

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vipADN1
New York Area
332 reviews
Dined on December 18, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The scallops were phenomenal, some of the best in the City! The chicken parmigiana was as good as any Italian restaurant! Service by our waiter Mike was outstanding as always a pleasure to frequent this great establishment!

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on December 18, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Classic traditional steakhouse with a warm welcome. Formula still works well after all these years and they work hard to maintain standards.

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vipLarryM
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on December 18, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Always great to see Patrick! He’s the best in the business. Food and service are always top notch and while this is certainly not a bargain priced restaurant it is so worth it for a special occasion or expense account/client entertainment.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
63 reviews
Dined on December 17, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fabulous steaks, cooked to perfection, impeccable and attentive service without being intrusive, and a classic NYC bustling dining establishment atmosphere made for a great experience.

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vipLisaT
Miami
5 reviews
Dined on December 14, 2019
Overall1food5service1ambience1

As a life-long New Yorker, I had no idea how I ever missed this spot....THEN.....I went there....and had the WORST FINE DINING EXPERIENCE I HAVE EVER HAD!!! Our party of 4 are regulars at DelFrisco’s Steakhouse and I thought we would love Bobby Vans....
COULD NOT HAVE BEEN MORE DISAPPOINTED. We made advanced reservations and even mentioned the special occasion we we’re celebrating yet upon our arrival, we were seated off to the right in a RIDICULOUS side room that strongly resembled ‘the children’s table’ in GrandMa’s basement. Over crowded room w 3 tables. Our server was as phony as a $3 bill and had to be reminded twice about our drink martini orders...???!!!! THIS is where restaurants make their money....
It NEVER GOT BETTER!!! Only positive was a young man in training who gave us 2ounces more of attention than our server.
AVOID THIS PLACE

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DeeO
New York Area
1 review
Dined on December 14, 2019
Overall2food3service1ambience4

My experience at the Park Avenue restaurant was drastically different than my experience at the Bobby Van's restaurant on 50th. The waiter never told us the specials and didn't even realize his error when he came to take our order. He took the order of the table directly next to us first even though they were seated after us. After delivering our food he never came back to check how our meal was (that's not accurate, he came back after we were finished eating). I couldn't even find him to order another drink and to get water on the table was pretty much nonexistent. They only came to pick up our bill because we had already retrieved our coats from coat check and were standing putting them on. This is my first ever online review. I would not return to this restaurant but instead would go again to the location on 50th.

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vipALG13
Chicago
15 reviews
Dined on December 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great Steakhouse to compare to all steakhouses

We were quite early and checked in at the host desk. After checking in, we went to have a couple of drinks at the bar. After 50 minutes and a couple of drinks, I checked back in. There was a bit of confusion as one of the hostesses thought I had not checked in. Not a big deal. about 6 or 7 minutes later we were seated.

We started with a couple of appetizers which were absolutely tremendous. The oyster rockerfeller were the best I have ever had and Suzy started with the eggplant appetizer. This was practically a meal.

I have always graded steakhouses against my favorite steakhouse in Chicago but Bobby Vans Original on Park Avenue is now a definite front runner. My dry aged bone in rib eye was absolute perfection. Suzy had the Chilean Sea bass. She orders this fish at every restaurant that serves it and to my amazement, it was so delicious, it was the first time she finished her entire entree. I tried it and it was also amazing.

I will make a point to stop at this particular restaurant every time I am in New York. I read an article that nothing has changed at Bobby Vans in 50 years. Why mess with perfection?

FAQs

Bobby Van's Park Avenue - 'The Original' offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (212) 867-5490.

Bobby Van's Park Avenue - 'The Original' is rated 4.6 stars by 1372 OpenTable diners.

Bobby Van's Park Avenue - 'The Original' does offer gift cards which you can purchase here https://ecommerce.custcon.com/Purchase/Select?c=e3864075-6495-4ef0-a95d-52b4348b397c.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.

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