This will be a very simple and brief review. I have been to Bobby Van's on at least 20-25 occasions. I usually prefer the 54th Street restaurant to others because of its superior food and close proximity to my office. This is simply the FINEST STEAK available. I have been to all of the usual steakhouse restaurants and they are good, even excellent, but I have never had a better NY Strip sirloin steak that I have been served at this restaurant (consistently). Do not pass up this unbelievable diamond in the rough..
Overall, I felt the Bobby Van’s experience was good and I do expect to make a return trip. It was perfect for the business lunch we were hosting however I do see Bobby Van’s being a good spot for celebrating special occasions or even date night as well. The service was consistent and non-pressure filled, which I like. You get the feeling that the waiter knows how to read the table well. Everyone enjoyed their meals; We covered the gamut from Steak to Seafood, and Sushi to Vegetarian. My only constructive criticism lies with the lack of warmth upon entry. Not from the decor, which certainly gives off the appeal of a storied NY steak house, but from the hostess. Perhaps the hostess was having a rough morning because it certainly felt like we were a bother as opposed to a welcomed guest. From there things went well so I typically don’t hold this type of thing against the overall experience. Chalk it up to a one-off. Give Bobby Van’s a try.
Saturday night 8pm about 1/3 full. Hum....had a bad feeling - where is everyone? Snowy evening. Hostess took our coat and pointed to a wall of tables and told us to take our pick. Hum. Specials written on the wall and recited by our waiter but so annoying that prices for the specials aren't offered unless asked. We ordered a la carte from regular menu. The vine ripe tomato on the wedge salad was pink and hard. My salad with fresh asparagus, tinned hearts of palm and avocado was the best part of the dinner. My filet had a large chunk of grizzle attached to the side of it, should have been removed in the kitchen. My husband's NY strip had a piece of grizzle down the middle of it. Hardly what you would expect from a steak house touting prime meat. We shared a baked potato and a bottle of sparkling water. No drinks or wine. Bill was $190 before tip. Would not go back. We stay in a boutique hotel nearby and they did NOT recommend it when we asked for a good steak nearby. Made a reservation Sat afternoon for Sat evening.
It was a great experience. I went with my husband we enjoyed every moment of it. The service was spectacular. My husband was very impressed.
2nd time there. The food was tasteful and presented well. Though it is a steakhouse we both had seafood. The scallops were broiled to my taste and my wife had crab cakes, no filler there just chunk crab meat and seasoned just right. This is a nice place for pre-theatre or after theatre dining.
Great food, Great service. Staff was helpful. Danny and Mary did a great job.
Enjoyed every part of my meal. Service was great !
For it being a New York City restaurant and a supposeded Italian eatery, a few things fell short for me. The one thing was the decor, as well as the lack of imagination with the appetizers. I'd ordered tomoato and mozzarella and got a combination of just a large sliced tomatoes and a hunk of mozzarella. For our main course, which we both had forms of steak, the meat was perfectly cooked and seasoned . Yet the potatoes lacked something called salt, while the mashed were very thin they also lacked salt. The desserts were very well done and credit is due where it should be given.
Ate there for restaurant week. Placed order for all 3 courses. Although the restaurant was not crowded, the waiters rushed through each course... serving my main course while I was half way through my salad. Although I kept my salad and was eating it, they took it away and I still hadn't finished. They didn't ask us if we were ready for dessert, it was served immediately after they took our dinner plates away. This isn't the first time I've experienced this hurried service here. I'd understand if they were busy. But they had at least 10 tables unused. Why hurry your diners?
Great service and great food! Great atmosphere. My guests were very happy.
always a solid choice. Dan the General Manager is fantastic.
Great Steaks, well prepared and served. Difficult to judge ambiance as they had a large birthday party in the back room, and the noise was loud. Dining room was old fashioned and not really attractive and the room was cold, but the waiters were old pros, and the meal was well prepared and well served.
We decided to give this restaurant a try and participate in the NYC restaurant week. I was surprised to see the menu just on a sheet of paper and not even in a sleeve. The bread was cold and the butter was hard. I had the skirt steak and the chipotle mash. My steak was grey in color meaning there was no sear on it. The plate was not appealing looking with not even a bit of garnish. Even though the taste was ok, the presentation was lacking. However the service was excellent. Eduardo did an outstanding job.
We went there during restaurant week, steak was awesome perfectly cooked and tasting good
Great steak, super friendly service with good sized tables that aren't on top of one another. My go to place for steak.
Staff was very attentive, but food was just average...although it was restaurant week, I had to ask for the special menu. Others who came in after us didn't get the menu either, so may not have even been aware of the fixed price dinner option. Not a good way to do business!!
Excellent food Restaurant very crowded and confined due to private event. Also very noisy. Service wasn't great due to confined spaces they were working with. I will go back and try again another time. I've eaten in other Bobby Van's restaurants and had a much better experience. Bar was crowded but service was good.
Service was great and food was delicious. My girlfriend and I had a delightful evening and paired the meal with a bottle of their red wine
What an amazing service, seems like a rarity nowadays. It felt like waiters went through very thorough training, it was unbelievably pleasant.
Food was delicious and well presented. It is slightly loud due to the bar but I visited on Friday evening, I'm guessing it will be the same story everywhere else.
Overall very pleasant experience, will definitely come back
At Bob events the food is consistently good and the service is consistently excellent.
2nd time here with 7 or more. Entire staff from hostess, waiters, etc did an excellent job.
We will definitely be back in the near future - thanks to all!
Amazing food & impeccable service!!!
I love this steakhouse.
Loved coming here but for New Years- horrible. Waiter less than engaged, food was ok.
A wonderful place with romantic touches. I love the staff and they sing so nicely. I would like to come back for Durin's Day
Great atmosphere, great food! 👍🏻
There was a great traditional menu with huge steaks and sides. The service was very good - they even gave us a more expensive bottle of wine when our chosen bottle had run out. Will return here.
Great food and great service. I will always have Booby Van's as an option for lunches with my clients.
My first time at Bobby Van's steakhouse was amazing, the service was exceptional! It was my birthday celebration, and the food (fillet mignon) was incredible. All of my friends who came with me loved it. The waiter serving us was very polite and came to our table when needed.
I found Booby Van (on 54th) to be disappointing. I was looking for a neighborhood steak place, and went on line and reviewed their menu. When I arrived, the menu I was given was drastically different than what was shown on line. The rib eye was $47.50 on line, but $55 in the restaurant. And this was the case for all their steaks. Second, the wine by the glass offering was pedestrian. of the four whites, none was French the sauv blanc was from us-the reds were similar, none French, two rodney strong choices, altogether bleh. Service and steak were both good but here are better options available in the neighborhood.
I was not very impressed with the steaks that we ordered.
I made reservations well in advance of our upcoming trip to NYC. We arrived right on time and were seated within seconds. The young lady at the front desk was busy on her cellphone when we walked in. We were seated and greated by several staff members and drinks brought quickly. The servers were very kind. We ordered our food, salads were delivered and tasty. We were very specific about the cooking of our steaks, one Medium Filet and one Medium Sirloin. When the food arrived, both steaks were overcooked and tough. One steak was taken back to redo and I kept mine as we had theatre tickets and I would make it ok, although I didn't expect to eat alone and when they came to take my steak back to keep it warm, finally, the other steak was delivered and was Rare. Very unimpressed with their food. The restaurant was very cold temperature and we asked twice to have the heat turned up. Although the manager did remove on of the steaks on our bill, we would never choose to go back to this restaurant. Very disappointed in the overall experience.
Great place to relax and enjoy a good steak and bottle of wine with friends after long work week. Service was attentive, polite and timely. Steaks were cooked perfectly medium rare as asked, only one order was underdone, ordered medium, but the waiter couldn't have been nicer and quickly made the correction. The baked mac and cheese and sautéed mushrooms were delicious. Good portions. Overall, nice night, good food in great Manhattan location.
Thanks Michael for a great experience and taking care of us. This is my fave Steak in NY. Bone-in Ribey, Cajun blackened. These guys are great !
Worse Cobb salad ever - bowl of chopped onions and chicken pieces. Better beef spots in NYC.
Disappointed Ate on a Groupon. Probably our fault. Service perfunctory, fixed menu, Filet Mignon poor to fair, rushed out. Bad experience start to finish. Not sure if Groupon or Bobby Van. Never again
One of the best steaks I have eaten and the service was excellent.
Can’t wait to get back, in a city of steak places/Lugar-knockoffs, this place is at the top!
Great night. Enjoyed everything about the place. Servers were professional. Management was on stop of things. The food was on point. I will be back.
We had a great time! Service was excellent & food phenomenal! Highly recommend) have fun