Bobby Van's Steakhouse - 54th Street

4.6
939 reviews
icon/ic_price_rangeCreated with Sketch.
$31 to $50
icon/ic_cuisineCreated with Sketch.
Steakhouse
"At Bobby Vans 54th Street, you can expect the same great service and the same great food as our other restaurants. Tucked away in another historic restaurant location, (at one time this was the hang out spot for such stars as Frank Sinatra and the rest of the Rat Pack) there is plenty of history and untold stories behind these walls, if only they could talk. Conveniently located just east of Park Avenue and 4 blocks north of The Waldorf-Astoria, this is where you want to be. As you walk into the restaurant you’re greeted by our hosts and a large credenza filled with beautiful bottles of wine. Glancing to your left you overlook the spacious yet always occupied bar, where the bartenders know your name and have your drink waiting for you before you can even say hello. Separating the bar from the dining room is a glass window so you can see all the action of other diners enjoying their meals. The dining room has the good old fashioned steakhouse style with handcrafted wood walls, and F
What 939 People Are Saying
Overall ratings and reviews
Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant
4.6based on recent ratings
4.6
food
4.5
service
4.4
ambience
4.0
value
Noise · Moderate
89% of people would recommend it to a friend
5
4
3
2
1
Sort by
Newest
Filters
C
London
4 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best steak ever. To awake is a must. Perfect service. Nice atmosphere

Report
Helpful
BS
New York Area
1 review
Dined on January 9, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

The restaurant was very nice but very loud. Good service and good food.

Report
Helpful
AD
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on December 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The managers Josh and Dan went out of their way to make sure service was perfect. I appreciated the hospitality and quality of food.

Report
Helpful
A
1 review
Dined on December 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

We loved the steak! 🥩 😋 And the table service was lovely for Xmas eve.

Report
Helpful
JD
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on December 23, 2018
Overall 2food 4service 1ambience 4

Very good food but poor service. Inattentive server, poor wine steward and even forgot special occasion even though they were reminded twice. Tried bringing a piece of cake while we were putting our coats on. Go to S&W’s instead.

Report
Helpful
SS
1 review
Dined on December 18, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 2

I brought my family there that was vacationing from Ireland as this is my go to spot at all times. Irish people are meat lovers but for the first time ever, the service was not up to par. I have often had this waiter who is fantastic but we had to ask for bread and we were nearly finished when the Mac and cheese came out. Also, the bill could have been a lot higher due to the fact that he was lifting glasses and not asking if they wanted another drink. Like I said, very unusual. Food amazing as always.

Report
Helpful
ST
New York Area
1 review
Dined on December 16, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Food was delicious, French onion soup and house salad as apps were great. The porterhouse for 2 was delicious as well, though it was ordered medium rare was slightly more medium than medium rare.

Overall, a great evening out

Report
Helpful
A
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on December 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Superb service and food out of this world!

Report
Helpful
MM
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on December 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Victor was amazing.!!!!

Report
Helpful
OT
New England
1 review
Dined on December 12, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Juri, my server is the most professional and considerate server I have ever had at any restaurant

Report
Helpful
t
New York Area
1 review
Dined on December 11, 2018
Overall 3food 5service 4ambience 2

typically never care about noise.. but had to shout entire time

Report
Helpful
d
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on December 8, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Looking for a steak house in Manhattan, I was able to get a reservation at Bobby Van's and was delighted. Food was great, service was great. Would definitely go there again.

Report
Helpful
g
New York Area
74 reviews
Dined on December 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

It was a perfect spot to host a birthday lunch for 8. Guests were very pleased with their selections and the staff was super attentive and very nice. Will definitely return.

Report
Helpful
OT
1 review
Dined on December 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Greeted as soon as we entered the building. Hostess was very friendly. Once we sat down the waiter was introducing himself to our table within seconds. Waiter seemed very professional, all properly dressed in uniform (which was old school style) and had knowledge of the entire menu. We asked about some wine and when he didn't totally know the answer he didn't beat around the bush like he knew he admitted he didn't and he would go ask the bartender, 2 minutes later he was back with the answer. We participated in the dinner for two for $115. Wonderful decision. The deal has its own menu and it consisted of an appetizer, entree +2 sides and a desert. I ordered the Tomato and Mozzarella appetizer, Filet Mignon with french fries as the entree and Brownie A LaMode as dessert. The deal also includes a bottle of wine which we definitely took advantage of. I'm not very good at writing reviews and I tend to ramble but overall my experience was excellent here tonight. The staff was knowledgeable and friendly, food was delicious, wine was very tasty and for a steakhouse in Manhattan you can't beat the the price should you decide to do the dinner for two menu. Based off of my one experience here I'd definitely recommend it.

Report
Helpful
OT
London
4 reviews
Dined on November 19, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Possibly the nicest meal I’ve ever had. Food was just delicious and the service was brilliant. Staff went out of their way to ensure we enjoyed the meal. Restaurant wasn’t noisy so we was able to relax and enjoy the food and have a conversation over dinner. Will definitely go back.

Report
Helpful
OT
1 review
Dined on November 17, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

It was ok nothing special

Report
Helpful
DB
1 review
Dined on November 13, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

We were recommended this restaurant by our hotel during our recent visit to NYC. It was only 1 block away which seemed perfect. I booked online through opentable for 7.30. We arrived at the set time only to see a note on the door saying that the restaurant was closed for a private function! We went in and said we had a booking, to which we were told by a very unhelpful assistant that they were closed and that they had tried to contact us, but hadn’t been able to as our mobile phone number was a UK number!! Seriously?! Come on guys, what sort of people are you employing that can’t work out how to dial a UK phone number??
Needles to say we were extremely disappointed and frustrated. We had actually gotten engaged that day so were looking to celebrate, and this completely ruined the experience for us!
Would not recommend and wouldn’t go back- ever!

Report
Helpful
s
New York Area
83 reviews
Dined on October 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had burgers- fantastic juicy burgers with all the trimmings. Enjoyed it. Not steak, but not the cost of steak either.

Report
Helpful
B
New York Area
59 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We hosted a business dinner and had stellar service in a beautiful room. Our servers were beyond attentive. The food was spectacular. Everything was fresh, hot and perfectly prepared. Dinner choices were all over the menu and there were all smiles around the table. The favs of the group were the Porterhouses and the Sea Bass. Then came dessert! We did samplers to share with our group of 14. All of the desserts were incredible. Wine list is outstanding with choices for all budgets. The Old Fashioned were excellent. The pacing on dinner was perfect. I would highly recommend this restaurant.

Report
Helpful
LG
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 17, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 4

service understaffed or overtired - waited for more than 20 minutes for a check at lunch

Report
Helpful
RR
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 12, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 2ambience 2

Terrible food! My wife and I both ordered filets, her’s was over cooked and mine was half fat/grizzle. The brownie for desert was more like a cake.

Report
Helpful
SM
1 review
Dined on September 30, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 2

Bobby vans was a bit undesirable. When we first walked it, we noticed that the rug and floor looked dirty. Also, took about 10 minutes for us to be acknowledged and the restaurant was not busy. Food was ok, however porterhouse had way to much fat on it. Prices seemed capatable with other steakhouses, however we did notice the other tables received special prefix menus that we were not offered. Service was fine, but again nothing spectacular

Report
Helpful
DE
Jacksonville
3 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Terrific restaurant. Excellent service. Priced fairly for food choices but over the top beverage prices.

Report
Helpful
BF
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious food and EXCELLENT, attentive service.we had a wonderful experience.

Report
Helpful
SJ
New York Area
13 reviews
Dined on September 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

They always please at E. 54th St. The managers Dan and Josh are first class. Tom and his crew at the bar are the best. The wait staff is very attentive. The steaks are always coked to perfection. A consistent winner.

Report
Helpful
DD
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on September 26, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Great steaks! Great service! Great wine list! I can't wait to go back !!!

Report
Helpful
DH
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Place was excellent. Our host General Manager Danny was amazing. It was my bday dinner and they went above and beyond to service us.

Report
Helpful
RS
1 review
Dined on September 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food and the service was wonderful words cannot describe how great this place was.

Report
Helpful
CZ
1 review
Dined on September 19, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Louis the waiter was great. It’s a great traditional steak house.

Report
Helpful
O
San Francisco
322 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

The food and service was excellent, but the price of cocktails is ridiculous! $24 for a Manhattan is out of line.

Report
Helpful
PL
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food and service, as always. Great staff and atmosphere.

Report
Helpful
OT
Naples
1 review
Dined on August 25, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 2

“The Guy” seating people was obnoxious and arrogant. And boy was he dumb! Not quite sure how he got this job, no less keeps it. Avoid this place like the plague. High prices should mean quality food and good service at a minimum. Not here.

Report
Helpful
M
New York Area
23 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

First time there. Very enjoyable

Report
Helpful
SC
Atlanta
25 reviews
Dined on August 15, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 2

Standard high end steak house. Way too loud. Wine list was small but fairly priced. Plan on 100 person plus drinks.

Report
Helpful
JL
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on August 14, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

Food is ok. Price is about right. Service is a bit cold

Report
Helpful
t
Philadelphia
25 reviews
Dined on August 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We visited Bobby Van's for a leisurely lunch following a Ladies Spa morning. We were delighted with our service and our meals. The prix fixe lunch menu was outstanding - surprisingly reasonable and a great selection. Our waiter was super - very attentive and informative. If you go for lunch, you must order the mashed potatoes - best we have ever eaten anywhere!!

Report
Helpful
E
New York Area
32 reviews
Dined on August 3, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

average food considering the steakhouse prices, nothing to write home about. Service is sporadic. Side dish portions are large.

Report
Helpful
OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on July 30, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 4

Guest in town.

Report
Helpful
OT
New York Area
17 reviews
Dined on July 28, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Everything thing was fabulous other than the $21 drink price. ( Ordered a cosmopolitan on a whim ) they did not have a cocktail menu and the server took a long time to bring our check so minused a star for that

The tuna Tatar was amazing app large portion as well as the salad. The filet mignon and salmon were cooked well

And they sang happy birthday for my both as requested

We will be returning :)
Was a wonderful experience and very quiet !

Report
Helpful
H
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on July 27, 2018
Overall 3food 5service 1ambience 5

The food was wonderful, the atmosphere was very calm and quiet. I was impressed by the food and the setting. Great ambiance.

However, I was NOT impressed by the service provided. I made very specific requests in my reservation which were 1000% ignored. The "owner/manager" didn't seem to care, the hostess was somewhat flippant and the wait staff were not coordinated. The restaurant was meant to be participating in restaurant week, but the servers were not aware of what the event seemed to entailed - they just did their own thing.

Though I would recommend this place for the food, it would only be to those individuals that do not care about outstanding service.

Report
Helpful
1
2
3
24