About Smith & Wollensky - New York

The landmark Smith & Wollensky in New York City is located on the corner of Third Avenue and 49th Street, serving outstanding steakhouse fare that features USDA Prime steaks, dry aged and butchered on-premise. Opened in 1977, the original Smith & Wollensky has set the standard by which all other steakhouses are judged. The New York Times agrees, calling the restaurant “a steakhouse to end all arguments” and Gourmet said this is the “quintessential New York steakhouse.”

Although Smith & Wollensky has earned its reputation as the quintessential steakhouse, the menu is varied and offers many options beyond the signature exemplary steaks. Guests can also select from a variety of market-fresh seafood, poultry, and lamb. Delicious side dishes complete the meal, such as creamed spinach, hashed browns, and seasonal vegetables. The irresistible dessert selection ends the meal on a memorable note with a variety of decadent, housemade cakes, sorbets, and ice creams.

797 Third Avenue
New York, NY 10022
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Dining Style:
Casual Elegant

Cuisines:
Steakhouse, Seafood

Hours of Operation:
Lunch:
Monday - Friday 11:45am-3:00pm
Dinner:
Monday - Friday 3:00pm-11:00pm
Saturday & Sunday 5:00pm-11:00pm

Adjacent to Smith & Wollensky's is Wollensky's Grill. The Grill (entrance on 49th St) is open from 11:30AM till 2:00AM.

Cross Street:
E. 49th Street

Dress Code:
Business Casual

Price Range:
$50 and over

Payment Options
AMEX, Carte Blanche, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Pay with OpenTable, Visa

Phone Number:
(212) 753-1530

Website:
http://www.smithandwollenskynyc.com/

Executive Chef:
Victor Chavez

Additional:
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Wine

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Private Dining

The tastefully appointed second floor of the quintessential steakhouse makes a festive setting for private events of all sizes. The sky lit rooms can be utilized separately for more intimate events or combined to create an expansive space for 130 guests seated.

Smith & Wollensky - New York Ratings and Reviews

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4.3

Overall Rating

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food

4.3

service

4.3

ambience

4.1

value

3.9

Noise

Moderate

80% would recommend it to a friend

Special Occasion (117)
Business Meals (97)
Good for a Date (81)
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Good for Birthdays (66)
Notable Wine List (64)
Good for Anniversaries (64)
Authentic (62)
Good for Groups (57)
Fit for Foodies (49)
Great for Lunch (40)
Neighborhood Gem (40)
Casual (40)
Romantic (36)
Comfort Food (33)
Cozy (32)
Pre/post Theatre (32)
Fun (30)
Quiet Conversation (27)
Bar Seating (23)
Worth the Drive (17)
Handcrafted Cocktails (15)
Hot Spot (15)
Paleo Friendly (15)
Tasting Menu (15)
Sunday Lunch (13)
Vibrant Bar Scene (13)
Seasonal (11)
People Watching (10)
Healthy (9)
Late-night Find (9)
Happy Hour (8)
Local Ingredients (8)
Great for Brunch (7)
Gluten Free Options (6)
Great Beer (6)
Kid-friendly (5)
Creative Cuisine (5)
Quick Bite (3)
Disabled Access (2)
Live Sports (2)
Spicy (2)
Afternoon Coffee (1)
Great for Outdoor Dining (1)
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·Dined 3 days ago

Food good but very much overpriced a 5 star restaurant in Ireland would be 30% cheaper and this no 5 star restaurant three main course cheapest wine on the menue one desert was 270 dollars including tips

Tags: Good for a Date, Vibrant Bar Scene, Good for Anniversaries
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 (New York Area)·Dined 3 days ago

Great mediocre steakhouse; not to be confused with the elite or the best, except more expensive for less value; weak wine list except for California middle of the road; seating approach not acceptable if you don’t look like a banker type; steak not bad.

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·Dined 4 days ago

What a disappointment! This place is living off its past glories. I have many fond memories of what Smith & Wollensky used to be -- but it is no more. We brought a prominent gentleman from Rome and his wife to show them what I believed was the best of NYC. WRONG! Service was so poor and the food so below average that I was truly embarrassed. It took over a half hour from the end of the first course for the steaks and chops to be served -- and not once did the waiter come over to explain or apologize for the delay. When it arrived our guest's filet was a leather-like, shriveled piece of subpar beef and my wife's filet was cold. We had no dessert, two glasses of wine, two bottles of water (which we had to remind the waiter to get), two sides and two courses each and for the four of us this second-rate meal was $420. The place was noisy and crowded. What a terrible impression was left with this couple from Rome. We are never returning.

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 (London)·Dined 5 days ago

Amazing - start to finish

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 (New York Area)·Dined 5 days ago

Really nice restaurant great food. Our waiter was very disinterested in us and we did it as a honey moon meal . Other than that everything was fine.

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 (New York Area)·Dined 5 days ago

Delightful! It was my husband @s birthday and everyone helped to make it special.

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 (Baltimore)·Dined 5 days ago

For a restaurant of this caliber, we were very disappointed in the service. The server(s) were not attentive to refilling our drinks, we were served our salads at different times, and we did not receive one of the accompaniments we had ordered. For a $350 bill, we expected a bit more.

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·Dined 6 days ago

Not really attentive staff and food mediocre. I am a customer at the Chicago one, this is much inferior.

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·Dined 6 days ago

Appetizers were really great 5/5 but that’s about it. Entrees were mediocre and completely overhyped otherwise.

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·Dined 6 days ago

The waiter was so rude with me and my family. But the meal was ok

Tags: Quick Bite
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined 6 days ago

HOLY TOURIST TRAP. There are so many great steak houses in New York that going to this one is almost a travesty. The steak is mediocre, the sides are boring; in fact, the only good thing that I can recommend on the entire menu is the baked potato. From the moment you walk in and they insist that you check your coat—no coats allowed!—it’s a subversion of everything that is New York hospitality. It’s designed to simulate a true New York experience, for sure; however, it is the least New York experience that you could ever wish for. Nothing is authentic, everything is manufactured, and there are no New Yorkers here. If you’re looking for an old school steakhouse, do yourself a favor and go downtown to Harry’s or Del Monaco’s; if you need to stay in Midtown East go to Capital Grille—or try STK which is modern but amazing. There is nothing to redeem the steakhouse. It is terrible. Do not eat here

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 (New York Area)·Dined 6 days ago

Porterhouse for 2 was served only warm while the sides were smoking hot. Service was okay. Tried to get someone’s attention on the steak, but no one responded. Totally ignored. Wasn’t asked ‘how’s the meal” until 20 minutes later when almost finished. Seating was way too tight. Waiter had to fight his way into our table after we sat with the dishes in front of us for another 20 minutes. Too many great Steakhouses to consider again.

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·Dined on November 17, 2017

The Filet mignon was medium but medium rare ordered. The chosen wine was good but expensive. The menu only includes few red wine bottles below 100$.
The waiter put the tip into the slip himself (way above 18%) without any question asked about. I went to S&W in the 90's and after the millenium quite often and loved it. This time the experience was not good and I do not go to this place again.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 16, 2017

Two of us were visiting NYC to run the New York Marathon and spend a week sight seeing. I had last been to Smith And Wollensky in 1997 when I enjoyed it so much that I wanted to return.
The food was excellent, and the service was very good (noting that we are Australian and the descriptions of meat cuts in Australia are different to those in the US) and our table server was able to describe the steaks to us.
Only complain would be how noisy it is. We could barely hear each other.

Tags: Business Meals, Paleo Friendly
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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 16, 2017

A lovely place to head for a special dinner, I booked the restaurant for my partners 30th and my step-fathers joint 60th.
We were visiting New York for the week and this was our special birthday meal.
The steak is definitely worth the money, everyone around the table thoroughly enjoyed their meal.
I understand the irony that I, myself am a vegetarian headed to this restaurant, I ordered the salad and had some sides.
I do think that putting even one dish on for a vegetarian/vegan would have made the experience that bit more special. Parties do tend to have different dietary requirements.
I had booked our table months in advance and the week we arrived we had two family members look to join onto the booking, the restaurant was very accommodating and provided us with a table fit for 6 people but oh my gosh was it a horrible table.
It's situated right on the blow heater for the whole resteraunt. I honestly had to leave the table on mulitple occaison to get cool air, it was like a sauna.
I am very surprised they even put guests at this table seeing as it affects the experience so much.
Just made the experience uncomfortable for those sat right beside the blow heater, the restaurant should really look to address this issue.
The service was excellent, the food was excellent but cross your fingers you never get stuck at the sauna table like I did.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Good for Birthdays, Good for a Date, Pre/post Theatre, Romantic, Special Occasion
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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 16, 2017

Food was over cooked. More expensive than it was worth.

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene
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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 15, 2017

Attentive, professional staff, solid menu with well prepared dishes, good drinks. Pricey, but sometimes you just need to reward yourself

Tags: Special Occasion, Good for Groups, Authentic, Notable Wine List, Business Meals
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 (Hertfordshire)·Dined on November 15, 2017

Same friendly waiter as 4 year ago. Will return. David Purkiss

Tags: Special Occasion, Hot Spot
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 (Orlando)·Dined on November 14, 2017

A staple for business power lunch. Never disappoints. Classic NY Style Steak House. Centrally located, easy convient place to meet clients. Highly recommend

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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 13, 2017

This spot has seen many better days. Food fair to poor. Service and wine list still good. Dad to see the good deteriorated.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 13, 2017

Steak was lousy. Food took forever. Could not hear yourself think.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 13, 2017

I️t is perfect for any occasion.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 12, 2017

Absolutely delicious food and wonderful service! Well made cocktails as well. Everything was perfect! Definitely coming back! Thank you!

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion, Neighborhood Gem, Great for Lunch, Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date, Healthy
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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 11, 2017

Our food was delicious, a bit pricey but its an NYC steakhouse so we were not surprised. There is no kids menu but they allowed the kids to share an adult meal. Service was attentive and friendly.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 11, 2017

We had made a reservation, but apparently they did not recognize this. The Porterhouse steak for 2 was very good, but we ordered a bearnaise sauce which was really poor. They have to learn how to make a good bearnaise before ordering this again - so ask for it.

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 (Miami)·Dined on November 11, 2017

Our waiter was excellent and we feel bad that I️ cannot remember his name

Tags: Good for Groups, Authentic
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 (London)·Dined on November 11, 2017

Una mesa demasiado pequeña. Atendidos normal. Para el precio que pagamos, no nos pareció una buena opción

Tags: Local Ingredients, Sunday Lunch, Casual
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 (Monterrey)·Dined on November 11, 2017

Excellent steakhouse!! Ordered one dish for two people on entrees, side dish and main course! Great house wine!

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·Dined on November 11, 2017

Very fine food

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·Dined on November 11, 2017

Our experience was very disappointing. From the moment we sat down we were basically ignored. Our waiter was arrogant and very inattentive. The iconic old world steakhouse felt worn out, a tiered old place. The well starched and pristine white uniforms were yellow and stained. (Our waiters had blood stains on it) The presentation was equally as tiered and lack luster.
It was not only totally disappointing, but it was sad as well. I guess when we use the term "bye gone days", Smith and Wollensky has now fallen into that category.

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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 10, 2017

Smith & Wollensky is an old school steak house. The prices and caliber of meat are roughly on par with most steak houses in and around NYC. The place is relatively small and thus the tables are quite near one another. As a result, it is hard not to hear other table's conversations, especially as people raise their voices to be heard over the din. Neither cosy or intimate and I certainly wouldn't go there and discuss anything of substance or business related. The service is okay but not stellar and felt mostly perfunctory. Maybe there isn't much to say but there was no engagement whatsoever. My server told me that my order of steak medium well might cause my order to take a while. Huh? Medium well is a pretty common order but perhaps he was covering for a busy kitchen. Well, It certainly did take a while - almost 45 minutes later, I was served a warm but not hot piece of steak. The meat itself was quite good, and the baked potato might have been the largest I have ever seen. Creamed spinach was done right, too. However, all three dishes were at best warm. After that long a wait, I would have liked my food to be hot.

Overall, despite the size of your bill, you will have a good steak but most definitely not feel like you had a fine dining experience; which doesn't bode well for Smith & Wollensky as there are several other steak houses where you can.

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·Dined on November 8, 2017

The food is just fantastic! A lot of options and especially all the meat is super tender. Of you want to visit a high quality all american steakhouse, definetly go here.
But, I was on a citytrip in NYC with my dad for huis birthday, got him a voucher for S&W. But.. you van use it everywhere except in NY.. We were very ashtonished by that and also a bit disappointed. It was a special evening, but my gift didn’t even work.. I did definetly not expect that from such a place, where service is so important.

Tags: Authentic, Good for Birthdays, Great for Outdoor Dining, Special Occasion, Comfort Food, People Watching, Tasting Menu
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 (Charleston)·Dined on November 8, 2017

We were very pleased as usual when dining at S&W but on this particular evening we had Mark who was our server and was wonderful!!! He is definitely an asset to your restaurant. We have dined there countless times and the service has always been above average but he really was outstanding. We will be returning and will be requesting his section.
Thank you Mark.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Fit for Foodies, Business Meals, Romantic, Cozy
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 (Montana)·Dined on November 7, 2017

We look forward to our time at smith and wollenskys whenever we are in NY. This time was unusual in the the service was extremely inattentive and very slow - and we arrived at 4:30 so “busy” was not an excuse. The food was excellent The host greeting and coat check were excellent I hope the poor level of service is not repeated - or we will find another “Always go to when we are in town” restaurant

Tags: Cozy, Gluten Free Options, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion
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·Dined on November 7, 2017

Best Quality steak but service of waiter is worst I ever experienced in a top Quality restaurant as they see them thereselves

Tags: Bar Seating, Authentic
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·Dined on November 7, 2017

Our night out is one we will remember, great food, great service. The filet mignon was very good, but the hash browns were amazing. We loved it

Tags: Authentic, Pre/post Theatre, Good for Birthdays, Good for a Date, Neighborhood Gem, Fit for Foodies, Good for Anniversaries, Romantic, People Watching, Special Occasion, Notable Wine List, Seasonal
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·Dined on November 6, 2017

Recommendation about the size of the meat to share was incorrect..I was recommended to go to a piece with double the price with no advise..

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Business Meals
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on November 6, 2017

Very nice hi quality restaurant, personal hi class, service very friendly, food amazing

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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 6, 2017

We went there after finishing the NYC marathon looking for some proteins.
The meat was incredible and service was also great. Will come back next time in the city.

Tags: Sunday Lunch, Special Occasion, Cozy, Good for Birthdays, Good for Anniversaries, People Watching, Great for Lunch, Business Meals, Authentic
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 (London)·Dined on November 5, 2017

La calidad de las carnes es espectacular. El lugar tiene un ambiente muy clásico y acogedor, con camareros con solera. Tienen un bar en donde puedes tomar un aperitivo antes de sentarte. Aunque es caro, merece la pena por el tamaño de las carnes.

Mi recomendación: un dry martini en la barra, una carne para compartir, smash potatoes, una copa de vino, cheescake y un café.

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