Wollensky’s Grill

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$31 to $50
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Steakhouse
Wollensky's Grill is adjacent to Smith & Wollensky, the quintessential New York City steakhouse. Perhaps Zagat says it best: "Less highfalutin" and somewhat "cheaper" than its next-door big brother, Smith & Wollensky, this "casual" East Midtowner serves "dynamite" steaks and burgers in "high-energy" environs; it's especially beloved for its "late-dining" hours (open nightly till 2 AM).

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T
1 review
Dined on March 14, 2020
Overall3food3service4ambience4

Classic steak restaurant with excellent service. Overall good quality, but not a good value for money on steak quality in my view. My Filet Mignon came in two pieces and had limited flavour (no seasoning provided, only cheap salt and pepper shakers on the table). I had expected more from the steak considering the price.

CM
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on March 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Longtime fan. Best “joint” in the city.

RV
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on March 11, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

As usual excellent service and great steaks.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on March 11, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Everything was great except the table we sat at. Very cramped for a business lunch.

OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on March 8, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience3

Service was very welcoming and good. Even gave us a glass of champagne when we arrived for an occasion. I wish our table was a little more immersed in the restaurant instead of by the window - wanted to feel the vibes of the establishment more. Overall a fun time, great food, would come back.

AR
1 review
Dined on March 6, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience3

The food was cooked and prepared to perfection. My filet mignon au poivre was delicious as was the macaroni and cheese. For dessert we had coconut layer cake with very tasty mango ice cream and a wonderful bourbon pecan sundae. The service was prompt and our server took the time to chat with us and help us select our dishes. It was worth it to us to put up with some noise from the bar to have the opportunity to enjoy this food at lower prices than the main restaurant.

D
New York Area
1 review
Dined on March 4, 2020
Overall1food3service1ambience2

I've been here a few times with a friend and have usually had a good experience but a few nights ago I did not enjoy my meal for several reasons. We sat at the table for around 10 minutes before anyone brought over menus, it took almost as long for anyone to bring us water. My friend ordered an Irish coffee, which was cold when he got it so he ordered another one. He had to ask three different people for a straw until he finally got one. I ordered a dark & stormy, which tasted more like straight whiskey than a cocktail, I didn't return it because I didn't want to wait even longer to have something to drink. When the waiter took our order, he was holding a pen and notepad, so it was bewildering to me that when he verbally confirmed our order with us he mentioned the pea soup, which neither of us ordered. When the food came out, my friends burger, which he had specified to have no lettuce or tomato and just blue cheese, came out with lettuce and tomato and no blue cheese. I ordered the prime rib, and you'd think that a steakhouse would give you a steak knife, but instead I struggled through with a regular table knife, too put off by the poor service to ask for one. I had trouble understanding each waiter that interacted with us, all of them mumbling inarticulately. The dessert took a while to come out which the manager acknowledged when I mentioned my disappointment. The only moment where service seemed quick and attentive was when they picked up my friends credit card, ran it, and promptly returned it to the table, which was even more disheartening. I've worked in many restaurants as a server, sommelier, and bartender, so I'm typically more forgiving of poor service, but I was extremely irritated by the end of my meal. Will likely never return.

JT
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on March 4, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience5

Go for the hamburger. It’s great and really good size. By the way it comes with great fries- menu doesn’t mention that

OT
New York Area
14 reviews
Dined on March 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Mike was the best waiter ever. He should be commended for his fine service

R
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on March 1, 2020
Overall1food5service1ambience1

Two months before we made a reservation. We arrived and they gave us a table next to the kitchen. The empty restaurant. Lousy attention of the reception staff women feel models and do not have the slightest level of intelligence. just fill everyone tight in the place. bad experience excellent food

MC
New England
5 reviews
Dined on February 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent in all areas

E
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on February 27, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Todo excelente!

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J
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on February 27, 2020
Overall4food3service4ambience4

I know it’s a shtick of old bar tenders to seemingly manhandle the drinks and poor the booze Willy billy but my evening started with an old fashioned made by a guy who starts by grabbing my glass so that his fingers were all inside and on the top of my glass, where I’m drinking from. Next he haphazardly throws the ingredients in the glass and throws so much soda into the drink he knocked about 1/4 of the actual drink out of the glass. That was that.

Great host came and got us when the table was ready, was going to seat us in the dinning room and I asked him if we could sit in the quieter front room which he kindly sorted out with our any hassle. It was very appreciated as it was a dinner with an old friend who I rarely ever see and having a good conversation was one of the most important things for me about the dinner.

Dinner was fine, the sirloin for 2 - steak grizzly with significantly over cooked ends and undercooked middle for medium rare. The waiter was very funny and affable, but I’d advise him not to continue asking the lady of the table to ‘open up wide’ as he feeds her the first cut of the steak. It’s just weird dude, we know you mean well, but it’s weird.

I don’t want to bag on the place too bad as it’s a lovely building with a great history and some very nice people, again thank you to the mature d , but I won’t go back.

m
Houston
5 reviews
Dined on February 27, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A great place for a business lunch...good food, quick and pleasant service. One of my favorites

l
Kent
118 reviews
Dined on February 24, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Good steak. Good fries and good wine. Priced ok for central manhattan. Noise level a bit disconcerting. Especially as tables are close.

Also. Steak with pepper sauce for me requires green pepper corns as less pungent than the black.

Overall. I’ll be back. But some improvements would make it better.

MP
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on February 23, 2020
Overall1food1service2ambience2

Just left S&W where I had their S&W Cut, and I have to say... wow. What an insipid piece of... beef. How they could create such gray, tasteless “prime” rib and pawn it off as their signature item is shameless to say the least. I have no idea where Nick Solares of Meater gets his idea of what makes for decent prime rib, but after taking him seriously for years, from now on, I will take him with the grain of salt that was missing from his favorite prime rib.

BTW- it was my second visit, and the second time was worse than the first. Really, what was this guy thinking? Clearly they must make a special roast for him and then pay him to be their spokesman. Gray?! Really? Never again.

AD
1 review
Dined on February 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It’s a must when visiting New York, first went in 2003 and just love going back , food and atmosphere brilliant, the steaks are amazing not to mention the onion rings. Always recommend to friends if visiting New York know they will have a great meal and evening, with the money.

UW
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2020
Overall2food2service2ambience2

Steak came out wrong three times.

F
New York Area
46 reviews
Dined on February 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It’s just the best. The perfect New York City pub/grill experience. We love dining there.

OT
Cleveland
2 reviews
Dined on February 20, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience3

Food and service was really good, however, the noise level is very high and we were seated next to a table with a whole lot of drama which took away from our overall experience. They required so much attention and it definitely took away from our dinner experience.

m
Atlanta
42 reviews
Dined on February 20, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

All the steakhouses in NYC are good but Wollenskys Grill is my favorite. The food is always great whether you are looking for a blow out dinner or a burger for lunch. However, I like the local feel. It does not seem like a group of businessmen on an expense account but everyday local people stopping by their favorite gathering place. The service is great and they make you feel like you’re part of the local scene. Same menu upstairs at the main restaurant but the feel is not the same.

AD
New York Area
325 reviews
Dined on February 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was Excellent as always and the service was spectacular!

PR
Atlanta
17 reviews
Dined on February 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and drink. Great value. So glad to see Patrick behind the bar.

ST
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very nice experience, food and atmosphere. I would definitely recommend it!

OT
Philadelphia
7 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience4

Very crowded, but lively atmosphere. Sever took forever to get drinks, steaks were not cooked to request, food was cold, too expensive for that type of service

MD
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Always delivers

HK
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Ordered a light dinner. The prime rib sandwiches were a bit salty and a bit well done for our taste and the fried onions were flavorful but a bit cold. The Seeker Cabernet Sauvignon recommenced by the waiter was very nice. We had fun and enjoyed the ambiance and the excellent service and even went back a couple of days later to order a slice of the coconut cake to go. We will return and, next time, go right for the prime rib!

OT
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wollensky’s Grill is a “go to” for a great meal w/friendly waiters & a wonderful bar. I go there weekly!!!

FD
New York Area
26 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience4

I feel this restaurant is overpriced. The food was good but not great.

The service was mediocre. A friend and I ordered several dishes to share and they all came out together, after about 25 minutes. We would have preferred for the food to be served as it become available.

Cold AIR CONDITIONING turned on right above us, even though it's winter, with the outside temperature of around 22 degrees. When we mentioned it to the waiter, he said "the system resets and there's nothing we can do about it." Huh? You expect us to wear coats at our table because cold air is blowing on top of us? Completely unacceptable answer.

We then spoke with the manager, who managed to shut off the air conditioner but did not apologize for the mishap.

Overall this was a disappointing experience and we do not plan to return to the restaurant. We typically leave a gratuity of 20-25% and this time left only 15% (in hindsight we should have left less).

The service and quality at the main Smith and Wollensky, right next door, are infinitely better. More formal and expensive, but worth it.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food and service!! Top not h

OT
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall3food5service2ambience2

The food was incredible. The service was disappointing.

OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall2food2service1ambience1

Terrible service, food was overpriced for the quality that you receive.

DM
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was delicious and the service was perfect. Would see recommend and sure to come back.

AS
1 review
Dined on February 11, 2020
Overall2food2service2ambience1

Very average food
Chicken far too much and dry. Needed a sauce/gravy
Steak was cooked as ordered but not very impressive for the price .
Disappointed with seat in corner of front add on building. Maybe nice in summer but on busy road and nowhere near decor and feel of main area . Was quite cold by end of evening .

L
1 review
Dined on February 11, 2020
Overall3food3service1ambience4

We were hardly greeted when we came & the menu was just put on our table without explanation (apparently one was the regular & the other one was smaller portions). The other in my company ordered their drinks but I wanted to check the wine list but it took like 15 minutes before anyone came & took that order. All other tables got refill of table water but we were never asked. We ordered fried calamari but they were soggy and we left most of it. The meat we ordered was really burnt on the outside. The waiter never came by to check on us and if we liked the food.
When the check was presented the waiter had really circled several times around the suggested tip but needless to say, we only gave lowest suggested amount.
The atmosphere is really nice and they want to be an upscale restaurant but the service is far from that which is too bad.

D
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 9, 2020
Overall2food3service3ambience2

had to return bony fish

B
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on February 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A classic. Great food and great service. A perfect pre-theater stop

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely place and delicious!

d
1 review
Dined on February 6, 2020
Overall3food4service4ambience2

I had an 8pm res and had to wait till 8:20 to be seated. Otherwise it was excellent.

P
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love the food here staff is especially attentive, prices are reasonable.