131 E 54th St, New York, NY | Directions 1002240.759212 -73.971028
Neighborhoods: Midtown, Midtown Center
Stay away from Bobby! – I have never posted any negative ratings before. I feel I have to write something about this place though... Can you think of a restaurant in Manhattan with lame service and disgusting steaks for $46? Correct! This is Bobby Van's Steakhouse at 131 E. 54th street. Hostess and waiters made me feel like an invisible man... A simple steak was being cooked for 35 minutes and still served half-done! Probably, this was wrong time... The waiter referred to the "transition" (dinner crew changed lunch crew)... Is it a good excuse?
astonishingly inept service – Went on an off night a few weeks ago, were sat late (we had a reservation). The service was discombobulated: I'm still not sure if one waiter attends to a table of if it's more of a free-for-all scenario: in any event, wine service was glacial and the food took an unbearably long time (apparently because a large table ordered before us, we were offered as an explanation). Then, the piece de resistance: a furry creature (this site doesn't let you type the name of said rodent) scurrying across the floor. What was the reaction? An apology and yet another explanation -- not a remedy. Not a cent taken off the bill, not a free round of drinks, manager appearance, nothing. For a tremendously expensive meal I was as underwhelmed. The steak was fantastic, however - as was the rest of the food.
It's raining men at this second midtown offshoot of the popular Bridgehampton bastion of beefiness. – In Short
The suited-up inventors of the power meal are drawn in to this expense account heaven for steers with their peers. Lively business conversation booms throughout the elegant, wood-toned room as patrons consider simple offerings like shrimp scampi, lobster by the pound, crab cakes, lamb or veal chops, but they then order the giant porterhouse (the traditional favorite) anyway. The spacious bar is especially convenient for after-work, or after-dinner, cocktails.
Consistant – If you are setting up a business dinner and cannot decide where to go among the thousands of restaurants in the city, you can always count on Bobby Van's for great steak and excellent service. Great sliced porterhouse. Nice wine list as well.
Like butter! – My father and I went to Bobby Van's on a Tuesday night. To start I had the escargots which weren't spectacular, but I got them because I think it's important to have fun. The real reason we were there, of course, was the main course: steak, and oh boy is it something. My dad and I split the Porterhouse for 2 (also available for 3 and 4) and the steak was the best I've ever had, bar none. They don't garnish it or adorn it like other places with sauces or seasoned skins, they just let the flavor of the steak speak for itself.
Price tag was a little hefty, but it's well worth it, in my opinion.
If you want a guy's night out to dinner and consider yourself a steak enthusiast, check out Bobby Van's. You won't be disappointed.
Oh my goodness, this is a Steak House!!! – It's loud, the waiters are brilliant, funny and attentive and the steaks, Chops and everything else are fantastic.
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