Smith & Wollensky

797 3rd Ave. New York, NY 10022(212)


How this place is still in business is beyond me. I’m sure it was good some 30+ years ago, but I’ve been about 5 or 6 times spread out over the last 20 years (fortunately only one of them on my own dime) and I have never been impressed. From the décor to the waiters to the food- everything seems so dated you can practically taste the cobwebs in your mouth. Please, can’t we all just admit that this dinosaur needs to be put out of its misery and have it stop taking up space on Third Ave?

The burger is a blight on burger-kind. The steaks and sides are all the same stuff that’s been churning out of their kitchen since bell bottoms were in style… the first time. And the most inventive thing on the menu is the lamination. In fact, the only thing I can say I ever liked here was from the very first time I went in 1994, the filet au poivre, but how bad can a steak be when it’s covered in heavy cream, cognac and peppercorns?

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