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37 E. 50th St., New York, NY, 10022
nr. Madison Ave.
Not one of the great New York steakhouses
By FatBastard on 7/25/2009
Food is on par with similarly priced steakhouses: I had an excellent filet and a number of good sides (delicious fries). Service and atmosphere, however, were weak. We asked to be seated in a cooler part of the restaurant, but turned out that air conditioning had been cut off at another customer's request. Manager explained that I must be sweating because the front windows were open on this particularly muggy summer night. Obviously. Atmosphere in the back corner behind glass didn't feel quite right, maybe too bright with off-white walls lacking requisite dark wood accents -- not the meat mecca ambiance of a Peter Luger, Smith & Wollensky, Ben Benson's, Striphouse, Sparks, Gallagher's, Bobby Van's, Wolfgang's, or even the half a dozen or so chains. I asked to speak with the sommelier for alternatives to the old vine Burgundy that I was considering, and the twentysomething busboy-cum-waiter both ignored the request and mangled pronunciation of "vielle vignes" before attempting to upsell an "earthier" wine. In the end, maybe I'm being harsh. But for NYC steakhouse prices, any of the aforementioned have been better experiences.
Superior food and service
By larryshushan on 6/13/2009
Maloney & Porcelli serves up wonderfully cooked and presented food, from the "lobster cocktail" (actually a whole, small lobster) to the whole fish, the exceptionally tender and tasty steaks and the great salads and sides. We tried the restaurant after walking by and seeing the menu, and found it to be superior in every way. My only disappointment was that the dessert menu lacks a chocolate item except for ice cream -- but we really couldn't have eaten dessert anyway after such a fantastic meal.
a great dinner with friends
By pamglick on 3/10/2009
Six of us went on a saturday over the christmas holiday. We could not have had a better experience. Even though the restaurant was crowded, we were seated right away. the service was attentive. We all had the tasting dinner and the food was wonderful and the wine kept pouring. We all couldn't say one bad thing after that evening, and now it is a regular dinner choice for the six of us to get together more regularly.
Boys Night Out
By martin_chamois on 2/25/2004
The customers tend to be the "boys" out for a business meal. Thus the menu and staff are tuned to satify their needs. While not great, the chops are enjoyable and the sides are acceptable.
Worth the flight
By dareisay1998 on 8/12/2003
Everytime I Visit New York I find time to have dinner at Maloney & Porcelli. I give this place 5 stars.
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