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56 Ninth Ave., New York, NY, 10011
nr. 15th St.
They should have warned us...
By ewalsh88 on 12/4/2008
I called and made a reservation for a birthday celebration dinner, and requested the customary candle, etc., for the birthday girl, who chose this particular restaurant for dinner. The hostess was lovely on the phone and understood this was a celebration and assured me all would be taken care of. We arrived, and were assailed by the smell of fumes. It seems they had had the floors redone, but felt it was okay to stay open for business. There was nowhere to sit to escape the smell, which caused one person a headache and another a queasy stomach. Needless to say, we did not dine in that atmosphere, and left. I don't know why they couldn't let us know this when I called, or why they felt it was okay to subject their valued customers to this.
A BIG mistake
By kkr on 2/17/2009
Thought we would try Old Honestead after all these years, and what a BIG disappointment. The service was subpar as well as the food. A real shocker was the guests...all tourist and getting ripped off for food that has been "pre prepared." I asked for spinach to be steamed not creamed and was told all the food has already been prepared early in the day.....SHOCK! I am used to STK, Craft, Strip steak houses where you get food prepared for you. All the food had heavy cream sauces or grilled in butter...UGG. what a waste of money. Plus, I got sick during the night from the tuna appetizer.
By Londoner on 3/30/2005
Should have turned around and walked straight out of the door when we were greeted by a cold hostess but maintained our composure as we were told it was the best place for Kobe beef. Turned out to be a major disappointment as service was extremely slow despite a practically empty restaurant and numerous wait staff. Our waiter seemed to have disappeared to never never land shortly after our starter arrived. Took ages for the main course to appear only to discover that it was cold, medium rare was over-cooked and medium was extremely under-cooked. What a waste of good meat.
Stay Away from Old Homestead
By brownsteindl on 12/31/2008
Food is not that good, wait staff is friendly but messed up orders (including from other tables). Decor looks worn out. Restaurant is loud. Bill for dinner for two with one drink each and no desert was over $200. Outback Steakhouse is better than this place. Stay away!
total waste of money
By LoveMySteak on 11/24/2004
2nd visit proved to be far worse than the first, 1st time there, they ran out of the kobe steak, 2nd time there i ordered a kobe steak for 2 and it came out luke warm, after waiting for my unattentive waiter to come by to no avail, i had to get out of my seat and find him, i kindly told him my steak was undercooked just not to sound like a pain, and if he could cook it some more, when he brought it back it was STILL luke warm, on top of that the steak was veiny and i had to chew it pretty hard. The drinks were very weak for the price and $4 for a west coast oyster? All i have to say is that i was born in the day time, but it wasent yesterday. Sparks,Peter Lugers and smiths are light years ahead 2 ppl $350 check plus tip (would have tipped more under different circumstances) definetly not worth it
By ANGIEE711 on 11/8/2005
ITS ONE OF THOSE PLACES THAT U HAVE TO GO AT LEAST ONCE. THE FOOD IS GOOD NOT GREAT, THE SERVICE IS THE SAME. THE CREAM SPINACH IS NOT WHAT IT USED TO BE, RIGHT X, LOL THE PRICES ARE SOMEWHAT HIGH, I WOULD ONLY GO BACK IF I WASNT PAYIN.
Dated; better steaks elsewhere for less
By zeecee on 3/30/2003
We used to go to this place for years when we wanted steak, but it became more and more filled with people from other boroughs as trendier and better places arose in the neighborhood. For steak we now go to The Knickerbocker. Old is the operative word here. Nothing feels as if it's aware of the changes, but they maintain hefty prices. Just got tired of it. A dark, clubby feel, but it's had its day.
A Comedy of Errors
By Chisono_Indovina on 2/16/2009
My latest visit to Old Homestead came very close to being a disaster. While walk-ins were being accommodated, we had to wait for a table even though we had reservations. We were seated 15 minutes late. Then we waited another 15 minutes for a waiter to show up at the table so we could order drinks. It took 45 minutes from the time we placed our order until our salads arrived!!! The prime rib showed up another 45 minutes later. When a maitre d' finally came by to ask if everything was okay, I told him about our experience and he offered free dessert which we declined so he offered to take the first round of drinks off the bill. It was never removed and we had to wait another 15 minutes for them to find him. We were never brought a basket of bread nor a wine list. The two stars are for the food which was delicious. The rest of the experience was a disaster. What a way to spend Valentine's Day.
All Hype No substance
By MartyfromRockland on 3/28/2010
I had'nt been to the Old Homestead in 20 years. A visiting friend wanted to go there. The steak was overcooked and not very good. The costs were ridiculously overpriced. I would never go there again. I would suggest that there are places with much better food at half the cost. The Porterhouse for 2 that I specifically asked not be burnt, was exactly that, burnt on the outside, essentially ruining a steak dinner that I had been hoping would be great. The inside was beat red as well. Not worth the money by a long shot. The seating was crowded and we were abutting another table that casued me to get bumped continuously and practically have the other diner's arm in my ribs while eating!!
Cow's Gone MAD!
By Danalleva on 1/11/2004
The Old Homestead continues to be a REAL New York secret as well as a true to form New York dining experience. While service and décor can be improved (weekends often result in waiting thirty minutes and more for your reserved table and food coming out of the kitchen taking waaayyy too long), the meat and fish served here appear to be some of the freshest in the city. While the room has a casual feel to it, one gets a kick out of watching boro boys chow down on real meat while wearing ties. Food can also arrive not truly cooked to your liking, and one needs return items making the wait and the experience tying. The emphasis here is on good food, and trying to get you to drink the rather delicious bar drinks while you wait. The check will send you for the tums, but you’ll wake up the next morning feeling like you had a truly delicious meal.
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