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4 Park Ave., New York, NY, 10016
at 33rd St.
Bad reviews - but good food
By cipned on 2/8/2005
I read previous reviews - 70% would not go back there.... Decided to try it out anyway and be impartial in my review! Steak was great (ribeye and porterhouse - medium rare) practically same as Peter Luger's! Maybe not the best in the world, but close! I'm sure some people had bad experiences there, but a restaurant that is booked 3 weeks in advance cannot be that bad (and it was not...) Appetizers: you have to get the bacon!!! Seafood platter was very good. Sides were OK, not more, not less - who cares though?!. Wine (plumpjack cabernet) was awesome, but pricey. Conclusion: people that would not go back there don't make much sense to me but that's OK (less waiting time for me) If you are on a budget though, try something else. Better atmoshpere than PL in Brooklyn with very similar steaks.
the worst maitr 'd ever
By zbepstein on 1/25/2005
After making a reservation a few weeks in advance, i arrived to my 9:00 reservation on time. The maitre 'd told us it would be a few minutes, after a half hour i was a little upset, but after an hour and twenty minutes waiting, i was simply embarrased that i took my friends here. If you are going on business, be prepared to be humiliated. wolfgang, if you are reading this, fire your matre 'd.
Dinner in New York
By cegraf on 9/27/2004
Over the years I've been in New York many times on business and pleasure. Last Saturday evening I dined at Wolfgang's for the first time (it won't be the last). I had the best steak EVER in the NYC area and posssibly the best anywhere I've traveled. In addition, the service was superb -always there when needed, but not pushy. We had a fantastic dining experience.
By JacquelineKoziol on 9/24/2004
The waiters are arrogant; the meat grisly and tough and the appetizers mediocre at best. There's not much to inspire a second visit here. I understand now why they cut your meat for you; if left on your own, the meat simply cannot be cut. It wasn't only my table; a couple from out of town were experiencing the same problem. !! DON'T WASTE YOUR MONEY HERE!
bad tourist treatment
By irishgirl on 8/29/2004
We obviously were tourists, but being ushered through the lively restaurant (with empty tables) to a back room where the bored waiters were relaxing, didn't bode well.We complained & were, without apology, returned to the main restaurant.The food was ok, the oysters tasteless, the porterhouse, good, but the service left a bitter taste. Initially gruff, it became aggressive when my elderly father misunderstood the tipping (having just arrived in NYC that day).We immediately had rectified this, to a minimum 15% (we usually do 20%). Unfortunately, the restaurant has had the last laugh. My husband has been throwing up all day with thanks to the crab cake he had as a starter.
Steak to Die For
By maltose on 7/17/2004
Despite the heart palpitations, the steak I consumed a few hours ago was gastronomical heaven. I began with a beefsteak tomato salad and a bacon strip. The salad was decent; not as good as Morton's. The bacon was delicious, but not "sizzling" as the menu suggests. It was overrated, and filled space in my gut that would’ve been better filled with what was coming. I ordered a ribeye with roquefort. The first thing I noticed about the meat was the heat radiating from the plate, similar to a hot cup of soup or oatmeal. I was happily surprised that despite ordering a Ribeye, they actually brought the tastier and corpulent Bone-In Ribeye (more fat near the bone). The ribeye melted in my mouth. I could still feel the warmth emanating from the plate when I was done. The blue cheese was strong, pungent and rich. The meat near the bone was crispy and extremely satisfying. Service wasn't great, but nothing to complain about. The room is smallish and loud. The tables are too close to each other. Appetizers were okay but not memorable. However, the steak alone ensured that I will return as often as fiscally possible.
By higgins on 6/4/2004
I guess I want the ex-head chef from Luger rather than ex-head waiter. At $110 for steak for three, the steak should be amazing and flavorful We were underwhelmed.
Steak without flavor.
By anniedotcom on 6/3/2004
The food has NO taste. The steak has no flavor and was poorly prepared. It had to sent back twice to achieve a medium rare preparation. The mashed potatoes needed so much salt and pepper, I don't think they had been seasoned before leaving the kitchen. The asparagus were perfectly prepared and the fried bacon was full of flavor. However this did not compensate for the weakness of the feature meal, steak. The poor quality of our meal was further enhanced by poor seating. My party of four was sat in the back room which had no ventilation, as a result, it was close to 80 degrees, not a comfortable dining enviornment. This was only enhanced by my chair having broken spings, which forced me to sit on the edge of the seat. In conclussion, there are so many quality steakhouses in New York City, but Wolfgang's is NOT one of them.
BETTER THEN LUGER!
By BRIT234 on 6/3/2004
I HAVE BEEN HERE A COUPLE OF TIMES SINCE IT HAS OPENED. I LOVE IT,THE FOOD IS EXCELLENT THE STEAK WAS SIZZLING AS IT GOT TO MY TABLE, THE WAITERS ARE VERY POLITE AND FRIENDLY.THE OLNY STEAKHOUSE THAT I KNOW OF THAT HAS THE BEST WINE LIST ON THE MENU. I HIGHLY RECOMMEND THIS PLACE AND THEY ACCEPT ALL MAJOR CREDIT CARDS!
By lewfutt on 5/28/2004
Found it a pale imitation of Peter Luger's. Steak's were O.K.----but without the flavor of PL or other top steakhouse meats. Apps and side dishes were positively mediocre.
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