Smith & Wollensky gift certificate - which restaurant???
I have a gift certificate from the Smith & Wollensky Group. Any advice on which restaurant to go to - Smith & Wollensky, Grill @ Smith & Wollensky, Cite, Park Avenue Grill, Quality Meats, Post House or Maloney & Porcelli?
I personally am a fan of Smith and Wollensky's and the Post House. Don't like the new ones as much.
On your list, there's a slight error. It's Park Avenue *Cafe.* Unlike all the others in the Smith & Wollensky Group, it is not a steakhouse. Instead, it's New American cuisine served in a very attractive space with a definite UES vibe. It's been several years since we ate there. That dinner was excellent in all respects, and I certainly recommend it if that's the kind of experience you're interested in having. Acc. to their website, they are still running their "Pay Your Age" promotion after 8 p.m. Whether it's a good deal for you depends on your age and the dollar amount of your certificate.
We have been to the Post House once. The atmospherics are more refined as steakhouses go (it's located in the very elegant Lowell Hotel), but I did not care for either the food or the service.
Our one time at Smith & Wollensky, we took along some young visitors from Europe. The food was very good, our server was a hoot, the atmospherics were a bit raucous (in a good way), and we all had a great time.
Quality Meats is the newest and my favorite out of the group! 1 block south of Central Park, comfortable dining room.
However, if you choose to pass on steak, Park Ave is nice.
We too got a Smith & Wollensky gift certificate and ultimately opted to use it at Cite for the wine dinner. I actually also posted here so you may want to search for that.
The last time we did the wine dinner there, we thought the food was as good as the unlimited wine. This time it was fine, but nothing special. However, the wines we had were MUCH better than our first go around, but now that the price has been increased to $70, I don't find this as much of a value as it used to be at $60.
We did the "pay-your-age" thing at Park Ave Cafe one night. The service was horrible, even though we were some of the earlier diners to arrive. Our food came out after everybody around us -- even though they had ordered 1/2 hour after us. The food was average -- good for the price we are paying as we are young, but not really otherwise worth it, and certainly not worth a gift certificate. The dessert was EXCELLENT however.
I found that young diners do not do well service-wise at Post House. They were incredibly rude to us while being nice to everybody around us. This ticked me off since my husband and I spend a LOT of our income on dinners and we are extremely generous tippers (when we get decent service). This doesn't happen at too many restaurants in the city quite honestly and when it does, it really makes me mad. I don't remember the food so much as the service, which couldn't say much for the service.
We just returned from a gift certif. meal at smith and wollensky.
WELL, thank goodness we didn't pay for this meal!
Ridiculous salad that they call,"famous house salad"- mediocre pieces of romaine with a few old - re fired potatoes, a few big chunks of bacon fat and an unmemorable dressing(their price- 11.00)
Then we simply ordered a baked potato and a sirloin. Steak was ok, potato was definetly recycled from the night before- couldn't even cut thru the skin which i like to eat- I think they charge 9.00 for that, day old, re-heated, potato! My martini tasted nice but I truly was surprised to have it served in a martini glass with a "lip". Nothing is more frustrating to me than my occasional martini which I only order in places that I know will have crystal, lip-less glasses, and then this! A low cost- low quality glass in a steak house???!!!
The fine points of the day were ,the waiter, and the 13.00 parking lot- best buy of the day. Oh, our check for just that simple meal was 200.00. NO wine, No coffee, No dessert or apps. NO RETURN
If you are steak lovers you will enjoy Quality Meats- it opened about two years ago and it a much more interesting dining experience then the "older-school" and more traditonal S&W and Maloney's. However if you want a less steak-focussed experience definitiely go to Park Avenue Cafe- which is now Park Avenue Autumn. This restaruant has been re-branded - in the spirit of the Four Seasons they are literally changing the restaruant- menu, decor, etc. to refelect the season. Summer just ended and they just opened for Autumn last week.
Smith and Woll is NOT what it once was, i would pass on that....Malony and Porcelli is good..I would try that!