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Smith and Wollensky group restaurants in NY - which is best?

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Hi, I have a gift card for Smith & Wollensky, also good at Post House, Maloney & Porcelli, Quality Meats, and a couple of other places. I'd really appreciate comments and recommendations on any of these restaurants. Thank you!

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  1. I've been to S&W and the Post House. Between these two, no contest for me: S&W. Better food, friendlier service, and more vibrant atmospherics.

    1. I like the steaks at Post House more than S&W. Somehow, our PH steaks were tastier, nicely done and not as dry-cooked as the ones we had in S&W. The ambiance at S&W is less formal, louder and definitely much more busier with the constant herding in and out by customers, especially as it is a more popular tourist destination than the PH.

      Plus, if you are looking for a better wine list, Post House has the more robust international list, including some decent Bordeaux; while, I believe, S&W only has an all-American list. Although, we BYOBd when we dined at both places.

      1. I think S&W group includes Cite. If so, go during the wine week. Great fun!

        1. I prefer Post House...very neighborhood, totally not touristy.

          1. I haven't been to Quality Meats, but

            1. I've overheard positive things said in conversation,
            2. the write-ups are positive, and
            3. I had a delicious bite of steak from them at a tasting event.

            It's high on my list right now, and probably worth a try for someone with money to spend there!

            1. I would recommend Post House, my experiences at S&W have not been great. S&W almost has a corporate feel to it, kind of cold.It feels like a business restaurant. I agree with haleyjen that Post House has more of a neighborhood feel to it. I have not been to Quality Meats but the reviews on the board have been mixed.